The Power of Now

The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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Eckhart Tolle is emerging as one of today's most inspiring teachers. In The Power of Now , already a word-of-mouth bestseller in Canada, the author describes his transition from despair to self-realization soon after his 29th birthday. Tolle took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques, and meditation theory but is also eminently practical. In The Power of Now he shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now.
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, 1999
ISBN: 9781577311522
Branch Call Number: 204 TOL 1999
Characteristics: xxiii, 191 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 21, 2019

Maybe it wasn't my time to read it. I love books like this but found it very much a chore to read. the concept is good, the message wonderful just I don't really respond well to the whole Q&A style of writing for this book.

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Mar 15, 2019

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Jun 08, 2018

I have read The Power of Now and A New Earth several times. For some reason I never get sick of it. There are some things I don't really understand, but for the most part it resonates within. The Power of Now goes into depth about being present while A New Earth goes into detail about the ego. Books like these help me understand myself, others and life a lot more.

Feb 13, 2018

Definitely repetitive, but powerful. I know I will be wanting to read these words again so I will certainly be buying myself my own copy. Remember friends; nothing ever happened in the past or future. Everything happened in its unique NOW moment, so never waste too much time looking forward or back!

Dec 18, 2017

You can't read the book with your mind. To experience "NOW", you need to put down all your thinking, interpretation and judgment. Just FEEL it. When you judge whether the book is good or bad, you already left the presence and fell deep into the delusion you created. In other words, without your thinking, everything stays neutral with no self. People like to judge to strengthen their ego but they didn't notice that it separated themselves from the reality at the same time.

Oct 06, 2017

"Now" is only thing we have... if we notice it... I loved this book.

Sep 20, 2017

I like the idea of staying in the present, and not the past or the future but I got lost after that. It was a lofty read. Zzzzzzzzz

esgouliaras Aug 22, 2017

Very inspiring! Makes you at peace with your life as it is. Helps you to accept your life and see the good in it. Also very spiritual.

Jul 25, 2017

I thought it was a really decent book, it honestly can be summed up in a few pages. But he over explains and does it to try and hammer these concepts into the readers mind.

He does this trying to weed out negative thought patterns that have become so routine in our daily lives.

So don't expect anything remarkably profound (although some concepts are pretty profound in my opinion) as most of what he says is common sense. I.E. you can do anything you set your mind to, Don't worry about the future or the past worry about now.

Overall he encourages us to listen to our gut feeling, if you feel discontent about your job accept that feeling and work to change your situation.

I'd advise readers to not take everything he says very literally and don't consider everything he says as absolute. He makes some bold statements such as the future doesn't matter don't worry about it as it will fall in to place if you successfully live in the now. That's great and all but of course to some degree you have to do some planning for your future and secure yourself financially etc.

I'll give this book 5 stars not because of the reading material but by how effective this book was and how it motivated me to take action in my day to day life.

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