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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment [Paperback]

Eckhart Tolle
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Aug. 17 2004
It's no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, "the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death." Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.

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Ekhart 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--more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Tolle 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 symbolize "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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


THE POWER OF NOW can transform your thinking. The result? More joy, right now. Oprah Winfrey Pointing to the portals of the eternal Present, this practical mystic's modern gospel offers transcendent truths that set us free. Dan Millman 'In the self-help heaven that is the US, Eckhart Tolle is fast becoming the next Deepak Chopra. His book, THE POWER OF NOW, is the bible du jour - a must-read for anyone looking for a modern take on spirituality...Essential reading for anyone who might be feeling weighed down by the past or fearful of the future'. Red This book is generating quite a buzz of excitement. It is quite simply one of the clearest and most accessible texts on becoming more present that we have seen. Kindred Spirit Reading this book has taught me to witness my actions from several viewpoints. I have read it many times over and I get more from it each time I dip in. I try to read a few pages each morning and carry those words with me throughout the day. I've recommended it to lots of friends, who have also found it helpful. Belinda Carlisle 'One of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power'. Deepak Chopra --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Micaela
The review titled "Be wary of the Master..." reveals more about its writer than about Tolle. It is ultimately unimportant to me what kind of person Eckhart Tolle is. His work speaks for itself.
"The Power of Now" is the most brilliant explanation of consciousness and existence I have read to date. It is stated so simply and eloquently, and effectively, that, if you settle down in a quiet space before you open the book, resist the temptation to use your intellect (to rationalize, compare and contrast), and just take in what is underlying his words, you may partake of the richest experience and deepest insightful 'aha's' you've ever gotten from a piece of writing.
And do get the book: put off getting the CD or tape until you've experienced the entire book in a quiet space. You shouldn't be multi-tasking when you read or hear his words, otherwise you will shortchange your experience. Lastly, do observe his pauses. They're placed where they are for good reason. This is the moment where you let the sense of what you've read sink in more deeply.
Then you may finally 'get' how to be present, to experience the vast and powerful "being" that underlies all our busy thoughts, awaiting our conscious awareness. And then, just maybe, we can heal this world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK TO GET WHAT YOU WANT IN LIFE !!!!! July 19 2003
I say "excellent book to get what you want" because this book explains why we do not get what we want. It explains very clearly why we attract all kinds of negative stuff and how to change that. Finally a book with answers.
If you want to get your life back together, I strongly suggest you read this book and I promise your life will never be the same.
My intuition and gut feeling has increased tremendously and immediately without consciously doing anything.
Try it, your love it!!!!
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Climb the Signpost July 15 2004
Tolle's book is an important one... a much needed reminder that is too easy to forget. All too often people can pass entire lifetimes 'missing the moment.' One can, like the worst type of junkie, become so comfortable with-and so used to-anxiety, worry, and procrastination that to simply experience tranquility in the present becomes an impossibility. For such people, the simple and inspirational teachings that The Power of Now details can incite a revolution in one's experience of being alive. That being said, though, this book possesses flaws and confusions that must be sifted through using a keen sense of criticism (yes, this too, is an important faculty of the healthy human being).
First of all, becoming present is a practice-not a realization. I'm not sure Tolle makes this clear. Like any 'new thing' the appreciation of the present moment can seem novel and exciting but if one doesn't make it a practice and use discipline to habitualize the practice, then one will have merely another gimmick, a spiritual toy to play with for a while and then put aside. The reason why all the schools of enlightenment require masters and students and instills its practitioners with discipline and a set of methods is because nothing in life comes all at once but must be cultivated with care over a period of time. Because of this truth, I genuinely doubt Tolle's claim that after his midnight awakening he was-all-at-once-transformed, never to require further training or practice. The experience he describes at the beginning of the book might just as well be labeled a psychotic break as a religious experience. Either way, the genuine appreciation of the moment can neither be totally 'on' nor totally 'off.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It July 3 2004
I started reading some of the reviews of this book, both negative and positive and got worn out. We can go on and on putting forth our opinions about the writer,the way it was written, it is too simplistic etc. etc. What I know is this. The proof of its power is in its ability to create positive change in the life of the reader. For me it was a difficult book to read and understand. I've read it many times in the last year and I still find new things to think about in it. This is a book whose ideas are meant to be lived and I've dedicated myself to trying to live it. Because of it my mental life has turned around. If it can do this for me and for some of the people that read it, then it has accomplished it's purpose. Those people who are looking for more will continue looking. I don't agree with each and every word of this book. Nevertheless, I think it is a good introduction to understanding the concept of mental stillness which was a concept completely new to me when I first picked it up. I've since read other books in this vein but continue to come back to it. For those who haven't read it, you have nothing but a little time and money to lose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece. April 11 2012
Simply a masterpiece. If you are lucky enough to be fully opened while reading these words, glimpses of the truth the words carry are often experienced. Basically tells you the importance of living in the present moment, and why it is so hard to be present in every moment. A true gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well, there are some things in this book that I can certainly agree with such as the idea that nothing in the world can make you happy. But ultimately, this book is more geared towards becoming more aware in your everyday life rather than awakening from what you think of as your life. In other words, the purpose is to be able to better function and have a better experience within the illusion of time and space rather than awakening from the illusion altogether, and returning to the Home that you never really left which many refer to as God, Heaven, and/or Oneness.

This book is great at describing the problems of having negative emotions and how they can rule our minds. But the one big problem with The Power of Now is that it doesn't really address the root cause of why we have negative emotions in the first place. Furthermore, the author doesn't necessarily encourage the reader to really look at those negative emotions and examine why you have them. As the spiritual text, A Course in Miracles, that the author references several times, teaches, "No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them, for not looking is the way they are protected." On top of that, this book doesn't give you a real solution that'll free you from those negative emotions in a permanent way. There's only a temporary solution offered here because the real problem is not addressed.

What is that root cause and real problem I speak of? I'll tell you: it's an unconscious guilt for (seemingly) leaving Home aka God/Heaven. Deep down we believe we sinned against God and Heaven and we are secretly afraid of God as of a result; we wouldn't appear to be here in bodies otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
This book is very spiritual and explains how to focus your mind in order to concentrate on the bigger picture. Goes well with other spiritual readings. A must read!
Published 23 days ago by Mohanjit Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars great reminder
This is very important stuff. Remembering to live in the moment is very important and this brings it home for any reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for spiritual seekers and Buddhists.
Excellent. The spiritual starting point for all seekers. It all starts here in the now. As a Buddhist I felt this breathed new life and energy into my practice. Incredible insight. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe from Ontario
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't get me started...
.... I just couldn't get started. I should try it again because so many have raved about it... but somehow I found him hard to believe.
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Ultimate Reality is One. Not two or three. Not a billion or a trillion. Just One. Everything springs from that One Reality. Nothing is outside of it. Read more
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I love this book, THANK YOU Eckhart for this amazing book ! Highly recommended. Nicely answered my all questions. Perfect book, I Love his writing style. Beautiful...
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