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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Mr Tolle spent two years sitting on park benches and simply living in the moment prior to writing this book I doubt whether I will ever take the time in my life to do such a thing, however the suggestion he offers that we all spend a ridiculous amount of time either worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past has impacted me in a huge way Until I read this book, I never noticed how in sane my mind can make me if I choose to let it Tolle implores the reader to take the reigns of his Mr Tolle spent two years sitting on park benches and simply living in the moment prior to writing this book I doubt whether I will ever take the time in my life to do such a thing, however the suggestion he offers that we all spend a ridiculous amount of time either worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past has impacted me in a huge way Until I read this book, I never noticed how in sane my mind can make me if I choose to let it Tolle implores the reader to take the reigns of his own mind, focus on the beauty and love around him, just like we all did when we were children and the world was full of wonder We are still in that same world, but our vision has been clouded by meetings, appointments, paperwork, debt, clocks ticking, deadlines approaching, past frustrations and dissapointments, the list goes on and on and on if you let it Tolle suggest that we have the power to focus on this very moment, as it is the only one we really have The past is past and the future is not here, and may not ever come A very enlightening book I highly recomdend it to anyone who would like to improve the quality of this moment of their life There is a point in our lives when we say enough is enough This is what this book is about In one of his greatest works Eckhart Tolle teaches us the real meaning of spirituality He teaches us the importance of the present moment Through the recognition of the ego he makes us aware of how it destroys our lives I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the real meaning of their lives and to anyone who is sick and tired of the usual thing The first time I encountered this book was w There is a point in our lives when we say enough is enough This is what this book is about In one of his greatest works Eckhart Tolle teaches us the real meaning of spirituality He teaches us the importance of the present moment Through the recognition of the ego he makes us aware of how it destroys our lives I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the real meaning of their lives and to anyone who is sick and tired of the usual thing The first time I encountered this book was when Oprah was introducing her book club selection, a new earth I heard her mention this and while I was searching in the online catalog of our school library here in the Philippines I found it available for borrowing So I immediately read it in the course of five days After reading it the first time I understood its message intellectually This was the reason why I didn t apply it in my life But a few days ago I started having panic attacks and I was on the verge of suicide I was so frustrated because I made a wrong decision in shifting my courses here in my school I was so depressed because I didn t really know what I wanted with my life It seems that the world is so full of shit When this became worse I consulted our school counselor However it seems that it is not enough So without any real reason at all I started watching Oprah s videos about A New Earth and I remembered this book I borrowed it again yesterday and just awhile ago I finished reading it Then I began to understand it not on the level of the mind but at the level of the spirit And without incident I became enlightened I am still starting to feel its benefits at this moment I started accepting what is rather than identifying myself with the ego I can t say that I m happy after reading this book like some self help books would like you to be But I can say that I am at peace because I aware of the workings of the ego and not identified with it So if you ve had enough of the madness of this world I definitely recommend this book But don t just understand it, apply it It would be easy to dismiss this book as a fruit salad of New Age and pseudo buddhist clich s, mashed to a fine pur e of nonsense and sold as a cure for what ails you in our age of secular alienation In fact, that is what it is and that is what I ll do The book opens with what readers of religious texts, the erowid archives and Huxley s The Doors of Perception will recognise as a classic mystical experience, epiphany or tripOne night not long after my twenty ninth birthday, I woke up in the It would be easy to dismiss this book as a fruit salad of New Age and pseudo buddhist clich s, mashed to a fine pur e of nonsense and sold as a cure for what ails you in our age of secular alienation In fact, that is what it is and that is what I ll do The book opens with what readers of religious texts, the erowid archives and Huxley s The Doors of Perception will recognise as a classic mystical experience, epiphany or tripOne night not long after my twenty ninth birthday, I woke up in the early hours with a feeling of absolute dread Am I one or two If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me the I and the self that I cannot live with Maybe, I thought, only one of them is real I was so stunned by this strange realization that my mind stopped I was fully conscious, but there were nothoughts Then I felt drawn into what seemed like a vortex of energy It was a slow movement at first and then accelerated I was gripped by an intense fear, and my body started to shake I heard the words resist nothing, as if spoken inside my chest I could feel myself being sucked into a void Tears came into my eyes I got up and walked around the room I recognized the room, and yet I knew that I had never truly seen it before Everything was fresh and pristine, as if it had just come into existence I picked up things, a pencil, an empty bottle, marveling at the beauty and aliveness of it allAfter this experience, Ulrich Tolle became a vagrant mystic for a period, rechristened himself Eckhart presumably after 13th century Christian mystic Meister Eckhart and eventually became a spiritual teacher, author and talk show guest with extraordinary success The primary thesis of the book is quite sensible, if unshattering We exist only in the present our past and the future are mental constructs It is a shame that our enjoyment of the present is so often ruined by regrets about the past and worries about the future By beingintensely focused on the present, we can becontent andfulfilled As this doesn t fill 229 pages we are treated to, among other things, lengthy discourses on the pain body , an interesting theory of menstrual flow as a means to enlightenment and the surprising finding that as a member of the human race, I carry personal complicity and responsibility for all crimes and genocides of the twentieth century including those carried out before my birth The style is generally chatty, though Eckhart occasionally uses a faux dialectic to bring up obvious objections to his line of thought, to which he responds with withering scorn One helpful feature is the use of a pause symbol to indicate points at which you may want to stop reading for a moment, become still, and feel and experience the truth of what has just been said The text is interspersed with brief analyses of quotations from various religious traditions, apparently garnered from many weeks studying fridge magnets I am glad to have read the book, if only to have gained a greater understanding of contemporary popular New Age spiritual literature If this book changed your life, please do not attack me but have compassion for my ligatures to mind and pain body which impede my understanding of it.This is unfortunately one of my most liked reviews I d just like to add that I don t automatically hate all writing on these themes I would warmly recommend Zen Mind, Beginner s Mind Shunryu Suzuki , The Miracle of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh and The Courage to Be Tillich among others First of all, I must say I m very much into all kinds of self help books as well as new age stuff I m a believer I read avidly all about OBE, reincarnations, karma, mindfulness, meditation practices and I try to make use of what I read in my everyday life So, of course, I was looking forward to this book, especially as it was recommended to me by people whose opinion I value.And my oh my, wasn t it total deception I made it until about half of the book when I realized I really could take no First of all, I must say I m very much into all kinds of self help books as well as new age stuff I m a believer I read avidly all about OBE, reincarnations, karma, mindfulness, meditation practices and I try to make use of what I read in my everyday life So, of course, I was looking forward to this book, especially as it was recommended to me by people whose opinion I value.And my oh my, wasn t it total deception I made it until about half of the book when I realized I really could take noof this rubbish Mr Tolle preaches his wisdom which is not actually his at all with a condescending, I know it all attitude He is the only one enlightened of course We are all only to listen to his truths and follow on a as is basis No thinking of your own is allowed Actually, thinking is bad for you, so should be used sparingly anyway If you disagree with any of his points, he just haughtily replies that you don t understand , this cannot be accessed with your mind etc etc He regularly reminds you that you are the one belonging to the horrible human species that kill millions of others I agree with that but I wonder why he thinks of himself as someone who is above those ugly humans What, is he so much of a Being now that his ancestor s sins don t concern him The next step will be to call him God and bring him your money because it s too materialistic for you anyway And actually it s not a joke when you see how many people aggressively defend his great teachings and attack anyone who does not agree about the incredible spiritual value of this book well, does that remind you of something The basic ideas of this book being in the now, not dwelling too much on your past and future, not giving too much power to your thoughts are of course all highly relevant But there are plenty of other books delivering the same message in much better style Tolle is repeating the same things over and over again, mixing them up with bits and pieces of various religions and teachings All that he had to say could be said in a couple of pages But then again, writing a whole book is much better because you get to sell it to a lot of people And although time may be an illusion, money for sure isn t Do yourself a favour and read something else if you want to learn the power of now A collection of simple meditations made me feel muchpresent and at peace than this boring mumbo jumbo Upon 2nd reading of this book, I realized that any form of negativity I may have in the moment actually reflects a resistance to the present moment a refusal to accept the here and now which is the only reality.Previous to this, I had thought that negativity simply is and therefore should simply be noticed and accepted as part of the current reality, and not struggled against.True, negativity shouldn t be railed at nor struggled against but should instead be simply noticed And noticing Upon 2nd reading of this book, I realized that any form of negativity I may have in the moment actually reflects a resistance to the present moment a refusal to accept the here and now which is the only reality.Previous to this, I had thought that negativity simply is and therefore should simply be noticed and accepted as part of the current reality, and not struggled against.True, negativity shouldn t be railed at nor struggled against but should instead be simply noticed And noticing negativity includes awareness that it involves my resistance to the here and now, and my choosing instead to be wrapped up in my thoughts and that there is a liberating alternative that is actually what is true and real Also on my bookshelf is a review of Tolle s THE NEW EARTH I read it because of the recommendation from Oprah In that review I said he used 300 pages to say what he could have said in a 10 page essay I read this book because someone I know said it was great I think it s just another bunch of psycho babble bullshit this rich con man threw together Really people.if you have issues, go get help without throwing your money away on this kind of crap No, I did not buy it.the book is a loane Also on my bookshelf is a review of Tolle s THE NEW EARTH I read it because of the recommendation from Oprah In that review I said he used 300 pages to say what he could have said in a 10 page essay I read this book because someone I know said it was great I think it s just another bunch of psycho babble bullshit this rich con man threw together Really people.if you have issues, go get help without throwing your money away on this kind of crap No, I did not buy it.the book is a loaner that I will eagerly return.The message in both books, in my opinion is exactly the samelive for today This guy is good at taking a cliche, wording it 43 different ways and calling it a book.Back in the mid 1960 s.a group called The Grass Roots said Live for Today in about three minutes Great songdownload it.Michael Eckhart Tolle S Message Is Simple Living In The Now Is The Truest Path To Happiness And Enlightenment And While This Message May Not Seem Stunningly Original Or Fresh, Tolle S Clear Writing, Supportive Voice And Enthusiasm Make This An Excellent Manual For Anyone Who S Ever Wondered What Exactly Living In The Now Means Foremost, Tolle Is A World Class Teacher, Able To Explain Complicated Concepts In Concrete Language More Importantly, Within A Chapter Of Reading This Book, Readers Are Already Holding The World In A Different Container Conscious Of How Thoughts And Emotions Get In The Way Of Their Ability To Live In Genuine Peace And HappinessTolle Packs A Lot Of Information And Inspirational Ideas Into The Power Of Now Topics Include The Source Of Chi, Enlightened Relationships, Creative Use Of The Mind, Impermanence And The Cycle Of Life Thankfully, He S Added Markers That Symbolise Break Time This Is When Readers Should Close The Book And Mull Over What They Just Read As A Result, The Power Of Now Reads Like The Highly Acclaimed A Course In Miracles A Spiritual Guidebook That Has The Potential To Inspire Just As Many Study Groups And Change Just As Many Lives For The Better Gail Hudson i loved this book so much i ll probably read it again, I agree with the author on so many things like the fact that the word God is misused and By misuse, I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction, as if they knew what they are talking about Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions, i loved this book so much i ll probably read it again, I agree with the author on so many things like the fact that the word God is misused and By misuse, I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction, as if they knew what they are talking about Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions, such as My or our God is the only true God, and your God is false, or Nietzsche s famous statement God is dead and Lots of confusing moments like this I cannot live with myself any longer This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was Am I one or two If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me the I and the self that I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me the I and the self that I cannot live with Maybe, I thought, only one of them is real This is an awful, awful book Sorry, there s no other way of putting it And I can hear people saying already but it makes me feel better.Whatever makes you feel in control, I guess But sometimes things which make us feel better aren t necessarily true or even good for us Tolle and others like him are squarely in the camp of woo as the great Randi would say They promote a watered down and ultimately meaningless new age theology And of course Oprah loves him I expected , but he si This is an awful, awful book Sorry, there s no other way of putting it And I can hear people saying already but it makes me feel better.Whatever makes you feel in control, I guess But sometimes things which make us feel better aren t necessarily true or even good for us Tolle and others like him are squarely in the camp of woo as the great Randi would say They promote a watered down and ultimately meaningless new age theology And of course Oprah loves him I expected , but he sits right in there with Deepak Chopra as a prime examples of other equally useless anti science hokum I don t usually torture myself with such media excretions.Tolle is kind of cultish Worse, he uses scare tactics stating we re all in some kind of race to obliterate the human ego and the pain body before they destroy the earth The ticking clock once again horse manure We are our egos We hold memories of pain for a good reason to avoid repeating mistakes That s how we evolved from our ape ancestors And all his arguments fall down in exactly the same way as every other new age guru I ve ever read with the classic 3 card trick as a means of argument 1 The Higher Level Card i.e sorry, it s just over your head Sorry, but you re just not clever enough to realise Eckhart is cleverer than you, because you re on a lower less divine lower psychic vibration level.2 The Projection Card i.e., I know you are, but what am I By criticising Eckhart, you are really just criticising yourself, because any problem you see in Eckhart the world at large is just a projection of a problem in yourself.3 The Skillful Means Card i.e., it s all your own fault, idiot The most potent card of all It s not abuse it s not pathetic or ridiculous or wrong it s a crazy to wise teaching method So when Eckhart calls you an idiot, it s not because he s an pompous idiot, it s because you have a idiot complex that you need to evolve past, and he s here to help you see that It s just not healthy to read books like this This dualistic zen style thinking just doesn t hold water in the real world Then there s the Eckhart Tolle walk of death Allegedly after listening to Tolle s Power of Now tapes repeatedly, Brianna Wilkins walked miles without warm clothing thinking only of the present moment, I m sure in the middle of winter and Now, she s dead.Humans are not broken, they re mostly just confused We may not know ourselves so well, but we re operating exactly as nature intended We re greedy, competitive, with a short attention span, seeking instant gratification But we re also kind, long suffering, generous, wise, and empathetic with the two camps always in conflict within each of us Solutions to human problems will come from realist introspection, critical thinking, rationality and acknowledging of the darkness, e.grationality and less mysticism We can start that process right here, right now with our egos and pain memories intact not in some future idealised fantasy world Change won t come overnight but occurs through an evolutionary process That s what else ticks me off about the Tolle he dresses it up in the conceit of spirituality, but actually panders to the very ordinary materialistic drive towards the quick fix, the effortless new you Well, you don t get something for nothing Or much for 10 Apologies if this is ranty but this was a terrible, self absorbed, arrogant, pompous book Avoid I passed this book dozens of times in my yoga studio back in 2003 It was so popular and its praises so well sung by my yoga teacher, Steve Ross, that I thought it must be a bunch of new age mumbo jumbo I didn t want to read it because I thought that it would entail jumping on some Los Angeles hippy bandwagon I opened myself up to Eckhart Tolle after watching him on Oprah s Spirit Channel and I m so glad that I did This book is really great It contains such simple philosophy that is so hard I passed this book dozens of times in my yoga studio back in 2003 It was so popular and its praises so well sung by my yoga teacher, Steve Ross, that I thought it must be a bunch of new age mumbo jumbo I didn t want to read it because I thought that it would entail jumping on some Los Angeles hippy bandwagon I opened myself up to Eckhart Tolle after watching him on Oprah s Spirit Channel and I m so glad that I did This book is really great It contains such simple philosophy that is so hard to practice in our Western society I hate to say something banal like it changed my life, but I am really hoping that it did I will definitely be referring back to it often


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