I really enjoyed this audio book. I believe anyone can get something out of this book, its very enlightening information.
Tolle draws from the ancient philosophies, strings them all together and presents them in a way that you can really apply to your life in these challenging times.
I was so inspired reading this book and have recommended it to so many people.
Applying this philosophy as a parent enriches your relationship with your children, your work, your relationships and your life in general. It is not about trying to be 'egoless', it is more about being conscious of the ego... acknowledging when it is in control and being able to let that go.
I recommend this book to anyone on a spiritual journey... anyone who struggles with sleeplessness... anyone who suffers from anxiety... read it with an open heart.
This will really open your eyes about what it means to live in the "now"... the past and the future are but figments of our imagination. The only true reality is the present moment. Some people will have a hard time listening to the author's voice as it is somewhat monotone, but you will get used to it after a while. It is worth the listen - it will inspire you to live for the present, to see things as they really are, and to live a more meaningful life.
Once you understand how to get rid of the ego, which controls your life every minute, your life will become simple and peaceful again. Half of the stuff that keeps you from sleeping at nite is directly related to this. Following ego's directions each day might eventually kill you from stress. Get rid of it! The book starts out a bit slow but once your lightbulb comes on it is very easy to follow. You might not want to be driving your car when you listen because every sentence he says has much meaning. You almost have to listen for a bit and then ponder what you just heard. If we teach this one thing to children now we will eventually have a very nice planet.
This is a great book, however someone other than the author should have read it. The author is monotoned and does not engage the listener. I finally broke down and purchased a hard copy, because I couldn't take it any more. He really should hire a professional reader/actor/something to narrate this book. Although these are his words, his auditory skills left a lot to be desired.
This is definitely a good and easy book for someone who has not familiar with the concepts of mainly Buddhism/Hinduism(Yogis)/Islam(Sufism).
Author's use of biblical references may help most people in the west digest the concept of self and Ego that has been taught in the east for centuries. It was apparent that these references were used for a reason that may have also helped it become a best seller. No surprise that people are jumping all over after reading this book. Well, why shouldn't they be, anything that can help them realize a tiny fraction of their "self" is surprising if not shocking.
Information on Self and Ego in this book is shallow compared to other books by many Sufis or Yogis, but it is good enough to wake up ordinary people who were not exposed to these concepts and meditations. It certainly help me read more on this topic and realize certain things that I usually take it for granted.