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Touching the Eternal Lecture

Touching the Eternal: A Retreat on the Heart of Spiritual Surrender

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Through the centuries, countless people from around the world have been coming to India, thirsty in their search for truth. Considered to be the birthplace of spirituality, India has produced more great mystics and spiritual teachers than any other country. What more fitting place for Eckhart to speak of the eternal Now? It is here on the banks of the holy Ganga, amidst the snow-capped Himalayas and the tremendous beauty of scarlet sunsets that a group of determined souls from around the globe met to sit together in silence. With Eckhart's guidance, the rigors of living in India served as teachers pointing to the release of attachment to form and to seeing deeper into the inner.

Join them in this transformational experience and allow yourself to be guided through words and stillness into the state of presence. This is the surrendered state of consciousness in which the very limitations of form become an opening into the divine. During this seven-day retreat, Eckhart speaks with humble authenticity, wisdom and humor on a wide range of subjects.

Lessons contained in this series: Children and spirituality, Conscious suffering, Self-esteem, Couple partnerships, Falling in love, Addiction, Guilt, Forgiveness, Prayer, Death and dying, Loneliness, Devotion.

©2011 Eckhart Tolle (P)2011 Eckhart Teachings

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    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15
    David Northeast Kingdom, VT 06-16-15

    True multitasking is "reading" a book while walking, running, kayaking, doing chores, gardening, driving or just drifting off to sleep.

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    "The "grittiest" (and deepest) of Tolle on audible"

    At the very beginning of this retreat you know it is going to be different from Tolle's other books and retreats. Maybe is is the influence of being in India but this is definitely the "grittiest" of the Tolle recordings available at audible.

    What do I mean by "grittiest?" I mean the most realistic, the retreat that most acknowledges that not everyone is at the same level yet. The tone is not darker, but it is more nuanced.

    For example, at the very beginning of the retreat he begins a familiar Tolle refrain, "you do not need more time." If you have listened to Tolle before you know what he means by that, you have everything you need in your life right now, there is nothing that you will have tomorrow that you do not have today. You can become present in your life right now. Check! Got it! I have heard this and I understand.

    But wait! In this retreat he says, "well some of you do need more time." This made me pause for a moment. Really? Some of us do need more time. Why? Tolle goes on to say, "Because you may need more suffering." Ouch.

    He says that some people - even some people at the retreat - may not yet be ready to be present because they are too attached to thoughts, material possessions, ego, etc. This is not new, but the way he emphasizes that some people might actually need to suffer more is a little different from the eight or so other Tolle books and retreats I have read.

    The retreat itself is grittier, too. He talks to the retreat-attendees there in India about the limitations and hardships of being in India. This is the retreat that delves the most into these things. Even the questions the retreat attendees ask seem a little grittier.

    This is also one of the longer audible Tolle offerings (which I think is great! The more the better). And the music used in this one is the most spiritual and inspiring too me.

    Do not let this be your first Tolle book or retreat. For that I recommend of course the book "The Power of Now" that started it all or the fun and lighter retreat "Freedom from the World."

    However, if you are a Tolle veteran and want to get into something long and deep and very real, this audio retreat is exceptional.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Farmington, NM 03-31-15
    Amazon Customer Farmington, NM 03-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    "The Indian Twist"

    It was interesting to hear his story being taught in India. E.T. Is E.T. You either get him or you don't. The story doesn't change but the details and the signposts do so it is always refreshing to dive in.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    HUSEYIN H. TAVILOGLU Istanbul, TR 12-30-15
    HUSEYIN H. TAVILOGLU Istanbul, TR 12-30-15
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    "Love of duality I am feeling."

    Eckhart Baba produces sounds that puts one in profoundly "transforming" state of something so beautiful. He is a living consciousness therefore more valuable then any great spiritual character of the past!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Rampersad 04-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Deep and life changing"

    This book comes alive and changes your life. Wonderful that it is in the authors voice. You feel like you are at the retreat with everyone or yourself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Boerescu 10-31-15
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    "Meditation"

    Interesting experience listening to Eckhart. In the last chapter he speaks that he likes hugging and he would like to hug everyone before they go from the retreat. Last night he hugged me in my dream. I felt a cool breeze comming from him and I was in thoughtless awareness... I felt before this while dreaming about Shri Mataji.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 02-18-15
    Cynthia 02-18-15
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    "Transformative!"

    This retreat goes deeper than A New Earth and helps the cosmic evolution taking place now. It's a transformative class.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn E. Kidd 02-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Tole rocks."

    His teaching is all one needs to have freedom from them world. This Audio Reminded me of my adventures in India.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne 06-24-15
    Joanne 06-24-15
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    "Waves of bliss"
    If you could sum up Touching the Eternal in three words, what would they be?

    Peace, presence, uplifting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eckhart Tolle's calmness can be felt even through an audiobook, i loved that.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved his sense of humor. Even though there is a lot of information to digest, the lightheartedness of Eckhart Tolle somehow lightens the sometimes serious nature of spiritual conversations and makes it easy to relate to the teachings.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Dickson California 09-10-16
    Joel Dickson California 09-10-16

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    "One of my favorites"

    Get this audible if you like Tolle or Non-Duality material. This is one of the most hours u will get on an audible download for Tolle. The Indian music on top of Tolle's transmission is a very hard performance to beat. May the Truth guide you in your unfolding.

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    Gregory L Sandefur 07-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Meant to be heard"

    Eckhart Tolle has a voice that should be experienced by all. Although reading his material is enlightening, hearing his material, narrated by Tolle, is a spiritual experience in itself. WONDERFUL!!

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  • d bailey
    2/28/15
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    "Always Amazing. .. Eckhart Tolle. "

    26 hour talk at a retreat. love every minute!! Always leaves me feeling at peace. 💜

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    9/12/15
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    "Life changingly good stuff"

    Everything Eckhart Tolle does is awesome and worth checking out if you have had enough of life being a struggle and want to transform it, this guy can show you the way. Laughed and cried over three incredible days of listening to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James Smith
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    6/26/16
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    "Disappointed :("

    Chose this over The Power of Now or A New Earth. Chose wrong. The length is deceptive as much of it is a bell and Indian song. As the price reflects the length, this is misleading. The quality could have been better: If they can edit in song they could have played with the sound effects a little.

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  • Andrew
    12/1/15
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    "Classic Eckhart Tolle"
    What did you like most about Touching the Eternal?

    I found listening to this to be rewarding in many ways. If you like listening to Eckhart then you will likely love this too. If you are not used to Eckhart recorded live then prepare yourself for some silences. Also his unique sense of humour. Otherwise be up for the challenge and enjoy the ride.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
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    10/22/15
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    "good"

    like being at a retreat really. if you don't like the notion of travelling this is a good workaround.

    tolle has a sly wit as well amongst his wisdom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    7/7/15
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    "Very good"

    I found it easy to enter presence listening to this recording even though I could only listen 1 hr a day or less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Piotrowicz
    Dublin, Ireland
    5/21/15
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    "Most amazing"

    If we can say that anything matters at all in life, in audio books,.... Anything that can be communicated at all - THAT IS IT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ms
    7/11/16
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    "brilliant thank you"

    easy to listen to, many insights, I will listen to this many times....some very deep points made...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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