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132 of 135 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's hard for me to rate one of Tolle's offerings over another for each of them takes me to that place that I've always longed for and looked for through a long history of meditation practice (which I dropped when I first encountered him three years ago). However, if I were put in the position of saying which of his works after Power of Now is my favorite I would have to say Realizing the Power of Now is it.
The Power of Now snapped me out of the seeker's mode and woke me up to the truth of my being and the ocean of peace of that's already and always within "me" - it's all I or anyone who is ready will ever need if they are ripe to accept the invitation to return home to one's being. Once that invitation has been accepted and the various portals to now are explored it will be seen that every life situation is another invitation to return home and to deepen presence. That's where Realizing the Power of Now comes shining through with tremendous clarity, not only for understanding but for what's most important, the actual experience of being/now/presence.
This is a full-blown retreat and each successive tape takes you a little deeper until at one point near the end Tolle leads you masterfully to unplumbed depths of being. Those who are familiar with his speaking style will understand when I say that he has a way of pacing his words and phrases so that one who listens simply drops into the gaps between them and is left in pure being/pure awareness until another phrase pops you back into the phenomenal world, and then back into being.
It reminds me of how a wick gets repeatedly dipped in paraffin thus creating a candle. If you want a candle with some substance to it you must keep dipping it - if you want a life that shines brightly keep dipping into the now. At some point the listener will realize that even while engaged in the phenomenal world pure being has shifted to the forefront of awareness. At first this may simply be the act of simply listening, listening without internal comment/judgement. Gradually this pure being will be seen to accompany you during all activity. It always was there of course, but now it becomes self-evident and so it is realized that your real essence IS the power of now.
Realizing the Power of Now should satisfy those who have listened to some of his abbreviated tapes and were disappointed because they didn't get the whole thing. I have to shake my head when I read those sorts of reviews, as if the amount of content determines one's ability to drop into now/presence. This mindset completely misses what Tolle is getting at. The same can be said for his brilliant Stillness Speaks. All mindsets must be dropped. There are no "mental nuggets" missing to be who you are. Now is literally beyond the mind and once that's seen you will laugh at your previous efforts to rely on mental understanding to live a happy and peaceful life.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a powerful and incredibly mind opening set where you will be taken on a journey into what has been blocking you, and how to transcend "egoic" patterns in order to become one with the NOW moment, so you can live in peace.
I absolutely love listening to Eckhart's teachings, because he is real, humble, genuine, and his wisdom profoundly enlightened.

If you can't attend his teachings in person, this is the next best thing! Highly recommended for the genuine impact this will have in your life. Listen carefully, and take it all in. Once you do, you will "become the watcher" of your habitual thoughts, and the pain that your ego pulls you into, without your realizing it. After listening to this set, you should be well equipped to transcend that egoic state, and live with the true joy and peace you deserve NOW.

If you click on "Audio Download - Audible" above, you can download the set for $9.95 from Audible (which is in partnership with Amazon) right into your Windows Media Player. It's well worth it either way. This set will genuinely have a profound impact on your life.

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Know Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Wholeness, Radiance & Supreme Confidence and Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Wow. I am 44 and was blown away by reading Krishnamurti many years ago. But that was pretty much it...a sense of having my mind blown while I was reading Krishnamurti but didn't seem to take much away from the reading other than a memory of having my mind blown. Admittedly 20 years have passed and I am not the same person, but Eckhart seems so much funnier and practical. I just kind of bliss out listening to him and get the sense that I am being transformed. Even if I'm not (which I doubt) it is such a pleasure to listen to. Suddenly life loses all seriousness.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Realizing The Power Of Now is a 6 CD audiobook in which counselor and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle provides the listener with an wonderfully articulate and insightful presentation on transcending the finite world to touch our tree essence which has "no form, not time, nd no name". Eckart Tolle deftly addresses the use of our "inner body" as an anchor to the Now; the cultivation of "pure awareness" moments; the power inherent in the simple act of noticing; the liberation of laughter; nature as a bridge to the divine; dissolving our "pain-body" with the light of consciousness; finding the peace underlying personal loss; separating our "life situation" from our life; and so much more. This 7 hour, 30 minute, flawless recorded presentation by Eckhart Tolle is as life affirming as it is highly recommended.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The content of these CDs has been covered pretty well in other reviews, so I'd just like to add my personal opinion.
This was my first introduction to Tolle and I confess, by the end of the first CD I was completely lost. So then I got the book, and did the two in tandem. Once I understood the basic concepts from the book, I quickly discovered that I preferred the CD retreat. So I guess my point is: if you're unfamiliar with Tolle, this is not the place to start. But it's a powerful supplement if you are.
BTW, I purchased the audio download from Audible and made my own CDs (a LOT cheaper, and easy to do. the link should be up above somewhere under "other editions." )
Curator, AfroAmericanHeritage dot com
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ramana Maharshi one of the greatest spiritual teachers of last century, when asked about the number of spirtual teachers teaching various paths, Whom should one take for one's Guru (teacher)? He said to choose the one where you find you get shanti (Peace). Well Eckhart Tolle is the one that brings me the greatest Peace. Eckhart comes across as a gentle humble man with great insight and an extraordinary skill in bringing profound wisdom in an easy to digest format.

This is a great talk with much warmth, humour, wisdom and insight.

If you have enjoyed Eckhart's previous work, I'd highly recommend this one :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have been reading and listening to Eckhart Tolle for a few years. His message (or as he would say "signposts")is simple, but profound. If you open yourself up to his teaching, it can change how you live and perceive your life situation.

At a time when our world is in such utter chaos, his message has never been more meaningful or important.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After discovering the life-altering "The Power of Now", I've been hungry for more Tolle, particularly in audio form. "Realizing The Power of Now" builds on the subject and adds subtlties and nuances that clarify the thinking behind this powerful way of being. That the recording was of a seminar at Findhorn in Scotland before an audience made it all the more effective. He uses examples as they come to hand of ways of accessing the "now" moment. . .from the bird song to the fighter jets from the nearby air force base. Tolle's presentation exemplifies the serenity that the philosophy promises and reinforces the gift he has given us all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2009
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
You wouldn't want to jump off with these CD's if you are just starting to discover the Power of NOW. There are concepts Eckart discusses which are presumed to be known. This is a live seminar he is giving over multiple days. I particularly got a lot out of his long discussion and flushing out of "acceptance". He uses humor quite a bit. I have three other of this oral discussions or book readings and I didn't get any direct repetitions in these CD's. You cant go wrong with some enlightenment from Tolle. My favorite audio from him is "Practicing the Power of Now" because it is less theory and more direct tools and example.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Like many people seeking meaning and purpose in life, I have heard of Eckhart Tolle's book "Power of Now". I must admit what drew me away from it is Oprah's recommendaton. I just have a tendency to resist her populist approach to literary, art and other things in life, in spite of how well meaning they may be.

When I finally hit the point where I needed some sort of (spiritual) guidance and was not getting it from the usual sources available, in my desperation i turned to Tolle. Of course, I played it safe and picked the abrreviated version (2CDs) of "Realizing the Power of Now" retreat series. I found myself mesmerized by the simpicity of his teachings without trying to find any logic to it. Perhaps my practice of yoga and meditation helped me accept these teaching faster. All I can tell is after I finished listening to these CDs it all just started to make sense.

Now I am Tolle's fan and I am ready to explore this full lenght production of the teachings along with his other works. The simple reason is that I feel good about myself, life and my surroundings when I go back to hisbasic teachings and follwo them. That alone is good enough for me. I am happy not no suffer and jsut to be aware of what is going on around me without having any attachments to my feelings, people or objects. And I have Tolle to thank for it. If this is a way to enlightment, then sign me up!
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