Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle-A New World

The Urgency of Transformation

By Eckhart Tolle


We have received an amazing amount of emails thanking us for letting them know about Oprah’s online interview with Eckhart Tolle. For those of you who may not be on our Community Email list that have missed this, you can go to www.Oprah.com and listen or download the archived interviews. This, along with many other events that are going on, are of enormous importance to the collective consciousness on our planet. Our technology has brought us face to face with the destructive power of old dysfunctional beliefs we hold about ourselves; but now we can use that same technology to change the collective mind patterns by bringing new awareness into the collective consciousness. In the words of Albert Einstein, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” We must literally rise above who we “think” we are and “become” who we are meant to be, and we must do this together.

Rahasya & Dhara, Lotus Guide


The Urgency of Transformation

By Eckhart Tolle

When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, and individual life form – or a species — will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.

It is believed that the life forms on this planet first evolved in the sea.When there were no animals yet to be found on land, the sea was already teeming with life. Then at some point, one of the sea creatures must have started to venture onto dry land.It would perhaps crawl a inches at first, then, exhausted by the enormous gravitational pull of the planet, it would return to the water, where gravity is almost nonexistent and where it could live with much greater ease.And then it tried again and again and again, and much later would adapt to life on land, grow feet instead of fans, develop lungs instead of gills.It seems unlikely that a species would venture into such an alien environment and undergo an evolutionary transformation unless it was compelled to do so by some crisis situation. There may have been a large sea area that got cut off from the main ocean where the water gradually receded over thousands of years, forcing fish to leave their habitat and evolve.

Responding to a radical crisis that threatens our very survival — this is humanity’s challenge now.The dysfunction of the egoic human mind, recognized already more than 2500 years ago by the ancient wisdom teachers and now magnified through science and technology, is for the first time threatening the survival of the planet.Until very recently, the transformation of human consciousness — also pointed to by the ancient teachers — was no more than a possibility, realized by a view rare individuals here and there, irrespective of cultural and religious background. A widespread flowering of human consciousness did not happen because it was not yet imperative.

A significant portion of the earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die.A still relatively small but rapidly growing percentage of humanity is already experiencing within themselves the breakup of the old egoic mind patterns and the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness.

What is arising now is not a new belief system, a new religion, spiritual ideology, or mythology.We are coming to the end not only of mythologies but also of ideologies and belief systems.The change goes deeper than the content of your mind, deeper than your thoughts.In fact, at the heart of the new consciousness lies the transcendence of thought, the newfound ability of rising above thought, of realizing a dimension within yourself that is infinitely more vast than thought.You then no longer derive your identity, your sense of who you are, from the incessant stream of thinking that in the old consciousness you take to be yourself.What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am.Who am I then?The one who sees that.The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought — or the emotion or sense perception — happens.

Ego is no more than this: identification with form, which primarily means thought forms.If evil has any reality — and it has a relative, not an absolute, reality — this is also its definition: complete identification with form — physical forms, thought forms, emotional forms.This results in a total unawareness of my connectedness with the whole, my intrinsic oneness with every “other” as well as with the Source.This forgetfulness is original sin, suffering, delusion.When this delusion of utter separateness underlies and governs whatever I think, say, and do, what kind of world do I create?To find the answer to this, observe how humans relate to each other, read a history book, or watch the news on television tonight.

If the structures of the human mind remained unchanged, we will always stand up and be creating fundamentally the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.

Collective human consciousness and life on our planet are intrinsically connected.A new have been is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness.And a new earth is it’s reflection in the physical realm.Since human life and human consciousness are intrinsically one with the life of the planet, as the old consciousness dissolves, there are bound to be synchronistic geographic and climatic natural upheavals in many parts of the planet, some of which we are already witnessing now.

Excerpted from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Copyright © 2005 by Eckhart Tolle. Excerpted by permission of Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.