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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle Pdf | 145 Pages

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle. It presents itself as a discussion about how people interact with themselves and others. The concept of self reflection and presence in the moment are presented along with simple exercises for the achievement of its principles.

The Power of Now Summary

  • The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity, the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.
  • So you see and judge the present through the eyes of the past and get a totally distorted view of it. It is not uncommon for the voice to be a person’s own worst enemy. The Power of Now!
  • Instead of “watching the thinker”, you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment. This is a deeply satisfying thing to do. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation.
  • Become aware of a silent but powerful sense of presence. There is one certain criterion by which you can measure your success in the practice: the degree of peace that you feel within.
  • So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger.
  • To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important.
  • The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind.
  • The predominance of mind is no more than a stage in the evolution of consciousness. We need to go on to the next stage now as a matter of urgency, otherwise, we will be destroyed by the mind, which has grown into a monster.
  • The mind is essentially a survival machine.
  • Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
  • The more you are able to honor and accept the now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering – and free of the egoic mind.
  • “What time?” they would ask. “Well, of course, it’s now. The time is now. What else is there?”
  • Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.
  • Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
  • Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light.
  • The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
  • All of these things you will have to relinquish sooner or later.
  • Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.
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About the Author

Eckhart Tolle is a German-born spiritual teacher and self-help author of The Power of Now and A New Earth.

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