The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Jan 26, 2009 by

the-power-of-now-by-eckhart-tolleI got to know Eckhart Tolle from Oprah’s podcast, when his book, A New Earth has been featured in Oprah’s book club. And it got me interested to know more from his first book on spirituality, The Power of Now.

As the title said, we can tap into personal power when we focus on the present. We are not our mind, a message that is strongly emphasized by Eckhart Tolle. The mind needs time, and that’s what it talks about… It talks about the regret of the past and the worry of tomorrow. The mind often forgets about now, it forgets to enjoy what you have and what you’re doing now.

This book is on spirituality, and Eckhart is a contemporary spiritual teacher who is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition. It taught me some good stuffs, but some I found misguiding, especially his own interpretations on what Jesus said in the bible. For him, God is a matter of consciousness, something that I can’t agree with.

Nevertheless, I learned something from the book, it is much deeper understanding about worry and the present. It’s just like what Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Another inspiration I gleaned was about the surrender, which is a much better attitude we need to work on, I’ll share more about it in the future.

Robert

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  1. Sara

    I kept seeing great reviews of Tolle book at http://www.bookins.com, where I get most of my books and DVDs these days, and have put off ordering any of his books, but they have a couple now that sound interesting and I think I’ll give him a try.  It’s a message I need to hear right now!

  2. I Robert. I am currently reading “The Power of Now” and enjoying the content. I must say that I am reading it very slowly since there is so much to get out of each sentence. I keep stopping to consider and mull over what he says.

    I do disagree with you on his interpretations of Jesus. For me they bring new light and a new way of looking at some of the things Jesus said. Sometimes a new way of looking at something can spark all kinds of ideas. I feel like I am being reintroduced to Jesus in a way that makes more sense to me.

    However this is a big universe and there is room for everyone’s point of view.

    Great post as usual.

    Thanks

    Nick

  3. Nick, thanks, you’re a great reader. Thanks for speaking out your disagreement, I do learn from his interpretation on Jesus’s teaching, but I believe Jesus teaching has significance more than life on earth, but also life after death.

    Eckhart do give me fresh and inspiring perspective on living our life on earth, but I don’t see his take on the other. I guess it’s also higher truth that I have believed, something that I hold more than what Eckhart is teaching.

    And Sara, thanks for the link!
    Robert

  4. Yes, this is a truly magnificent book and based on his personal experience of epiphany and subsequent search.  I have read the book and have liked his message.  I understand that he is also a very good teacher.

  5. Hi Robert, I think it is one of great books of self improvement. I am absolutely agree with the thought of the power of now. Don’t live in the past and don’t worry about tomorrow. Thanks for sharing, Robert.

  6. Hi Nicole and Arswino, great to know that you also enjoy the book! Let us enjoy the now, and what it gives!
    Cheers!
    Robert

  7. The Power of Now is probably the most profound book I’ve read.  I read it 6 years ago, and recently I am rereading parts of it.  I feel so present recently, it is amazing.  I am aware of my ego, and that by itself is so precious. 

    One advice if I may, one needs to practice presence daily through meditation, otherwise it is harder to disindentify from the ego.

    Love~

  8. I think highly about the author and his book and the present moment.The power of now is a seed which will grow when the time comes,so it is very important to realize what fruit you are going to get.Every day I say to myself that I have chosen love,care,sympathy and understanding.And the power of now helps me now and here to grow my fruits.I try to avoid eating fruits called’worry’,’irritation’,’hatred’.we must be careful gardeners.

  9. I am a big Eckhart Tolle fan!  I love the way he talks about the ego and the pain body.  The most important lesson I learned in his book is living in the present moment.

  10. was a very nice article thank you I’d put my archive

  11. Eckhart Tolle review
    Eckhart Tolle’s book is an attempt to awaken you to your life’s purpose but there are no meaningful instructions to take you there. Eckhart is focused on a symptom of the problem that he believes is the problem, “the ego” and I would suggest that this manifestation of the problem is certainly a red flag. However there was never a doctor who could cure patience’s problem by treating their symptoms. Like many doctors, Tolle misdiagnoses the patience and falls victim to the very thing that he makes confident assertions about. Eckhart suggests a treatment to close the hole of self only to discover there are always more openings.
    “I think therefore I am” – thought is a product of the mind and without the mind there would be no perception of self or the body you possess. It was God who said “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18) because He engineered your body and wants you to operate in the mechanics of His design so He can receive the glory. If we do not obey before we know (faith) it will be the mind that is responsible in producing the misperception of who you are, this illusory sense of identity. This illusory sense of self or the arrogance that could be called the ego that Albert Einstein referred to as “an optical illusion of consciousness”. And Tolle’s statement “That illusory self then becomes the basis for all further interpretations, or rather misinterpretations of reality, all thought processes, interactions, and relationships, your reality becomes a reflection of the original illusion,” is certainly true. Tolle may not have the answer but I believe he has a good understanding of the problem. Tolle also quotes Jesus in an attempt to give validity to his theology along with many others, but it was only Jesus who said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
    Eckhart’s solution to dissolve this illusion all come down to the word “‘if’ you can recognize illusion as illusion, it dissolves. The recognition of illusion is also its ending.” Nobody would disagree with his deduction. But a simple illustration of a man walking through a desert without water can test his deduction. It is not until he receives a drink of water can he believe that what he sees is nothing more than an optical illusion stemming from he imbalance state of body and mind.
    If the mind or the brain is still in the same physical state that produced this illusion of self then it has no ability to see itself relative to truth. The fact that the mind in its unbalanced physical state has produced an ego is irrelevant and to try to recognize the countless illusions the mind is capable of generating is in itself absurd.
    Unbelief comes from a polluted mind or a body that lacks the energy to maintain a balanced state. A mind cannot change its state without acting on the knowledge of the truth but the mind will not recognize truth as knowledge because it has been chemically programmed to reconfigure truth.
    Purification comes with a cost of suffering, by the effects of a chemical withdrawal, in order to break our self-conceived ideas on how we see reality. A mind that has not been re-wired has no ability to be enlightened by divine teaching, because it is already programmed to arrange any new knowledge within it own pre-established formula, as to preserve its addictions, and therefore cannot discern the between the holy and the profane. Romans16:18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. Tolle and many other men come across so convincing because they have no idea they are completely controlled by their addictions to their own appetites. Our so called wise and learned men come across completely sincere because they have no idea their judgment have been impaired. Their rational seems logical and is received with applause because they are appealing to an audience who baths in the same pool of impediments. 2 Cor10:12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. Pro16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

    Joh8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. Only a relatively short period of time is needed in practicing sin, (or letting the flesh choose) before the brain sets up receivers to accommodate this new chemical addiction that reinforces the appetite. Like a drug addict on the street you are trapped and enslaved to serve your habit.
    It is easy to sit back and tell someone that they do not have and answer to the problem and never using our own logic or deduction of reasoning to find the answer. Jesus tells us that we need to follow Him through regeneration, Mat19:28 Truly I tell you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration … We were once there as little children. One of the parts which will be renewed is the mind, Rom12:2 “… but transformed but the renewing of your mind … All regeneration and renewing is centered around “things” in you that are not of your DNA but make up almost 50% of your dry body weight. They turn out to be little separate creatures that are the engine that drives every one of your cells, including your brain cells. Without them, we would not move a muscle, drum a finger, think a thought. 1 Cor1:27 But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are so that one may boast before him. The problem is these creatures replicate, privately, in their own fashion and if you do not provide the environment they need to regenerate you will never have a mind or thought process “that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom12:2).
    For in-depth comprehensible study on the environment needed and how the Spirit logically lead me to this place of surrender please go to http://www.freedomcatchthespirit.com

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