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February 21, 2008

Diary: ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ From the New Oprah’s Book Club Section, Eckhart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose’

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My library just got Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, the 61st selection of Oprah’s Book Club. I didn’t understand why there was no waiting list for the book until I started to read it. Here are three passages from it:

“A new species is arising on the planet. It is arising now, and you are it!”

“We are in the midst of a momentous event in the evolution of human consciousness. But they won’t be talking about it in the news tonight. On our planet, and perhaps simultaneously in many parts of our galaxy and beyond, consciousness is awakening from the dream of form. This does not mean all forms (the world) are going to dissolve, although quite a few almost certainly will. It means consciousness can now begin to create form without losing itself in it. It can remain conscious of itself, even while it creates and experiences form.”

“The famous and now classic pop song, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ is the song of the ego.”

I have no idea what any of this means, including the part about the Stones. I thought “Satisfaction” was rock, not pop. I tried to check this on Wikipedia and stumbled on a quote from Keith Richards: “ … the words I’d written for that riff were ‘I can’t get no satisfaction.’ But it could just as well have been ‘Auntie Millie’s Caught Her Left Tit in the Mangle’.” I wonder if anybody will bring this up at a meeting of Oprah’s Book Club? Or if any of this will make any sense after I’ve finished reading A New Earth?

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Janice, I have to hand it to you. You got as far as 3 paragraphs; I stopped at 2.5 paras and put the book down on the Costco table. I think I rolled my eyes and muttered something profane. Maybe not. At any rate, I think Tolle has dipped into the magic mushrooms one time too many. I felt like I was tripping by the time I got to, “It means consciousness can now begin to create form without losing itself in it.” Hunh?!? I’d say more but I honestly have to go lay down, my head’s spinning, Janice. heh heh

    Comment by janetleigh — February 21, 2008 @ 6:54 am | Reply

  2. They sell this at Costco? The part that really got to me was that “consciousness is awakening” in many parts of our galaxy “and beyond.” And BEYOND?

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 21, 2008 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  3. The easy thing about those consciousness claims is: you don’t have to prove them.


    Comment by knightofswords — February 23, 2008 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  4. Exactly.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 23, 2008 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

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