A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (2006)
Immediately upon gaining even a small understanding of the awakening experience, I began wondering what my new role in this world would be. Wondering ... then worrying ... then planning ... then trying not to plan. Over the weeks, 'wondering' became 'impatience' and I turned to my growing stack of books in the queue for any about 'purpose'.
“Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life. And don't be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it's their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don't be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” ― Eckhart Tolle, 'A New Earth'But as Eckhart explains at the start of this book, the 'purpose' in question is 'awakening'. And as millions of people have come to find out, Eckhart is very effective at crafting the verbal pointers to help awaken the mind to the Now. Though I had already awoken, as it were, the book still helped me identify the things within me, my life, and my way of thinking that must have shifted to allow this profound encounter to make its way past my egoic self. So even if the book did not hand me the keys to unlock a specific purpose (damn!), it definitely helped propel me down the path to further clarity about the awakening itself. Good stuff.