The author of the best-selling The Power of Now and A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle has dedicated much of his life to teaching others how to live in the present moment. His message has reached millions who are looking to transform their lives and evolve to a higher consciousness.
Born in Germany in 1948, Eckhart was educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. Eckhart says he suffered from bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts until he experienced a profound inner transformation at age 29. During this transformation, Eckhart says he became aware that his feelings of sadness, dread and fear were all part of his ego. One morning, he awoke to find that his ego had dissolved and life was fresh and beautiful and his mind free of constant mental chatter.
Armed with this new perspective on life, Eckhart began teaching spiritual workshops to small groups of people, and in 1999, he published The Power of Now to international acclaim. In 2005, he published A New Earth, and in 2008, it became an Oprah's Book Club pick and the basis of an exclusive online webcast hosted by himself and Oprah. At the core of his teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists of transcending our ego-based state of consciousness.
Eckhart is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition, but he draws from many to covey his teachings. Through his writings and seminars, Eckhart has inspired people around the world to transform their lives, achieve personal happiness and contribute to the ending of violent conflict on our planet.
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Published on July 10, 2008