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.