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Book Review & Discussion : The Power of Now

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A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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In this event, you’ll learn

  • Why to separate yourself from the overthinking mind

  • How to remove the negative influences of the past and the future: focus on the now

  • When your full focus is in the immediate present, in the now, there’s rarely any suffering

  • How to deal with an unpleasant situation

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.

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The greatest obstacle to experiencing reality if the identification of the mind. It creates concepts, labels, images, words, judgements and definitions which block your relationship with the now. The mind is a superb instrument if used correctly. If used wrongly – you don’t use it at all, it uses you. This is the disease that you believe you are your mind and the instrument has taken over. If is using you and you don’t even know you are it’s slave.

 The moment you start watching the thinker a higher level consciousness becomes activated. The good news is, you can free yourself from your mind right now. Start listening to the voice inside your head as often as you can. Pay attention to the repetitive thought patters and old broken records. You should listen impartially and don’t judge – the thought then loses its power. One day you will catch yourself smiling to your voice inside your head like it’s a little child.  

The term ‘ego’ means different things to different people, but when used in the book it means a false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind. When consciousness shines on the ego, it will become defensive. Everything it is defending is an illusory identify, an image in your mind, a fictitious identity. If you observe your mind impartially it will all dissolve and be the end of the power games that are so corrosive.  

To the ego, there is only the past and the future and the present moment hardly exists. It constantly projects itself into the future to ensure the continual survival and seek some kind of release or fulfillment there. It says ‘one day when this or that happens I will be happy’. Have you ever experienced, done, thought or felt anything outside the now? Do you think you ever will? Is it possible for anything to happen or be outside the now? Nothing has ever happened in the past, or the future. It has happened now!

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