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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Would recommend to anyone waking up from there old dream. It's a great book for meditators and people who want more for themselves and their love ones.
His voice grates on me like nails on a chalkboard. The information is nothing new.
I really like Eckhart's approach to this subject. It puts a new spin on something that has always been there but rarely realized. I would highly recommend this book. It's a keeper.
Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
This book is written primarily for those preoccupied with their past and/or future: to raise awareness of the unhealthy patterns that can come to yourself (and ultimately the world around you) with this continued mindset, with the ultimate goal of freeing yourself from those egoic chains through the understanding of these psychological mechanisms. This book successfully achieves that goal.
This was my first Tolle book. I do appreciate hearing books narrated by the author, though I did not care for Tolle's voice (pronounced German accent) the first time I listened to the book. Interestingly, I did not mind (if not actually enjoyed) his accent the second time I listened to the book, nine months later.
Most of the book comes off as Tolle "making stuff up" ("ego," "form," "pain-body," "internal/external purpose," etc.), but as someone who has struggled with dwelling on the past, I can say that Tolle's message makes sense even in the absence of empirical proof. Tolle draws on eastern and western religous philosophies for citations, with the teachings of Christ being the most referenced. His interpretations of biblical passages are perhaps the most refreshing that I've ever heard from that school of thought; he does good justice into tying those interpretations back to eastern religions.
"It's all form"--that's the thought that repeats in my mind after finishing this book and carrying through my day. And it's a wonderful thought to have.
A great book of life. To me, one of the most significant books I've ever read. But understanding the full impact of this book is up to the individual. I've read it over 5 times and probabaly continue to read it until I've completely memorised it. I must insist you read this book!
Eckhart Tolle reinterprets the wisdom of the ages for our modern world. This book provides a roadmap back to our own true essence. It is my hope that more people in our world can be exposed to these ideas, and put them into practice in their own lives. The insanity of our world is the symptom of our own personal insanity. The sooner we "awaken" individually, the sooner the world begins to heal.
Narrator is lame. No inflection.
Not really. Maybe a weekly series similar to a sit com or story to bring in the ideology.
Changed my life. I am no longer living unconsciously, thanks to mr. Tolle's book. Deeply grateful and I would and have recommended to many people, who want to change their life and way of thinking.
Really grateful for this work.
Eckhart's framework for awakened doing (acceptance, enjoyment & enthusiasm) was worth the time of listening. His discussion of our "pain-bodies", the importance of being aware of them and their connection to our egos was like a spiritual dissection for me.
Not that any of this is THE truth but that is a way to look at ourselves and environment that can give one clarity, power and freedom to live a life in a more conscious state vs not.
Plan to listen again with the physical book in hand one chapter at a time it's that good. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"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.
"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
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!
"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 must be honest here, I have spent my life so far being a bit of a cynic about anything that isnt completely factual with the exception of emotions and creativity, and am as such a total atheist. But I'd been having a hard time and was informed by reliable sources (ie. Russell Brand...) that this book is pretty remarkable.
The opening lines of the book had my sighing and preparing myself to be utterly correct in my preconception that this would be a very hippie dippie book and would not on any level relate to me or my life, with its subject of the beauty of flowers. As beautiful as I agree flowers are I initially did not see how this was relevant.
Throughout the course of this book I had several moments of pure clarity and a genuine challenge to my previously held beliefs that I found utterly fascinating. I am, probably to my detriment, a very opinionated person and I really appreciate and enjoy anything that legitimately changes my mind.
This book changed my mind.
If you can get past the connected one-ness of the universe dialogue and see the truth that lies between the lines of what I initially thought to be meaningless. At least to me anyway.
And it genuinely helped. I'm not going to go into my personal issues in a book review, and everyone has their own intricately differing situations, but it was refreshing to see things from a new perspective and therapeutic to have the soothing voice of Eckhart reading his wisdom aloud, like my own personal therapist.
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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.
"Profound and life changing"
Very rarely do I come across perspectives and teachings that affect me the way this one did. I would recommend (highly) a listen. There is at least one truth that will enlighten you.
echart tolle is truly given humanity a gift in this book. Read it and reread it over and again.
read by echart the calm energy of the man is present through out the book
Great great great - take a step inside yourself and take a look at who you are !
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