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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2015
After reading a selection of reviews I thought I would write my own. I completely understand the reason for the negative reviews but this book was not written for those people at this time. The point of the book is about becoming more aware and waking up in order to see things for what they truly are. For us that is rising above our mental filters, views and belief systems which are often distorted and destructive. Quite often it takes major life events for us to question our personal mental structures. This is exactly what happened to me and now I am so glad it did.

So in my opinion, this book is most likely to help you if:
1) You are having (major) challenges in life and your "normal" ways of coping are not working.
2) You are wondering what life is all about and are not finding any truly fulfilling answers.
3) And most importantly you are OPEN to looking at life in different ways.

This book is unlikely to help you if:
1) You do not want / are not ready for a shift in consciousness.
2) You are not open and prepared to question your own belief systems and views on life.
3) You focus more on the way things are written rather than look for the underlying message.

Look around, life needs us to wake up and this book is one of many tools available to help us do that!

Peace ;-D
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 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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240 of 260 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2012
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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
I read this book and learned a lot about myself and life. I was shocked to read the pages and find myself saying.....I do this, I did that, that is how I feel. The book really got to the root of the problems in my life (my mind) and explained to me how I can correct these problems. Once I began using the advice in the book I noticed positive changes in my life and I started to feel alive, fresh and content. I have not felt this way since I was very young. This book has really started off a life transformation within me.

If I could sum up this book in a few words, it would be like this........The book is like finding a map to peace and contentment inside you, that you never knew that was there.

Thank you Eckhart Tolle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2014
I bought this book as my husband was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness which has been incredibly hard to deal with. I heard this book mentioned on Radio 4 and it came with glowing recommendations. It started well, a bit complex for my simple brain but it was helping. Then it got more spiritual and deep as it went on and I started to lose interest. In many ways it was helpful but in some ways it was just too intense - my brain hurt! My husband was reading a 'Living in the Now' book at the same time as I was reading this. He found the other book easy to read and very helpful - he was sleeping well while I was still puzzling over what I'd just read - I don't think that's how it's meant to work!
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
I am in the process of splitting up with my wife of 12 years. This is has been the single biggest challenge in my life to date. The confrontation, the bitterness of recent years and the short term uncertainty in terms of how things are going to play out can take a heavy toll. If you search the web, you will find lots of tips about how to survive divorce. I have chosen for counselling, fitness and some spirituality.
I am glad that I have chosen for spirituality, that's not to say that I am about to grow a beard, put on a pair of sandals and a horsehair shirt, more of a case of trying to discover where perhaps I have gone wrong in the recent past and I how I might change things so that I might live a happier life in the future.
Eckhart Tolle has certainly helped me to create more focus, I have come to realise how much time I have spent worrying about things, rather than doing things, enjoying life and being me.
I have had the book a few weeks and I can say that it has made a difference. I can detach myself from mulling over the past and my hopes for a better future. Now I am able to concentrate on what I need to do now to reconcile the past and/or what I need to now to create a better future.
I found the first few pages difficult, fundamentally, that was down to my state of mind. I was not open to absorb what I was reading.
I am not sure what finally pushed me to persevere, I am glad I did. It is not the kind of book that you can read in a day, you need to read it, reflect on it and try it. I will be honest some of the book is very abstract, if you can get beyond that and try some of the exercises, you will feel a benefit.
Oprah Winfrey has had umpteen copies and she raves about it on You Tube, Eckhart Tolle can also be found there. Maybe try before you buy, you will need to a copy of the book to really understand the Power Of Now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2014
I believe this book has been accused of "mumbo jumbo" and some of the writing feels that way. However if you accept the author's terminology he has some very interesting ideas that many people may find helpful. At times he seems to think his ideas are about to be (or need be) accepted by the whole world, or else we're in trouble. This seems a bit over confident, but should not detract from his arguments if they seem relevant to you as an individual. Overall I would recommend this book as thoughtful, insightful and potentially very useful to many people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2013
Unless you are already a highly spiritual and self-realised individual, and I alas am not, this is a book you may have to read carefully, several times. However, if you study it and start using the deceptively simple techniques the author describes, you will discover that you can control the obsessive noise in your head that most people think of as 'my thoughts' but which in fact are largely repetitive, largely negative and largely serve no purpose other than to upset you. 'I think, therefore I am' wrote Descartes, but this is simply not true If you read this book carefully Eckhart Tolle will prove to you that you don't have to think in order to be and in fact if you have problems, thinking about them will almost certainly not improve them. More importantly, I hope you will be amazed to discover that the less you think about anything, the better you actually feel! If this thought intrigues you, please buy this book...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2014
If you let the fact that Oprah has promoted the book or the fact that it was on a bestseller list put you off this book then you will miss out.
To 'get' this book you need to be open to the realisation that our minds and emotions create our suffering and that we are more than our minds and emotions. It is timeless wisdom restated very clearly and without religious baggage. I believe that this book can help anyone who approaches it with an open mind.
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