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.
There truly are no words to describe the beauty of what can be found in this audio book if you are able to really "hear" its message. If I could give it 100 stars, I would. I agree with previous reviewers also on Eckhart's subtle and wonderful sense of humor. I laughed so many times in the course of listening to this. And I cried. I've listened to about four of his other works, including The Power Of Now. And while I enjoyed them immensely (they had the soothing effect of slipping into a warm bath), my understanding of the concepts in them was largely limited to the cognitive realm. This is the book that had me listening from a whole other place, that brought me to a whole new level of "understanding". One for which there truly are no words.
Eckhart Tolle is always great to listen too, every time I listen to it I learn something new. The whole talk is over 10 hours so you always miss something and pick up something new. There is some very annoying guy laughing in the background throughout the talk with it unfortunate. Still Eckhart is a great spiritual speaker.
This is a really wonderful audiobook. If you have a few other of his lectures you will likely find parts of it are family since Eckhart does say similar and familiar things. An interesting element of this recording is that there is one person who laughs throughout the lecture at the most random things. It grated on my nerves at first until I realized that this was an opportunity to accept what is rather than let the ego keep grabbing hold of it and being annoyed or wondering if this person was on drugs, which I did for the first few hours. Eventually, this person's laughter was just a sound I chose to not let distract me from being present while listening to Eckhart. Amusingly enough, there are moments when Eckhart begins laughing at things he's saying which I suspect was triggered by the seemingly randomness of this audience member's laughter. All in all, the lecture in itself is good, while that one person's laughter perhaps made it more than a lecture and into a putting the teachings into practice type of experience. As I continued listening I found I could gauge my presence by whether the laughter triggered judgment and/or annoyance or not.
This is a recording of a Eckhart Tolle retreat. It amazes me how Eckhart Tolle is at his best at any given moment. Even though it's a retreat, the words spoken are clear, precise and contain the full essence of his teachings as if they are weighed in gold. There is plenty of wisdom, practical advice, new perspectives as well as the hilarious Eckhart Tolle brand humor. There several adjectives I can use. Most of all, though, it has been a very centering, calming, humorous and very enlightening experience.
So, yeah, you should get it :-)
first off i love eckhart tolle and enjoyed this entire audiobook... but did anyone else hear the annoying guy in the background at the retreat laughing louder than an ass after everything tolle says? the first 4 hours i was like totally accepting the "isness" of the idiot but i really think, after 10 hours of hearing his dramatic reply to every single thing tolle says, i actually felt his incessant laughter was to ridicule and dismiss anything being talked about... who knows. who cares.
there are many moments where tolle makes hilarious jokes and you hear the entire retreat audience laughing and i laugh as well but this guy is seriously stoned or something. i think tolle may have addressed it by pointing out how some zenned out monks laugh at most things they hear, which i guess is his acceptance and alertness to his surroundings (lots of "students" and one noisy monkey).
i still loved "the journey into yourself" and was eventually able to pay no mind to the audible annoyances in listening to an audiobook to learn to pay no mind to such things... but it's actually totally annoying to listen to a 10 hour unabridged audiobook by a genius and hear some drunk heckler buzzing in every 20 seconds, my thanks to the peanut gallery!
I never heard of Eckhart Tolle until about five months ago when I was drawn to The Power Of Now on cd at a library. I picked it up and immediately knew I would find what I was looking for in it. Since then, I bought several of his audiobooks. This one is definitely one of my favorites! He is very funny! I laughed out loud a few times and had to even hold back my laughter while listening during quiet time (sleep, library, etc). He is a true master of our time. I have most of his teachings in my ipod and listen to them all the time. His relaxing voice is also great to listen to while going to sleep. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who is looking to grow spiritually!
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.
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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
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