October 10: The False Power of Ego
After the first class, "The False Power of Ego," Oprah invited Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, to continue the conversation. Read some of our favorite quotes below—and watch the full webcast again here.
"I do believe the most important thing is to be able to go to the still space within yourself. Because the voices of the world will drown out that inner voice." — Oprah
"Your just being here is all the value you ever need." — Oprah
"If you have a strong ego [and] something good happens to an acquaintance of yours, [it] makes you feel bad. It's called envy. ... The ego thinks something has been taken away from you because somebody else has received something good. It's a complete illusion, but that's the madness of the ego." — Eckhart Tolle
"I don't any longer think that it's possible that any other people can hurt me. They're just giving me their observation, and I'm giving it meaning. And so I get to choose what that meaning is."
— Rita, audience member
"Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness." — Eckhart Tolle
"There is a wonderful ancient Sufi saying which I'm going to paraphrase slightly. It says, 'When the heart weeps for what it has lost,' in this case 'heart' means 'ego,' 'when the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found.'" — Eckhart Tolle
"There's something in everybody that longs for that awakening to be more true to yourself."
— Eckhart Tolle
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