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. Hi Amanda,

    It seems to me like you have a good handle on everything.

    The key to everything is self mastery, to choose consciously. As you say, we are here and so we are choosing anyway, all the time by our ATTENTION.

    Meditation teaches you that attention is where the power is. To get to “NOW” it does take a lot of effort at first to hold onto your chosen focus — to ATTEND to your chosen focus.

    With practice, the effort becomes effortless and then life does indeed flow. But you always have choice.

    Mastery IS deliberate choice. Action not reaction. To be unaffected, non-reactive.

    The difficulty comes in defining where YOU are in all this. The fact is that your sense of self shifts until in the end it’s impossible to self-define.

    That’s because the very definition is a “lie” — a thought!

    St Francis of Assisi said “It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” That’s in Christian terms but it means death of the ego, the false self. Any self-definition based on thoughts is a lie, a dream of thought-form.

    Then if you wish to create, you do so deliberately and yes, the vision comes first and grows as a clear and bright thought-feeling. Then it is already real within you and the enthusiasm draws life into it to make it reality.

    It says in “Conversations with God” that passion is God saying “Hi” ahahah I love that.

    It’s true for me that the more alive you are — the healthier and more alighed with life you are, the more creative and passionate you become.

    Seek first the kingdom of God — align with now, with life. Make that your primary aim because THAT need earnestness, effort and without that, there is simply no way to choose and your false self will not die.

    Abraham has said that meditation is the ULTIMATE allowing place. ULTIMATE.

    When you are master of your attention, the effort ceases and you are consciously creating by your vision, by your attention, by your passion. Or you can be still, return, go home — even that is a choice.



  2. Hi Karen :) this is a very intersting discussion, i was wondering if u would elaborate on what u mean by this bit:

    “For me it is like this:
    Spiritual teachings don’t say that you have to create. Life is creating by itself, just stay out of the way (the ego). You don’t have to do anything.
    Everything is moving all the time, by itself. You don’t have to make it move.
    If you are in a high state of consciousness, good things are creating by itself and you are just observing what is creating.
    You just go with the flow.”

    I’m interested to know ur perspective on this. You say “life is creating all the time”, which I agree with, but please could you explain to me which part of ‘you’ is not life? An Abraham explanation of what u mention above is that in each moment of contrast a desire/preference is set forth which is immediately answered and created by source, this IS what creates the expansion and flow of life and is why the physical is so important to the non physical as without it there is no creativity, no flow to life and thus no ‘life’.

    Abraham agrees that all you have to do to for the creation to manifest is to to allow and release resistance which can simply be by ‘not thinking thoughts’ all day long, but if u choose to be in physical then there are choices to be made unless u choose to stay motionless in one place all ur life and thus thoughts arise as thoughts are the creative force.

    Abraham suggest that its fine to release resistance by thinking less but more fun to actively deliberatly create…if ur gonna be thinking anywayz you might as well learn discernment and consciously create (or rather consciously allow…the creation part is done) because of the feeling and the joy and expansion of that is immense and what we are here for…to experience, to create…to choose….to have fun and get in the flow! To be joy, to be love. How would tolle explain the process of creation? Or ‘should’ u not ‘think’ about that as it is a thought and its better to be? just wondering for my own clarity….Namaste :)


  3. Here’s my take on it, its taken from a post i made on an abe-hicks forum, would love to know if u agree or not…

    “Hiya,::wave i think Eckhart’s teachings suggest connect up with source first, that is, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND FROM THERE LOA TAKES CARE OF EVERYTHING ELSE!. Researching my response to this post has been ammaazingly helpful as i understand things soooo much more now and i am back to thinking they are mostly saying the same thing again. So mwah! to whoever bumped this thread as its brought me major Ah-ha moments and much relief.::idea_new

    If anyone wants to compare notes further, i suggest reading ‘A New Earth’ – chapter 10, especially p293- ‘Awakened doing’and p295-309 ‘The Three Modalities of awakened doing’, which are :

    ‘Acceptance’ ( if u are faced with something that u have to do but cant bring urself to enjoy doing( like changing a tire at 3am in the freezing cold rain )then bring acceptance to it ( which in abe speak releases resistance and moves u up the scale) He says if u can neither enjoy or bring acceptance to what you do – stop.

    Enjoyment ( very Abe sounding)

    Enthusiasm, which contains the following quote:

    “All this implies that your goal or vision is then already a reality within you, on the level of mind and feeling. Enthusiasm is the power that transfers the mental blueprint into the physical dimension. THAT IS THE CREATIVE USE OF THE MIND, AND THAT IS WHY THERE IS NO WANTING INVOLVED. You cannot manifest what you want; you can only manifest what you already have. You may get what you want through hard work and stress, but that is not the way of a new earth. Jesus gave the key to the creative use of the mind and to the conscious manifestation of form when he said, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”( p305)

    I think Eckharts pov is that when u connect to source u then get an inspiration or enthusiasm to do or create something and it is only by being in the now and connected upthat the idea can manifest.

    To use Abe speak i think Eckhart feels u get inside the vortex first and from there u are inspired to create something whereasAbe seems to suggest desires come from outside the vortex and uhave to get back in it to allow them to manifest. phew.

    There are a few more subtle differences but i’ll post on them later.”


  4. i agree that both are potential “truths” for different people. however, i feel that the abraham-hicks teachings give a broader sense of seeing all aspects of self and accepting them, rather than trying to move away from some aspects of self (which is the tendancy of eckhardt tolle). when you go deeply into the abraham hicks teachings, you find that your ego is not a “problem,” and that you are not trying to “let go” of anything. rather, you are consciously aligning yourself with the things you want and deserve (rather than trying to psych yourself into thinking that if it is from the ego, then it must be bad or somehow not worth your time or effort). i think that tolle’s work is great as a philosophy, but not great for sustained daily practice. abraham hicks, on the other hand, delves into the depths of your “humanness” without sending a constant message that you must fix or get rid of certain aspects of yourself in order to be whole or complete. there are many holes in tolle’s incomplete philosphy that tends to leave people asking “why.” abraham – hicks, on the other hand, moves to answer those “why’s” until the knowledge is so ingrained as to be second-nature. thanks for the post!


  5. Hmm, point 1 i certainly agree with, but recently iv been doing less and less of point 2!
    Maybe its true sometimes, like eckhart said, you cant be ‘enthused’ and working towards a goal all the time, but the sometimes you are driven by an impulse to do things. Thats one way of looking at it. Whichever way, i guess follow whatever feels right in your heart cant go wrong, then you have no regrets. :)


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