Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents listeners with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one.
In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are, which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are, and learn to live and breathe freely.
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Wow, much more value than I expected from the title. I stumbled on this book and am ecstatic that I did.
This book/audio should be experienced by everyone for one or more of the following three reasons:
1) If you are happily going about life, not on a spiritual quest, never had a mystical moment and believe that you are just like everyone else, then this book will give you insights on how to experience more life and help you answer many of your difficult questions that you seldom think about.
2) If you have had a mystical experience, remember it and want to get back to that "state" again, then this book shows you how to, why you should want to and what amazing things await you when you do.
3) If you are on a spiritual quest, stop here. You need not search further. Eckhart gives you your answers in clear English for the Western reader. This is an amazing find for you.
Now, the down side. You will be distracted by Eckhart's accent. After a while in the book I realized why (although he never really speaks much about himself). Realized beings in the "state" have a breathy, deliberate, considered and generally slow way of speaking. This can lull you to sleep, but listern to the words and you will be fine.
This is the real McCoy. He knows. Listen.
Sometimes a book comes along that takes all of the murky concepts that you are struggling with, shines a light on them, and makes them simple and powerful. This for me is that book. I drive to work and back each day, 1-hour each way. This book has become my constant commuting companion. I have listened to it over and over and over again. Each time I get something new from it even though I have heard it many times before. It doesn't matter if I start at the beginning or in some random place. New meaning and insight just keep coming through. I can see subtle changes in my life each day as I apply the wisdom. I have no doubt that I am changing the world! Thank you Ekhart Tolle.
While I really am drawn to the author's take on the world, how to approach life and view oneself I disappointingly was surprised by his reading voice. This sense of surprise was quickly replaced by an interesting problem of being drawn into the voice and losing tract of what he was saying. Then, I found that the reading was possibly the best remedy for insomnia ever invented. Try as I did, repeatedly to stay awake and really listen to his message I never could. I shelved the recorded book and moved on to a text copy which I give a whole hearted thumbs up. Oh well, Audible I applaud your efforts at having the author read his own book, but for me it just didn't work out.
I loved this audio book!
Eckhart Tolle' voice at first seemed a little odd, but I soon got very used to it and by the end of the book I enjoyed his voice, it is very soothing and very genuine.
I really needed this book, I truly feel different. My Mom died a few months before and my mind was very busy in the past. Tolle really gave me a new way of looking at the world.
I enjoyed the whole book and have listened to it 3 times (long commute to work) but the third chapter is where it gets interesting. Man, I had no idea how much ego I had. Definitely awakening. As a Mom and a wife I have seen a big change in myself over the past 6 weeks since I have listened to this audio book. Thanks Oprah for recommending it!
This book is a must to read or listen to over and over. Eckhart Tolle's point is clearer than ever and is expressed in a way that you understand the meaning of being in the moment. If you are on this journey to find true meaning, this book brings it home for you with examples that apply to your life. Suddenly the stillness is there and you can understand how to find the peace we all need to be truly happy and be part of humanity.
A spiritual book for those not into organized religion. This book changed me after one listen. It reveals how most suffering and stress come from within. The mind is a tool to be used for in-the-moment problems, but otherwise the mind takes a person out of the here-and-now with habitual thinking about past and future speculations. I bought this and listen to it over and over to help deepen the effect. After this book, I realized all my "problems" are as illusory as a mirage.
After reading the negative reviews of this audiobook, I was somewhat wary of buying it, but the positive reviews convinced me to go on and try it. I'm so glad I did! The negative reviewers complained about Eckhart Tolle's monotone, saying that it put them to sleep. I, however, found his voice to be the perfect vehicle for his message, which emphasizes the differences between the ego and consciousness. I strongly recommend this book to everyone on a spiritual quest.
anyone on a path, or think they have found the "right" path...hold on! this will shake your spiritual foundation. it's not new age or any age it just is. and you just are. it is that simple. Tolle is a master communicator. he cuts through the red tape of religions and presents the pure essence of them all.
I am sure that this book is very good, but I could not hear the content over the narration of Tolle's voice as his narration sidetracked me from the meaning of his words. I was focusing on how he said the words rather than the content of the words. I guess I need to actually read the book.
I read this book twice in a row to absorb the depth of what Tolle was trying to convey. I woke up two weeks later with amounted to a spiritual hangover, having had a holy war with my own ego.
I realized that I could not live in this sate of egoless ever present consciousness. This may be possible for an introverted middle aged man without children and battling depression but for a parent with three young children, it is not a realistic endeavor, especially when your attention is mostly toward others and when you need to plan the daily activities of four or five people.
I much prefer the Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra. He treats the ego has a integral part of our human self, not as an enemy that has to be suppressed into nothingness. According to Chopra, spirituality is a layered process, not a quick (and unlikely) fix to all human pathologies.
Eckhart Tolle has my admiration for making us aware of the nature of the human ego and for reminding us to live in the present but like any good thing, it has to be done with a certain measure. Brought too far, these teachings defeat their purpose.
"Even better as a talking book"
I loved this book when I was first give it in India by a wonderful and selfless man who thought I needed it (and I did). I will ever be in his debt. This book truly changed my life by changing the way I respond to the 'chattering' in my head. I hope it will do the same for you. Buy it and listen, but be warned, this is not a book for the car, I found my concentration was on the book and certainly not on the road.
The way it was told
I cannot compare it to any other book since it is unique.
Made me stronger as a person.
This book has enabled me to deal with some very difficult situations of late. Having bookmarked several areas in the book - I find myself returning back to those bookmarks and listening again and again to gather infinite wisdom!
"One of the best..."
This is one of the best books I have ever read. If you want to make the most out of it, listen, pause and think. Maybe also grab a pen and some paper and jot down ideas. You won't regret it!
"Ecstasy for the soul"
If you're looking for a new and meaningful perspective on life then this could be just the tonic. This book really made me stop and
Echart's Voice is so easy on your ears, a little strange at first but in the long run he's addictive
There is no point in answering all the questions as this book, you are either ready for or your not, ultimately read it with your mind wide open and if you do allot of stuff just sorts itself.
Thank you Echart for this wonderful contribution to explaining LIFE as it should be (im my opinion)
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No, it is ultimately repetitive so the message is best heard over multiple sittings
If everyone read this book and could understand what the author was trying to say, then the world would be a much happier and healthier place.
"Pure Genius... but play it a double speed"
Seriously I love the work of Eckhart Tolle but if I had listened at normal speed I would have had to give this a 1 star review. He speaks so painfully slowly and without any drama or character to his voice that it is almost impossible to listen.
The audible app allows you to play back at different speeds and what do you know if you play him at 1.5x he sounds much better.
I have never had so much spiritual wisdom conveyed to me in such a softly spoken voice ever before. I feel truly the better for the experience. Thank You.
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