Friday, March 14, 2008
A New Earth, A New Freedom
During a trip to the gulf coast of Mississippi after Katrina, I met a physician who had lost everything in the hurricane. Katrina had destroyed all his possessions, his home, cars, community - everything. I asked him how he survived. He was reading Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” at the time and he felt that it saved his life, teaching him that this loss of everything he thought he was (all his stuff) was really a radical new kind of freedom. He felt Tolle really helped him to understand that the ego’s clinging to stuff is really quite unnecessary. I’d heard of Tolle but only started reading his work after meeting with this physician. And he’s right. There’s a very real possibility to touch this freedom if you read the book.
Now Oprah’s “A New Earth” class is amazing. You can watch it live, while Oprah and Eckhart discuss the book in terms of real life questions that from class participants and from Oprah. Eckhart answers them all so easily. It’s like having the book come to life! Although I can’t stay up that late AND think at the same time, I find the watching the class the day after to be excellent.
If you are interested in joining the class,don’t worry don’t worry about what you missed, all the classes are kept on line so feel free to sign up today.
Here’s a clip for you from the first class.
On Oprah's website in the section for this class, you can meet Kim Eng who is Eckhart's partner. She's got a blog there that she writes after every class which is a delightful bonus.
Another amazing aspect to the class is the workbook concept. There are very thoughtful questions that appear each week for each chapter, so as you go along, reading your chapters and reading your questions, you can think about the material all week. Very helpful.
There is also a section of exercises to practice while you are taking this class and I'm assuming they will be helpful long after I've put the book down.
Join me over at Opra's if you can make it!