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New Age Spiritual Author - Eckhart Tolle
born : Ulrich Tolle, Germany, 1948
famous for : Writing the wildly successful and influential book called
"The Power of Now".
lives: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Eckhart Tolle was born in 1948 in Germany as Ulrich Tolle.
He also spent time living in Spain and went on to study at Cambridge
university and the University of London in the United Kingdom.
It has been reported that the German born author changed his name
from Ulrich to Eckhart because of the German philosopher Meister
Eckhart Tolle's life changed when he was 29 years of age. The
author had a spiritual awakening after a long struggle with unhappiness.
Tolle dedicated his life to a more spiritual path and set about
learning from and experiencing different philosophies and beliefs
from around the world.
Eckhart Tolle describes his spiritual awakening in the following
paragraph; "For most people, spiritual awakening is a
gradual process. Rarely does it happen all at once. When it does,
though, it is usually brought about by intense suffering. That
was certainly true in my case. For years my life alternated between
depression and acute anxiety. One night I woke up in a state of
dread and intense fear, more intense than I had ever experienced
before. Life seemed meaningless, barren, hostile. It became so
unbearable that suddenly the thought came into my mind, "I
cannot live with myself any longer." The thought kept repeating
itself several times. Suddenly, I stepped back from the thought,
and looked at it, as it were, and I became aware of the strangeness
of that thought: "If I cannot live with myself, there must
be two of me the I and the self that I cannot live with."
And the question arose, "Who is the I and who
is the self that I cannot live with?" There was no answer
to that question, and all thinking stopped. For a moment, there
was complete inner silence. Suddenly I felt myself drawn into
a whirlpool or a vortex of energy. I was gripped by an intense
fear, and my body started to shake. I heard the words, "Resist
nothing," as if spoken inside my chest. I could feel myself
being sucked into a void. Suddenly, all fear disappeared, and
I let myself fall into that void. I have no recollection of what
happened after that."
spiritual author and teacher currently lives in Canada and continues
to spread his message of spirituality through seminars, books,
audio material, and his official
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