The Journey into Yourself

A Retreat to Deepen the Realization of Your Essential Nature
Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Discover the infinite possibilities of the “vertical dimension” of existence.

Eckhart Tolle has long taught a curious truth: You’re not your possessions. You’re not your career. You’re not the events of your life. You’re not even the contents of your mind.

So, who are you?

With The Journey into Yourself, this beloved teacher invites you to join him on an odyssey beyond the “horizontal dimension” of thought and into an aspect of our lives that most of us overlook: the “vertical dimension” beyond the reach of the mind. According to Eckhart, the vertical dimension might be better known as the present moment or the now - all that ever really is. And that includes you - the real you.

Recorded before a live audience at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, The Journey into Yourself presents a rarely heard talk from early in Eckhart’s teaching career. Here you will encounter more than eight hours of practical, provocative, and occasionally hilarious teachings for awakening to who we are beyond the physical.

Highlights:

  • Why the phrase “life is a dream” is more accurate than you might expect
  • Piercing the veil of self-made suffering
  • The gentle and fierce aspects of embodied Presence
  • Why setbacks and discomfort are the most potent teachers
  • Wisdom teachings from Buddhism, Christianity, and Hindu traditions that point to the embodiment of Presence
  • Why right action can only arise from surrender to the moment

With The Journey into Yourself, Eckhart encourages you to step into the space between thoughts and discover the joyous treasures that lie within.

If your true self can’t be found in your job, your possessions, your body, or even the contents of your mind, then just who are you, anyway? Eckhart Tolle has long considered this question - and with The Journey into Yourself, he guides listeners on a fascinating exploration beyond conceptual identities and into the timeless consciousness of the present moment.

©2018 Eckhart Tolle (P)2018 Sounds True
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  • 05-29-19

Had to turn off distracting person in audience

I love Eckhart! Unfortunately this was way too hard to focus on the message with that one man’s constant obnoxious laughter. That should not be on an audible at all. Had to turn it off. Very disappointed!!! Where was the quality control?!

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Mind Blowing- Literally

I have listened to the power of now, a new earth, and stillness speaks a few times and this is by far a wonderful addition to my collection. It deepens my understanding of what it means to be aware and awake in the present moment and be able to take right action from there. I found myself laughing at the human condition and my own mind in a healing way. I feel present as I listen. Very transformative. A gift to human beings everywhere. I would love to attend a retreat and sit in that field of energy with conscious people laughing and being.

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Journey worth taking!

I enjoyed this so much that when I finish this review I will start all over again, I like many topics and as a mother really enjoyed his section on teaching kids how to be present. I had just tried recently teaching my 8 year old and upon saying the word “present” he had already drifted away from the conversation. There is so much value in what Eckhart teaches and I found this to be no less informative than his other books.

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one jerk ruined it

ruined by 1 obnoxious guest in audience. so so over the top loud and ridiculous laughing. yuck. what a jerk. i didnt pay to hear some idiot.

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The laughing guy is contagious

I actually kept this after the third time around. I didn’t even notice the laughing guy until reading the reviews—I ended up getting it again just so I could see what people were talking about. You can hear him in like in the 22nd chapter but he’s funny and he’s not distracting. His laugh crows but it’s in the background, and adds good vibes and funniness,I think.
In fact, you can only hear him for some of the chapters, and when I couldn’t hear him anymore I missed him. I would love to be at a retreat with fun people.

I think in general something that took getting used to (which is why I kept this after having listened to some of his other talks) is the fact that Tolle does kind of use comedy a lot and that in itself can be distracting at first. But once you get used to that style of teaching it’s just how they all are, and it grows on you. The boisterous guy actually makes it easier to laugh IMO.

What was hard for me at first on this one is the tone, which is somehow more urgent and less peaceful than some of his other retreats. I’m keeping it this time though. It’s a good continuation if you’ve listened to some of the other ones. I’d recommend the India one and some of the more serious retreats before going into this one. Oddly this is an old one, but I think it was better for me later on.

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repetitive and boring

Slow, repetitive and a complete waste of time. This was a live recording of a retreat he did. an actual book would probably have been more intentional, distilled and peer reviewed before being sold. I endured until chapter 2 to see if it would get better. It didn't. I wish I had used my credit on something else.

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Eckhart Tolle I wonderful

This man and his teachings have changed my life. I recommend everything he puts to written word, video, and audio to every soul on the planet.

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easy listen. nothing new

the audiobook is an easy listen. if you've read any of his other books I don't think you'll find anything new here.

One thing I wish is that they could remove the laugh track in the background. His message is to accept what is and i am really trying to follow that advice. One of the most annoying things about this book is that there's a guy in the background who laughs like a crow. Now I'm not saying this to be mean it's just that once you start hearing it, you can't unhear it.

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The space between the sounds

This is like being on a retreat with a spiritual teacher without the airfare that you can start right now. Funny and light hearted.

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light for the soul

excellent book, inspiring, funny, light for the soul. thank you Eckhard tolle for who you are.

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  • Neville
  • 12-20-18

Great listen with one big issue

As always Eckhart tolle provides great insight into what really matters in life and tells it in a meaningful and practical way. However as other readers have said there is some guy in the audience who laughs constantly and after a while this starts to become hugely irritating to the point that I could only listen to this book for short periods of time. Some clever editing is required as it really detracts from the listening experience.

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  • Mike L
  • 01-20-19

Stick to Power Of Now & New Earth

Although there are some interesting points in this recorded talk, much is just a repeat of the content in Tolle’s prominent audio books.

Also, for some reason, one individual in the audience during this recording is intent on bursting into fits of manic laughter, often at random. When the rest of the audience does makes a noise, he is almost screaming to make himself the loudest, very strange and slightly off putting when attempting to focus on Tolle.

If you’re new to Tolle, go for power of now/a new earth.

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  • Mo Mar
  • 10-15-19

practice what you're preached

If one can listen to this audio without being annoyed by the laughter of that one guy, the essence of what Eckhart Tolle is talking about is understood.

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  • mr barry stoneham
  • 01-16-19

Edit out the false laughing

It takes away from the experience of this book. Otherwise a good listen, recommended without the background audience member !

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  • Gary jewell
  • 04-30-19

Freedom

The lifting of Egoic shackles so as to float into everpresent awareness. Thankyou for life.

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  • Jo Kinnaird
  • 03-01-19

A MUST for anyone struggling with life!

At last, I finally ‘get’ what it means to ‘Be in the now’, how to accept there is no past and no future... only this present moment! Thank you Eckhart for this wonderful experience! I will be listening to this over and over again.

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  • Sandy S.
  • 02-07-19

superb!

a beautiful audio book. enjoyed a lot. and learned a lot too! very recommended! cheers

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  • Louise
  • 01-14-19

Not what I was expecting

I struggled to stay focused while listening to this and the author's laugh on the microphone throughout the reading really erked me.

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  • John
  • 12-15-19

The best of Eckhart Tolle

This audio book IMHO is the best of Eckhart. I have listened, read and watched a lot of his stuff over recent years and in no other of his teachings does he offer so many clear insights into living in "presence". Sure the audience laughter can be distracting. I used it to deepen the "vertical" dimension within myself whilst listening. Enjoy!

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  • Jo Gregory
  • 06-23-19

Good content, poor presentation

This would be far better as a video. Audience laughter can be really distracting without seeing the context (often in Eckhart’s non-verbal communication). Great content if you can get past that.

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  • Corey King
  • 01-06-19

Would be a lot better imo without a live audience.

Would be a lot better imo without a live audience.
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