Oprah, Tolle, & A New Earth, Chapter 3
In Chapter 2, you examined the stories your ego is always telling you. Chapter 3 is about finding the inner you. Who are you really? Tell Us.
Each week, be sure and pick your two favorite quotes from the chapter we are exploring. The quotes are like the petals of a flower you have grown during the class that can assist in your ongoing awakening.
Oprah & Tolle Discuss Chapter 3: The Core of Ego
Favorite Quote from Chapter 3 of A New Earth:
“Whatever you fight, you strengthen and what you resist persists.”
What can you do to stop the negative voice in your head? Tell Us.
Discussion of the Chapter 3 Workbook:
- When we have hurt feelings and hold grudges, that is the ego. What are the grievances that we allow ourselves to carry? Share your experiences here.
- Fear is the underlying theme that drives the ego. What do you fear? Tell Us.
- On page 74 Eckhart Tolle writes, "Anything you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you." What does this mean to you? Tell Us.
Be Still: Try Meditation
| Become aware of your breathing. Feel the air flowing in and out of your body. Feel your inner energy field. All that you ever have to deal with, cope with, in real life—as opposed to imaginary mind projections—is this moment. Ask yourself what "problem" you have right now, not next year, tomorrow, or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? |
Give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting…snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be, and enjoy being. If you are present, there is never any need for you to wait for anything. So, next time somebody says, "Sorry to have kept you waiting." You can reply, "That's all right, I wasn't waiting. I was just standing here enjoying myself."
Chapter 4: Role-Playing: The Many Faces of the Ego
Prepare for next Monday’s class (March 24, 2008). Download your chapter 4 workbook and start preparing! Next week, Oprah and Eckhart Tolle will discuss how the roles we assume and the stories we tell about ourselves can prevent us from being happy.
Article Written by: Kimberly Kong; Kimberly is a graduate of FIDM in Los Angeles who is beginning to invite moments of stillness.