This book needs to be read more than once. Even more than twice. There is so much to absorb in each chapter that getting through it takes some time. Well worth the read though.
I had Oprah's Soul Series webcasts downloaded on my iPod and listened to each one after listening to each chapter. It was really helpful.
Before I started to read this book I was at a job that I fundamentally did not enjoy. I was bleeding stress from the minute I woke up to minute I went to sleep. I had massive amounts of resentment towards my boss who was also my friend. This book could not have came to my life at a better time. It taught me how to be Present with my current situation and to let go of negative emotions. Withing the last 3 months I have a new job I love and get to help people. My stress level is non existent. I was a worrier with stress and anxiety almost all the time. Now I can accept what is and be at peace. Everything happens for a reason. If this book has come to you or someone you know it's for a purpose. Don't fight it, embrace it and enjoy.
For years i have searched to understand the suffering that I and others have endured. ET's writings and brilliance have provided a path to understand the persistent voice inside. With profound awareness, ET has helped me realize that I am not the thoughts but the awareness behind the thoughts. Without this masterpiece and The Power of Now, I know that I would have finished my days here on this earth in quite desperation as it were. My prayer now is to be able to pass this awareness on to my children so that the cycle of unconsciousness suffering can end. Without hesitation and with your last nickle, read and read and read this man's gift to all of us. The clarity you gain will be a benefit to this precious Earth and all the beings on it.
The book actually being read by the author makes this experience a lot more meaningful in my opinion. He says you will have a shift in consciousness throughout the book, and he isnt wrong. I'd personally like to meet Mr. Tolle and discuss some of these concepts a little deeper, but it seems that all the answers you truly need lie within; and can only be received through being present and separating your consciousness (awareness) and unconscious (ego) ways of thinking.
This was exactly what I need to help me along my journey to consciousness. This book in inspiring, and an instruction manual for how to become the best version of me.