The weakest aspect to Tolle's teaching is getting people from A-B. This does not mean, however, that he is hypnotizing people. Essentially, he is instructing people to be "mindful" of their thoughts, emotions and will. Observe them objectively and do not counter-act them using your thoughts, emotions and will.
Why does he leave out the HOW-TO part? It's like saying to someone "Don´t get angry" or "Be happy"...
Should he not tell you HOW? Isn´t that the "teacher"-part?
Does he not know how?
Should he be the one teaching the world about enlightenment if he does not know HOW to be enlightened, happy, loving etc..?
He is obviously borrowing loads of "stuff" from buddhism, why doesn´t he simply tell people to study the buddhist teachings then? They certainly can´t contain any less info then what he is providing? Money? Ego? How can a photo of Tolle be enlightening? People buy them to fire off the anchors of hours af hypnotic talk, simply because they dont know how to reach that state themselves. ITS CLASSICAL GURU-HYPNOTIC-CONDITIONING!
For anyone with knowledge of hypnosis it is very obvious, whether it is Tolles intention or not. In a session/reading he does not need to tell anybody HOW, they will just have to follow his commands, i.e hypnotic commands. That is not to say that hypnotizing is bad. I am just saying he leaves the listener without the proper tools. Yet there are thousands of other teachers out there that will provide you with the tools you need to reach the state they are teaching. Anyone can write a book telling people "Don´t react to things.", but it is of little long-time value of they dont tell you how this is possible. Initially, of course, people will obey the voice
of Tolle, but what happens later? How are they to find their way without their master if they dont know HOW? They are left with a hatred of their own ego (the very root of all evil, he tells you). And they are left thinking that thoughts are bad. Can you see the stupidity in that?
It is not easy to be this vigilant, but it is part of the traditional Eightfold Path of Buddha and also central to some Gnostic teachings. I think in the end he is opening people to "another way" of seeing themselves, the universe and how the structure of the ego and its content leads to suffering. Many people will, I think, move from Tolle to a more structure approach of getting from A-B.
The people that are able to get out of Tolles "thought-circus" will take another approach to spirituality, and embrace, instead of hating, parts of their self. More in spite of Tolle, than thanks to Tolle. I really dont see a need for another figure going around telling people something is wrong with their head. If you have read any psychology you will know that naming parts of your mind and rejecting it, is the first step to develop a multipel personality.
I believe people should be taught how to use the brain they were born with.
Tolle does the opposite.