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.
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.
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.
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 has really good and thought provoking ideas, the main problem with this listen is the audiance is distracting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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