Soul’s Code Exclusive: the first novel based on Eckhart Tolle

Advance excerpt: author Jonathan Lowe recreates the launch of Eckhart Tolle’s career as a global spiritual superstar. His first audience was in a public park.

Soul’s Code — A well-dressed TV reporter is seated on a park bench next to a man who looks homeless. Guardians of nearby children eye the pair with suspicion. Ball players grin mockingly at them through a fence. But by now the reporter, Valerie, is more intrigued by the man than wary of him.

That’s one of the poignant scenes from The Miraculous Plot of Leiter & Lott, author Jonathan Lowe’s fictional tribute to Eckhart Tolle, inspired by the bestseller The Power of Now. The novel begins with a man’s near-suicide – much like Tolle’s real-life experience that led to his international acclaim as a spiritual author, teacher and speaker.

BOOK EXCERPT: BY JONATHAN LOWE — Unexpectedly, he took both of her hands gently, and clasped them together, lacing her fingers, making a ball.

“What are you doing?” Val asked, tensing.

“Imagine that this is your mind. It’s about the same size too, by the way.” He repositioned her hands, gently. “Now try imagining that your thoughts come out this hole made by the thumbs.”

The wary guardian turned, stopped, and then watched from a safe distance, her disapproval hardening into borderline horror. Val tried smiling, albeit nervously. Yet the woman continued to stare.

“Watch the hole for the next thought that escapes,” David continued.  “Concentrate on it, and nothing else. The very next thought.”

He released her hands slowly, as if a bomb was inside them. Val looked down. She blinked, staring. After a moment she looked up again.

“Well?” asked David.

“I don’t. . .”  She glanced up to see who else might be watching. “What’s supposed to happen?”

“Try again. Empty your mind.”

She concentrated this time, closing her eyes until her face relaxed and she felt somewhat calmer. Then she reopened her eyes, and finally shrugged.

“I’m not sure. I had an idea. Sorry.”

“I’m not judging you.”

“Everyone judges,” she heard herself say, then realized she’d almost sounded like a teenager. With the added word me, she would have. “Or prejudges,” she quickly added, instead.

David just looked at her. “Only because they trust their thoughts.”

Rather than instantaneously take on the quiet aura of a Buddhist monk, Valerie lets her reporter self take over. She tries to dig a story out of this stranger who lives in the moment and professes to have no past…

They began to walk together toward the Reid Park lake, which was really only a manmade pond, but called a lake due to the scarcity of water in the desert. Val fought against any discomfiture, walking so closely to a man who looked homeless, even if he wasn’t. Yet the fight wasn’t difficult. Although she looked for reaction in the faces of the few retirees they passed, there wasn’t much of it. Not even from the old geezer who left the lake’s edge, carrying a fishing rod in one hand and an empty bucket in the other. The old man only seemed to smile wryly at the incongruity of their apparent association.

Which wasn’t much to endure, was it? she wondered. For an interesting new friend?

Soul’s Code Pain-Body Index: A Slideshow

“Would it help to give you the Reader’s Digest version about me?” Val asked, in an attempt to ignore the distraction of being observed. “I studied journalism at Columbia. A sonority brat, you might say. My dad was a newspaper man before he retired last year to travel. Only child, so you can imagine how that was too, right?”

“I suppose,” David said, a hint of suspicion in his tone.

“Yeah, I guess that’s a stretch. Mom and I didn’t get along much. Argued over the men I chose. We won’t get into that, though. Much. Anyway, suffice it to. . . what I mean to say is. . . I wasn’t good at that.”

“At what?”

“Romance.  I was pursued, of course.”

“Of course.”

Val laughed.  “No, but I mean just knowing how men think.”

“Too much.”

“Right. And not just with their minds. But, I mean, the one track, it’s not like us at all. I’m not really complaining, though. Or maybe I am. It’s pretty obvious, they’re more ‘focused.’ Simple surface creatures, men.”

“Like me?”

“Well, sure, in a way. ‘Don’t think, just be?’ Nice work if you can get it.”

Jonathan Lowe’s book The Miraculous Plot of Leiter & Lott will be released as an audiobook and ebook in April, 2011.

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One Response to “Soul’s Code Exclusive: the first novel based on Eckhart Tolle”

  1. Hey Jonathan… I just posted a link to this page on our Eckhart Tolle Meetup. Good luck!