Through the Open Door to the Vastness of Your True Being
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212 of 216 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2005
If you have been so blessed to come across the teaching Eckhart Tolle offers, and this cd especially, you should take advantage. I have explored a great deal of spiritual teachers, from Osho to Ramana Maharshi, from Nisargadatta to J. Krishnamurti, and the power and the simplicity of Eckhart's teaching just obliterates all the rest (for me, at this time).

I have listened to quite a few of Tolle's audio recordings, and this one stands out. Believe me I am biased however, as I love the signpost "yes to what is" and hearing about the transformation that comes about through it, and that could rightly be considered the theme for this set. Of course he also hits the usual bases: Space Consciousness, inner body, ego reactivity, the now, etc. He does not go into the pain body on this recording. One thing worth mentioning is the extremely beautiful language he at times uses... it is expressly poetic and is mostly concentrated on disc one, track 9 to be even more specific "one deep yes to life".

To recap, I highly highly recommend this cd, especially with Amazon making Eckhart stuff more than half off his website price! When they offer the Findhorn bundle you may want to get it, as I think it is something ridiculously cheap ($26 for both is it?) and that one is very good as well.

Disc One:
1.Introduction
2.Free of future, free of past
3.The little me story
4.Stuck between fear and desire
5.The causes of unhappiness
6.Allowing this moment to be
7.To know yourself as stillness
8.The end of seeking
9.One deep yes to life *incredible track*
(running time 77:02)

Disc 2:
1.Introduction
2.The renunciation of thought
3.A field of presence
4.From thought to awareness
5.Renounce the next moment
6.From object consciousness to space consciousness
7.Whatever form this moment takes
8.The shift from no to yes
(running time 73:22)
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
"The need for enemies-people, situation, places and so on-is the root for making the present moment something that you need to oppose. The present moment equals life. Life can only be present Now. The Little Me lives in opposition to the Now...to life itself. If that's not mad, what is?" - Eckhart Tolle

After experiencing an amazing awakening on a park bench, Eckhart Tolle-the author of The Power of Now-has brought the idea of present moment awareness to the mainstream with his live teachings, audio recordings, and bestselling books.

Through the Open Door to the Vastness of Your True Being, a 2-CD lecture published by Sounds True, further elaborates on the idea that the present moment is all we really have and explains why the ego-mind seeks conflict as a way to avoid the present moment. In fact, the concept of time-past and future-is a creation of the ego, feeding its insatiable appetite for thought forms such as opinions, interpretations, and labels. Instead of quiet stillness-such as when smelling a flower-the ego mind finds a need to have a running commentary about the aroma, the type of flower, the weather, and so on. Indeed, the need for constant judgment or interpretation of every situation is the hallmark of the ego mind and the root of suffering.

Resisting the Now causes suffering on all levels, with the tyranny of the "Little Me" constantly pushing us to wallow in or relish the past while rushing toward a future that promises something better. Neither the past nor the future exists, says Tolle, and are a construct of the Little Me designed to avoid the tightrope of Now. Stillness removes both time and suffering and while you can enter the Now through difficulties, Tolle explains that it doesn't have to be so. Yet, he assures us that our greatest challenges often call forth the deepest "No", i.e. resistance to the Present, which serves as a portal to a deeper "Yes" to what is. The result of this non-opposition? Love, joy, and peace-all those things that are ever-present but only accessed through stillness.

The Little Me panics at the idea of a futureless existence because the "next best thing"-the satisfying ending to the fabricated story of the ego mind-resides there. Whether seeking the perfect partner, career success, wealth, or even enlightenment, the Little Mind promises that the future contains fulfillment-which is why everyone is running wildly towards it. However, the only truly satisfying ending to the story is here right now-the vast ground of being that supports, envelops, and arises from the present moment.

With a run-time of approximately 2 ½ hours, Through the Open Door to the Vastness of Your True Being encourages renouncing both thought and the next moment, as well as ending all seeking, knowing yourself as stillness, and allowing this moment to be-no matter what form it takes. By saying a deep Yes to life as it is, we become free of fear and desire, of the future and past created by the Little Me. If you're familiar with the Power of Now and the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, there may be very little "new" here. However, that's the ironic part: even among spiritual seekers, the egoic mind searches for some new idea that will-at last-be the key to end all seeking. As he's done for years, Tolle continues to point the way to our true Being in this CD series, providing the antidote to suffering with incisive clarity, gentle wisdom and warm humor.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 1, 2006
There is an exceptional quality that Eckhart Tolle possesses that reaches the depth of my being, especially in his audio. The way he conveys his messages, his humor, the analogies he gives are in my most sincere opinion nothing short of enlightening.

This audio CD set captures some of the best of Eckhart's teachings (they are all great, so it's hard to pick one over the other) however, this set is a must that I believe will be one that you will want to listen to many, many times.

It is an experience, more than just words. His work has had an enormous and deep impact on my own life and spiritual growth, and this CD set adds even more. I feel this would be a great companion to his "Findhorn Retreat" CD set, and this one would make a great gift for anyone who truly wants to experience the vastness of their being. 10 Stars all the way!

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of If God Hears Me, I Want an Answer!, Stop Being the String Along and Know Yourself
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2007
The teachings of Eckhart Tolle are based on universal truths which the student will recognize immediately as foundational to finding true peace. This particular CD is filled with the wisdom teachings gathered from other presentations or retreats. While possibly redundant at times, the ever true bears repeating because we forget. The biggest problem with this particular CD is the sound quality. It is very poor and at times Tolle's voice is all but obliterated by the hissing noise of the re-make. It is not audience noise but technical deficiencies which make this CD an unsatisfactory product not up to the standards of Sounds True.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2006
Does this guy EVER put out anything that's NOT worth listening too??

First, TPON was my favorite book of all time. Then his new book "A New Earth" (which I bought on audio)blew me away, as I liked that he used more real life examples to illustrate his points, and like it even more than TPON!

And now this awesome CD just kicks butt! The highlight for me was when he talked about "the little me" and how it permeates everything we think. How, "a car was stolen" doesn't bother us, but the thought "MY car was stolen" sends us over the edge! Funny how adding that one little word can cause so much stress in the mind.

Also, I like how he talks about how "the little me" both dwells in future (with the never ending hope that things will get better sometime in the future) and yet fears the future (as it knows that the future eventually will bring death).

Another brilliant comment Eckhart makes is that the amount of future you have left is irrelevant, since it only exists in the mind! (I'm paraphrasing here) That, there is just the now moment, and that is all!

Also, he uses lots of humor. Like when he says he occasionally gets e-mails from people who say that they have read TPON and it doesn't make any sense! lol

Why our politicians don't listen to or understand this material is beyond me. Sadly, I would think that Bush would be one of those people that would write the above type of e-mail!?
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2006
This live compilation of information from his seminars is inspiring, entertaining and enlightening. My favorite of all CD's yet produced. A must for Tolle fans.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2006
I ordered this because I love Eckhart Tolle and it sounded really good. Turns out this is a reissue of Eckhart Tolle recordings originally released from 'Inner Directions' in California.

Incredible stuff!!! One complaint, Sounds True cut out the applause Eckhart got at the end of his talk on the 1st disc, it really added an exciting flair and gave a window into the freshness and enthusiasm at the time.

Classic stuff. Highly recommended.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2007
Well, yes...it may seem like the same old message and yet it seems we must hear it thousands of times before we GET it. That has certainly been the case for me, my "unconsciousness" being the hardest habit to break.

Tolle makes the truth utterly entertaining in his own open style.

One review here has mentioned not being able to conceive moving beyond what we call "thought". Tolle points out here (and in his book "The New Earth") that we are not thinking at all, but running habituated tapes in our minds. The place called "Being" is the true place of thought...ever new, fresh, creative, and NOW. If you are compulsively "thinking" about past or future, believe me you are not Being. Tolle points out the difference...as it seems we equate our compulsive neurotic thoughts with "intelligence". Not so, as I can say from being in both places (if only I could be in the Being place always!).

Is Being a place where you can function practically in the world? You bet your boots it is, and so much more. However, it is an unconceiveable place for your ego to entertain. The only place to recieve this GRACE is beyond ego, which is beyond thought. The interesting thing is...

going to the place of Being is something I remember from childhood...and other times when I have been so absorbed in the moment (doing something like art) I moved beyond the endless analytical mind. Truly a "mind vacation"! And it has an unmistakeable familiarity. I know this is THE REAL ME, covered up by ego crapola.

Anyone who enjoys AH Almaas and The Diamond approach will feel a familiar message here in "Essence" and the "Diamond Mind/Heart".

These 2 masters speak of the same place which is available to all, and indeed our natural birthright. One need not be "enlightened" to experience what Tolle is describing. Experiencing Being IS THE ENLIGHTENMENT. Check your ego at the door and find the vast possibilities within. It is within your reach if you want it bad enough! I'm afraid a burning desire is required...and nothing less.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2008
The Angel Hunter
This CD had been my guide for several years now. Eckhart's tranquil voice and the ease of which he delivers his simple yet powerful lessons are mesmerizing. If you are looking for some insights into real spirituality, not religion, listen to this set. He makes no claims about Jesus or any other deity being the one true religion or spiritual practice. In fact, he says if helps you then practice whatever you like. However, the root of all spirituality is embracing the moment as it is. Not what you wish to be, but as it is, without judgment or offense. I have tried it, it works, and the practice has lowered my blood pressure and calmed me down. My one warning is not to listen to this in the car. His voice and temperament are so engrossing you may find yourself a bit too relaxed. Worth every penny, it changed my life.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2007
I did not see this anywhere in the description, so was unhappy to discover when playing the first time, this is a live workshop recording. I tried to be okay with that, give it a chance, but it lost me nearly immediately. In listening, I nearly jumped out of my chair when a lot of unexpected laughter leapt out at me. Not very peaceful, the effect I was seeking.

Ekhart's voice is slower than on other recordings. Being live, one gets to hear the audience laughing, coughing and making the usual audience noises. Combined with his slower-than-usual voice, it was impossible to enjoy. Had I known it was a live recording, I never would have purchased it.
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