9781577311522

The Power of Now A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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    9781577311522

  • ISBN10:

    1577311523

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-09-27
  • Publisher: New World Library

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Summary

Eckhart Tolle is emerging as one of today's most inspiring teachers. In The Power of Now, already a word-of-mouth bestseller in Canada, the author describes his transition from despair to self-realization soon after his 29th birthday. Tolle took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques, and meditation theory but is also eminently practical. In The Power of Now he shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now.

Author Biography

Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany, where he spent the first thirteen years of his life. After graduating from the University of London, he was a research scholar and supervisor at Cambridge University. When he was twenty-nine, a profound spiritual transformation virtually dissolved his old identity and radically changed the course of his life. For the past ten years he has been a counselor and spiritual teacher, working with individuals and small groups in Europe and North America. He has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1996. Through this book, his teachings become available to a wider audience for the first time.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Foreword xvii
Acknowledgments xxiii
Introduction 1(1)
The Origin of This Book
1(2)
The Truth That Is Within You
3(6)
You Are Not Your Mind
9(18)
The Greatest Obstacle to Enlightenment
9(5)
Freeing Yourself from Your Mind
14(4)
Enlightenment: Rising above Throughout
18(2)
Emotion: The Body's Reaction to Your Mind
20(7)
Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain
27(12)
Create No More Pain in the Present
27(2)
Past Pain: Dissolving the Pain-Body
29(5)
Ego Identification with the Pain-Body
34(1)
The Origin of Fear
35(2)
The Ego's Search for Wholeness
37(2)
Moving Deeply into the Now
39(20)
Don't Seek Your Self in the Mind
39(1)
End the Delusion of Time
40(1)
Nothing Exists Outside the Now
41(1)
The Key to the Spiritual Dimension
42(2)
Accessing the Power of the Now
44(2)
Letting Go of Psychological Time
46(2)
The Insanity of Psychological Time
48(1)
Negativity and Suffering Have Their Roots in Time
49(2)
Finding the Life Underneath Your Life Situation
51(2)
All Problems Are Illusions of the Mind
53(2)
A Quantum Leap in the Evolution of Consciousness
55(1)
The Joy of Being
56(3)
Mind Strategies for Avoiding the Now
59(18)
Loss of Now: The Core Delusion
59(1)
Ordinary Unconsciousness and Deep Unconsciousness
60(2)
What Are They Seeking?
62(1)
Dissolving Ordinary Unconsciousness
63(1)
Freedom from Unhappiness
64(4)
Wherever You Are, Be There Totally
68(5)
The Inner Purpose of Your Life's Journey
73(1)
The Past Cannot Survive in Your Presence
74(3)
The State of Presence
77(12)
It's Not What You Think It Is
77(1)
The Esoteric Meaning of ``Waiting''
78(1)
Beauty Arises in the Stillness of Your Presence
79(2)
Realizing Pure Consciousness
81(5)
Christ: The Reality of Your Divine Presence
86(3)
The Inner Body
89(18)
Being Is Your Deepest Self
89(1)
Look beyond the Words
90(1)
Finding Your Invisible and Indestructible Reality
91(2)
Connecting with the Inner Body
93(1)
Transformation through the Body
94(2)
Sermon on the Body
96(1)
Have Deep Roots Within
97(2)
Before, You Enter the Body, Forgive
99(1)
Your Link with the Unmanifested
100(2)
Slowing Down the Aging Process
102(1)
Strengthening the Immune System
102(2)
Let the Breath Take You into the Body
104(1)
Creative Use of Mind
105(1)
The Art of Listening
105(2)
Portals into the Unmanifested
107(14)
Going Deeply into the Body
107(1)
The Source of Chi
108(2)
Dreamless Sleep
110(1)
Other Portals
110(2)
Silence
112(1)
Space
113(3)
The True Nature of Space and Time
116(2)
Conscious Death
118(3)
Enlightened Relationships
121(26)
Enter the Now from Wherever You Are
121(2)
Love/Hate Relationships
123(2)
Addiction and the Search for Wholeness
125(3)
From Addictive to Enlightened Relationships
128(2)
Relationships as Spiritual Practice
130(6)
Why Women Are Closer to Enlightenment
136(2)
Dissolving the Collective Female Pain-Body
138(5)
Give Up the Relationship with Yourself
143(4)
Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness There Is Peace
147(24)
The Higher Good beyond Good and Bad
147(3)
The End of Your Life Drama
150(1)
Impermanence and the Cycles of Life
151(5)
Using and Relinquishing Negativity
156(5)
The Nature of Compassion
161(3)
Toward a Different Order of Reality
164(7)
The Meaning of Surrender
171(22)
Acceptance of the Now
171(4)
From Mind Energy to Spiritual Energy
175(2)
Surrender in Personal Relationships
177(3)
Transforming Illness into Enlightenment
180(2)
When Disaster Strikes
182(1)
Transforming Suffering into Peace
183(3)
The Way of the Cross
186(2)
The Power to Choose
188(5)
Notes 193

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