Thanks for the info Suzy, I think you hit it right on the mark.
By what is really disturbing about this, is that Oprah is absolutely promoting the hell out of this thing, almost everyday she is selling selling selling ET to the millions, with not one tiny iota of critical thought about it. And she is doing it very craftily, by not showing him, and making him seem 'mysterious'. This will lure more people in.
Its all hype for some 10-week course she is promoting from Eckhart Tolle ET, that is going to be hosted on the Oprah site. So Oprah has gone into business with this guy.
By the way, the burden of proof is on Oprah and Eckhart Tolle.
They are selling it, they have to PROVE their claims. They have not done this. Anecdotes are NOT proof.
For an example, many have spoken about a new area in psychology called Mindfulness. This is taking some of these types of ideas, and then TESTING them on people, and seeing if they do reduce stress, increase subjective feelings of happiness, etc. Those things are measurable.
Others have also mentioned Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, MBCT, which seems to be the best of both worlds. The key here is that it is being TESTED and applied by trained people in a way that makes sense.
Eckhart Tolle is opposed to science and testing. He is literally opposed to knowledge.
His ideas are self-contradictory, he decries the Mind, all the while using very dense linguistic cognition! Can't people even see that?
He is highly manipulative in his writing, luring people to BUY more of his products.
He decries the Ego, yet promotes himself like an Egomaniac, and is quite arrogant.
He claims he is a type of Monk, yet he is running a multimillion dollar company, selling all kinds of junk to people.
Instread of him being a Monk, its easy to picture him up late, smoking a cigar and drinking scotch, looking over his internet profits for the last month, and analyzing demographics, product lines, new books, etc.
There seem to be hundreds of these types of New Age Gurus out there, who sell a snake-oil pipe-dream, and who also seem to be a little bit crazy, yet at the same time operate like the most aggressive Entrepreneurial salespeople in the world.
Crazy like a fox.