Eckhart Tolle vs. The Secret / Abraham-Hicks

Eckhart Tolle

If you’re attracted to both these teachings you may be having trouble seeing how they fit together…

On the one hand Eckhart Tolle teaches that the source of all your troubles is your own ego. You’re lost in thought. You lack awareness or consciousness of your true, essential nature.

This is in line with the majority of spiritual teaching…

On the other hand, Abraham-Hicks and The Secret teach “You can have whatever you want.” “The universe is abundant.” “Place your order by putting yourself in the vibration of already having it, and it will be yours.”

At first it seems as though the two teachings are so different that there’s no reconciling them. One seems altruistic and the other, kind of selfish…

But in fact, the two teachings can be reconciled and both Jesus and Buddha taught that both these things are true.

In other words, we are both creative beings, who create primarily with thought and our essential nature is love — or the “one-life” that is the source of everything.

After all, if you think about it, nothing happens in life without it first happening as a thought. Or as Einstein put it “Nothing happens until something moves.” A great line.

So why doesn’t Eckhart Tolle also tell us how to get what we want?

Well, since the main problem really is the ego, and since we’re all creating anyway, the question is “Are you creating from the ego level, or from a higher level of awareness?” “Are you creating consciously, deliberately, or randomly?”

That’s very important as you can imagine. Spiritual teachings don’t deny that we have to create in this life. Nothing happens until something moves. They are just saying that the important thing is your state of consciousness.

The current state of the world is caused by ego consciousness, and the end result isn’t, by and large, very pretty — many, many problems and much suffering.

So, “Seek first the kingdom of God,” — deal with your ego, but also be aware that you create your life by what you think. Both are true.

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26 thoughts on “Eckhart Tolle vs. The Secret / Abraham-Hicks

  1. Rumi says ‘Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.’ Maybe the field is exactly ‘the kingdom of God’ or ‘the vortex’ and both teachings say it is important to be in a place where the mind is still and non-attached. Manifestation then happens from a place of playfullness and love and works for the best of all beings, if that makes sense :)


  2. Hi All and Mike ,
    Great posts on this page , I know this thread is quite old still I love the comparison and looking at the difference between these two angles as it were.My friend was pushing this manifesting at me and I read echart and Barry long and was unsure how to align both ( to A Hicks), I saw it as either use the mind to manifest a better life mainly materially or just be still and thoughtless as much as possible, which contradicted the constant use of mind to be creating all the time , Im not at the disciplined place of mastery of mind to still point on a regular basis or focused manifesting but Really loved the High quality of these posts -Truly a breath of fresh Air !!!!!


  3. Hi Paula, you’re most welcome and I’m very happy to have cleared your confusion.

    Eckhart, unlike many spiritual teachers is authentic sure enough, but I do find it a little frustrating when folks make things unnecessarily complex. Spirituality is a VERY simple thing. Very simple indeed.

    In Eckhart’s early days he never did talk about meditation, which I also found frustrating since it’s the simplest and most powerful path. Now he does. That’s because his awakening was spontaneous due to suffering, so he had no experience of the earnest “pursuit” of enlightenment.

    Thanks for the thanks :-)

    All the best,


  4. Dear Mike

    I just wanted to thank you for your timely information — it feels like it was just FOR ME. I’ve read Eckhart and Rhonda… I was confused.
    so thank you.



  5. Hi Mike,

    Thanks very much for your prompt reply…i’m going to have a ponder on things and post again in a bit.


    Amanda :)


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