I submit the following Holy scriptures and excerpts from the commentary penned by our own Prolepticlife in his article “You Ain’t I Am” (see Blogroll links) as the apex or corner stone for all other discussion under the Eckhart Tolle topic. Short story – you can’t have it both ways.
There cannot be any area of agreement here between what the scriptures indicate and what Eckhart Tolle indicates, these two premises are in total disagreement with one another, and I would conclude that Eckhart Tolle is acutely aware of this.
In A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle states, “The truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. The very Being that you are is Truth. Jesus tried to convey that when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” These words uttered by Jesus are one of the most powerful and direct pointers to the Truth, if understood correctly. If misinterpreted, however, they become a great obstacle. Jesus speaks of the innermost I Am, the essence identity of every man and woman, every life-form, in fact. He speaks of the life that you are. … (p.71)
One interpretation points towards God, the “I Am that I Am” as the source of our salvation and the other interpretation points towards man and his awareness that he is part of the I Am and therefore his own I Am, i.e. his own salvation.
Consider the following:
Isaiah 14:12-14 “12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Exodus 3:13-15 “13And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
15And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
A New Earth: “Can I sense my essential Beingness, the I Am, in the background of my life at all times? To be more accurate, can I sense the I Am that I Am at this moment? Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness itself?” (p. 79)
Proleptic Life – Eckhart Tolle – You Ain’t I Am March 20, 2008
” …we find Jesus in a heated discussion with a group of Jewish religious leaders. The discussion centered around the identity of Jesus. The catalyst for this debate was Jesus’ statement, quoted above, that He is the light of the world. The discussion went down a path in which these Jewish men defended their position by stating they were Abraham’s descendants and therefore were not in need of the freedom that Jesus offered them. In the midst of this discussion Jesus makes the incredible claim that he and Abraham knew each other. The Jews responded with disdain for the idea that Jesus, being less than 50 years old could have known Abraham.
Well, that is when Jesus speaks the most astounding words a human could speak. Words, which if untrue, condemn him as a blasphemer, or at best a crazy man. These were some of the most shocking words that could have been spoken by Jesus. This short sentence was so horrifying to those who heard them, they immediately preceded to try and have him stoned to death.
What did Jesus say that provoked such horror, shock and revulsion? He said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was I AM.”
This statement not only helps us understand the importance of the other “I Am” statements of Jesus, they help us see Jesus own understanding of himself.
So what was it about those two tiny words that provoked such an angry reaction? Those two words were the words which were given to Moses as being the name of God. In the Hebrew the words are akin to the name Jehovah, or Yahweh. When Moses was told by God to return to Egypt and be an instrument of deliverance, Moses asked God what he should say when he was asked who sent him. The Lord’s answer was tell them “I Am” sent you. God said “I Am that I Am.”
This name, unlike some of the other names of God found in the Old Testament, sets God apart as the one and only self-existent Being. He is that which men, nor angels, nor any other created being could be – the self-existent and self-dependent God. This was the name of God any Jew feared to utter or even write.
Yet these were the words that fell from the lips of Jesus. “Before Abraham was, I Am.” Notice what Jesus did not say. He did not say, “before Abraham was, I was.” That would be a better grammatical construction, but it would hide what Jesus was saying about himself. Abraham, a mere mortal man, “was.” He had a beginning and and ending. But Christ says of himself “I Am.” He himself is the eternal, self-existent, self-dependent Yahweh, Jehovah God who spoke to Moses at the burning bush. The Son of God did not begin his existence in the manger of Bethlehem. He has always been. He is eternal God.”
“…When Jesus applied this name to himself the Jews said he blasphemed God. They were right – if it wasn’t true. If Jesus Christ is not God, then he is a blasphemer. The same thing is true of Eckhart Tolle. It is blasphemy to take the name of the self-existent, self-dependent, eternal God and apply it to yourself. But this is exactly what Tolle does. In doing so he tells us clearly what he believes about the nature of God, human nature, who Jesus Christ is, and how salvation should be defined. None of the things he believes on these subjects is what Jesus believed or taught. Jesus calls us to believe in Him – not in ourselves. He says he himself is the truth – not that we are the truth. Eckhart points you to yourself for salvation. God calls us to look away from ourselves and unto Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.”
One cannot adhere to both premises at the same time, they are like two magnets of the same polarity, for they both claim acceptance to the exclusion of the other.The cunningness of deception is that the new awareness of the I Am of oneself moves us away from the I Am of our salvation.