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.
Eckharts clear mind and calm demeanor, are both wise and insightful. Listening to this recording from one of his retreats--made me feel as if I was there. It was very healing and brought a lot of wisdom and compassion to my own practice of being (present).
Eckhart Tolle shares this ancient knowledge in an extraordinarily accessible way - for a western mind. I found the laughter a delightful expression of the waves of joy that come with a taste of consciousness becoming aware of itself.
I have both of Tolle's books, but this siminar is a different experience and a very pleasant listen. His voice is so slow and soothing. He shows his excellent and subtle sense of humor. I can listen again and again.
What begins as one man speaking from spirit and one man laughing evolves into the joy of the entire group. This set of sessions is truly enlightening and the levity deepens the understanding and helps for the listener to "get the joke" that is the human experience.
In this book the author will take you on a retreat and I would say you practice with him. However, this is a long book, so break it up over 6 or 7 days reading only an hour a day. This will allow you to assimilate the information easily. At the same time if you're not familiar with the author's work you may want to start with 'How to see yourself as you really are' by the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama can be light and Tolle can be heavy and intensive. If you've ever read anything by Joseph Rael you'll understand.
My only issue with this book was the sound quality as the author speaks the voice quality wasn't consistent.
I absolutely love, love, love Tolle ... however, his narration with his rambling and almost monotonous voice and too long gaps between thoughts (at times) just about put me to sleep. I listen to audible books on my hour+ drive to/from work. I have never been almost lulled into sleep before. So I decided to return this and buy the actual book. It's very hard when the narration is intended to comfort you into La-La land vs. help you rise to a higher life.
Loved it. Sound of laughing in the background on some of the chapters is distracting. Would be great if they can reduce on the recording. Otherwise great!
Listening to Tolle speak is easier than reading his work, perhaps because he speaks so slowly and carefully. There's no way to skim or rush through what he is saying when he is speaking, which is just as well because it takes thinking about. As an added bonus, I didn't know that he had such a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humor. I plan to purchase more of his audiobooks -- and the other kind too.
I am also reading/listening to A New Earth. He is also a good complement to Thich Nhat Than and Pema Chodron.
Yes -- I did listen to it over the course of a day, and will listen to it again. I am especially interested in Chapter 4: A Day of Silence.
I almost didn't buy this audiobook because of the distracting laughter that other reviewers have commented on, but I really didn't notice it. Don't know why. Maybe I'm evolving!
Here and now
Fantastic if you follow Tolle, but I think it would leave you confused or mystified if you hadn't read his books. If you have then it another fantastic adventure.
the acoustics, the volume, the crowd asks questions that arent audible.
i love eckhart - i just couldnt hear it.
its not the content - its the audio.
"The Journey into Yourself"
If you've listened to or read "The Power of Now" or any of Ekhart's other works and enjoyed these, I don't think it's possible that you could listen to this and not find it an awesome recording. The Journey into Yourself was recorded at one of Ekhart's three day retreats. Delivering a magical mix of insight, humour and serenity there is no doubt that this man has awakened an energy in himself that we all unconsciously or even consciously seek to reunite with. Ekhart, in the most gentle of ways, is on a mission to facilitate this process for any human being who is open and ready.
"A wonderful journey of self discovery"
I was expecting this audiobook to be similar to Tolle's previous work The Power of Now - and in many ways it was. However, it is far more powerful, emotional and interesting. I wonder if this is in part because the recording was made at a live seminar, and you can here the audience participation as well as Tolle's laughter and can sense the atmosphere. I am finding great joy in being in the current moment, rather than either thinking endlessly of past moments or living for future ones.
Everyone should listen to this groundbreaking recording.
"Such a shame"
I am somewhat of an eckhart fan, for many years I have listened to his words. This is a VERY good structured listen BUT..... Certain members of the audience are incredibly annoying, to the point that I am unable to listen to the second half. It was giving me a good lesson in accepting sounds as they are. But this was too much!
Just as I enter a meditative state I'm jolted back into the present by irritating- and loud - guffaws from one or two members of the audience.
Tone it down, pleeeese. Otherwise a great experience.
"Repeat content ofThe Power of Now and A New Earth."
Someone who is new to Eckhart Tolle
A lot of the content is a repeat of The Power of Now and A New Earth.
Uncontrollable, out of context laughing by one person in audience repetitively for 5 hours becomes a challenge.
Having been a fan for some time now I feel slightly biased in this review, however, this live recording is both a great introduction and addition to the work of Eckheart.
the audience is clearly audible in the background, I feel this add's to the overall quality and listening experience.
Listen it and you will be very nice surprise. It is really very good and well listened. Worth of listen before The Power of Now. It helps to understand it better!Enjoy!
"Had great time"
Loved this journey which I had with the audiobook. His words so clear. So many good moments of laughter.
"If you can ignore the annoying laughing man..."
I find it difficult to remain focused on the true messages of the monologue. The audiobook was recorded at a community retreat and as such there is an audience. I like the idea because you receive immediate feedback and there is a natural unscripted flow. Unfortunately there is a terrible distraction in the form of a man who just cannot seem to stop laughing. As Mr Tolle expounds on topics such as death and grief there is a man literally 'dying' of laughter in the background. That in and of itself is enough to make my mind take over and I lose concentration of the moment and the message. The laughter doesn't even seem to follow the message. it reminds me of early 80'S comedy on TV where they would edit in fake laughing. In this case the laughter is annoying, unprovoked and out of context. it is almost like this guy is in another room watching Mr Bean while Mr Tolle tries to continue stoically.
I appreciate that I am now applying a literary manifestation of my lack of tolerance and probably therefore am exactly the sort of person who should try harder to be 'in the now'.
The content will not disappoint you.
"Agree with previous reviewer"
This is Eckhart doing what he does best. What's not to like? I have to agree with a previous reviewer , that one particular audience member has an insistent,intrusive guffaw that can be heard throughout the second half of this audiobook and sounds a bit "off". But I am being picky. Don't let it put you off.
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