The End of Solitude

The book, ‘A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose’ is convenient for one to read when feeling down.

The book, ‘A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose’ is convenient for one to read when feeling down. The book falls under the motivation category. This is evident because the author Tolle tries to encourage people to find the true meaning of life in the book. In the sixth chapter of the book ‘Breaking Free’ Tolle (2008) tries to explain why people behave violently as they do. He says people with a strong pain-body emit some form of unpleasant energy. According to Tolle this is why this group of individuals conflict with the rest of society. Tolle says that pain-body's main trigger is to go through some unpleasant experiences in the past, among other reasons. Dickson (2009) in her poem ‘After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes’ makes similar sentiments. She makes the sentiments when she recreates what do the suffering people go through after some excruciating events in their lives. According to the two writers, the emotional pain manifests itself at a later stage in life because of the unpleasant events one has gone through; they also go ahead, and explain that it is only through acceptance of the pain that one can break free from it. In Dickson’s poem, she speaks of a formal feeling after the pain, whereas in the book ‘A New Earth’ the author expounds on this by stating that once an individual accepts the pain, and takes an initiative to handle it, it is feasible for the person to take charge and control the pain.

In chapter seven of the book ‘A New Earth’, Tolle explains why one can never know who he or she is. The chapter titled ‘Finding out Who You Are’ speaks about how people choose to find their true identity. He uses several arguments. He notes that an individual’s perception of the self is formed on the basis of the opinions of others. Deresiewicz, a poet and former lecturer at Yale University argues with the concept of self in his poem ‘The End of Solitude’ in a similar way. According to the two writers, people are afraid to know their true self and choose to reflect their personality through the opinions of the others. In the book ‘A New Earth’, the coverage of the subject of solitude is in a more similar way as it is in "The End of Solitude" poem, both argue that even those who seek to dig deeper to find the secrets of their lives, finally end up searching for more information from others. This, according to ‘The End of Solitude’ poem happens due to the fact that solitude is not for everyone. People want to be accepted by others and will seek others opinions so as to know whether they fit into the social groups. Tolle uses short illustrative stories to support his opinions, which aim at explaining how the ego affects the discovery of the true self.

In the book ‘A New Earth’ my favorite passage in the chapter six is the one that talks about acceptance being the first step towards emotional freedom. Tolle expands his idea about the presence of pain-body by stating that to handle emotional pain one must accept it is present. He says that when an individual accepts pain-body is present it becomes almost impossible for the emotions to take over a person (Toll 2008, 99).

Tolle, the author of ‘A New Earth’ (2008), captures my attention in the passage on how unconscious people remain unconscious of their identity. In this chapter titled ‘Knowing Who You Are’ Tolle (2008) argues that many people identify themselves with their surrounding (113). This is interesting because these people believe that by so doing they can know their true self and yet while they are not aware of their personality.

In conclusion, to end the solitude and conflicts with the rest of the society one must realize his or her true identity. This will assist a person to accept the issues causing pain in life. This is what will then assist one to break free of emotional pain and live a happy life.


About the author: Madilyn Glover is 24 years old. She like to photograph, especially nature. Also, she like read about description of nature in literature,too. But her main hobby is her work. She is a freelance writer at  Madilyn like to see glad people,when their get their order. She has many good reviews,which show,that she know,what she doing. Theme of nature not leave at writing, too. Madilyn writing essays about environment and literature.


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