Free online course with Eckhart Tolle

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February 18, 2014

Friends, we would like to invite you to take a free online course (or, what he calls an “UnCourse”) with our dear friend Eckhart Tolle. Unlike traditional approaches to learning, the UnCourse is not about the accumulation of more knowledge or achieving an intellectual (or even spiritual) goal. Instead, it is about you and the peace and freedom that you already are.

What happens in the UnCourse?

• Participate in nine sets of video teachings with Eckhart
• Use simple exercises to assist you in practicing presence in challenging situations
• Apply Eckhart’s teachings to your work life, parenting, and your intimate relationships
• Reflect on your feelings and ideas

Learn more about Eckhart’s UnCourse, in partnership with Sounds True, and register for free today!

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Eckhart Tolle

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Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author, born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of 29 a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. He devoted the next several years to understanding, integrating, and deepening that transformation. With his international bestsellers, The Power of Now and A New Earth—translated into over 52 languages—he has introduced millions to the joy and freedom of living life in the present moment. The New York Times has described him as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”, and Watkins Review has named him “the most spiritually influential person in the world.”

Eckhart’s profound, yet simple teachings have helped countless people around the globe experience a state of vibrantly alive inner peace in their daily lives. His teachings focus on awakening consciousness, which transcends ego and discursive thinking, and can be seen as the next step in human evolution. In the awakened state of presence, we discover what Eckhart describes as our essential identity—who we are beneath the surface—and its power for transforming our selves and our world.

Eckhart is a sought-after public speaker and teaches and travels extensively throughout the world. Many of his talks, intensives, and retreats are published on CD and DVD. Most of the teachings are given in English, but occasionally Eckhart also gives talks in German and Spanish. In addition to The Power of Now and A New Earth, Eckhart has written a book designed for meditative reading entitled Stillness Speaks. A book consisting of selections from The Power of Now entitled Practicing the Power of Now is also available. For more information on Eckhart Tolle, please visit his website.

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Eckhart Tolle: Conscious Manifestation

Eckhart Tolle is one of the world’s most renowned spiritual teachers. In addition to hosting many talks, retreats, and seminars, Eckhart has written two all-time bestselling books: The Power of Now and A New Earth. In this special episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon joins Eckhart for an in-depth question-and-answer session that includes queries from members of his teaching community. In preparation for a new, eight-week online course on conscious manifestation, Eckhart explains the difference between creating from the demands of the ego and from a place of still Presence. Eckhart also describes how to deal with doubts and fears of insufficiency during the creative process. Finally, Eckhart comments on the true origins of inspiration and how you can use the principles of conscious manifestation to affect positive change in the world.(68 minutes)

The Future is a Thought, with Eckhart Tolle

One of the great gifts a spiritual teacher can offer is to shine a new light upon beliefs we take for granted. In this short video teaching, excerpted from Creating a New Earth: The Best of Eckhart Tolle TV Season 1, Eckhart Tolle examines our idea of the future. We spend a lot of time thinking about it, planning for it, and worrying about it . . . yet is the future really what we believe it is?

With plain-spoken wisdom and gentle humor, Eckhart offers the seed of a deeply radical idea—one that could transform the way we relate to the future, the past, and the present moment.

Free online course with Eckhart Tolle

Friends, we would like to invite you to take a free online course (or, what he calls an “UnCourse”) with our dear friend Eckhart Tolle. Unlike traditional approaches to learning, the UnCourse is not about the accumulation of more knowledge or achieving an intellectual (or even spiritual) goal. Instead, it is about you and the peace and freedom that you already are.

What happens in the UnCourse?

• Participate in nine sets of video teachings with Eckhart
• Use simple exercises to assist you in practicing presence in challenging situations
• Apply Eckhart’s teachings to your work life, parenting, and your intimate relationships
• Reflect on your feelings and ideas

Learn more about Eckhart’s UnCourse, in partnership with Sounds True, and register for free today!

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  • Lyn Haigh says:

    Hey, I’d love to take part in this on-line course. I look forward to it and thank you for the kind offerings.

  • Susan White says:

    Hi, I am very interested in signing up for this course. Thank-you!

  • Toni vyse says:

    Hello,
    I would love to take part in this online course. Thank you.

  • Alicia Etcheverry says:

    I would love to be part of this on line course. I hope it is not too late.

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