The teachings encompass:
- The meaning and nature of consciousness.
- Finding your life’s purpose.
- Finding and maintaining happiness.
- Dealing with pain, suffering, and loss.
- The nature of Dao (the way) and its power.
- and many more.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with his work, his teachings are an eclectic mix of Christianity, Buddhism, philosophy and modern psychology. Tolle uses logic and reason to weed out the best parts of each and then blends them into a powerful philosophy of spiritual enlightenment. His teachings are not necessarily religious in nature, although there are some aspects of religion in the sense that he uses philosophy to point out the timeless nature of consciousness. I personally find his philosophy to be fascinating and extremely helpful when it comes to navigating life’s “problems”.
Unlike most theologies, his teachings do not conflict with the non-aggression principle and are predicated on a philosophical foundation, rather than a religious “faith” based foundation. For example, you’ll never hear Tolle threatening eternal damnation if you don’t give him money. Nor will you hear him arguing in favor of statist solutions to problems or asking a God to take some kind of positive action. What you will hear is a philosophy of non-aggression, acceptance, and self-reflection.
A New Earth – a seminar with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey