The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level. It is the prerequisite of Being. As you listen to the words on this tape, you participate in the retreat. To "retreat" means to step back - not only from the outer world, but also from the world in your head, the thinking mind. Allow the sound of the words to take you beyond words and beyond sound to the stillness within. Allow the Now to be as it is and so realize the formless essence of the Now as consciousness itself.
Suggested practice: use the lesson throughout the day.
Blessings on your Journey into your Self.
©2003 Eckhart Tolle; (P)2004 Eckhart Teachings, Inc.
I found this to be engaging, challenging and comforting. I find myself compelled to indicate that as the sessions progressed, I found myself anticipating and dreading the sole yacking, laughing attendee whose threshold for sharing his joy seemed quite a bit lower than everyone else in the room. In spite of my desire to "be in the now" - which I should have been , in response to this individual, I found it distracting and detracted from my ability to listen to it again
I just loved the whole retreat. It was serious, but also really funny and in fact light-hearted. In the beginning I wasn't too sure what to make of Eckhart's unusual approach, but ended up laughing out loud quite a few times with people staring at me if I wasn't in the comfort of my own home. I just couldn't help myself! His dry sense of humor and funny remarks, which sound all too familiar, would have the room roaring with laughter in no time including myself.
His teachings are reflective and such an eye-opener. You just realise that this knowledge is all you would ever need. I found it made a real difference to my life.
Eckhart Tolle has really good and thought provoking ideas, the main problem with this listen is the audiance is distracting.
If you're familiar with Eckhart Tolle's other works, this one would be amusing but would not add much to what you already know. For somebody who's hearing him for the first time, this would be a tad confusing as he assumes he's talking to a familiar audience.
Eckhart Tolle is wonderful however, during this live taped session there was a man that kept laughing very loudly at sometimes inappropriate times and this was somewhat distracting.
No one. He's great. Very compelling.
I felt it was not worth the time, simply because of the distracting audience member. It was very difficult to get lost in the content. I just snapped back to hearing that laugh. it almost seemed like the person was actually there just to disrupt. He kept laughing really loud when nothing was funny at all.
I wanted to return this book but I was too late. If they had another recording of it, I'd be buying it for people as a gift.
I have always been a great fan of Eckhart Tolle and enjoy listening to his talks in his retreats.
However in this audiobook, from session three, there is a member of the audience whose over-enthusiastic laughter became more and more crazed as the session went on. It was funny at first but his incessant outbursts become quite irritating and annoying as the session progressed. I was rather distracted on my first listening and had to consciously block his outburst out on subsequent listenings. It was quite an effort.
After only a few minutes listening to Eckhart explain statements like "You are not your mind", it was clear to me that he is onto something powerful. I found his approach easy to understand and apply. As others have noted he has a unique voice which I found captivating and soothing. After completing "The Journey Into Yourself" I added three more Tolle titles to my Audible wish list.
I enjoyed the book.Eckart has explained the subject excellently.It is very difficult to explain somethign which cannot be explained and Echart is brilliant.This was my first experience with Echart and am satisfied.Good Audio.
"Unabridged is not always a good thing."
It was good to hear some content I hadn't heard from Eckhart before however the raucous laughter in the background especially the braying of one particular member of the audience was a test of my presence after six hours.
"Perfect as always !"
To helping you abide in your Self as the Self and whatever the heck you want to add
"A very clear and gentle opening up the beauty of"
I really enjoyed the experience. A gentle, slow and authentic presentation.Thanks for the gift of presence.
"A Must Have for Tolle Fans"
This is a live performance recorded at a seminar. Eckhart Tolle is a fine and eloquent public speaker and spiritual teacher. I find his audiobooks calming and helpful. This title is no exception. It gets me to focus on the here and now and brings peace into my life. He is totally without ego which is incredibly rare and refreshing. The only downside to listening to a live recording is that some of the audience like the sound of their own laughter and are inappropriately noisy but that does not happen a lot and there is something refreshing about listening to a live performance from such an inspiring and genuinely humble man. Well worth a listen.
"Amazing! Tolle is a genius."
Tolle presents both a deeply philosophical and gentle guide into the journey of self awareness. The religious frame combined with a philosophical structure made it accessible but revelatory. I would recommend this to anyone with a real interest in Buddhism or Christianity.
"Hmm, Not at all sure about this!"
Having read the reviews I decided to purchase this title. My initial response was slight annoyance at his airy-fairy, insubstantial and somewhat meandering ideas. While there are some very valid and helpful ideas and a great sense of relaxed peace and quietude, this is sadly disturbed by his audience guffaws and cackles but worse (as another reviewer said) is his 'sniggering' and the 'heavy breathing' obviously caused by the microphone being too close to his mouth. Creepy! I have decided after several 'tries' that I cannot listen to him and sadly will not be able to take advantage of any of his teachings.
I'm afraid that although Tolle has some interesting things to say, the way he delivers is annoying. He speaks too close to the microphone, one can hear him breathe which becomes claustrophobic, and he sniggers at his own jokes incessantly (accompanied by a member of the audience who whinnies in the background all the time), which really takes one's mind away from the seriousness of the subject he is treating. A disappointment.
"Reaches the parts other teachings can't....."
I bought this audiobook after reading The Power of Now and A New Earth. This recording works very well as it has a relaxed, conversational quality to it.
There is something about Eckhart Tolle's teachings that reaches into a person and awakens a realisation of something that had been forgotten.
I found the audiobook entertaining, funny, heart-warming and full of insight, and promptly started listening to it all over again once I reached the end of it, such was my reluctance to end the connection. It felt like coming home.
"Waste of time and money..."
This is my first review ever, because normally I'm very patient and understanding. But this...
I admit, now and then you may hear some good ideas (which however you will forget immediately). But with all due respect how horrendously annoying this audio book was!!! Long pauses, his flat jokes and his constant giggling at them, his loud breathing, and people from the audience laughing when actually nothing funny was even told! So just do yourself a favour - don't buy this book, save your time and money!
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