Ken Wilber on Eckhart Tolle and liberation
In an interview, Ken Wilber commented about spiritual author Eckhart Tolle, who became especially well-known from classes with Oprah:
“Eckhart Tolle says that what he is doing is essentially a reestablishment of Eastern forms of meditation and in one sense that is certainly true, although we do find this in Western forms of contemplation as well…paying attention to the timeless now, to the pure present and doing that as a gateway to liberation.
“You find that essentially in the mystical schools of religion and spirituality around the world. You don’t find that, for example, in virtually any forms of psychiatry or psychotherapy in the West.
“So, what we’re looking at, the West has come up with other forms of help for individuals and what an integral approach wants to do, of course, is combine the best of both of those so that you’re working with shadow material, which the West has specialized in — shadow material being unconscious, dissociated, repressed material that was once part of yourself, but that you split off and is causing symptoms, causing pain, causing suffering, causing uncomfortableness and there are some fairly simple techniques for reintegrating the shadow.”
From article: Bill Harris Interviews Ken Wilber on Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now.
Centerpointe Research Institute (Holosync audio programs)
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle.
Ken Wilber is a writer and public speaker on mysticism, philosophy, ecology, and developmental psychology.
His books include: Integral Life Practice and A Brief History of Everything.
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