As many of you know, I am a big fan of writer Eckhart Tolle. I have talked about his first book The Power of Now extensively, and his second book A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose has exploded, topping the best-seller list on Amazon.com and becoming the fastest-selling pick ever at Barnes & Noble!
This feat has been helped largely by the endorsement of media giant Oprah Winfrey who suggested the novel
to her famous book club a few months ago. But Oprah did not stop there, and starting next Monday she and Mr. Tolle will be conducting the first of 10 weekly webcasts where they discuss major points in A New Earth for free to the general public.
Given the content of the book and the strength of Oprah’s celebrity, this is almost a radical occurrence in our society. Here is why:
What A New Earth Is All About
First let me give you a brief synopsis of A New Earth as summed up on its back cover:
“Tolle describes how attachment to our ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy and unhappiness and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling experience. Transcending our ego-based consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world”.
Yes I know this summary sounds spiritually deep and metaphysical, but that’s the point—I can hardly believe that a book on this subject matter is the #1 book in America! This is SO encouraging, as it shows that more and more people are now ready to discuss “deeper” issues and accept spiritual truths.
We are living in a time where conversations about personal
and global consciousness are becoming mainstream…and we should be thankful for this since they are the impetus for transcending improvements.
Why Celebrities Like Oprah Are So Important
There are plenty of “individuals of influence” who are doing amazing things in the world. Bill Gates is donating a large majority of his entire fortune to charity, as is Warren Buffet and Sir Richard Bramson. But these people are still in the vast minority.
In Oprah’s case, taking A New Earth to the masses is an incredible leap of faith that will propel the universal effort for ‘transcending change’ to a much greater degree. The airing of the Tolle webcasts will initiate countless awakenings and foster incredible positive energy into the world.
We have to applaud and appreciate her efforts, as bringing the content of a book like this to the public in such a broad fashion would have drawn major criticism in the not-so-distant past.
But times are different now, and the public is very accepting of works like A New Earth (perhaps for the first time in our history). Visionaries like Oprah understand this, and are taking advantage of the mass desire to create everlasting peace and kindness throughout the world. This is what makes celebrities like her so special—they are leading the way, literally, to a “new earth”.
A Perfect Storm For Real Change Is Assembling
The way I see it, we have a perfect storm of positive change occurring in the world today. First, we have the ‘people of the world’ at large who are coming together hankering for fundamental changes to take place.
Second, we have influential and powerful luminaries (like Oprah, Deepak Chopra, and dare I say it, Barack Obama) who are stepping into the limelight willing to initiate these changes.
Third, we have mass accessibility of information. Advancements in technology, communication and the internet have allowed this “New Earth” to manifest and it is important to recognize when leaders like Oprah are using the new mediums for wonderful causes.
This very blog alone is read by people in 32 countries around the world. Can you imagine how many people will begin learning about Eckhart Tolle’s life changing (and planet changing) views via these webcasts? Amazing.
What This All Means
As books, blogs, magazines and webcasts like this gain in popularity (and they are) more of them will sprout. This “movement” will continue to gain momentum until we reach a point where the things we strive towards will spontaneously become the norm. Some call this moment a “shifting point” or a “worldwide tipping point” but no matter what you call it, it is on the horizon.
Events like the Oprah/Tolle webcast are tangible pillars that we can point to and say: “yes, that’s what this is all about”. And when the events, blogs, magazines, etc. bring people together they become even more powerful; another facet of what I love about Oprah’s efforts.
The conversations for fundamental change are everywhere, so become aware of them and join the conversation. I will be on the call on Monday…will you?
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