Elkhart Tolle The Power of Now
The book by Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now is his ground breaking work on how a person can create a different life by changing their thought patterns and emotions, by focusing on and accepting the gift of the present moment.
The book was published in the late 90’s and really took off after Oprah recommended it on her show.
It is estimated to have sold over 4 million copies in America alone and has been translated into 33 languages.
Below is the audiobook version of The Power of Now from Youtube.
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Below is the opening page from Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now.
Chapter One :
YOU ARE NOT YOUR MIND
The Greatest Obstacle to Enlightenment
Enlightenment – what is that?
A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. “I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you are sitting on?” “Nothing,” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.” “Ever looked inside?” asked the stranger. “No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.” “Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.
I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: inside yourself.
“But I am not a beggar,” I can hear you say.
Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some super-human accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form. The inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation, from yourself and from the world around you. You then perceive yourself, consciously or unconsciously, as an isolated fragment. Fear arises, and conflict within and without becomes the norm.
I love the Buddha’s simple definition of enlightenment as “the end of suffering.” There is nothing superhuman in that, is there? Of course, as a definition, it is incomplete. It only tells you what enlightenment is not: no suffering. But what’s left when there is no more suffering? The Buddha is silent on that, and his silence implies that you’ll have to find out for yourself. He uses a negative definition so that the mind cannot make it into something to believe in or into a superhuman accomplishment, a goal that is impossible for you to attain. Despite this precaution, the majority of Buddhists still believe that enlightenment is for the Buddha, not for them, at least not in this lifetime.
Eckhart is a leader in the self-help industry, and his books have gained universal popularity for their ability to take complicated ideas and simplify them.
He was able to pull out of severe depression and anxiety when he learned and applied these principles in his own life, and the application resulted in the ability to let go of all the fear that he was experiencing.
He was able to move forward in his life, by living fully in the present moment.
With over 4 million copies sold and translations into 30+ languages, it is plain to see that this book contains a powerful message that strikes a chord with many people.
It is more than just basic ideas and happy thoughts, the book shares the details that are needed to help the reader search within to discover their ultimate potential.
Through this process, a deeper spiritual understanding can be gained, resulting in personal growth for the person that reads it.
The book was written as a guide to help with everyday living, and how each person can let go of the stresses and change their conscious thoughts.
The most important step in life is to be aware of our present situation, instead of living for the future or dwelling in the past. Focusing on the past or future creates anxiety, worry and fear, which stalls our progress.
Here is a fantastic video of Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now.
Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now – Main Principles
As you read Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now, it is easy to understand the philosophy behind the principles that he is teaching. In the first chapter, you learn about why the natural mind is the enemy to enlightenment.
The mind gets in the way of our natural state of present moment awareness, and by allowing the mind to awaken to the present moment we can become more aware and even enlightened.
In the book, specific steps are suggested to help you anchor to the present and let go of the past and future.
Those exercises are focused on meditation and relaxation, and when the techniques are applied consistently it is possible to experience a change in your life.
Instead of trying to fix our past mistakes or control our future, it is better to let go and go with the flow– to completely trust the current moment.
The book explains that controlling our life is just an illusion, so it is better to live in the present moment and focus on our current experience.