Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Finding Your life's Purpose|
Actor: Eckhart Tolle
Director: Eckhart Tolle
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Wea-des Moines Video Release Date: 09/30/2008
One of Eckhart Tolle's best programs
R. Reece | Atlanta, GA USA | 05/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is very clear and practical. If you only watch or listen to one program by Eckhart Tolle, this is the one to get. Most human beings live in a virtual reality world of mental constructs, and they rarely experience the richness of this moment. They are continually looking for a purpose in the future, while missing their primary purpose: to fully experience What Is, in this moment. On this DVD, Eckhart discusses:
* The concept of Time. I've never heard it explained so clearly. There is no past and no future. All that we call "time" is a mental abstraction. We rush around wishing we had more time, and all we have is this moment. His discussion on Time brings the topic back to your purpose: to live your life in this moment (rather than wasting it living in mental abstraction).
* Achievement vs. Purpose. Eckhart travels the world speaking and teaching, and has certainly achieved far more than most people. His achievements and efforts have arisen out of the present moment awareness that he lives in. When your focus is on the end result, and in the process of achieving that result, you miss your real purpose (finding your sense of home, self and completeness in this moment), your achievements take on far less meaning. Let your motivation for achievement arise out of the completeness of being IN your purpose (as opposed to trying to complete yourself by achieving some purpose you made up in your head).
Contrary to the one-star reviewer of this DVD's opinion, Eckhart is not suggesting finding your purpose in sitting on the couch, eating & watching Oprah all day. But of course, Jesus never advocated many of the things that have been said and done in the name of Christianity either. Those who have ears to hear tend to hear, and the rest walk away with more mental constructs to add to their virtual selves.
This DVD isn't just for people looking for their first Eckhart Tolle experience. If you have been reading, listening to and watching Eckhart for years this DVD is well worth the investment.
Most people want to find their purpose because they are looking for completion, for fulfillment, and to be all they can be. This DVD will show you where to find that purpose. As to what you do, what you accomplish, what you achieve, etc... that's something else.
So here's the big question: If you are completely fulfilled, will you be motivated to do anything, or will you just sit around, eat and watch Oprah? Some people think you have to be unfulfilled in order to accomplish anything. They seem to think that all achievement arises out of unfulfillment. This philosophy turns you into a Human Doing; looking for that next achievement to complete your self. But you never get there. Human Beings find their purpose in Being. Out of that place of completion and fulfillment they achieve great things.
I wouldn't have taken the time to write this review, but I initially saw the one-star review and didn't want people to miss a great DVD for the wrong reasons."
Burp your way to Enlightenment
Charles Sieracki | Irving, TX USA | 07/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Here is a lecture by Eckhart Tolle taped in a lecture hall in front of a live audience. Production values are fair to poor. It looks like someone in the audience had a camcorder and taped it.
It takes a while for Eckhart to warm up. In fact, he seems really hesitant and shy at first, like he is trying to gather the courage to speak to this group. You can find most of his ideas presented much better in his books. He's not a great speaker. In fact he burps and belches quite frequently in the talk, after drinking a glass of water. This is mildy distracting. If this is your first exposure to his ideas, you'll need to concentrate to follow him. He's trying to make it easy to undertstand, but it's really important to listen carefully.
He rolls his eyes around a lot and there are a lot of breath noises and sound effects, as he is trying to parody the ego-driven mind that he is telling us to overcome. This is the funniest thing of all- he actually parodies the title of the talk, Finding your Life's Purpose as being "what THEY tell me the talk is supposed to be about"
If you get past all of this and concentrate on what he is saying, it is quite a nice introduction to his philosophy, which seems quite similar to Buddhism. He throws in some quotations of Jesus so that the more conventional christian audience will not be offended and will maybe listen to him. In fact there are quite a lot of differences between this and christian religion as you would hear from thousands of pulpits every Sunday.
It's certainly worth a look if you are too lazy to read his books."
Madeline | Seattle, WA | 02/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched all of the Eckhart Tolle's DVD's from Netflix, and this is my favorite. If you're only able to buy one, this is the one to buy. I didn't get anything out of reading his books, an audio book was just okay, but I am loving this DVD. I come home in my normal state, which I call life, or more agitated than usual, and with this DVD, Tolle guides me out of my mind & emotions into Presence.
Along the lines of, "no problem can be solved at the level of consciousness that created it", spending even a little time in Presence has helped me gain great clarity. I can't explain how it works but I'm experiencing positive results in business, relationships, to even enjoying house cleaning (that's a first!). One weekend day after a morning session in Presence, I did something "out of the blue", got a great response, and then, "that's what my family wanted all along?" Go figure.
Philosophically, Eckhart Tolle says our purpose in life is to be in the Presence, period. Beyond that, secondary purpose is to just live in the now and do what is next to be done. The philosophy is simple, but it can be challenging practicing living in Presence. That's why I recommend this DVD."