So today I did a thing. I read the entire chapter 5 of Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth and did it live in a Twitter Spaces. It was completely spur of the moment and freeing to just read and share without worrying about the additional time needed to edit, post and share the chapter.
Here is the link to the recording of Chapter 5, keep in mind that it is not a permanent link. I do not know how long the recorded Spaces remain available so if you want to hear it, visit sooner than later.
I have to say that this chapter was very intense for me to read right now as I have been struggling with all that is happening in the news along with personal family issues. I can relate to being stuck in the pain-body cycle. To live in the past through my emotional pain-body. This is not the me that I want to be and am so glad I decided to open this book again today.
If you pick up the book and read Chapter 5, pay attention to pages 154 to 157. This is the section titled The Collective Female Pain Body. Eckhart Tolle tells us that “The suppression of the feminine principle especially over the past two thousand years has enabled the ego to gain absolute supremacy in the collective human psyche” (pg. 155).
He says that over a 300 year period millions of women were tortured and killed by the “Holy Inquisition” to suppress heresy (and ultimately strip all women of their power). “Women’s status was reduced to being child bearers and men’s property” (pg. 156). Sadly, this is something highly concerning and relatable today in 2022 in the United States.
I hope you enjoy the chapter and perhaps that it helps you pay closer attention to the present. My day was much improved by Eckhart Tolle’s words of wisdom.
Chapter 5 The Pain Body
- The Birth of Emotion
- Emotions and the Ego
- The Duck with a Human Mind
- Carrying the Past
- Individual and Collective
- How the Pain-Body Renews Itself
- How the Pain-Body Feeds on Your Thoughts
- Dense Pain-Bodies
- Entertainment, the Media and the Pain-Body
- The Collective Female Pain-Body
- National and Racial Pain-Bodies