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.
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"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)
Before I buy it I read all reviews, and the negative ones made me hesitate. Finally I decided to try it - and I'm so glad I did!! This book is now my all time favorite - other spirituality, self-help or philosophy books seem so unenlightened, so incomplete. A must-read for anyone with big questions, big problems, or simply not 100% happy (does this leave any one of us out?) You will love this book - if a single book can lead you to enlightenment and can elevate your consiousness above everyday problems, negativity and conflicts, then this is it!
This audio book is truly a rare gem. Not only does Eckhart masterfully distill the ancient teachings and wisdom for achieving inner peace but explains its difficult concepts in a very clear and effective manner. A must read for those seeking for enlightenment.
This book caused me to realize how much my mind (ego) is generally in control of me. I had studied a number of meditative teachings, and already had the ideas in my head, but it was this book that catalyzed a clear transformation in me. There were moments where Tolle's voice (as the narrator) caused me to observe my own presence. My mind wrestled with the book, and at several points it wanted to toss the book aside, dismissing it as new-age spiritual hoo-ha (and there may be points where you try to dismiss it this way, also). But in retrospect, as I live my life, it is impossible to ignore the essential truth that Tolle has put words to. Slowly, the moments are increasing where I feel liberated from my mind's patterns of control and obsession with past/future. This was one of the most powerful books I have encountered.
This is a book about spirituality, and if you choose to hear it this way, God. And at the same time I believe an atheist could listen and identify with it. In fact one of the phenomenal things about this book is that an atheist, agnotstic, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist could all sit with this book and identify with it in their own individual way, be it identifying with the individual, their god, or higher spiritual state of being.
While the book is along the spirituality line, it really reframes religions, all religions as part of the same whole. And he quotes and discusses the concept of “god” in many different religions, but ties them all back to a single concept. And specifically he discusses the teachings of Christianity and dispels, in an unbelievably eloquent way many of the misinterpretations of the original teachings that are prevalent today
But the book isn’t about God, it’s simply about one’s self, the author just pulls together western religion, eastern religion, and individual awareness in one framework and shows, with examples from various religions, and mostly from individual experience, how they all point back to the same thing.
If spirituality is not something you are interested in, and in fact it is only very minimally what I am interested in, you could as easily read and identify with this book on the level of a personal psychology guide. I believe that virtually anyone interested in their own well being will find that this book speaks to them on a level that makes sense for them in their life. To accomplish this is a truly magnificent feat, and the author has my deepest respect for accomplishing this seemingly impossible task.
Tolle could be one of dozens of writers who distill their particular brand of eastern mystical philosophy except it isn't eastern philosophy and it isn't a distillation. In "The Power of Now" Eckhart Tolle speaks in a direct and clear manner about what seem to be sincere personal insights from persoal spiritual experience. Because it is a fisthand account, he has avoided the pitfalls of interpretation and extrapolation from obscure ancient oriental languages. Couched in language and culture that is accessible to western sisbilities, Tolle offers a lucid and concise description of the barriers that lie between most of us and "enlightenment." Persistenly avoiding abstractions, he guides his audience through practical steps to awareness and spiritual awakening.
Eckhart Tolle's work, The Power of Now, is filled with wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice from beginning to end. He shows clearly how progress in the evolution of human consciousness is absolutely necessary for survival of life on this planet, and that it is up to each one of us to change our perception of the world in which we live if that progress is to take place. Tolle also shows how our tendency to dwell in the past and future obscures the present moment. In so doing, we fail to see what is necessary right now, thus we make wrong choices and decisions which lead to untold suffering for self and others. This work is a recipe for true happiness and if everyone followed the advice contained therein the world would be a happier place to live in. I have listened to it so many times now I have lost count. If I were shipwrecked on a desert island and I could take only one book, this would be it!
I really liked listening to this book. It was a practical guide to how to become your own silent watcher and join the global spiritual awakening. Eckard's voice was haunting (very cool)
" WE ARE A SLAVE TO WHAT WE ARE NOT AWARE OF" - this book helps us free ourselves from the slavery of UNCONSCIOUSNESS. I dont know how to put in words how thankful I am to come across this kind of book. For me... every word... full of substance...necessary for awakening.
As a Buddhist, I find an amazing parallel between the teachings of Tolle and the basic sanity of Buddhism. Thanks to Tolle, I now understand why the glimpses into reality that I have experienced have always faded and not lead to lasting peace - my mind incorporated them into my 'story'.
Thanks to this reminder, I feel like I am embarking on a spiritual journey that has been sidelined for a very long time by my identification with my mind and my story as it is expressed through past and future. Although much of the wisdom expressed in this book has been expressed before, at least one new concept, that of the 'Pain Body', is both new (to me) and very useful.
This book is very inspiring. After years of confusion and procrastination, Tolle's 'Power of Now' has compelled me to begin my spiritual practice 'now'.
For a while now, I've been educating myself on religions (Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Kabbalah, Islam, Hinduism, Sufism, etc.) and reading the works of today's most revered spiritual speakers, and after listening to this audiobook, I can honestly say Eckhart Tolle has tied it all together. His simple (yet amazingly profound)teachings and concepts allowed me to take a second look at everything I'd already learned, and do so with a deeper, more accurate understanding. There is no way that you're going to read this book and not come away with a basic understanding of how to master the mind, which is to say that you'll know when the mind is to be used, and when it's time to step away from the mind and just be. And the most amazing thing about it is, once you realize it,,you'll also realize that on some level, you've known it all along. This book is truly liberating. I've been seeking inner peace for a long time, and now I know that the key is within me, and has been there the whole time.
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'.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"I now live in the present"
This was recommended to me as a book I should read. I am glad I did.
The book explains how we rush about in our daily lives, earning money and supposedly living. But how often do you sit and think about what you are doing 'now'.
I have learned to enjoy living in the 'now'
To listen to the sounds of nature and actually see nature growing.
There is so much beauty around us.
I would listen to the book again, if only to remind me, if I should forget, to live in the 'now'
The most memorable part was actually realising that I can listen and be in the present and it is peaceful and calm.
Eckhart's voice is calming. He pauses several times to allow you to take in what he is saying.
I listened to this book in 2 days. When the author told me to enjoy the moment, to listen, feel and taste the now, I felt that my life is suddenly going to be richer in experiences.
This has proved to be so in many experiences since.
"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.
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.
"Fascinating calming experience!"
I bought this book to listen to whilst on holiday and am so pleased I did. It is the first book of this nature I have listened to and what a life changing experience... You need to listen with an open mind and take what you want/ need. It has helped me understand the power of being in the present. Listen and try for yourself! I intend to buy another of his books next :)
Perhaps I was under a misapprehension when I bought this book - I was expecting something about meditation and the philosophy of living in the present.
Sadly, it turned out to be pseudo-religious with an author that claims lots of answers but can substantiate none of it. He answers with generalisations (the best one was where a voice says something like "Are any of your claims proven?" and Tolle replies with "Do it, and you yourself will be the evidence)", and when he started banging on about "energy fields", "life energy", "energy polarity", and how women feel pain because of the rape and subjugation of previous generations, I was just laughing at the stupidity.
Now, the one useful point here is the idea of living in the present and not dwelling too much on the future or the past. I really hoped this would elaborate on that area, but to be honest it didn't really move on after the first few chapters.
The performance is ok - Tolle has a calm, steady tone although they have put a bit of an echo on the sound, so it sounds like he's trying to hypnotise you. There is an annoying cymbal that is meant to break the chapters but just sounds a bit silly to me.
So in conclusion, I bought this based on the other rave reviews. I guess others must have a very different view on the subject. Maybe if you want to believe this stuff and don't require real evidence or substance and are happy to trust people on the basis that they claim to know, then you might get on fine with this. Personally I am disappointed - there may be some useful stuff here but it gets drowned out by the unsubstantiated claims.
"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.
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