Originally Posted by Elrond
How not surprising. I haven't read anything by him besides the raving endorsements on this site of the nowness approach, but as a whole I think New Age promotes a feminime approach.
- The ego is bad - you are supposed to distill your beingness to get to a broader state.
- Experiencing oneness is the best - individualism (in beingness) is bad.
- Emotional words like "peace", "contentment" etc are stressed, as opposed to more "active" terms like "passion", "excitement".
- Mindful practices like meditation are a cornerstone, where the goal is to be present and not really be active in anyway, certainly not think elaborate thoughts.
- "Going back to Source/Oneness" is the goal, always. This "oneness" state is always stressed as something desirable, and having a more focused and direct experience (like all of us) is always thought of as being inferior to that state.
- This as opposed to being adventourus, having new experiences, having a more focused way of experiencing reality, constantly "pioneering spiritually" (whatever that would be...). If used, these approaches are really just a means to an end to get back to Source, and rediscovering who you are. To get back to a state of passive oneness.
My viewpoint has changed since I wrote this and I do feel like tolle is rather yin. But he is old and wore his yang down with a lot of unconsciously driven activity before he awoke, i guess.
I agree with rei, spirituality is about balance.