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The Power of Now

Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21,222 ratings)

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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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"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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Consciousness Altering

This book caused me to realize how much my mind (ego) is generally in control of me. I had studied a number of meditative teachings, and already had the ideas in my head, but it was this book that catalyzed a clear transformation in me. There were moments where Tolle's voice (as the narrator) caused me to observe my own presence. My mind wrestled with the book, and at several points it wanted to toss the book aside, dismissing it as new-age spiritual hoo-ha (and there may be points where you try to dismiss it this way, also). But in retrospect, as I live my life, it is impossible to ignore the essential truth that Tolle has put words to. Slowly, the moments are increasing where I feel liberated from my mind's patterns of control and obsession with past/future. This was one of the most powerful books I have encountered.

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AWE INSPIRING!

Eckhart Tolle's work, The Power of Now, is filled with wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice from beginning to end. He shows clearly how progress in the evolution of human consciousness is absolutely necessary for survival of life on this planet, and that it is up to each one of us to change our perception of the world in which we live if that progress is to take place. Tolle also shows how our tendency to dwell in the past and future obscures the present moment. In so doing, we fail to see what is necessary right now, thus we make wrong choices and decisions which lead to untold suffering for self and others. This work is a recipe for true happiness and if everyone followed the advice contained therein the world would be a happier place to live in. I have listened to it so many times now I have lost count. If I were shipwrecked on a desert island and I could take only one book, this would be it!

177 of 193 people found this review helpful

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A truly inspiring and insightful book

This is a book about spirituality, and if you choose to hear it this way, God. And at the same time I believe an atheist could listen and identify with it. In fact one of the phenomenal things about this book is that an atheist, agnotstic, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist could all sit with this book and identify with it in their own individual way, be it identifying with the individual, their god, or higher spiritual state of being.

While the book is along the spirituality line, it really reframes religions, all religions as part of the same whole. And he quotes and discusses the concept of “god” in many different religions, but ties them all back to a single concept. And specifically he discusses the teachings of Christianity and dispels, in an unbelievably eloquent way many of the misinterpretations of the original teachings that are prevalent today

But the book isn’t about God, it’s simply about one’s self, the author just pulls together western religion, eastern religion, and individual awareness in one framework and shows, with examples from various religions, and mostly from individual experience, how they all point back to the same thing.

If spirituality is not something you are interested in, and in fact it is only very minimally what I am interested in, you could as easily read and identify with this book on the level of a personal psychology guide. I believe that virtually anyone interested in their own well being will find that this book speaks to them on a level that makes sense for them in their life. To accomplish this is a truly magnificent feat, and the author has my deepest respect for accomplishing this seemingly impossible task.

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I'm so glad I got this book!

Before I buy it I read all reviews, and the negative ones made me hesitate. Finally I decided to try it - and I'm so glad I did!! This book is now my all time favorite - other spirituality, self-help or philosophy books seem so unenlightened, so incomplete. A must-read for anyone with big questions, big problems, or simply not 100% happy (does this leave any one of us out?) You will love this book - if a single book can lead you to enlightenment and can elevate your consiousness above everyday problems, negativity and conflicts, then this is it!

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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.

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Become your own silent watcher...

I really liked listening to this book. It was a practical guide to how to become your own silent watcher and join the global spiritual awakening. Eckard's voice was haunting (very cool)

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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.

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A modern serving of Basic Sanity.

As a Buddhist, I find an amazing parallel between the teachings of Tolle and the basic sanity of Buddhism. Thanks to Tolle, I now understand why the glimpses into reality that I have experienced have always faded and not lead to lasting peace - my mind incorporated them into my 'story'.

Thanks to this reminder, I feel like I am embarking on a spiritual journey that has been sidelined for a very long time by my identification with my mind and my story as it is expressed through past and future. Although much of the wisdom expressed in this book has been expressed before, at least one new concept, that of the 'Pain Body', is both new (to me) and very useful.

This book is very inspiring. After years of confusion and procrastination, Tolle's 'Power of Now' has compelled me to begin my spiritual practice 'now'.

65 of 77 people found this review helpful

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A true guide to inner peace

This audio book is truly a rare gem. Not only does Eckhart masterfully distill the ancient teachings and wisdom for achieving inner peace but explains its difficult concepts in a very clear and effective manner. A must read for those seeking for enlightenment.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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...

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  • Mr. Jm Bird
  • 05-25-11

I was sceptical

Initially not sure whether this would be any good and thought maybe other reviewers were desperately looking for something that the rest of us knew was a bit 1960's and zen like. Maybe they are - maybe not. I don't think I am but I did find this surprisingly inciteful and useful. Lots of really down to earth good advice and good philosophical (and dare I say it) spiritiual food for thought. But to reiterate: useful and pragmatic from the start. Have listened to some bits a few times as it seems to make me think of things slightly differently each time.

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  • Anthony
  • 10-26-05

Present Moment Awareness

This book opens the door and gives a glimpse of a world I had not experienced since childhood. That of living in the present moment. A beautiful but very indepth read.

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  • John
  • 03-02-11

Life Changing

This audiobook was great and I genuinely consider it to be life changing. Tolle's teachings made me realise the root of my anxieties and hence unhappiness.
He gets quite spiritual at times, which doesn't particularly appeal to me, but the overall message is a wonderful one and has made me appreciate 'the now'.

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  • Carol
  • 01-26-19

Can't believe I fell for this tripe

I'd never heard of Eckhart Tolle and downloaded this book on the recommendation of a friend. I was sceptical of someone calling himself a 'spiritual teacher' but willing to be open minded. After listening to maybe 3 hours of this magnum opus my scepticism was proved correct. There is a nugget of wisdom in this book which is essentially no different to the practice of mindfulness - the only moment we have is now so be aware, be present. Er, that's it. I bailed halfway through chapter 3 when I couldn't stand him droning on about the same point in different ways. There is a lot of repetition and a lot of rubbish wrapped up as 'spiritual' guidance. I read afterwards he is a multi-millionaire on the back of this and other books so I suspect he lives in 'clock time', as he disdainfully calls it, a lot more than he advocates other people do. You would be better spending the 7 plus hours required to listen to this doing some mindfulness practice instead.

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  • Pamela
  • 07-21-11

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle is an extremely inspiring man. I love this book and his other books also. His ideas are great and having implemented some of them already in daily life I feel a lot more positive than I have in the past. Releasing how far away we are from living life like we should in order to be happy and healthy is amazing. I'm not sure I could dive in like the author did and live happily homeless but I have definitely taken as much of his advice as I can. My only slight issue is that his voice is very calming and hypnotic to the point that I found myself getting a little sleepy while listening but that can also be reviewed as positive because he is very easy to listen to. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Scott
  • 05-05-06

Buy it NOW!

The incredible power of this book stems from the simplicity of its teachings. Tolle presents a system so simple and undebiably true that it cannot help but work. I am not so sure I would have taken so much from the written book, so the audiobook is definitely the recommended format to absorb this timeless teaching. If you do only one thing to improve your life, then make that reading this book.

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  • Lynette
  • 02-22-18

Wow

I’d say this book should be compulsory but that would be pointless and against the very ethos of it.
Read. Think about it. Sit still and in silence and appreciate it. Let it change your thinking.
Amazing.

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  • James
  • 11-07-05

Find TRUE & PERMANENT HAPPINESS - Amazing book

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the author for producing this book, an amazing, truly life changing experience. I recommend listening to this title in small chunks to really take in the PEARLS of WISDOM. Free yourself from your mind, find your inner happiness.

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  • C
  • 08-26-15

Fascinating calming experience!

I bought this book to listen to whilst on holiday and am so pleased I did. It is the first book of this nature I have listened to and what a life changing experience... You need to listen with an open mind and take what you want/ need. It has helped me understand the power of being in the present. Listen and try for yourself! I intend to buy another of his books next :)

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  • Marc Muller
  • 10-26-18

Annoying as an audio book

Couldn’t get over the performance. Mr Tolle tries too hard to sound profound and soothing. It gives the whole thing a phoney touch even though there probably is sincere intent. There’s a very annoying echo as well. Maybe this was intended by the producers to make it a more “spiritual” experience. I for one was getting increasingly irritated by this and had to stop listening. The content seemed interesting enough as far as I got.

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  • Estelle
  • 03-14-16

love this book

Eckhart has such a soothing and calm voice im so glad it's him reading the book xx

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  • Davide Gaido
  • 05-15-15

A journey into the now

Amazing book and profound message.
The narration is superb and set as a dialogue between Eckhartand his publishers, it's pretty clear lot of care has gone into the audiobook edition and the author voice is calm and clear, almost soothing.
Although this book is highly recommended please be wary that it might be hard to follow on a daily commute as it requires undivided attention. Better heard in the quiet of you abode.

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  • Mav
  • 01-31-18

Enlightening

a new way to look at yourself. now is the time. he teaches the Bible in a different light

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  • Miriam Turner
  • 05-17-15

life changing read

I have read this book several times, and being able to listen to it when i am not in the mood to read but still need the amazing, life changing wisdom is just great.
For anyone who finds life difficult, empty, excessively stressful or lacking, this book is your answer. Not only is it an easy read, you only need to read sections at a time to feel amazing. Please give this book a chance, because it is your answer to a better life.

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  • James
  • 01-01-15

Awesome book

Loved this book, It has inspired me. Couldn't stop listening to it had to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-17

interesting

very interesting but the main con is the readers voice/accent combination. I found myself having to speed up audible to get through the book because the way he talks is just to weird for me listen to for around 7-8 hours. but none the less an interesting listen about his views

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-17

The Power of Now is Powerful

Thank you Eckhart for sharing your wisdom and experiences. I read the Power of Now a couple years ago, and wanted to re-read it as I was falling into a darker headspace. I stumbled across the audiobook form and was intrigued with the idea that Eckhart himself narrates it. I’m so glad I did. Hearing these words through his own voice was powerful. I felt so much more from it, and I know it helped me accept and let go of a lot of resentment that was building. Listening to this book was like a meditation. I can’t recommend it enough!

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  • Andrew
  • 08-04-17

Powerful.

I was recommended this book from my brother. I found it very enlightening. It contains alot of value and insights into the mindfullness of living in the moment and dropping the ego.

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  • Kelly
  • 03-06-15

found it hard to listen too

I didn't like the narration the voice and the slow pace of it couldn't get into it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-19

Loved It Many Times Over!

Tolle is an intriguing character and his teaching is brilliant. The Power of Now and A New Earth have been my go-to guides in times of trouble and when the world feels weary.