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

Category: Self-observation

Summary of Eckhart Tolle & Maurice Nicoll Similarities Pt. 1: Self Observation

The way Eckhart Tolle teaches self-observation, an inner practice for self-change, has much in common with Maurice Nicoll’s earlier writing on the subject. Similar extracts are compared side-by-side in this article, showing a close correspondence between these authors.

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.

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