There truly are no words to describe the beauty of what can be found in this audio book if you are able to really "hear" its message. If I could give it 100 stars, I would. I agree with previous reviewers also on Eckhart's subtle and wonderful sense of humor. I laughed so many times in the course of listening to this. And I cried. I've listened to about four of his other works, including The Power Of Now. And while I enjoyed them immensely (they had the soothing effect of slipping into a warm bath), my understanding of the concepts in them was largely limited to the cognitive realm. This is the book that had me listening from a whole other place, that brought me to a whole new level of "understanding". One for which there truly are no words.
Eckhart Tolle is always great to listen too, every time I listen to it I learn something new. The whole talk is over 10 hours so you always miss something and pick up something new. There is some very annoying guy laughing in the background throughout the talk with it unfortunate. Still Eckhart is a great spiritual speaker.
This is a really wonderful audiobook. If you have a few other of his lectures you will likely find parts of it are family since Eckhart does say similar and familiar things. An interesting element of this recording is that there is one person who laughs throughout the lecture at the most random things. It grated on my nerves at first until I realized that this was an opportunity to accept what is rather than let the ego keep grabbing hold of it and being annoyed or wondering if this person was on drugs, which I did for the first few hours. Eventually, this person's laughter was just a sound I chose to not let distract me from being present while listening to Eckhart. Amusingly enough, there are moments when Eckhart begins laughing at things he's saying which I suspect was triggered by the seemingly randomness of this audience member's laughter. All in all, the lecture in itself is good, while that one person's laughter perhaps made it more than a lecture and into a putting the teachings into practice type of experience. As I continued listening I found I could gauge my presence by whether the laughter triggered judgment and/or annoyance or not.
This is a recording of a Eckhart Tolle retreat. It amazes me how Eckhart Tolle is at his best at any given moment. Even though it's a retreat, the words spoken are clear, precise and contain the full essence of his teachings as if they are weighed in gold. There is plenty of wisdom, practical advice, new perspectives as well as the hilarious Eckhart Tolle brand humor. There several adjectives I can use. Most of all, though, it has been a very centering, calming, humorous and very enlightening experience.
So, yeah, you should get it :-)
first off i love eckhart tolle and enjoyed this entire audiobook... but did anyone else hear the annoying guy in the background at the retreat laughing louder than an ass after everything tolle says? the first 4 hours i was like totally accepting the "isness" of the idiot but i really think, after 10 hours of hearing his dramatic reply to every single thing tolle says, i actually felt his incessant laughter was to ridicule and dismiss anything being talked about... who knows. who cares.
there are many moments where tolle makes hilarious jokes and you hear the entire retreat audience laughing and i laugh as well but this guy is seriously stoned or something. i think tolle may have addressed it by pointing out how some zenned out monks laugh at most things they hear, which i guess is his acceptance and alertness to his surroundings (lots of "students" and one noisy monkey).
i still loved "the journey into yourself" and was eventually able to pay no mind to the audible annoyances in listening to an audiobook to learn to pay no mind to such things... but it's actually totally annoying to listen to a 10 hour unabridged audiobook by a genius and hear some drunk heckler buzzing in every 20 seconds, my thanks to the peanut gallery!
I never heard of Eckhart Tolle until about five months ago when I was drawn to The Power Of Now on cd at a library. I picked it up and immediately knew I would find what I was looking for in it. Since then, I bought several of his audiobooks. This one is definitely one of my favorites! He is very funny! I laughed out loud a few times and had to even hold back my laughter while listening during quiet time (sleep, library, etc). He is a true master of our time. I have most of his teachings in my ipod and listen to them all the time. His relaxing voice is also great to listen to while going to sleep. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who is looking to grow spiritually!
Start with "The Power of Now" and then follow with this recording of a retreat he hosted. I have noticed comments about the man laughing in the background of the audio. I will admit that it is challenging to get past the distraction, but I would argue that it just drives Eckhart's point home even stronger, and if you were truly in the present while listening, it wouldn't bother you as much. Use it as a method to bring your focus even closer to what he is teaching, as well as a way to make yourself more "transparent" to the annoyances that occur in our everyday lives.
I totally agree with Jeri of Maryland (who is being kind) because this man's inappropriate laughter was impossible to ignore and a testament to Tolle's tolerance.