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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Reprint edition (Aug. 19 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577314808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314806
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 magazine 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Micaela on July 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pasqualina Mucci on July 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26 2003
Format: Hardcover
"This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness..."
Eckhart goes right to the point. Clear, simple, and on target.
The noise is constantly whispering pain: the self-image in a time-dream nightmare of defenses, regrets, and anxiety.
Surrender. Completely give up. You cannot get out of concepts with more concepts. Surrender the self, stop conceptualizing. Selfing and thinking are not two different things, they are the same process.
There is another way to understand reality. There is another way to know. Concepts are not enough. Concepts get on the way. Concepts are the obstacle.
Get out of the conceptual mode, and syncronize with the concrete experiencial reality. Then you get rid of the self image, the time, the neurosis, the craziness, the mental illness.
Mindfulness. The Budha's way. Out of concepts and into reality. The same message.
We teach the conceptual nightmare to our kids. We give them concepts and, indeed, a self-image. Then we put them in competition. Low self esteem is born. Worth related to accomplishent is born. Anxiety is born. Pain is created. This is how the disease is transmitted.
Eckhart did it. What extraordinary book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Robson on Feb. 20 2011
Format: Paperback
'The mind cannot know the tree. It only knows facts or information about the tree'

Years ago I went for hike through the mountains of British Columbia with a classmate; we were both studying International Business, which also had a range of classes on cultural sensitivity and language. The culture classes included fascinating courses on Eastern Religion. At the time, my friend had just split with his girlfriend and with little in the way of emotional support, I commented to my colleague that I'd really gotten into Buddhism since we started the class, and that it might offer some perspective. Intrigued, he humoured me. I replied, 'In Buddhism, the goal is to forget about the past and ignore about the future. The idea is, just as much as we can't control things happening in other people's lives, and we can't control whether it rains or not, we shouldn't try to control things which are uncontrollable. They say, doing so leads to suffering.If you just think about things you can affect, and influence, you'll be happy.' He nodded, thought it was interesting, and we continued hiking. Although this basic understanding reflected my earliest contact with Buddhism, it still seems valuable to me, all these years later.

In 'The Power of Now', (structured as a conversation between a patient teacher and a skeptical student) Tolle focuses most of his energy on dismantling the concept of Time. The way we think of Time (something almost no other creature on the planet could fathom), according to Tolle, is a huge cause of pain and suffering in our lives. Yes it's a book on Spirituality, and it's so densely packed with 'Wow' ideas, it probably deserves a good 2 or 3 reads.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Trinkley on July 3 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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