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The Power of Now Audiobook

The Power of Now

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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.

©2000 New World Library

What the Critics Say

"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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    Jay Tennessee Colony, TX, United States 06-01-13
    Jay Tennessee Colony, TX, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jorge Barcelona, Spain 11-23-03
    Jorge Barcelona, Spain 11-23-03
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Healey New England 04-14-12
    Ryan Healey New England 04-14-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Many Gems Among The Rest"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Now the most enjoyable?

    I have always been someone who spends 80% of my time thinking of the past or planning for a future that normally never works out as planned... major wastes of time. Rarely am I in the moment or enjoying that I am experiencing that second. I am normally recalling something, thinking of something else, etc. and don't absorb new things. I lost a brother 20 years ago in a car accident and lost my mother a little over a year ago to Cancer. While I certainly thought of the past and what I could have said to my brother, etc. the loss of my mother threw me into a tailspin. I would relive every moment of her illness daily, every word we said in her final months (all wonderful, we were very close) I would also find myself back to my brother's death and then constantly in panic worrying about my father's future, the rest of my family, etc. My mind was racing 24/7. I would wake in the middle of the night in sheer panic. My doctor have me something for sleep, something to take for anxiety and then anti-depressants. Everything possible to shut down my mind. It helped, but I am not one to take pills and hated having to take this stuff all the time with some but uneven results.I am not one to read books. I can sit still for maybe 20 minutes and then I close the book and never finish it. I joined audible hoping to be able to learn from books I knew had knowledge I needed, but I would never sit and read cover to cover.First, I listened to Jill Bolte Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight" and learned so much about quieting the mind. Then, I moved on to "The Power of Now". I have taken notes and used many of the techniques Tolle recommends. I truly feel much calmer, if I catch myself looking back of forward I pull myself into the present. This has been the first time in many months I am not obsessing about the past of worrying about the future. I will say that sometimes Tolle speaks over the heads of the listener and the format (Q&A) causes him to repeat himself. But there are many nuggets of valuable information in the book that you must listen to. Well worth the time.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Now to and why?

    "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor. A similar theme of being present.


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, while I understand the value of a Q and A format, both the male and female readers used to ask Tolle's questions often sound as if they are reading off a prompter or seems to be trying too hard to pretend they are the ones really asking the question. The bouncing from male to female from chapter to chapter is also distracting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 04-11-09
    Sandy 04-11-09 Member Since 2013
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Sewell, NJ, United States 03-24-09
    Thomas Sewell, NJ, United States 03-24-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Yes. 'Similar' to the rest in his series."

    The book was well worth the credit. The concepts and theory behind these works are on the leading edge of humanity trying to figure itself out, even thou heavily based in eastern beliefs. While listening, all the concepts make sense, but in real life as usual, holding or implementing these concepts are difficult in the practical world. The concepts are presented well, but if you have never been introduced to them, further readings of his works and others is highly recommended. Getting a hold of oneself is the key to this and its sound advice, worth the read. I enjoyed this but after first listening to the "New Earth" as my first in his series I see that the same concepts and sometimes the same thoughts, just reworded, are repeated over again. Of course he has a good message and of course he is selling books, in just the same way as the other self help gurus. So far, I am doing well with the 4 E's I have listened to, and can listen again at any time, unless something comes out totally new. If you want a broad summary and compilation of his works, go for the "New Earth" which touches on it all. Then if you wish some future enhancement, mind you with some repeating of the same material, then choose this or another of his works. He is a good author, I believe in most of the message, and this book is worth the credit. Thanks E.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Tonno LondonUnited Kingdom 02-20-08
    Tonno LondonUnited Kingdom 02-20-08
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    "Luv it!"

    I love to have this audio-book on my iPod. Whenever I realize I'm getting impatient or irritated I just put my headphones on and re-connect to the ease and joy of living in less than a minute. His voice has such amazing mind/ego calming effect. Brilliant!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 05-09-03
    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 05-09-03
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    "Fantastic book"

    I really enjoyed this book. What I particularly liked was the Question / Answer format the book takes. The author discusses a point and he then reads questions that have been posed to him from audiences in the past. I found it particularly rewarding because often times a question I had in my mind was later asked and answered by the author.

    If you are a veteran of self help or spiritual seeker this book will ring true. If you new to this some of the discussions might be a little deep but I think it has a lot to offer.

    I really enjoyed having the author narrate this. I'd love to hear this person speak.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Gal 01-24-09
    Joseph Gal 01-24-09

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    "Audio Problems In this Book"

    The content is great but the quality of audio is not. Tried type 3 and 4 files on different devices with the same result. Doesn't happen in all chapters but more frequently than one would want. Its annoying.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrich munich, NY, USA 09-09-04
    Ulrich munich, NY, USA 09-09-04
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    "Very helpful!"

    For all of us interested in practical tips how to reach inner peace, Eckhardt gives hands-on advice and explains his theory in simple words. The only "disadvantage" is Eckhardts voice, which can lead to immediate sleep when listening a few minutes to it...

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    T. Connelly 12-19-03
    T. Connelly 12-19-03 Member Since 2013
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    "The Simple Truth"

    Here is an example of a rare commodity in these busy media stuffed times - the simple truth about our human nature. It comes with no complex programme, guru to worship or god to pray to. Just the basic facts about what to do if you want to wake from the normal hypnosis of daily life and make a contribution to the development of both individual and global consciousness.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • MarkPT
    4/20/17
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    "So wanted to like it!"
    What did you like best about The Power of Now? What did you like least?

    Been aware of this books for years, but somehow never got round to it.

    I managed half way but just cant go on....!!!

    Yes, to have Eckhart narrate is good in places, but after a while it tends to grate.
    Spirituality and the way we think is also great, but at my 'stop' point I thought, JEEZ man, lighten up, life is also pretty good, and we should focus on things going on.... it just put me down too much, so I'm returning it!


    Would you recommend The Power of Now to your friends? Why or why not?

    Afraid not - some great books out there 5 agreements, Buddhism for busy people etc, but this was teeth pulling


    Did The Power of Now inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah return it!


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry - he might have his followers and high ratings, but this wasn't for me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R McD
    3/8/17
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    "Non Believers be warned. Duping arrives in chapter 5"

    Very meaningful and useful in the first 4 chapters. Then the big revelation. "Change the word prescence for Christ". Hit me like a punch in the stomach.

    I'll take some parts of the message which seem useful however I won't fall for the hidden agenda that this book clearly sets out to achieve. Which is to gain more followers of Christianity.

    If the book had been named "the power of God" I know for certain that, I, like many others would give it a miss.

    The writer is well aware of that too.

    In conclusion a good start but disappointing agenda. At least be honest on the front cover instead of hiding the true meaning of the book with the word "now".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • max peel
    3/7/17
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    "Trash talking, uses a lot of pop(hardly)-science language,"

    Using terms such as 'energy field' is just non existent, the message is great, being president is well presented but the language is very very hard to listen to at some point. Coming from a PHD physicist.
    Read with a grain of salt.
    Also a lot of religious 'propaganda' and preaching, which isn't good for a non-religious topic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    weymouth,england
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    "this man is a cult leader be warned."

    was listening to this on audio but something made me do research on this man and it wasnt good he appears to use cult like techniques which i feel is wrong please be warned about this man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    5/9/16
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    "Intentionally mysterious?"

    The author was voted 4th most influential spiritual guide for 2016 by Watkins' magazine and yet I can't get past the feeling that Eckhart is deliberately obfuscatory - I always struggled with the Trinity and struggle no less to understand what it is he has to say. I would have to be very bored to consider listening again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ollie Chapman
    Malvern UK
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    "Potentially life changing"

    Although I am not religious and found some of the referring to religious texts somewhat awkward. I cannot argue with the overall teachings and philosophy contained within this book.

    As Eckhart says we really do have nothing except the now and if we can embrace that everything in life changes and only gets better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S.L.
    5/4/16
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    "excellent guide for those who are seeking change"

    I thought this book was excellent. I've never thought about a lot of the subjects it covers...but it makes sense and is delivered in an easy to understand way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • joanne grogan
    4/17/16
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    "Powerful"

    I found this book exceptionally powerful, anyone who dwells in the past and struggles to stay focused on the present moment I would highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy A.
    4/15/16
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book because it is so badly read I couldn't finish it. I know its meant to be amazing, but I just didn't take in any of the information because of the narrator.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Rose-Nel
    4/14/16
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    "Commuting Companion"

    Love listening while on the train travelling into or from work.
    Well narrated by Eckhart

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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