Exploring the ancient inner tradition of self-knowledge in modern times

Category: Comparative analysis

The Law of Opposites and Inner States: Maurice Nicoll and Eckhart Tolle Compared

Eckhart Tolle bears a striking similarity to Maurice Nicoll in describing a law of opposites affecting all life and our inner states—and how to reach a state of consciousness with “no opposite.” A detailed comparison of their remarkable similarities on this theme.

Essence, Personality and the False Self: Comparing Maurice Nicoll and Eckhart Tolle on Three Aspects of Self-Identity

What do we mean when we say “I”? Authors Maurice Nicoll and Eckhart Tolle describe three distinct aspects that shape our core sense of identity—and the answer. I explore how they closely correspond on these concepts yet differ markedly on other self-knowledge matters.

Shifting Perspective on Life: Comparing Maurice Nicoll and Eckhart Tolle on Self-Observation (Pt. 3)

Self-observation allows us to take responsibility for our inner state, whatever life’s external conditions, Maurice Nicoll and Eckhart Tolle convey. We can see and transform inner reactions as they happen, they suggest, and gain “inner freedom.” I examine their many similarities in describing how this practice shifts our inner approach to life.

The Light of Consciousness: Comparing Maurice Nicoll and Eckhart Tolle on Self-Observation Pt. 2

Maurice Nicoll vividly described how self-observation casts “the light of consciousness” inwards—illuminating “the darkness of unconsciousness” and transforming it. In doing, he fused Jungian ideas with Fourth Way methodology. I explore how Eckhart Tolle echos Nicoll on this theme, both descriptively and conceptually.

Being the Observer: Comparing Eckhart Tolle and Maurice Nicoll on Self-Observation (Pt. 1)

Self-observation is integral to inner-transformation, Maurice Nicoll and Eckhart Tolle affirm. We must impartially observe the unconscious stream of thoughts, emotions and reactions occurring in us, they say, and cease identifying with our inner states. This is a close look at the similar ways they explain this practice.

The Quiet Rise of Self-Observation: Is This Today’s Most Popular Spiritual Practice You Haven’t Heard Of?

Bestselling author Eckhart Tolle is ranked among the world’s most spiritually influential living people. Self-observation is central to his self-help message. Yet the way he conveys this present-moment practice owes much, I argue, to the earlier work of Maurice Nicoll, a Jungian psychiatrist turned Fourth Way teacher. This is an introduction to a series of articles examining their many similarities on the subject.

Eckhart Tolle’s “Pain-Body”: A Deep Dive into its Hidden History

How original is Eckhart Tolle’s “pain-body” concept? This “semi-autonomous energy form” lives within us, he says, carrying our past emotional pain and generating more to feed on. Yet many of its characteristics find precedence, I argue, in works by lesser-known authors: Maurice Nicoll and Barry Long. This deep dive reveals Tolle’s signature concept is less unique than many may think.

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