Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents listeners with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one.
In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are, which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are, and learn to live and breathe freely.
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I loved this book when I was first give it in India by a wonderful and selfless man who thought I needed it (and I did). I will ever be in his debt. This book truly changed my life by changing the way I respond to the 'chattering' in my head. I hope it will do the same for you. Buy it and listen, but be warned, this is not a book for the car, I found my concentration was on the book and certainly not on the road.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. If you want to make the most out of it, listen, pause and think. Maybe also grab a pen and some paper and jot down ideas. You won't regret it!
I must be honest here, I have spent my life so far being a bit of a cynic about anything that isnt completely factual with the exception of emotions and creativity, and am as such a total atheist. But I'd been having a hard time and was informed by reliable sources (ie. Russell Brand...) that this book is pretty remarkable.
The opening lines of the book had my sighing and preparing myself to be utterly correct in my preconception that this would be a very hippie dippie book and would not on any level relate to me or my life, with its subject of the beauty of flowers. As beautiful as I agree flowers are I initially did not see how this was relevant.
Throughout the course of this book I had several moments of pure clarity and a genuine challenge to my previously held beliefs that I found utterly fascinating. I am, probably to my detriment, a very opinionated person and I really appreciate and enjoy anything that legitimately changes my mind.
This book changed my mind.
If you can get past the connected one-ness of the universe dialogue and see the truth that lies between the lines of what I initially thought to be meaningless. At least to me anyway.
And it genuinely helped. I'm not going to go into my personal issues in a book review, and everyone has their own intricately differing situations, but it was refreshing to see things from a new perspective and therapeutic to have the soothing voice of Eckhart reading his wisdom aloud, like my own personal therapist.
The way it was told
I cannot compare it to any other book since it is unique.
Made me stronger as a person.
This book has enabled me to deal with some very difficult situations of late. Having bookmarked several areas in the book - I find myself returning back to those bookmarks and listening again and again to gather infinite wisdom!
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No, it is ultimately repetitive so the message is best heard over multiple sittings
If everyone read this book and could understand what the author was trying to say, then the world would be a much happier and healthier place.
Seriously I love the work of Eckhart Tolle but if I had listened at normal speed I would have had to give this a 1 star review. He speaks so painfully slowly and without any drama or character to his voice that it is almost impossible to listen.
The audible app allows you to play back at different speeds and what do you know if you play him at 1.5x he sounds much better.
If you're looking for a new and meaningful perspective on life then this could be just the tonic. This book really made me stop and
Very rarely do I come across perspectives and teachings that affect me the way this one did. I would recommend (highly) a listen. There is at least one truth that will enlighten you.
echart tolle is truly given humanity a gift in this book. Read it and reread it over and again.
read by echart the calm energy of the man is present through out the book
"A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
Wow, much more value than I expected from the title. I stumbled on this book and am ecstatic that I did.
This book/audio should be experienced by everyone for one or more of the following three reasons:
1) If you are happily going about life, not on a spiritual quest, never had a mystical moment and believe that you are just like everyone else, then this book will give you insights on how to experience more life and help you answer many of your difficult questions that you seldom think about.
2) If you have had a mystical experience, remember it and want to get back to that "state" again, then this book shows you how to, why you should want to and what amazing things await you when you do.
3) If you are on a spiritual quest, stop here. You need not search further. Eckhart gives you your answers in clear English for the Western reader. This is an amazing find for you.
Now, the down side. You will be distracted by Eckhart's accent. After a while in the book I realized why (although he never really speaks much about himself). Realized beings in the "state" have a breathy, deliberate, considered and generally slow way of speaking. This can lull you to sleep, but listern to the words and you will be fine.
This is the real McCoy. He knows. Listen.
"The best of the best"
Sometimes a book comes along that takes all of the murky concepts that you are struggling with, shines a light on them, and makes them simple and powerful. This for me is that book. I drive to work and back each day, 1-hour each way. This book has become my constant commuting companion. I have listened to it over and over and over again. Each time I get something new from it even though I have heard it many times before. It doesn't matter if I start at the beginning or in some random place. New meaning and insight just keep coming through. I can see subtle changes in my life each day as I apply the wisdom. I have no doubt that I am changing the world! Thank you Ekhart Tolle.
While I really am drawn to the author's take on the world, how to approach life and view oneself I disappointingly was surprised by his reading voice. This sense of surprise was quickly replaced by an interesting problem of being drawn into the voice and losing tract of what he was saying. Then, I found that the reading was possibly the best remedy for insomnia ever invented. Try as I did, repeatedly to stay awake and really listen to his message I never could. I shelved the recorded book and moved on to a text copy which I give a whole hearted thumbs up. Oh well, Audible I applaud your efforts at having the author read his own book, but for me it just didn't work out.
"Listening continually, always gleaning more..."
A spiritual book for those not into organized religion. This book changed me after one listen. It reveals how most suffering and stress come from within. The mind is a tool to be used for in-the-moment problems, but otherwise the mind takes a person out of the here-and-now with habitual thinking about past and future speculations. I bought this and listen to it over and over to help deepen the effect. After this book, I realized all my "problems" are as illusory as a mirage.
This book is a must to read or listen to over and over. Eckhart Tolle's point is clearer than ever and is expressed in a way that you understand the meaning of being in the moment. If you are on this journey to find true meaning, this book brings it home for you with examples that apply to your life. Suddenly the stillness is there and you can understand how to find the peace we all need to be truly happy and be part of humanity.
"more accessable than The Power of Now"
anyone on a path, or think they have found the "right" path...hold on! this will shake your spiritual foundation. it's not new age or any age it just is. and you just are. it is that simple. Tolle is a master communicator. he cuts through the red tape of religions and presents the pure essence of them all.
After reading the negative reviews of this audiobook, I was somewhat wary of buying it, but the positive reviews convinced me to go on and try it. I'm so glad I did! The negative reviewers complained about Eckhart Tolle's monotone, saying that it put them to sleep. I, however, found his voice to be the perfect vehicle for his message, which emphasizes the differences between the ego and consciousness. I strongly recommend this book to everyone on a spiritual quest.
I loved this audio book!
Eckhart Tolle' voice at first seemed a little odd, but I soon got very used to it and by the end of the book I enjoyed his voice, it is very soothing and very genuine.
I really needed this book, I truly feel different. My Mom died a few months before and my mind was very busy in the past. Tolle really gave me a new way of looking at the world.
I enjoyed the whole book and have listened to it 3 times (long commute to work) but the third chapter is where it gets interesting. Man, I had no idea how much ego I had. Definitely awakening. As a Mom and a wife I have seen a big change in myself over the past 6 weeks since I have listened to this audio book. Thanks Oprah for recommending it!
Listening on the way to work each day, I didn't care about the backed up traffic on the turnpike- in fact it was hard to get out of the car once I arrived.
When I began listening to this audiobook, I almost immediately thought 'Uh-oh, I don't know if I can listen to this'. I stuck with it and have listened to it three or four times and have got more from it each time. If you are looking to be entertained and motivated by someone speaking in an excited tone of voice, then you probably won't enjoy this audiobook, you may get more by reading the actual book, or you may not get anything out of either. The teachings in this book are so powerful, it just might be too much for some. For those of you that are ready......Enjoy!
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