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Stillness Speaks (Walker Large Print Books) Paperback – Large Print, July 15, 2006
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I have called the Power of Now the best self-help book ever and have listened to it over a hundred times. I always hear something new because my ego feels threatened and doesn't want me to learn this stuff.
My ego almost fooled me once again when I first listened to Stillness Speaks. It said to me "Eckhart is just rehashing stuff in aphorisms". But soon I found that there is much richness and wisdom to be mined here and if I can just take the principles to heart and start practicing them I might very well achieve inner peace in this lifetime. The deeper truth about this work is that it is divinely inspired and is of incredible depth and value.
What we do with this priceless gift is up to us.
Stillness Speaks has some of the feel of an Upanishad. A master discourses on important spiritual issues and you access the level you are capable of. When you come back to it, you find that the book has changed too, speaking to you at a depth you might not have suspected even existed - in you! Tolle is evolving towards an aphoristic style of communication; anything longer would tend to be false to the essence of being in the Now which is his difficult/simple message. It is a book that triggers rumination in you even more powerfully than The Power of Now. My personal favorite, something that set off a liberating snort of laughter, is the conclusion to Chapter Six -"Leave Life alone. Let it be."
I feel that not learning from this book would be a blunder.
The fact that this book stirs up controversy speaks of its real power, and the power of any teaching that goes beyond the narrow range of our human expectations.
In the Introduction, Tolle says, "If you come to a spiritual teacher - or this book - looking for stimulating ideas, theories, beliefs, intellectual discussions, then you will be disappointed. In other words, if you are looking for food for thought, you won't find it, and you will miss the very essence of the teaching, the essence of this book, which is not in the words but within yourself."
And later, "Allow the book to do its work, to awaken you from the old grooves of your repetitive and conditioned thinking."
"This book, of course, uses words.... the thoughts within this book don't say 'Look at me.' but 'Look beyond me.' Because the thoughts came out of stillness, they have power -- the power to take you back into the same stillness from which they arose."
I have nothing to add to this clarity.
Indeed, even savoring one sentence can instantly change your state. Yes, the material is simliar to "The Power of Now," but that's like saying a gold ring is not good because it's made out of the same thing as a gold necklace. Hello! When you have the best there is, there is no need to improve on it. Everything Tolle puts out comes from that same golden place, and indeed, I found "Stillness Speakers" to have many even deeper and more refined ideas than the brilliant "The Power of Now." Or should I say, he finds new and creative ways to further drive home his life altering concepts. If you "get it," you will know what I mean, if not, than no amount of words will change your mind.
Those who are looking for concepts and ideas to give them "MORE", or to fill up their minds, will not find it here.
Many reviewers on this site sound annoyed and feel they didn't get something worth their money - that they read it quickly and felt nothing afterwards.
If you're ready, this book will speak to you. When I first read "The Power of Now", my reaction was something like, "Yeah, yeah, we're supposed to be in the present moment. Now what?" I felt frustrated by the book. But when I read it several months later, it was a completely different experience.
Stillness Speaks takes you into an even quieter place, if you let it and if you are ready.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book, very inspirational. I read it over and over again. This book should be read after The Power of Now and The New Earth. I enjoy Eckart Tolle's writings very much.Published 10 days ago by RKS
Perhaps the most important book I have ever read since it clearly defines a path to a life of continuous joy.
An amazing summary of ET. Kinda like the dhamapada (essential teachings of Buddha) but of Eckhart. Highly recommend even if you have read his other longer books. Thank you ET!Published 23 days ago by scott
Wonderful book for those who need a refresher on " The Power of Now".Published 1 month ago by Mary Ellen
I really like this book and will be doing a workshop on it later this month.Published 1 month ago by Donna Miesbach
This book can really help someone understand how to be in the present moment. I chose to purchase the read along so I could just sit and listen.Published 1 month ago by Pam
Reading Stillness Speaks is indeed a form of meditation. Pick up this book, open it to any page, and it will meet you right where you are. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcel Philippe