The Power of Now


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Perhaps once in a decade, or even once in a generation, a book like The Power of Now comes along.

It is one of those rare books that has the power to create an experience in readers, one that can change their lives for the better. The Power of Now is the work of a contemporary master, one who is not aligned with any particular religion or doctrine or guru, one who is able to do what all the great masters have done: show us, in simple and clear language, that the way, the truth, and the light is within us.

This classic guide to spiritual enlightenment from a man who is emerging as one of our generation’s clearest, most inspiring teachers has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide; it has been translated into over 30 languages and has appeared on dozens of national bestseller lists, including #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List. 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. The success of The Power of Now is nothing short of phenomenal. This is even more astounding since Eckhart Tolle, by choice, is generally not available to the press and electronic media.

As Tolle says in the book: “On the surface it seems that the present moment is only one of many, many moments. Each day of your life appears to consists of thousands of moments where different things happen. Yet if you look more deeply, is there not only one moment, ever? Is life ever not “this moment?”

The book is a potpourri, to be sure, but it is an authentic, unsentimental, and wisdom-laden guide to a fuller emotional, psychological, and more authentic life. The big task: to practice daily what Tolle’s insights evoke. He makes this easy for us in The Power of Now with his understandable, modern idiom which speaks both to the longtime spiritual seeker as well as the beginner.

“One of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power.”

Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

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If I were allotted only one book, I would choose Eckhart Tolle's THE POWER OF NOW: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Because this book emanates a spirit of love, not only through its words, but in the spaces between the words. No book has touched me, nor embraced me as this one has. Perhaps it was its rhythm - the moving back and forth from simple to complex, from question to answer, from form to spirit, from dysfunction to divinity - which I found so comforting. Perhaps it was the author's authenticity as he spoke the unspeakable - of homosexuality, menses, patriarchy, and rape - which opened my consciousness.

This book is for all of us sleepwalking travelers in time - philosophers or kings, young women or terminally ill, gays or feminists, religiously inclined or scientifically motivated - who are willing to take the pilgrimage to wakefulness, from worry to peace, from unhappiness to joy. Tolle provokes us through an uneasy questioning that rocks us back and forth, between discomfort and solace, as he pokes at our handed-down unexamined beliefs then soothes with an offering of truth.

Eckhart begins by introducing us to his story - a story of early despair. For a moment, we are touched by compassion as we release from our belief in separation and connect in our shared mortality. In chapter one we learn of enlightenment and its greatest obstacle - us. Next Tolle awakens us to our role as the creator of our pain, of our attachment to pain, and our identification with pain. In the third chapter we find we can create a pain-free identity by living in the present. Tolle flips us back and forth 'time and time again' between the past and the future, between pain and pleasure, between unhappiness and happiness. As we experience the futility of duality and the emptiness of living in the past or future we access the fullness of living in the Power of Now.

In chapter four we plummet from the fantasy of living consciously in the Now to the reality of being lost in unconscious living. Eckhart then raises us in the next chapter to the glory of "waiting," to the sacredness of stillness, to the purity of consciousness, and finally - to the reality of our divinity.

In chapter six we shift from the mind to the inner body only to discover that all feeling and emotion are produced from thought. When we understand we are greater than thought, we are free - we are free to access our self behind the thought. We are the unmanifest and when we tap into our source we may consciously create our own destiny.

Chapter seven provides portals to the unmanifest which lay in space and silence, both within and without, in chi, and even in conscious death.

A complex portal to consciousness is presented in chapter eight - relationships. We are guided and supported in our passage from unconscious romantic love to the wonder of a conscious love where opposites do not reside. In chapter nine we learn to 'give up' negativity, judgment, drama and our belief in impermanence. As we learn to forgive the past, the present, and ourselves, fear evaporates and a new reality crystallizes - a reality founded on love.

Our compassion transforms. Our belief of a shared mortality becomes a knowing of shared divinity. In the final chapter, chapter ten, we finally 'let go' of our attachment to pain and we surrender to what is - our pure radiance - as we 'take up' the Power of Now. -- Patricia Gordon, M.A. Calgary, Alberta

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...a reminder to be truly present in our own lives and liberated from our past and future. It can transform your thinking. The result? More joy, right now! -- The OPRAH Magazine

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Tolle has succeeded on two fronts: synthesizing the teachings of masters such as Jesus and the Buddha into an easily accessible guide to achieving spiritual consciousness and making a strong case that the inability of humans to free themselves from dominance by the mind and live in the present is the root cause for both individual peace and the health of the planet. -- ForeWord Magazine

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