Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany on February 16, 1948. Much of his early childhood is described by him as an unhappy time, where he frequently struggled with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and the "pain in the energy field of the country" . By the age of 13, with his parents separated, Eckhart moved to Spain to live with his father. As his father did not insist on mandatory attendance of school, Tolle took the opportunity to self-study at home. During this time, he read through several books written by the German mystic Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, of which, he says, had a deep impact on him.
At 19, Tolle moved to the UK where he spent the next 3 years teaching German and Spanish at a language school in London. By 22, he
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His second book, Stillness Speaks, was published in 2003, and finally, his third and most recent novel "A New Earth" was released in 2005. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose is packaged as a self-help book. The intention of the author is to provide an alternative perspective of the world, particularly in the face of what is described as the "inherited dysfunction" of our minds. Ultimately, Tolle is developing his own theory of new consciousness and presenting it as the key to 'change' within and without us: "This book's main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken... This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready." However, it's really a modern repackaging of old ideas from Eastern spirituality, with his own interpretation and approach.
Much in line with his previous publication, "The Power of Now", Tolle works through many of the same fundamentals of his belief system, such as pain bodies, the egoic mind and evolution of human consciousness. He describes this evolution in other relatable terms like awakening, liberation, salvation, and enlightenment. This serves the dual purpose of creating an ease of accessibility to his