The Power of Now

The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Book - 2004
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"To make the journey into The Power of Now, we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the beginning of the first chapter we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where one breathes a lighter air, the air of the spiritual. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. The words themselves are the signposts. The book is a guide to spiritual awakening from a man who has emerged as one of this generation's clearest, most inspiring teachers. Eckhart Tolle is not aligned with any particular religion, but does what all the great masters have done: shows that the way, the truth, and the light already exist within each of us."
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Namaste Pub., 2004, c1997
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9781577314806
Characteristics: xvii, 193 p. ; 24cm


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Feb 13, 2018

Definitely repetitive, but powerful. I know I will be wanting to read these words again so I will certainly be buying myself my own copy. Remember friends; nothing ever happened in the past or future. Everything happened in its unique NOW moment, so never waste too much time looking forward or back!

Dec 18, 2017

You can't read the book with your mind. To experience "NOW", you need to put down all your thinking, interpretation and judgment. Just FEEL it. When you judge whether the book is good or bad, you already left the presence and fell deep into the delusion you created. In other words, without your thinking, everything stays neutral with no self. People like to judge to strengthen their ego but they didn't notice that it separated themselves from the reality at the same time.

Oct 06, 2017

"Now" is only thing we have... if we notice it... I loved this book.

Sep 20, 2017

I like the idea of staying in the present, and not the past or the future but I got lost after that. It was a lofty read. Zzzzzzzzz

esgouliaras Aug 22, 2017

Very inspiring! Makes you at peace with your life as it is. Helps you to accept your life and see the good in it. Also very spiritual.

Jul 25, 2017

I thought it was a really decent book, it honestly can be summed up in a few pages. But he over explains and does it to try and hammer these concepts into the readers mind.

He does this trying to weed out negative thought patterns that have become so routine in our daily lives.

So don't expect anything remarkably profound (although some concepts are pretty profound in my opinion) as most of what he says is common sense. I.E. you can do anything you set your mind to, Don't worry about the future or the past worry about now.

Overall he encourages us to listen to our gut feeling, if you feel discontent about your job accept that feeling and work to change your situation.

I'd advise readers to not take everything he says very literally and don't consider everything he says as absolute. He makes some bold statements such as the future doesn't matter don't worry about it as it will fall in to place if you successfully live in the now. That's great and all but of course to some degree you have to do some planning for your future and secure yourself financially etc.

I'll give this book 5 stars not because of the reading material but by how effective this book was and how it motivated me to take action in my day to day life.

kongjunior Mar 24, 2017

I guess I'm one of those folks who just doesn't buy into "epiphanies" that make you realize your true nature, while spinning around a polar vortex. I'm in agreement with "rswcove" below. It seems Tolle has found his own way to present himself as a $piritual master, and to clean up. I am all too familiar with where he gets his hodgepodge of spiritual teachings, through investigating World religion. His approach (if what he relates really did happen to him) may work for some, but for me Mother's Wit was right again: There is NO magic formula.

Mar 02, 2017

This book is really a mixed bag and I agree with others that it could have been said succinctly in 10 pages. Here are the pros and cons:

With the past a trigger for depression and the future a trigger for anxiety, living in the now is important (as has also been pointed out to me through several years of yoga practice). I have felt an improvement in my physical and mental health by learning to feel whatever is happening and then simply letting it go. The more conscious you are, the less drama comes into your life and I would even say conflict with others (p. 181). This has been true for me.

The suggestions of mindfulness are a good reminder as well, just taking the moment before bed to breathe deeply and relax your body have been helpful. Not new, but helpful.

Now, the idea that all suffering is caused by the ego in response to resisting is naive. People will sometimes cause us harm, physically or otherwise and the idea that pain is mind over matter is a little insulting. We learn from those experiences. POW's and victims of natural disasters don't tell stories of transcending their imprisonment or losses for a reason. Some things are painful.

The assertion that monthly female pain is the accumulation of the subjugation and mistreatment of women throughout history, rather than something physiological is absurd because a) Eckhart has never had menstrual pain and b) once again, it is a man telling women what they feel and why, which is the exact thing he claims the problem to be: patriarchy and a man dictating the state of a female body.

Ageing being a state of mind, well, it is also a state of genetics. He also mentions being gay as a confusion that benefits the individual in its otherness.. This is an awful stereotype. Each individual is different. And the point that single people are only half of a whole, I also disagree with. Very whole, healthy individuals exist on their own. It's another very male statement.

Lastly, I liked his point of not attaching our mind to one term for redemption like Jesus or Buddha and that forgiveness is not really required when we live presently (even though he references Jesus and Buddha often). Things are what they are and if you don't build your identity on the past, there is no reason to rehash it or decide forgiveness. You accept what you have now, who you are now and how to best live today.

In case anyone is interested, an exponentially better read of this genre is: Bringing yoga to life by Donna Farhi.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

In this very profound spiritual teaching, Eckhart Tolle says that the mind, if not used creatively, becomes the source of human suffering i.e. hatred, fear, depression, etc. He tells us that living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightment. "Enlightment, Eckhart says, "is quite simply the natural state of consciousness, free from constant chattering that is either pre-occupied with the past or inventing the future for its salvation. Identification with our mind creates, according to Eckhart Tolle, an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgements and definitions that blocks true relationships. — Guthema R., Golden Valley Library

Sep 22, 2016

tough read for me and I couldn't finish it. Love the message and completely buy into it. However I felt like each of his points dragged on and were repetitive. I wanted to escape the "Now" when I was reading it.

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