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The Power of Now | [Eckhart Tolle]

The Power of Now

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.
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Publisher's Summary

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace. They can be used to bring you into the Now, the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here you find your joy and are able to embrace your true self. It is here you discover that you are already complete and perfect.

Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language in a question and answer format. The words themselves are the signposts to guide you on your journey. There are new discoveries to be made along the way: you are not your mind, you can find your way out of psychological pain, authentic human power is found by surrendering to the Now. When you become fully present and accepting of what is, you open yourself to the transforming experience of The Power of Now.

©2000 New World Library

What the Critics Say

"One of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power." (Deepak Chopra)
"A reminder to be truly present in our own lives and liberated from our past and future. It can transform your thinking." (O: The Oprah Magazine)

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    Bunny B Lakeland FL 07-02-14
    Bunny B Lakeland FL 07-02-14

    Some people are very good listeners....

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    What did you love best about The Power of Now?

    Loved the concept of "watching the thinker" because there are times when it's really difficult to quiet the mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The question/answer or interview style reading was lackluster and dull. Tolle should have given the job to someone else. I had the volume cranked up and his voice was barely audible. He speaks in a gentle monotone whisper.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Yikes! I grimace at the thought...
    Tag line: How big is your snooze button?


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the concept of becoming one with your inner being. Very peaceful practice but the delivery was excruciating.

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    Lisa 06-17-14
    Lisa 06-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Life Changing"
    Would you listen to The Power of Now again? Why?

    Yes and I plan to listen to it immediately after I finish.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Now to and why?

    A new Earth


    What does Eckhart Tolle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is calm and relaxing and allows you to reall receive the words easy. His words are without emotion and judgement which is so needed. In the world we live in, most of us hear how words are expressed and derive our understanding from half of the words and half of the emotion behind it. At least it's that way for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because it's 7 hours long, I listen to it moment to moment when time permits, however I find myself stopping myself from being anxious to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This like many of Eckhart's books are amazing because they are not trying to convince, teach, or validate. He is sharing intelligence that comes from a place that cannot be explained with words but somehow within you know it is real and It has brought me closer than I ever have been before to healing. In the brief time (a few weeks) of reading and listening to his truths, life has changed significantly for me and yet I have not made any major changes outward. However the inward changes have begun to make the outward like heaven.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FeFe 06-16-14
    FeFe 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm expanding my genre in books. I haven't been heavily into books in the past, this is changing rapidly. I enjoy hot & heavy mysteries.

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    What disappointed you about The Power of Now?

    I tip my hat to Eckhart Tolle for the subject of his book, but his voice is very difficult to listen to for long periods of time, my family feels the same. I recommend reading the book, but it is difficult to listen to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eckhart Tolle?

    I am not familiar with many narrator's, but someone who is easier on the ears but can still demonstrate the powerfulness of this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Now?

    I haven't been able to finish listening to it.


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    Trustno1 04-29-14
    Trustno1 04-29-14

    Trustno1

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    "Narration is torture."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator. I gave up early. This is the only audio book I have not finished. Read "10% Happier" by Dan Harris if you want a great listen and some additional objective opinion on this topic/book/author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Rancourt LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA, US 04-19-14
    Kathleen Rancourt LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA, US 04-19-14
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    "Modern Day Bible"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Now to be better than the print version?

    I don't know because I've never looked at the printed version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Firstly, it's not a story. It's a way of Life. It's a modern day bible for those seeking their Authentic Self and to improve their lives.


    What about Eckhart Tolle’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't really thinking about the narrators 'performance'. I was simply enjoying the words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life: The Way it Should Be.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to listen to this book over and over again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-10-14

    Eager audible listener. My favorite categories: Non-fiction,Creativity,Spirituality.Audible makes it relaxing to study the stuff I love :)

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    "If you are ready - this book will change your life"
    What did you love best about The Power of Now?

    That it contains pure wisdom and guidance for everyone no matter what background and belonging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Now?

    When Eckhart explains why we humans are the way we are and how to easily step out of what we perceive as problems in our lives and rather discover our natural inner peace and state of being.


    What about Eckhart Tolle’s performance did you like?

    His calm and friendly voice, his humour and most of all his extra-ordinary ability to convey wisdom and guidance from the original teachings while he allow you to instantly step out of your everyday busy-ness. It is a great stress-buster to listen to Eckhart, even if for just a few minutes. He is by far my favorite teacher and he is great to listen to when I'm driving in my car, traffic jam is not a problem to me anymore. :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, several moments in the book moved me and the first one was at the beginning when he explains that we are not our thoughts and how we actually can stop thinking when we want to. This realization is amazing because it allows you to be at inner peace here and now without any self-help techniques or such like most self-help books suggests.


    Any additional comments?

    How you experience "The Power of NOW" will depend on your state of conciousness and if it does not resonnate with you at this moment I will strongly recommend you to pick it up again when you are more open. I left it for 2 years in my Audible Library after I listened only for a few minutes and found it to be very strange. The next time I picked it up it was almost like magic and could not believe how I could leave it there for so long without noticing.I give my best recommendations for all the other Audible listenings from Eckhart Tolle as well if you like this one. For more I also recommend his website www.eckharttolletv.com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alberta Girl Canada 03-23-14
    Alberta Girl Canada 03-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Here and now

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    Do you have any additional comments?

    Read before a new earth. A new earth is my favorite, but they compliment each other. If you have trouble listening to him, you may want to set it aside because you are not ready and it would be a shame to not try again. Set it aside and try again the moment you are ready.

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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "He's so much better in person!"

    The book has a number of problems. Fundamentally there is a dependence on the "spiritual" which creates an easy out for any difficult questions regarding proving the existence or utility of any claim or assertion. He starts out by stating that religions have a common core truth that has been clouded over the years. I would say much on offer here would be guilty of the very same sin. I'm not certain that most of his spiritual assertions are necessary at all to make much of the book useful and helpful. I am found whenever he tried to use modern science to bolster his claims were dubious at best. His whole point about there being so much space in an atom and between atoms while factual did nothing to further the argument he was making at the time. In fact, it felt like a distraction, something on the lines of, "Hey look this stuff is scientific, really." I particularly cringed at statements like "higher vibrational energy" like that has any validity what so ever. There is a deeper problem that, if these unnecessary assertions are proven false, naive, or misguided, that other, more crucial points, will be brought in to question. I don't see his work as an improvement over much of the vipassana practice here in the West. I also felt that the author didn't do a good job of bridging the gap between the mind identified state and the non-attached state. If it were really so easy, then why haven't more become enlightened. I do think that problem is the essence of millennia of Buddhist practice and teaching. It's not horrible. I'm just very disappointed in the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-28-14
    Jeff PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful novel full of great life advice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Now the most enjoyable?

    I feel like the book touched on many different aspects of the human condition. From dealing with your mind/thoughts, to your inner self, to the concept of God, to surrender, compassion, joy, love, anger, fear, etc. all of it is touched on here, in a way that is easy to understand and relate to. Complex concepts and milennia of religious and spiritual teachings are presented in a way that goes beyond any bias or preconceived notions.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Now to and why?

    This is my first experience with this sort of a book


    What about Eckhart Tolle’s performance did you like?

    His voice really adds a lot to the novel. His tone, pronunciation, and pace are all excellent, and really help draw you into the to book and more deeply understand what it is he is trying to convey


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His discussion of relationships was very relevant to me, as well as the discussion about the mind and the pain body. Trying to live in the present, and how the past and future impact this and relate to your mind/ego/sense of self was all very moving


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book that I read at a very important time in my life. Highly recommended for anyone going through change in their life, or who may have lost their way, or are just unsure of what direction to go in, what life is about, or how to cope with life's complexities

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada 01-25-14
    Gabrielle Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada 01-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Do it. Download this book."

    It really has to be the right time for you in your life to even be interested in downloading this book - but if it is, you won't regret taking the time to listen to it. Some of the concepts may seem out there at first but give them time. Simply coming to understand the content can beget positive change in your life. I'm now on my 3rd listen and am catching things that flew right over my head the first time around. Practicing the concepts in this book is a completely different ball game, I've certainly found it difficult but it's been worth it. For now, enjoy the audiobook :)

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  • Anthony
    Hornchurch, ESS, United Kingdom
    10/26/05
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    "Present Moment Awareness"

    This book opens the door and gives a glimpse of a world I had not experienced since childhood. That of living in the present moment. A beautiful but very indepth read.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    KilmarnockUnited Kingdom
    5/5/06
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    "Buy it NOW!"

    The incredible power of this book stems from the simplicity of its teachings. Tolle presents a system so simple and undebiably true that it cannot help but work. I am not so sure I would have taken so much from the written book, so the audiobook is definitely the recommended format to absorb this timeless teaching. If you do only one thing to improve your life, then make that reading this book.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Neath, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    11/7/05
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    "Find TRUE & PERMANENT HAPPINESS - Amazing book"

    I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the author for producing this book, an amazing, truly life changing experience. I recommend listening to this title in small chunks to really take in the PEARLS of WISDOM. Free yourself from your mind, find your inner happiness.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Nantwich, United Kingdom
    5/25/11
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    "I was sceptical"

    Initially not sure whether this would be any good and thought maybe other reviewers were desperately looking for something that the rest of us knew was a bit 1960's and zen like. Maybe they are - maybe not. I don't think I am but I did find this surprisingly inciteful and useful. Lots of really down to earth good advice and good philosophical (and dare I say it) spiritiual food for thought. But to reiterate: useful and pragmatic from the start. Have listened to some bits a few times as it seems to make me think of things slightly differently each time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • bookwormbadger
    Gloucestershire
    11/12/10
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    "Incredible and life-changing"

    This book is unbelievable. Eckhart Tolle's words resonated so deeply with many of my own experiences and difficult times. He makes life seem so simple and straightforward somehow. This book is very empowering, uplifting and has real power to change lives... I plan to listen to it at least once a month to remind myself about all that is wonderful about life and the human condition. I just can't recommend it highly enough.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John
    BristolUnited Kingdom
    3/2/11
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    "Life Changing"

    This audiobook was great and I genuinely consider it to be life changing. Tolle's teachings made me realise the root of my anxieties and hence unhappiness.
    He gets quite spiritual at times, which doesn't particularly appeal to me, but the overall message is a wonderful one and has made me appreciate 'the now'.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Walsall, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    12/1/10
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    "Genius!"

    This makes you put everything into perspective, and I found it truly inspiring. I definitely will be getting some more of his stuff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Corwen, Denbighshire, United Kingdom
    1/1/10
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    "Thought provoking"

    This audiobook is very deep. I do not think I would have been able to read it as a book as I would have found it very heavy going and I would have missed out.

    Someone commented on the author's "monotone" voice but I think his voice is quite soothing to listen to. Its a voice who belongs to someone who is at peace with the world.

    This book is a little gem and will teach you how to create space for yourself in our busy world.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Winshill, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    2/24/07
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    "The Bible of All Self-Help Books"

    If I could give something to every human being in this world it would be The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle speaks with an authority that is so obviously from pure consciousness. I have many others in my collection, but this is the one I return to again and again. Without doubt, his words are divinely inspired.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    London, United Kingdom
    7/21/11
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    "Eckhart Tolle"

    Eckhart Tolle is an extremely inspiring man. I love this book and his other books also. His ideas are great and having implemented some of them already in daily life I feel a lot more positive than I have in the past. Releasing how far away we are from living life like we should in order to be happy and healthy is amazing. I'm not sure I could dive in like the author did and live happily homeless but I have definitely taken as much of his advice as I can. My only slight issue is that his voice is very calming and hypnotic to the point that I found myself getting a little sleepy while listening but that can also be reviewed as positive because he is very easy to listen to. I would definitely recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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