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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Eckhart Tolle
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19 Mar 2001
One of the greatest spiritual books written in recent times. These tapes show us how to invoke the profound, enlightening power from the present moment, for creating a liberated life. They give us the vital exercises and practices from THE POWER OF NOW to discover this enlightened state. Reflect on the words and find the power, the ability to change and elevate not only your life, but your world as well.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: New World Library; abridged edition edition (19 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577311760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577311768
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (605 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,377,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany. When he was 29, a profound spiritual transformation virtually dissolved his old identity and radically changed the course of his life. He is now a counsellor and spiritual teacher, and the author of The Power of Now, Practising the Power of Now and Stillness Speaks. He lives in Vancouver.

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Ekhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. 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.

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 symbolise "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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


'In the Power of Now, author-sage Eckhart Tolle uses words to guide readers beyond words. Pointing to the portals of the eternal present, this practical mystic's modern gospel offers transcendent truths that set us free.' (Dan Millman, author of Everyday Enlightenment and )

'One of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power - the power to bring you into the gap, the space between our thoughts, where we find, as Eckhart so beautifully puts it, deep sernity, a stillness, a sacred Presence. This is a book to cherish.' (Deepak Chopra )

'The Power of Now can transform your thinking. The result? More joy, right now.' (O: The Oprah Magazine )

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing! 14 Oct 2011
Just bought this book on Audio and listened to it whilst going for walks in the woods every day. I found it truly beautiful. No matter what you beliefs or how far along you are in your spiritual development this book can teach you things that will change your life. Most of us are aware of the importance of being "present", however after these teachings you may realise that it is the key to true happiness. This guidance (along with meditation) changed my life, relationships and energy. I recommend the audio especially if you can find the time to listen whist amongst nature. Eckharts chilled out voice really resonates and you will remember the truth you've always know deep down. Thank you for this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one book...make it this! 11 Oct 2011
I bought this after it was mentioned in a review in psychologies magazine. It sounded like the answer to my prayers! Having lived for most my life under the harsh reign of my anxious, un-checked mind, this book promised to be a simple and powerful tool. I am happy to say that I have not been disappointed! This book is very easy to read and work with, and I have been pretty much anxious-free since I picked it up. I can't say it's easy, a life-time habit of thought pattern is hard to let go, especially when interacting with others. But with practise I can see the benefits will be priceless. To be mindful is the key to happiness, and although this has been taught since the beginning, it has become slightly accessorised with the tastes of various enlightened souls. Tolle's book is as simple and unfettered as it gets - it agrees with the essence of all our world religions but pulls back the heavy curtains to reveal the one truth that we all need to be. Once this has been accomplished everything else just falls into place!
Since I began reading this book my life has dramatically improved. I no longer require alcohol to socialise or relax, I see the beauty in everything and this gives me an endless supply of joy. My relationships are so calm and easy, my creativity has sky-rocketed and I feel relaxed and happy all the time. No sleepless nights or churning stomach. I will be buying this book for all my loved-ones because I want them to experience life like this too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The essential guide for detachment 24 Jan 2012
By pennpal
Format:Kindle Edition
I suppose the fact that the book has 283 reviews which give it over 4 stars on average speaks for itself, and my review is redundant here, but for what it's worth, I want to say that I really needed to read this book.

There is just so much trouble and so much pain that we go through just because we take ourselves too seriously, we listen to our ego and we forget to live the moment (which is ultimately all that we have), always fretting about the past and how we miss it or how we cannot change it, always fearing the future that never comes.

Whenever I feel low, I remind myself that I'm just feeding my "pain body" and that I'm giving it food for dark thoughts... So I just close my eyes and focus on what I feel gives me energy, as Tolle suggests, and I realize how out of touch I had been when I was sad.

I have this book as a Kindle book, and aside from the fact that the ideas in themselves are wonderful and they have changed my relationship with myself, I also want to say that the Kindle edition was great, easy to follow and user friendly.
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276 of 317 people found the following review helpful
By Smudger
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read many self-help books in my life, but not one has ever had the same impact on my life as the 'The Power of Now'.
Every word 'oozes' absolute truth and it can only have been inspired by the author first having had a life that made no sense. As a result, the author Eckhart Tolle had a total breakdown, but like a phoenix rising from the ashes and with more than a little help from The Buddha's teachings he analysed his life situation and
found that the basic problem was that his mind was 'all noise'from living in the past and thinking 'it will be alright in the future'. Recognise any similarities with yourself anybody?
Solution, get this book and start practicing with a conscious mind and living in the present moment.
Banish guilt, regret and grievences from your life. Learn to forgive and find peace. Recognise that the mind is basically all ego and that much of it is based on false characteristics, trying to be something that it is not, seeking power and influence that cannot be sustained. Where do you finish up? Often rejected by the world.
Living in the present moment does not mean withdrawing from modern society or even material possessions. What it does mean is living from a deeper perspective from within yourself, the 'inner being'and finding fulfilment well away from where you thought you would find it, somewhere on the outside.
The way Eckart Tolle describes the concept is not difficult to understand, but it will require consistent practice. Follow his clear directions and you will be able to experience relief immediately, even if only momentarily.
Buy this book, read it, re-read, practice its teachings and you will be on the road to a full, spiritually based (not religious), life that could only be dreamed of without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars required reading for anyone who questions life 13 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yea I have read a lot of books in my 74 years, few satisfy, fewer yet are helpful to understand the mystery of life, why I am here, why it seems my manifestations do not correspond to what I wish I were, why it seems there is more suffering in life than is needed really??? And many questions with no name. But this book is a whole level different. It is useful, it clear, and if read carefully (read paragraph, pause and ask, is this true, now, for me? and let the question sink in and a true response appear) has an affect on my life that is apparent and perceptible to the sensation and feeling of myself. For me, it is required reading to live a human life, in the good sense of human. Read it, try it on, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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