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By Henry Makow PhD
We are all trapped in a mental prison designed by Satanists. We can escape by disavowing from thoughts which are actually prison bars. They are not "us." According to Eckhart Tolle, our real identity is the soul which experiences thoughts. We must access this state of being, "an inner spaciousness" which Tolle equates with the "Kingdom of Heaven," a taproot for creativity, freedom, and power.
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The reason Oprah likes Tolle is that his religion is the belief of the elite and the Illuminati, and a precursor of the ecumenical one world religion that will welcome the Antichrist. There is nothing new about Tolle, it's just new age, or to be more precise, a mix of Eastern mysticism found in Buddhism and Hinduism with the western esoteric tradition and Gnosticism. Theosophist Alice Bailey would love him.
"God" for Tolle is the same impersonal, formless and distant god of the Kabbalah, the panentheistic Ein Sof. Tolle's plan to change the world is exactly the same as Kabbalah's, the Tikkun Olam, where people by their own efforts help a sleeping "God" to rebuild or fix the world by gathering and enlightening the lost divine sparks.
His fake Jesus is not God, just an advanced disciple of his mindfulness courses. It doesn't hurt that he has become a millionaire in the process of "enlightening" the world.
He makes valid points about the many problems of the human heart: greed, lust, violence, anger, lack of peace. The problem is that his solutions are false, and worse, dangerous and harmful.
1) His definition of sin is the lack of realization that we are gods. That our Self really doesn't exist and we live in an illusion (Maya). The solution is to force yourself by the power of will to change this perception, with the help of meditation. However, God tells us that we are born in sin and we enjoy it. Self can be good or bad. It must be redeemed, not destroyed. Jesus, our model, is a personal being with a clear and defined personality and character, a very significant and big Self. On a simpler perspective, talk is cheap. Tolle is a very articulate and self-conscious person, and his self is anything but large.
2) It's a doctrine that relies 100% on the power and efforts of man. There is no place for God in the development of the soul. You do your exercises, you follow Eckhart's course and you save yourself. Since the evil world we live in is the result of actions of men, it doesn't make sense to believe that evil man will change it, as he says. Christianity, on the other hand, relies on God's power (through the Holy Spirit), to sanctify people. God does thorough us what we can't do by ourselves. The rest comes from pride.
3) Any doctrine focused on the efforts of the individual (works) is self-centered. If you spend your time with an obsessive compulsion about your exercises, you will not have time for caring for others. Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves, One can only do that by thinking about other people, and not by spending hours focused on his own mind.
4) Many people seek Tolle and new age because they want peace of mind. Peace of mind is not a virtue, it is an emotional state that can be achieved for a short term by drugs, concentration and self-delusion. Many people are addicted to Xanax, heroin, fentanyl and other drugs that bring this feeling. Instead, real virtue is many times found during tribulation and strife. Jesus cried tears of blood. Lasting peace of mind is a fruit of the Spirit and a consequence of godly living. It doesn't come from mind exercises.
5) Tolle's doctrine, like any doctrine of self-enlightenment, automatically creates a hierarchy of more and less developed beings. In Christianity, we are sinners, we are all the same, and God is above us. In the new age, some people are more advanced than others (hence the gurus). This is fertile ground to abuse, manipulation and control. It is also food for pride. Also, the New Thought or power of the mind to change things that Tolle teaches is basically witchcraft. We don't have this power, which belongs to God alone. The Antichrist will simply be the highest guru of all. He will declare to be the most enlightened being in the world, and therefore deserving obedience and worship from us.
6) Meditation has been linked to psychosis and emotional problems. It's an open door for demonic influences, and it often ends up with a spiritual meeting with an evil spirit disguised and a being of light. In fact, this is the most important objective of meditation. Instead, we should practice Christian meditation, which is a conscious effort to think about God's commands and His characteristics.
7) Tolle is intellectually dishonest. He takes biblical verses out of context, provides false conclusions and explanations for Bible passages that can be refuted by any casual reading. At the same time, Tolle wants people to believe he somehow follows Jesus, while denying every core doctrine Jesus taught.
In summary, Tolle replays the role of Satan in the Garden of Eden. He tries to convince us that God really didn't say what he said, that we will be gods if we disobey Him, and entices us with the same sin of pride that made Lucifer fall. The result is always the same: the spectacular failure that always happens when sinful men think they will stop sinning by their own willpower.
Instead, Jesus tells us to submit ourselves totally to God and never rely on our own power. He said: "I am the vine, you are the branches, apart from me you can't do nothing".
Why should we pay attention to a guru who is praised by the occult elite?
Also, books from Ray Yungen, Warren B. Smith and Roger Oakland, which dissect with precision the errors of new age thought. Start with Yungen's "A Time for Departing".
For a philosophical and metaphysical view of the problems with pantheism, try the excellent "One or Two: Seeing a World of Difference" by Peter Jones.
For a realistic view of the destruction caused by Eastern mysticism, see "Nine Lives" by William Dalrymple.
Kevin Boyle replies:
Marcos D reminds me of the Catholic priest who told us at Primary School in the late 1950's that only Catholics could get into heaven. Non-Catholics, sad to say, were "Going to hell". When the cry went up, "Father! That's not fair", he shrugged, raising his open palms smiling ruefully, "Well, they can't say they haven't been told."
Marlon Brando couldn't teach this guy a thing about delivering an unfortunate and terrifying message.
Being exposed to false and constipated doctrine takes quite a bit of getting over. It is hard not to regard this type of mind as one enslaved to formations of words in a manner that can only be described as idolatrous.
If Marcos D had experienced the presence of the one he pontificates about he might approach spiritual matters with more humility and a genuine recognizable awareness.
Tolle is quite right when he says that the self doesn't really exist and reality is an illusion. Marcos might be surprised to discover that increasing numbers of professional Physicists now agree with this (admittedly surprising) view of reality.
I can't be bothered engaging with MD's strident falsehoods. The spirit of God/Jesus is what a person experiences when the illusion of self falls away or collapses, provided one has sought God (one way or another) in the time before that falling away. This has happened to a very large number of people still living (during NDE's, times of crisis, meditation or unsought moments of extraordinary lucidity)
PS Yes people can open themselves up to demonic influences but not while consciously seeking the presence of the Divine. We command the forces of heaven and hell. Hell arrives when we invite it or forbid heaven ... which is easily done ... and severely instructive when such a mistake is made.
Marcos- Kevin Boyle's response is basically a bunch of ad-hominem attacks with no substance or arguments, other than an appeal to the authority of new-age pseudo-science. He finishes with the psychotic and megalomaniac statement that he commands the forces of heaven and hell, which is the core belief of witchcraft. Thanks for exactly proving my point that he wants to rob God's glory and make a god of himself.
David S writes:
"My Christian readers routinely disparage Tolle because Oprah Winfrey likes him." That's pretty shallow reasoning. Of course with so many shallow Christians these days, what can you expect?
Look around you -- these times are marked by a crisis within Christianity itself. To a Christian, all questions have a moral element, and we are seeing the church in the process of splitting over some big issues. Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Are you fine with gay clergy or not? Is it always black or white? How did you arrive at your conclusion?
Without any doubt, we Christians share Tolle's desire to do God's will. We even have a parallel with his exploration of "consciousness" or "mindfulness," which is the divine admonition to "pray always." SAME THING. Either of these can lead to the discernment of the will of God.
The trouble is that fallen man will always see the will of God "through a glass darkly." And so Christians have something Tolle does not -- the Commandments and a guidebook called the Bible. Let's call these a shortcut. And for you, Henry, we can zoom in on the New Testament. Unfortunately, lazy Christians want to skip the mindfulness and go straight to their favorite shortcut, but that's not the idea. Unfortunately again, Eckhardt Tolle wants to skip the guidebook entirely, and to meditate "til the cows come home." There's no sense of urgency and no call for action.
Again, countless Christians never or barely ever pray, so in that way, Eckhardt has a leg up. Good for him. But if "Christians" today were more like the first Christians, Tolle would scarcely have a following, because Christianity is that much more powerful. I hope you will one day experience that, Henry.