It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.
August 1, 2004
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“The Power of Now is one of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power.” About the Author World-renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle conveys simple wisdom that transcends any particular religion, doctrine, or guru. His #1 NYT bestselling book is a modern classic in the field of personal growth and spirituality; Oprah Winfrey credits The Power of Now with helping her to “get through September 11, 2001” and she featured it on her December 2002 “Oprah’s Favorite Things” show. A native of Germany, Eckhart Tolle attended the University of London, and upon graduation went on to become a research scholar and supervisor at Cambridge University. At 29, a profound spiritual awakening virtually dissolved his personal identity and sparked a radical change in the course of his life. It marked the beginning of an intense inward journey and he devoted the next decade to understanding, deepening, and integrating that transformation. For the past ten years, he has acted as a counselor and spiritual guide, facilitating sold-out groups in Europe and North America. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. <div id="
I ordered this book because so many people said it was a must-read. No, it’s not. It’s a bunch of rambling. Tolle uses pages and pages of borderline coherent blathering to say what could be summed up in one paragraph.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.
I was feeling suicidal and had been for two years. I was completely done with life, with trying to heal my emotional traumas, limitations and with trying to be a full-functioning adult. I felt trapped inside an endless corridor of meaninglessness and pain.The Saturday morning when I was contemplating really ending it, I heard an inner voice say “one last book, read one last book and if you still want to kill yourself, go ahead.” This was my “last book” I read it three months ago and haven’t returned to that dark and hopeless place yet.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.
UGH. I was so looking forward to reading this book. I really wanted to learn something from it. I was truly hoping Tolle would change my life. I heard his name a lot from various “enlightened” individuals and I remember an interview with him on the Oprah show. Well, I couldn’t read past the first chapter. It didn’t resonate with me. I like reading about practical practices on bettering oneself. This one was way too new age-y and the tone was condescending. There’s a lot of corny passages and long paragraphs that don’t make sense. It made me feel dumb. It’s suppose to make me realize that I should start living in the “now”. Well right now, I just want to return this book to Amazon and get another one.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.
I have over 25 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. This is hands down the best self-help book I have ever come across, and can not fathom why the very simple and straight-forward concepts Tolle presents were never once mentioned in my grad school training or any of the countless professional development workshops I have attended over the years. If you are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, this is the book to get. But you need to read it slowly, to take it in bit by bit, and actually pause to practice what he is explaining in each section to benefit from it. You can’t just skim it and expect to understand it in a way that will open your life and help you experience the freedom and ease of this very moment. I keep it by my bed and re-read sections all the time. Thank you Eckhart!
In 1969 I read Be Here Now by Ram Dass……..and so my spiritual journey began. I knew the answers to much of humanity’s suffering was right in front of me. I was simply unable to translate it to my own life and make it work. Hundreds of books, millions of dollars, two divorces, several kinds of anti-depressants, and 45 years later I found Eckhart Tolle. The book itself is amazing and transformational. My life changing experience however did not come from insight gained in the text. The preface which gave a brief but clear account of Tolle’s own transformation completely overwhelmed me. I was completely engulfed by my personal connection to the author’s own pain and fear before his journey began. Reading it over and over and shedding many tears, I knew without any doubt that beginning that day I would start my own journey into the present. Make no mistake I was fearful. But who am I without thought, judgment, or control ? I would gladly trade my ego for peace. On 3-5-15 I began an absolute commitment to stay present and live in gratitude. I told myself I would give it 6 months and just watch the process unfold without judgement. Staying present over time changed the way I lived each moment. Insight and epiphanies came at me from everywhere and I was certain I was finally on my path. However, where the rubber meets the road for me was that small space before a thought that staying present gave me. That small space is everything. With it you can watch your thought instead of being your thought…..or perhaps not have that thought at all. Simply come present again and feel gratitude. Easier said than done perhaps, but we all have the power of now if we so choose it. Eckhert Tolle gave me the courage to choose it and live it.
A dear friend recommended this book to me and it clearly affected her deeply. I tried really hard to get it, but struggled from the start. It’s unbelievably boring. I could barely get through a page before nodding off. It’s very repetitive, saying the same thing again and again. It also made so many ridiculous, unsubstantiated, pseudo-scientific assertions it was impossible to take seriously. For example, ‘Emotional pain is also the main cause of physical pain and physical disease.’ Try telling that to someone with a broken leg! Finally, I found it patronising and unrealistic, with a selfish and self-centred outlook. Anyone with responsibilities – dependent children or parents, a partner, a job, employees, bills to pay, voluntary roles – would be very irresponsible to ignore the future and live purely in the now. I was so relieved to read all the other 1* reviews and find that a small but significant minority felt, as I did, that this book is a pile of tosh.
Far too much waffle about nothing in my opinion, don’t really understand what the author is trying say. It seems he speaks from his own experience.My recommended books areGrow rich While You Sleep by Ben SweetlandTNT: The Power Within by Claude BristolPsycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell MaltzThere’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. Rather than listen to the author’s videos on YT, I’d recommend listening to Bob Proctor who has studied success thinking for over five decades and was mentored by the late Earl Nightingale. By the way, there’s two excellent recordings from Earl Nightingale on YT, The Strangest Secret and the condensed audio of Hill’s Think & Grow Rich.
Everyone should read this book. Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher he guides you how to live in the Now and how to become aware of your chattering mind, how to deal with painful emotions, how to awaken from the preconditioned self – by this I mean the person you think you are but really its just a lot of ideas and beliefs coming from teachers, parents, religion, this book will free you from that old self and become free to live in the now.
I read this book just after it first came out. Having re-read it several times now, referring to it whenever my life situations were difficult, I can say it is of extraordinary value. It has helped me become more Present and Conscious to this moment, and virtually all of my previous difficulties have faded into nothingness. Challenges do occur, of course, but the way I see them and approach them is vastly different to my former state. Highly recommended!
I was expecting so much from this book, given how great the reviews are, but I was hugely disappointed. I consider myself to be “psychologically minded” and therefore receptive to the kind of concepts this book purports to address. However, I found that the book totally lacked any real direction and offered nothing more than page after page of incomprehensible, unstructured and useless drivel. The condescending tone which the author adopts throughout the book quickly becomes irritating and it was a real test of my patience to continue reading all the way to the end. But the real problem for me was how it continually failed to deliver on what it claimed to offer: guidance on how to live more in the present and shut the brain off from worrying about the past and future. It often felt like I was reading an extended introduction to the book, rather than the book itself, as most of its content is devoted to explaining how people suffer from the problem of not living in the present, what impact this has and why it is so important to change the way we think. But the key guidance missing is an explanation of exactly HOW we can make such changes. I genuinely cannot understand how this book has been able to receive such positive reviews, although I am reassured to read a large number of other reviews similar to mine.
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