[KINDLE] ❃ The Power of Now Author Eckhart Tolle – Golanvideoagency.info
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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 of 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 much present and at peace than this boring mumbo jumbo. 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 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. 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 However, noticing negativity should include being aware 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 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 The Power of Now, Eckhart TolleThe book is intended to be a guide for day to day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future 2002 1381 109 9649306331 1384 1386 9789649306339 1389 1393 111 20 1388 250 9789649098128 1389 248 9789642804498 1389 271 9789641851790 1393 280 9786006564296 1394 130 9786006974118 1394 249 9786003561373 1395 220 9786006721583 1977 16 1948 2011 2008 1997 2009 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. There is no nice way to say this I hated this book with a fiery passion It did not make me feel at peace Rather, it made me want to chew off my arm I bet if we asked Eckhart Tolle why I felt that way, he d say that I wasn t really listening to his message.My problems with the book were as follows First off, the tone of the book was extremely condescending Written in a question answer format, many of the answers started out with You re not really listening or You don t understand what I m saying Way to kick someone when they re down, dude Secondly, I felt that he frequently took philosophy and other spiritual messages and twisted them to fit his needs Basically, he wants people to stop thinking so much I get the idea that as a culture we over analyze and whatnot, but his message was basically to stop thinking all together Sorry Eckhart, but not all of us can wander around for years at a time, sleeping on park benches in a state of euphoria.Also, have you seen his picture on the back of the book He looks like just the sort of guy who is plotting to take over the world He wants us to stop thinking for ourselves so that he can think for us Sorry, back to reality Basically, I didn t feel like this book offered any real direction or advice to those who seek 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 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 no thoughts 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 all After 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 being intensely focused on the present, we can be content and fulfilled 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.