By letting go of the past and the future, we abide in the present, until even that fades into a luminous emptiness. My paradigm just did an 180 degree turn I will return a few hours later to complete reading. Posted on May 13, 2011 The Power of Now — a guide to spiritual enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle is in the Public Domain, I just learned, and not just the audio version as I have written earlier, the text-version is also available. Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence, and the cycle of life. Reading it felt strange at first, as it demanded my total attention: either I was drawn deep into it, or not at all.
My problems with the book do not stem from the lessons so much as with how they are presented. Although the message in the book seems familiar and simple, in the end it provided exhaustive answers to the few questions that I had and also those that I wouldn't have thought of before. The book showed me that I have a pretty thick mold of the mind to break through, and it took me very far on the first day, even farther after that. Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. Much better to teach that thoughts are simply thoughts.
I just stopped to take a break from reading this summary halfway to let the mind axis changing content sink in. The message went beyond what I would probably recognize on my own. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container—more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness. But it is up to each one of us to open that door. It is obvious when reading certain reviews that some people are looking to add mind stuff to their inventory and then to demonstrate what a fine mind they have with an erudite and academic rebuff.
After all, I was and still am but to a lesser degree one of those constant thinkers who mistakenly believe that it's good to think all the time but almost never stop to see, hear and feel the essence of being. Engaging in planning, worrying, judging and explaining frames the world as a place of conflict and problems. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. Thanks to the kind folks at the I will try to find his other books and present them here soon, sign up for the and get notified when they are here. I hope you will find something else that will suit your here on the site. Incessant Thoughts Your thoughts — the ceaseless self-talk streaming through your mind — block the experience of Being.
Over and over again, it told me what it means, how to enter it, offered a few different methods, and suggested that with practice many opportunities exist to enter it. After nearly three decades of practicing meditation to become enlightened some day I found it disheartening to conclude that I wasn't really getting anywhere, yet I was reluctant to give up the effort. This enlightenment occurs when you tap into your true nature and returns you to your natural state. I agree with basic teaching in Tolle's book. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed —a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. What it did was grab me by lapels and put me into the present moment.
Then Tolle popped into my life like a much needed life preserver, showed me who I really am, and put an end to my thrashing about in self-created whirlpools of despair - when you discover you are the ocean itself the whirlpools peter out in embarrassment. His teachings borrow heavily from Christianity, as well as Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies. Perhaps you are ripe for this book like I was. I do in fact like this book, despite the rating I gave it. Read it in order to learn to free yourself from pain and delusion. I had it posted here because I believed it was in the public domain since it could be found at sites I usually trust. First of all, Tolle presents the material as if he has pulled out all of these amazing tools for enlightenment out of a hat, like some kind of magician's rabbit.
Why the need to make is so mysterious and magical? Also, Tolle has this really terrible habit of making simple mindfulness much more mystical than it actually is. Well, this book will make you feel ridiculous if you try to eat and read at the same time! Tolle shows how conditioned we have become in a gentle and easy manner, leading you by the hand all the way to the door of freedom. Available in: Ebook Paperback Hardcover Unfortunately I have been asked to remove this book, by the the rights-holders:. You can buy The Power of Now here: Welcome to HolyBooks. .
They will have to remain content with a mind dominated life, always looking for something outside themselves to give validation and meaning. Enlightenment can be found in releasing attachment to the mind and by experiencing life directly in the moment. I will definitely go back with more bags because there's so many jewels in this summary I left behind. Even so it was not always easy to let go of cherished beliefs and practices, but ultimately it is the only thing you can do if you really want freedom. Soon it became harder to separate the important from the unimportant, because it all seemed important! You feel it when you are fully present and your attention is completely in the Now. Why the need to disassociate our learned behavior and neuroses and make them into some parasite inside you with an agenda of its own? That mental churn creates the illusion of separateness — that there is you, alone, and everything.
This online library project is still under development and we are adding new e-books every day. Don't read this book in order to feed your mind, stroke your ego or validate your beliefs. Amazingly, it also managed not to raise new ones. Do you like to eat while reading? It takes courage to jump into the unknown and discover the freedom and joy in living life moment to moment. I got the book and continued reading at home, and, as I often do with study guides and textbooks, started underlining what seemed most important. At some point, however, if they are lucky they may tire of that and take the opportunity to practice living in the now. In my opinion, that is just a little dishonest.
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