By Eckhart Tolle
by ECKHART TOLLE (from the book)
was first published in 1997, The Power of Now has already had an
impact on the collective consciousness of the planet far beyond
anything I could have imagined. It has been translated into
fifteen languages, and I receive mail from around the globe
every day from readers who tell me that their lives have been
changed through coming into contact with the teaching embodied
in the book.
As a fellow spiritual/self-help author, I stand by and salute
the magnificence and impact that Eckhart Tolle has gifted
humanity with in this profound book.
~This book is never too far from me. I carry it with me constantly. One of the suggestions he makes in the introduction is how it can be used for meditative reading. He makes it clear that meditative reading isn't done to gain new information but rather to enter a different state of consciousness. He goes on to state that this approach allows one to gain fresh insights upon reading the same material.
I think that's an important point for anyone considering the purchase of this book. No, it's not new material. But it does present his teachings in an accessible format that can inspire. I simply pick it up and turn to a page at random and begin reading. It can be a powerful experience when you do that in a state of present moment awareness.
Often when we find a spiritual teaching that resonates with us, we keep searching for more and more of it-- new books, tapes, resources as if what we've initially encountered needs upgrading. However, this teaching is full and complete. We may find some of the additional works help to clarify things but the real task is to move in the direction that The Power of Now points to and that is to be in the Now. Reading only points to it, we have to put the books down at some point and simply be. -- John M. Gilmore
I loved reading THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle, and I can
honestly say that my life has changed for the better, because of
listening to the spiritually sound advice that the author
reveals throughout that book.
~I have read countless books that cover the same ideas as this one, but for some reason this book had the greatest impact on me-and at a point when I thought reading books like this could never have such an impact on me anymore. Not only are his ideas explained clearly and simply, but he does not make you feel like you have to do certain mediations or exercises to experience what he is talking about, as so many of these other books (probably unintentionally) do. Also, I love that he addresses the word God and all that it can mean, and urges you to not be turned off by the mention of it and why. He also never attaches himself to any religion, which really hits home with me. In fact, I don't think he even uses the word "spirituality." He just explains things in a way that opens your perception of the way you view the world, and most importantly, he provides you with a variety of concrete tools to use in each moment--any time, anywhere, not just on your meditation stool--to help you experience what he is explaining. Many of these other books explain, but tell you that you have to meditate to "get it," which always made me feel like meditation was something I had to "do" or "attain," which, of course, is beside the point. Rather in this book he points out that it is all a matter of focus and what you chose to focus on, in every minute, and that every minute is only ever now, no matter what you are doing. Perhaps it is just the timing of my reading this book that created such an impact on me, but I truly think it is largely because of the simplistic, clear way he writes about these "foreign" subjects that makes it so accessible and powerful. He also has wonderful analogies that at times make all the difference. -- an amazon.com reviewer
This book makes an excellent companion to "The Power of Now."
The exercises found among these pages causes one to do some deep
soul searching to determine what is important in life and what
is truly insignificant. Even if you have not read Eckhart
Tolle's "The Power of Now", which I strongly recommend readers
do, this thought-provoking workbook can be used as a stand-alone
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