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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Hardcover – September 27, 1999
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Tolle 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 symbolize "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
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His writing style is unbearable. For example, "It is a misperception of your essential reality that is beyond birth and death, and is due to the limitations of your mind, which, having lost touch with Being creates the body as evidence of its illusory belief in separation and to justify its state of fear." JFC.
I finally put this book away for good after reading half of it. I really don't understand the book's popularity. It's like everybody is nodding, smiling, and singing Tolle's praises, when the reality is that nobody gets it because there is nothing to "get." But nobody wants to say it.
It taught me how to disconnect from the insanity of the mind. I had spent my life reading thousands of books trying to "figure it out" to make my way to a place of happiness and functionality, what Tolle explains that trying to solve the problems of thought from the level of thought is an impossibility. When we let go of mind-consciousness we do not become a meditative vegetable, instead, we gain access to the consciousness of our whole body and a more advanced awareness. I know it sounds weird, but it works. When I can stay present everything I do becomes more effective, and my social skills are way better now then they have ever been.
I don't mean to say that this is the be-all and end-all to human growth, but it has in fact saved my life, so I figured it at least deserved a good review. I am no longer helpless in the face of crushing memories and emotions. Thank you, Mr. Tolle.
Side note: I tried to return it but Amazon is charging $5.99 to return it (shipping), the book costs $9.49. My refund total is about $3 and some change. Is it even worth the trouble of packing it up and going to the post office to drop it off?
Hmmm...maybe I'll just leave it on my bookshelf. The cover color is nice. It matches my decor.
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My recommended books are
Grow rich While You Sleep by Ben Sweetland
TNT: The Power Within by Claude Bristol
Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
There's no waffle in these books.
Basically get the habit of success thinking instilled in you mind by disciplining yourself to think that way. Initially you have to force yourself to think success thoughts rather than letting your thinking run on autopilot, being influenced by the outside world. The more you force yourself to think success, the more your mind will do it.
Thinking habits apparently take 21 days to form so as they say, your result will reflect your efforts.
Your subconscious take notice of whatever you think and feel.
This includes beliefs that humanity has reached the pinnacle of its development, that we are completely separate from each other, from nature and the cosmos, and that the physical world is all there is. Based on his own personal transformation, Eckhart brilliantly shows us how to rise above our conscious thoughts and overcome our fears by ending our delusion of time to exist and gain great pleasure from living in the NOW.
By watching our thoughts and putting them into the right context, we can remove the insane burden of worrying about a hundred things we will or may have to do in the future, and focus our attention on the one thing that we can do NOW.
When we acknowledge and accept the facts and stop reacting to our thoughts, we create the space for transformation to happen. This also applies to giving others the space to express themselves and relinquishing negativity, so that we can feel true compassion and contribute towards bringing about a better world.
It is the quality of our consciousness at this moment that is the main determinant of what kind of future we will experience, so to surrender is the most important thing we can do to bring about positive change. When we surrender to what IS and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power and we do not need it anymore - presence is the key to the power of NOW.
This book has what you are looking for.
While reading You will know about your mind and why there is depression, anxiety, stress, misery, suffering in your life and how you can resolve all this and be at peace with yourself.
Since this book is a blend of esoteric wisdom I wonder... Did Tolle study esotericism before or after his epiphany?
My problem with this book is its claim that you can achieve enlightenment by using The Power of Now. You can't.
If the book was simply a call to live more mindfully it would be more honest. Sadly it's pretentious beyond words and to the uninitiated I imagine it's a load of gobbledygook.
Books us in question and answer form. After reading it you will be a clear person. I bought it just for 180rs.
Paper quality average but not misprints that is a good thing.
This stuff isn’t new. It’s thousands of years old; perhaps some humility somewhere in the book to acknowledge he’s repackaged something would be good.
What is new in this book is how the author presents it and I suspect this where people are divided. A question and answer style, with bold answers, very authoritatively claiming some incredible things, that frankly any good skeptic would blush at and anyone else should at least have caution.
The Q&A style doesn’t work for me, in fact I couldn’t bear it and struggled to get to the end. I can see though for the majority of reviewers this does work, though I think the questions would benefit if they were asked by a real stoic or skeptic. It felt to me this was like a politician answering questions from plants in the audience.
This is not to detract from the topic itself that he has butchered. I am glad I’ve read it so I know what the hype is about, but I’d go back to other books on Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness or just use more practical apps like Calm, 10% Happier or the like.