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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.

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Critic Reviews

"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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  • Eric
  • Maunaloa, HI, USA
  • 02-25-05

The voice in your head is not you!

This is a FANTASTIC book. It is great for all spiritual and non spiritual people. I learned how to free my mind from noise. I now understand much more about the meaning of the sayings of Jesus than I ever have before. Many of the parables make sense now. Find fulfillment and understanding by listening to this with a quiet mind. Listen to at least the first chapter, you will either get it or you won't. Love it or hate it, freedom or slavery. It's kind of like The Matrix...

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jorge
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • 11-23-03

A refreshing vist to eternal truths

As a practicing catholic, I believe Mr. Tolle in an inspiring and humble prose lays down the principles of a fulfilling and happy existence in this world. He does not wander in unmeaning theoretical discourse, instead he starts with common day experience and dwells into the wisdom of all major religions, including christianism but not limiting to it, to come up with pearls. Ecumenism at its best. I believe it will be appealing even for atheist, or people who are looking for meaning in their life.

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  • Diederik
  • Cape Town, N/A, South Africa
  • 04-06-03

Fundamental reading

The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle approaches the Sculpture of Enlightenment from a different side to most Spiritual Teachings and the approach introduces a simplicity which clears the path to Truth. The simplicity is not going to appeal to all because it does not entertain you mentally, in fact the approach works because it does just that - it stops you from THINKING and places you in BEING and from that platform comes your best chance at realising the Truth about Everything. The Audible book - narrated by Eckhart - has a meditative quality about it due to Eckhart's serenity, this alone will help illustrate what Eckhart is trying to communicate through the words. Highly recommended if you're serious about your search for Truth.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • WindsorUnited Kingdom
  • 10-20-03

The power of now

I have suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder for 26 years and have in the last ten years had an alcohol problem. I am not cured. However listening to this book and recently reading this book i have found alot that helps me now.
I only hope that this book and teaching will help people as much as it is now helping me.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • Tennessee Colony, TX, United States
  • 06-01-13

A book that makes you think...not

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

The Power Of Now is toward the top of my list of books that make you think (or in this case, stop thinking). In short, it is somewhat Buddhist philosophy that goes like this: The past is gone and only exists in your memories. The future only exists in your head, as well. The only thing that is real is the present. And, if you would just stop thinking so much about the past and the future, you could enjoy the present. That's pretty much the book in just a few sentences.<br/><br/>Personally, I had a death of a family member as a young teenager that affected me for many, many years after it happened. I really think my life might have been different if someone had explained to me back then that I had the power to just stop thinking about it.<br/><br/>On the other hand, it is silly to think that the past just disappears. For example, a Southern California middle school teacher was recently fired for appearing in a pornographic movie. The film was produced well before she became a teacher. It is clear here that what she did in her past affected both her present and her future. Eckhart Tolle's advice in "The Power of Now" might make her present more enjoyable for her personally, but the bottom line is, nobody else is just going to magically forget about her past (career wise, anyway).<br/><br/>But kudos to Eckhart Tolle for not only writing a whole book explaining the benefits of "stopping to smell the roses," but doing so in a masterful way. Used in moderation, the information could benefit much of America, whose unchecked egos have caused much misery and pain.<br/><br/>For anyone interested in "The Power Of Now," I'm going to suggest the book, "The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself," by Michael A. Singer. It contains some of the same concepts, but, in my opinion, in a kinder and gentler way. Perhaps, it is a little less, "just stop thinking" than Eckhart Tolle, but still explains some of the dangers of the unchecked ego fairly well.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-03-04

In Depth Explanations

Eckhart Tolle provides well thought out question/answer format for his perspective of "now" and presence of being. He provides answers with teachings from Buddha, Old Testatment, and many other followings. It is easy to follow the idea structure, and you will be filled with a new worth or be looking for it after.

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  • Shannon
  • Honolulu, HI, USA
  • 05-08-03

The Power of Transmission

Eckhart Tolle proves with this awesome work that the flowering of a new gnostic expression of reality is alive and present, here and now. As Jean Klein would say, "the perfume of the Source" exudes from every page of this book which has the power to transmit the underlying essence to the reader, beyond a simply intellectual understanding of the words. The Power of Now is the single most significant book I've ever read and has had a profound impact on daily life.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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The Power of Now

This book is rich and engaging for the reader who wants to live free of fear, anxiety and anger. Read by the author, it has a strong draw to continue to listen.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • Vallejo, CA, USA
  • 03-31-09

Amazing

The Power of Now is a wonderful book that I have read and listened to over and over. Learning to Live Life in the Present Moment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • London, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-19-08

The Power of Now

Awesome book to help understand our true essence. I am thoroughly enjoying it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • WRCC
  • 03-09-16

Life changing

A fantastic book, which has put on the path of enlightenment. I feel the fog of depression lifting as I learn and practice my presence.

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  • kirsty carmichael
  • 03-02-16

loved it

mind blowing, liberating, listened to this over and over again
will refer to it often

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  • Michelle Dixon
  • 02-17-16

Excellent Book!

I knew about "NOW" before I read or even heard of this book, knowing that if you look to the past you get depressed and if you look to the future you get anxious. It is difficult to know their has been 'history' when their is no time. That we can remember our past and their wasn't any. Their was just NOW. Was it lots of little now's or was/is it one huge long now? A brilliant book that I have to read in small pieces often.And will carry on doing so.

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  • Ms Catherine Whiteside
  • 11-16-14

very throught provoking book

If you could sum up The Power of Now in three words, what would they be?

interesting, challenging and enlightening

What did you like best about this story?

put the past behind you

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

personal experience

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

not really - each paragraph builds on the last - it does what it says on the tin - be aware of yesterday, and tomorrow but focus on the now!!!

Any additional comments?

first e-book - found it very difficult to find the time to listen. life kept getting in the way :D

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • J.
  • 04-07-13

Now

This is a really interesting and life changing book. Being in the Now is a new way of thinking. It is written clearly and is very easy to start implementing straight away.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Don Stack
  • 05-31-11

Eckhart Q&A

This is a powerful and inspiring question and answer session with a true spiritual teacher. I enjoyed every minute of this audio book and have listened to it several times. The message is awe inspiringly simple but trying to put it into practice will be a life's work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • 12-01-10

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 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Selene
  • 06-08-10

Zen simplified

This profound book did better than change my life, it changed the quality of my life by helping me change my relationship with now. I am very grateful to Eckhart Tolle

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • 06-02-10

the power of now

superb- a fantastic enlightened way of looking at life

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  • Lisa
  • 01-01-10

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 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Fabienne
  • 03-26-17

Life-changing!

This book will transform the way you think about yourself, your mind & your life! Magical!

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  • Raj
  • 02-22-17

I read it once and will have to read it again

The book is absolutely life changing and impactful if you allow it to be and don't disagree on every turn or point. There are many points in this book that would go against your beliefs and your standpoints. Once you look past these, only then will you get the true essence of the book. I would say the first time around I only understood about 35 percent. I will read it a few more times to solidify the ideas behind it. Nevertheless, it's absolutely amazing and help you create a more peaceful and joyful life.

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  • Jake
  • 02-09-17

Phenomenal book! Life changing value

I was addicted after the first chapter. Listened to it twice on 1.9 speed which was perfect and read the book at the same time. He reads quiet slowly so I recommend speeding it up to listen most effectively.

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  • Graham B
  • 02-09-17

rambling rubbish

Absolute dribble. I was very disappointed. cannot believe i spent money on this. If you are weak willed and gullible this could be the book for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-17

Enlightenment &transformation

I am so glad to find this book at the most difficult time of my life after the loss of loved one and my decision on departure from my past decades belief.
It's phisological approach and Q&A conversational discussion has opened a wider door to my longing heart and enlightened me on how to be present and searching inner strength through experiencing the suffering and pain as a witness, eventually, achieving inner peace, beyond any struggles created by the illusion of my own mind, to find the real truth self and enlightenment.

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  • Johnny
  • 12-24-16

Brilliant book

Think through your life when you hear this book. Pause it, when you need to and it will be much more fruitful.

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  • Jessica
  • 12-14-16

Will be listening to again

This book really challenged me and introduced me to new ways of thinking (or not thinking). I'll have to read it again though because I don't think I fully grasped all of the concepts.

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  • zinzi
  • 12-06-16

Enlightening

A manual for life. After reading this book it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I am more accepting of what is and am therefore more joyful and at peace. Thank you Eckhart Tolle

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  • laming
  • 11-23-16

amazing

book is full of great insight, in which i have never thought about ! recommend the read/listen to anyone and every one.

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  • Damien
  • 11-03-16

Interesting but long and slow

insightful. ive found that i was already doing much of what is taught but we always slip into those cultural pits of predictability.