This was the title of a newspaper article this morning. It ended up being an article about a local book club that is discussing Oprah’s new book selection, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. I will admit I’ve not even seen this book nor have I watched Oprah much in the last while. I had heard she was doing some online book discussion, but really had no idea what it was about, except that it was along her lines of crazy spirituality.
The thing that got me was this quote taken from the book: “This book’s main purpose is not to add information or beliefs to your mind or try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken.” Even as I type this I am still going “huh?” and here is Eckhart’s invitation off of the Oprah website:
What is the purpose of my life and how do I fulfill that purpose? It will be a course in self-exploration and awakening. It will help you see what the dysfunctional patterns are within yourself that create unnecessary conflict and suffering and prevent you from finding true fulfillment. Hopefully, it will also help you access a dimension within yourself that perhaps you didn’t know existed or only caught glimpses of on rare occasions. Don’t be trapped for the rest of your life within the narrow confines of your personal history and your conditioned personality and allow your life to be transformed from within, through the power of consciousness itself.
If you know me or have read my blog at all, you know that I’m a believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even if you don’t believe what I do, I’m going to love you and pray for you and hope that through my life you will get a glimpse of Christ and that the hungering, that longing that God puts in each of us, will awaken within you.
What bothers me about this book, this club and this author is that he is trying to be the answer to that void that is within all of us. We all hunger for understanding about our lives; we all hunger for an explanation for the things that are good and hard in our lives, but sitting and just being with ourselves isn’t going to give us any ultimate comfort. It’s only going to lead to more guilt or just an unhealthy burying of our problems or ignoring of them. It is only in sitting at the Savior’s feet, at sitting and being with Him, that we will truly no longer be “trapped w/in the narrow confines of our personal history and conditioned personality.”
I pray daily that the inner me will be unearthed…
more of Christ and less of me.