A New Earth: Chapter Five

This is the lousiest book I have ever had the misfortune to read. Anyone who believes in this excruciating stuff must be ‘away with the fairies’ to begin with. I will keep adding pages to this chapter and try to get through the rest of the book, so help me God.

Chapter has now been completed! yeah!!!!

Page 129          Tolle refers to the voice in his head again. I’m beginning to think this guy is schizoid. He also refers to karma on this page, which is a Buddhist/Hinduistic term. There is no such thing as karma in Christianity.


Page 130          Nothing of consequence.


Page 131          Tolle writes about ‘phonies.’ Is this a subliminal fear that Oprah has? Is she afraid of her work being ‘superficial?’


Tolle talks about modern people ‘always trying to get home, but never reach it.’ Perhaps if Tolle and his readers were to read John 14, they might suddenly find it!


Tolle writes about modern writers writing about the modern human dilemma, but never offering a solution. He doesn’t seem to understand that this comes about because most of them lacked faith.


Page 132          Tolle expresses emotions in a holistic sense. His material on this page could have been written from a manual of the Christian Scientists.


Page 133          Tolle refers to Gaia…the complex being that is planet earth. This is definitely New Age stuff.


Refers to primordial fear and anger…fight or flight…nothing new here.


Tolle suggest that emotion is the body’s respond to thought. An inward reaction to an outward circumstance.


Page 134          Tolle suggests that toxic energy in our system is built up through anxious thoughts. This is New Age hooey. There is no scientific evidence for any of this. Tolle is waffling here and wallowing in his own thoughts. Is he suffering from the same self-promulgated narcissism that he talks about through like his own suppositions and thoughts, rather than the ones he can actually prove?


Page 135          The voice in the head tells the story that the body believes…this is what he calls emotional storytelling. Is Tolle making a negative inference about the Church and its teaching?


“Life always lets you down”…is this a great part of Tolle’s personal reality?


He talks about self-esteem being low…is he empathizing with his women readers????


Page 136          Tolle lists a whole lot of negative qualities/experiences and claims that they all disrupt the energy flow through the body, heart, and immune system. Almost same kind of list of sins against the Spirit. Galatians.


All negative emotions equals unhappiness to Tolle. But is a lack of happiness really unhappiness?


Page 137          Love is a possessiveness and addiction that can turn to hatred…is Tolle reaching out to his readers who have bad relationships???? Clever, very clever…


There is not good without bad, no high without low. This is dualism, which is not Christian. God is good – He was when bad did not exist, and He will continue to be when bad ceases to exist.


States of Being positively emanate from love joy, peace…Tolle almost lists the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians.


Page 138          We are a species that has lost its way…which is why Jesus came into the world – to show us the way back through Him.


Page 139          the present moment is where we find power…the experience of now. This is Buddhist teaching. In Christianity, the only real now is God…I AM WHO I AM. Tolle is once again displacing God for our own existential experience.


Relates story about two monks – Tanzan and Ekido. Old story…good point.


Page 140          memories become our emotional prisons. If we don’t let go of the past, our past won’t let go of us. Is Tolle talking about the past, or is he surreptitiously meaning ‘tradition?’


We hang on to our old emotions and they become our identity…which is why Christ invites us to come to Him…to liberate us from the past and find our new identity in Him.


Page 141 …nothing ever happened in the past etc….this is sophistry. He’s trying to sound clever, but as Ecclesiastes might say…it’s just vanity.


Tolle talks about children growing up with negative emotions…he’s linking to mothers who worry about their kids…clever reader prospecting here.


Page 142…nobody can go through childhood without suffering emotional pain. This is true.


Remnants of pain and negative emotion forms an energy field…this is Star Trekking again. Perhaps Tolle has accumulated most of his ideas through the imagination of Gene Roddenberry.


Page 143 … the collective pain-body is probably encoded within every human’s DNA…although it hasn’t been discovered yet….WOW! This is mythical, NEW AGE stuff…


Emotional pain-body is carried by every new born….is Tolle equating this with original sin??? Human pain…isn’t this what we Christians call separation or alienation from God?


People with pain bodies are better equipped to awaken spiritually…clever, Tolle, clever. He’s sympathizing with his readers.


Page 144…WOW! Tolle refers to Jesus as CHRIST.  …with regard to His suffering…Tolle sees Christ as the archetypal human, embodying pain and the possibility of transcendence. In other words, Tolle is equating Christ’s pain with our own and nothing more. There’s no sacrifice for the world to redeem it for God.


Pain body is a semi-autonomous energy form…this is absolute baloney…talks about this needing to be fed…and vibrating at a certain frequency. This is some wild stuff, although some forms of Buddhism talk about vibrations drawing forth dark evil forces…


Page 145          The pain body is an addiction to unhappiness…misery loves company??


Pain body, negativity, and depression…is Tolle relating to a lot of women???


Page 146:         Pain body feeds on thought energy…thoughts operate and vibrate at a higher frequency…there is no scientific evidence of this. This sounds like something from Reno:The Excutioner stories…


Page 147:         A lot of this page is like an episode of Deep Space Nine where a character (Jake) is taken over by the MUSE.


Voice in head tells sad, anxious or angry stories about self, other people, and situations…This is schizoid…this makes me very wary about Tolle and his own mental stability.


Pain body devours negative thoughts…this is absolute garbage…


Page 148          Pain body – a psychic parasite….emotional vampirism.


Pain body pushes other people’s buttons…in other words, no responsibility…I can hear it now: It wasn’t me, it was my pain body that did it!


Tolle lays on a guilt trip for unstable parents when he writes about millions of children going through upheaval because of their parents’ agitated pain bodies…This guy piles on guilt like an old Irish priest, which is a method of gaining control. If Tolle can make his readers feel guilty, then he can also hold out the carrot of absolution, salvation, etc…


Page 149:        Pain body is the reason for alcoholism and violence in men…The person who is talking and making promises, however, is not the entity that commits the violence…This is transference. Tolle is condoning violence by suggesting it is not a personal choice but an activation of the pain body…


People think they fall in love, but actually their pain-bodies compliment each other…Tolle must have had some bad relationship experiences. This sounds more like sour grapes to me.


Page 150:         Pain bodies keep dormant and then jump into action when triggered….Tolle writes a stereotypical page about honeymoon arguments. This is not good psychology…this is pseudo-psychology…Tolle appears to blame all conflicts on pain bodies, instead of blaming it on people themselves.


Page 151:         Pain body distorts reality with fear, hostility, and anger…blinded by emotions. All of a sudden the person you love has a different face…the pain-body has taken possession. Choose someone as your partner whose pain body is not excessively dense.???


The only excessively dense people are the ones who think this book will transform them.

Page 152          People with pain bodies don’t even know that they are unhappy because they are unconscious of their inner state….I’ve been around a lot people, but I’ve never come across a person who doesn’t know when they are unhappy.


Negative energy flows into pain-bodied people and they end up falling out with the organizations that they belong to…in other words, they find exactly what they are looking for.            Could this be applied to Tolle, Oprah and their followers? They have been falling out with the Church simply because their pain body is telling them to be unhappy with Christ????


Page 153          Violent films attract large audiences because the pain-body vicariously renews itself through cinema and television.         How does this apply to Oprah? Isn’t she part of the system that promotes this stuff? She’s on network television after all.


Note also that Tolle uses the word ‘vicariously’ when it comes to violence – will he relate this topic to Christ’s suffering????


Page 154          Some of the best anti-war films show the reality of war without glorifying it…agreed.


Tolle condemns the British press – is there some Germanic hatred underlying this????


The Collective female Pain-Body – Tolle is reaching out again to the main readers of his book – women.


Page 155          Female principles suppressed…ego is more rooted in males. Women are more spiritual and less mind-rooted than men, making women more attuned to the natural world.       This is gender stereotyping


Nobody knows the exact figure…but it seems certain…those two statements in the one sentence oppose each other…Tolle claims that over 300 years, 3-5 million women were tortured and killed by the Inquisition. There is no proof of this and all Tolle is doing is revealing his own prejudicial revisionist thoughts.


Page 156          The sacred feminine was declared demonic – I get the feeling that Tolle has been taking in too much Da Vinci Code stuff


The evolutionary ego in men takes full control of the planet and women are rendered powerless….and yet through the ages millions of men protected their families from hostile invaders. Where’s the ego in the defenders?


Page 157          Things are changing – the ego is losing its power over humankind and is being lost more quickly in women…this is genderism at its most blatant. Tolle cannot prove any of this. This is sophistry.


Older countries have more pain bodies. Younger nations – Canada and Australia have lighter collective pain bodies…yet both Canada and Australia have never had a generation that was not at war…Tolle also includes Switzerland as an example of this lighter pain body….maybe he should visit Switzerland…they are so nationalistic that every household is required to have a rifle for national defense, and every citizen of a certain age needs to go on military maneuvers at least once per year.


Page 158          In the Middle East, the collective pain body is so acute that it perpetrates violence.         So the terrorists are no longer responsible for bombings and murders. They can blame it all on their good ol’ bad pain body….

Tolle claims that China’s heavy pain body is mitigated through t’ai chi…. This will please Tolle’s New Age fans. There is no evidence to support this…


Page 159          The Western world needs to embrace t’ai chi, qigong, and yoga…they weaken the pain body and will play an important role in the global awakening…I honestly think that Tolle has been drinking too much kool-ade at this point.


Native Americans decimated and culture destroyed by European settlers. Jewish people also have a pronounced collective racial pain-body….this is racist…Tolle is saying that these races are actually handicapped by their own proclivities to suffering…


For what you do to others, you do to yourself – agreed.


Page 160          there is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness….Tolle is saying that there is no individual accountability or personal responsibility for evil. After all, how can you put human unconsciousness on trial for wickedness?


With forgiveness, your true power emerges – the power of Presence.    Tolle has finally displaced God’s mercy and replaced Christ with ourselves. There’s an old word for this: idolatry.

A New Earth – Part 4

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I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over thirty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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19 Responses to A New Earth: Chapter Five

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  2. memama says:

    Thank you for the time and effort to put this book in this condensed page by page form. I have read all 5 parts and can honestly say, page 130, and also the comments at the begining of part 5, gave me a good chuckle, when I read them. Hope you can “grin and bear it” while you are on the journey. Know that your posts are looked forward to by myself and others. And even if you are a small voice, crying in the wilderness, I feel there are those who will hear your words of wisdom, and consider what is being taught. And by who. p.s I have many Irish & Scott’s relatives, including, Little’s, Sheeley’s, Courtneys, Duffy’s,McFadden’s, Mahoney’s, and a few more. MM

  3. stushie says:

    Thanks MM. I will try and get this book behind me asap…

  4. Bruce says:

    I just wanted to echo the thanks that memama stated and add my name to the list of grateful readers. Sincerely appreciate. I love your down to earth sense of humor.

  5. Really? says:

    Good grief Mr. Stushie, in my craziest fantasies I could not interpret this book the way you have but that is not shocking as I have explored the rest of your blog and it is laced with the arrogance of a “God-fearing” (such a shame to be so fearful) Christian man who is too scared to step outside the box of his small, limited interpretation of the teachings of the Christ he worships. God help the people who follow your teachings for they are being misled, so far astray from the reality of God. Uncanny and so sad, the things you are teaching in the name of this magnificent man.

  6. stushie says:

    I guess, Really, you’re one of those people who just can’t handle the Gospel truth. I feel so sorry for you. God bless.

  7. Really? says:

    Oh, well thank you but I don’t need your pity. My spirit is alive, well, and thriving and I “handle” my own truths just fine. Given the fact that you’ve got an entire world to convert to your way of thinking, you best not be wasting time on someone who doesn’t need your pity, so run along now!

  8. Stushie says:

    Hey really, keep the pity party to yourself. You’re the one who said I was sad in the first place.

    I hope your own truths stand up to God’s jurisprudence. As for me, I’ll ask Jesus to present His truths on my behalf….otherwise I would be equating myself with God’s Only Son.

  9. Really? says:

    Well see, that’s where our beliefs differ and that is why there really is no “problem” here for me. I don’t believe that I was born unworthy of my Creator’s love; I don’t believe that I am “a sinner”. Therefore, I have no need to be “saved” because I was born worthy in the first place. I know that’s a foreign concept to Christians, that people can actually love themselves and feel worthy of God’s love, but I do believe that it is my birthright to be loved by God. My truth comes directly from my Creator; not my ability to believe in some fairytale about Adam, Eve, virgin births, walking on water, a dead man escaping from his own tomb, an entire universe being created in 7 days, and all of the other garbledygook surrounding the religion of Christianity.

    As for my truths “standing up to God’s jurisprudence,” I’m not much worried about that either because I do not believe that God is a vengeful, jealous God, nor that I should have any reason to “fear” him/her.

    So see? No reason to worry about this soul. Because I’m not scared 🙂

  10. Stushie says:

    You can yo-yo your comments into all of eternity if you like, but if you claim that you are not a sinner, then you put yourself on the same level as God – that amounts to shooting yourself in your own spiritual foot.

    Who sais anything about being scared? I never mentioned it. Seems to me as though there’s something nagging at your reality…

    BTW, no matter what you believe in God, God will be who God is…as revealed to us through Jesus.

  11. Really? says:

    Okay, Stushie. I’ll let you have the last word. It’s your blog. You’re the mighty pastor. You’re the leader of your (misled) flock. And your conviction of always being right is funny as hell 😉 And for, what it’s worth, I do believe I am a part of God. It’s pretty cool!

  12. Stushie says:

    I believe you are a part of God, too, but if you want that to be eternal, you need to admit to being a sinner and taking Jesus as your Savior. There’s no other way.

    God bless.

  13. memama says:

    Waiting for the next “installment”! Did you get LOST in the “spaces between thoughts”? that Eckhart wrote about?? I tried that phrase on a Neurologist friend, and also the ‘vibrating brains of enough people thinking Eckhart thoughts creating a new earth”…. the grade was : ” F ” for these two ideas. Hope you are well and find your way back to the blog. I’ll keep checking back…..MM

  14. Really. says:

    Well MM, I wouldn’t expect Tolle’s writing to make sense to someone who believes in virgin births, walking on water and all of the other fairy tales that your religion is centered around. The sad thing is that people like you are walking around this earth, arrogant and cocky as hell, all the while claiming to represent a man who was nothing like the messages of intolerance and hypocrisy that you people spew forth in his name. As far as I can tell, Christianity has nothing to do with Christ and everything to do with the egos of people whose always need to have the last word.

  15. stushie says:

    Sounds as though your pain-body is showing, Really. Maybe you need to read through chapter one again….

  16. memama says:

    Mr. stushie, the above comment is just one of Oprah’s friends, letting us know how the “awakening” is going. Not to well so far. They are not too happy, because Youtube and stushie (one of them got so mad at me telling the other “friends” that you were here they started calling you “sushie!” after they admitted they have been HERE READING and you were ‘full of Hot Air!’) have been able to discuss the truth about Eckhart Tolle and his book. There are some wonderful YouTube videos, one by Moody Church entitled “The Gospel According To Oprah’s Friends” also a WONDERFUL NEW series about Oprah’s OTHER firend: and that video is entitled “Marrianne Willaimson Movie 1” then there is a “2” and a “3”. These have been getting very “unfriendly ” responses from the “awakened” and “enlightened”. I do not see how Eckhart is going to get his teletubbie earth started, with those brains NOT vibrating with ‘eckhart emotions’… but constantly in a state of “conviction” of the wrong of Eckharts teachings. It’s been MONTHS since classes ended, for Oprah and Eckhart, and the unrest has become more profound then ever. And that last comment by “really”. Made me think of a post I read today, written by MDkvetch….Somebody: SELF (in fact a bunch of SELF’S) wrote the Bible with the help of the greater SELF: called God. MUST be true then according to your opinion of SELF being the only true and factual source – or is it only YOUR true SELF that is true and factual? And if this is true? are only you CORRECT? …..thought it was a wonderful question. Hope to see the NEXT INSTALLMENT SOON!….MM

  17. ballerine says:

    Don’t humans have anything better to do with their mouths than to cast words of intolerance?

  18. Bruce says:

    Hi Stushie, it’s been a while but I see that you made it. My hat is off to you brother, and some of the responses, especially those from “Really?”. It might interest you to know that one of the readers of “A New Earth” was one of my daughters. That’s the bad news, the good news is that God’s grace broke through and she was baptized a couple of years ago. God is so good! The battle continues however, I am doing the same thing you did but on a different book (Graham Cooke – Prophetic Wisdom) so to some lesser extent I feel your pain. Hope all is well with you and may God richly bless you and yours!

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