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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
5.0 out of 5 stars Tolle's original thoughts, August 22, 2014
This review is from: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (Kindle Edition)
I now notice that I have read Tolle's two main books in the wrong time order. This 'Now' is about ten years older than 'A New Earth', so here are the original thoughts. Of course, they can be read independently, and they both contain the same basic ideas, but they are not replaceable by each other. The New can be seen more like consequences of the Now, a building on the fundament of this older work. It is remarkable that the original work is still valid, a kind of proof of the firmness of the original ideas.
To me it is the most fascinating idea that without me feeling to the least degree scitsofrenic I can think that there is two bodies of myself, or actually three: the physical and two spiritual bodies: the conscious mind and the real inner body. 'When thinking, the tyrant, the mind is ruling me, my real being' as Tolle says. Tolle's ideas, presented in this book, are a valuable guidance to
the recognition of the Real Me, my inner body.
According to Tolle, the Real Me is not recognized by deep thinking, but on the opposite, by stopping it, surrendering to what is, what exists. Damn the past, do not worry of the future. There is no such thing as time. Time is just an illusion. All that really happens, does it right now. So the old wisdom of the two words 'carpe diem' - 'seize the day' is the kernel of Tolle's Now. - It is just astonishing that these word are not referred to in this book. It can well be, of course, that a day is too concrete and too long unit for Tolle, in fact a unit of time, which just is completely damned.
If you are thinking any past ideas, then the mind, the conscious mindbody is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don’t even know that you are its slave. In stead you should try to reach the 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.
Says Tolle: "Ceasing to create pain in the present and dissolving past pain — this is what I want to talk about now. Here is the key: End the delusion of time. Time and mind are inseparable. Remove time from the mind and it stops — unless you choose to use it. Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now."
When you remember the past, you reactivate a memory trace — and you do so now. The future is an imagined Now, a projection of the mind. When the future comes, it comes as the Now. When you think about the future, you do it now.
Tolle's radical advice sounds: 'Find the "narrow gate that leads to life." It is called the Now. Die to the past every moment. You don't need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence.'
Do not turn your attention elsewhere in your search for the Truth, for it is nowhere else to be found but within your body. 'Through the inner body, you are forever one with God' says Tolle.
And how can you in concrete terms try to find your inner body and give more space to it? This is what Tolle says:
"When you are unoccupied for a few minutes, and especially last thing at night before falling asleep and first thing in the morning before getting up, "flood" your body..."
Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. However, do not confuse surrender with an attitude of "I can't be bothered anymore" or "I just don't care anymore."...
In surrender, you no longer need ego defenses and false masks. Presence is the key. The Now is the key.
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Sisällysluettelo Contents Содержание (Code: (1,2,3,4,5))
|1||000001|| Author’s Preface to the Paperback Edition|
|3||000003|| The Origin of This Book|
|6||000004|| The Truth That Is Within You|
|11||0001|| CHAPTER ONE: You Are Not Your Mind|
|11||000101|| The Greatest Obstacle to Enlightenment|
|17||000102|| Freeing Yourself from Your Mind|
|21||000103|| Enlightenment: Rising above Thought|
|25||000104|| Emotion: The Body’s Reaction to Your Mind|
|33||0002|| CHAPTER TWO: Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain|
|33||000201|| Create No More Pain in the Present|
|36||000202|| Past Pain: Dissolving the Pain-Body|
|41||000203|| Ego Identification with the Pain-Body|
|43||000204|| The Origin of Fear|
|45||000205|| The Ego’s Search for Wholeness|
|47||0003|| CHAPTER THREE: Moving Deeply into the Now|
|47||000301|| Don’t Seek Your Self in the Mind|
|48||000302|| End the Delusion of Time|
|49||000303|| Nothing Exists Outside the Now|
|51||000304|| The Key to the Spiritual Dimension|
|53||000305|| Accessing the Power of the Now|
|56||000306|| Letting Go of Psychological Time|
|58||000307|| The Insanity of Psychological Time|
|60||000308|| Negativity and Suffering Have Their Roots in Time|
|62||000309|| Finding the Life Underneath Your Life Situation|
|64||000310|| All Problems Are Illusions of the Mind|
|66||000311|| A Quantum Leap in the Evolution of Consciousness|
|67||000312|| The Joy of Being|
|71||0004|| CHAPTER FOUR: Mind Strategies for Avoiding the Now|
|71||000401|| Loss of Now: The Core Delusion|
|73||000402|| Ordinary Unconsciousness and Deep Unconsciousness|
|75||000403|| What Are They Seeking?|
|76||000404|| Dissolving Ordinary Unconsciousness|
|77||000405|| Freedom from Unhappiness|
|82||000406|| Wherever You Are, Be There Totally|
|88||000407|| The Inner Purpose of Your Life’s Journey|
|90||000408|| The Past Cannot Survive in Your Presence|
|93||0005|| CHAPTER FIVE: The State of Presence|
|93||000501|| It’s Not What You Think It Is|
|94||000502|| The Esoteric Meaning of “Waiting”|
|96||000503|| Beauty Arises in the Stillness of Your Presence|
|98||000504|| Realizing Pure Consciousness|
|104||000505|| Christ: The Reality of Your Divine Presence|
|107||0006|| CHAPTER SIX: The Inner Body|
|107||000601|| Being Is Your Deepest Self|
|108||000602|| Look beyond the Words|
|110||000603|| Finding Your Invisible and Indestructible Reality|
|112||000604|| Connecting with the Inner Body|
|113||000605|| Transformation through the Body|
|116||000606|| Sermon on the Body|
|116||000607|| Have Deep Roots Within|
|119||000608|| Before You Enter the Body, Forgive|
|121||000609|| Your Link with the Unmanifested|
|122||000610|| Slowing Down the Aging Process|
|123||000611|| Strengthening the Immune System|
|125||000612|| Let the Breath Take You into the Body|
|126||000613|| Creative Use of Mind|
|126||000614|| The Art of Listening|
|129||0007|| CHAPTER SEVEN: Portals into the Unmanifested|
|129||000701|| Going Deeply into the Body|
|131||000702|| The Source of Chi|
|132||000703|| Dreamless Sleep|
|133||000704|| Other Portals|
|140||000707|| The True Nature of Space and Time|
|142||000708|| Conscious Death|
|145||0008|| CHAPTER EIGHT: Enlightened Relationships|
|145||000801|| Enter the Now from Wherever You Are|
|147||000802|| Love/ Hate Relationships|
|150||000803|| Addiction and the Search for Wholeness|
|153||000804|| From Addictive to Enlightened Relationships|
|156||000805|| Relationships as Spiritual Practice|
|164||000806|| Why Women Are Closer to Enlightenment|
|166||000807|| Dissolving the Collective Female Pain-Body|
|172||000808|| Give Up the Relationship with Yourself|
|177||0009|| CHAPTER NINE: Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness There Is Peace|
|177||000901|| The Higher Good beyond Good and Bad|
|180||000902|| The End of Your Life Drama|
|182||000903|| Impermanence and the Cycles of Life|
|188||000904|| Using and Relinquishing Negativity|
|195||000905|| The Nature of Compassion|
|197||000906|| Toward a Different Order of Reality|
|205||0010|| CHAPTER TEN: The Meaning of Surrender|
|205||001001|| Acceptance of the Now|
|210||001002|| From Mind Energy to Spiritual Energy|
|212||001003|| Surrender in Personal Relationships|
|216||001004|| Transforming Illness into Enlightenment|
|218||001005|| When Disaster Strikes|
|220||001006|| Transforming Suffering into Peace|
|223||001007|| The Way of the Cross|
|226||001008|| The Power to Choose|
|229||001011|| About the Author|
|229||001013|| b,Tolle-PowerNow end|
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Have you found the "off" button? You mean stop thinking altogether? No, I cant, except maybe for a moment or two. Then the mind is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don’t even know that you are its slave.
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.
You have probably come across "mad" people in the street incessantly talking or muttering to themselves. Well, that's not much different from what you and all other "normal" people do, except that you don't do it out loud. The voice comments, specula...
The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation.
When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door.
It is not a trancelike state. Not at all. There is no loss of consciousness here. The opposite is the case.
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.
about 80 to 90 percent of most people's thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful.
I dont want to lose my ability to analyze and discriminate. I wouldn’t mind learning to think more clearly, in a more focused way, but I don't want to lose my mind. The gift of thought is the most precious thing we have. Without it, we would just be...
Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the stream of thought. For most people, such gaps happen rarely and only accidentally, in moments when the mind is rendered "speechless," sometimes triggere...
Many "love" relationships, after the initial euphoria has passed, actually oscillate between "love" and hate, attraction and attack. Real love doesnt make you suffer.
There are two levels to your pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain from the past that still lives on in your mind and body. Ceasing to create pain in the present and dissolving past pain — this is what I want to talk about now.
I feel that there is still a great deal I need to learn about the workings of my mind before I can get anywhere near full consciousness or spiritual enlightenment. No, you don’t. The problems of the mind cannot be solved on the level of the mind. One...
So once you recognize the root of unconsciousness as identification with the mind, which of course includes the emotions, you step out of it. You become present.
Here is the key: End the delusion of time. Time and mind are inseparable. Remove time from the mind and it stops — unless you choose to use it.
Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed.
Why is it the most precious thing? Firstly, because it is the only thing. It's all there is. The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your li...
Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.
When you remember the past, you reactivate a memory trace — and you do so now. The future is an imagined Now, a projection of the mind. When the future comes, it comes as the Now. When you think about the future, you do it now. Past and future obviou...
The reason why some people love to engage in dangerous activities, such as mountain climbing, car racing, and so on, although they may not be aware of it, is that it forces them into the Now — that intensely alive state that is free of time, free of...
'Take no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself," or "Nobody who puts his hands to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God." Or you might hear the passage about the beautiful flowers that are ...
So break the old pattern of present-moment denial and present-moment resistance. Make it your practice to withdraw attention from past and future whenever they are not needed. Step out of the time dimension as much as possible in everyday life.
This does not impair your ability to use time — past or future — when you need to refer to it for practical matters. Nor does it impair your ability to use your mind. In fact, it enhances it. When you do use your mind, it will be sharper, more focuse...
The end is an idea, a point in the mind-projected future, when salvation in whatever form — happiness, fulfillment, equality, liberation, and so on — will be attained. Not infrequently, the means of getting there are the enslavement, torture, and mur...
There is no salvation in time. You cannot be free in the future. Presence is the key to freedom, so you can only be free now.
Find the "narrow gate that leads to life." It is called the Now.
In any emergency, either you survive or you don't. Either way, it is not a problem.
How can we drop negativity, as you suggest? By dropping it. How do you drop a piece of hot coal that you are holding in your hand? How do you drop some heavy and useless baggage that you are carrying? By recognizing that you donl want to suffer the ...
You have an idea in your mind that “everything is okay," but deep down you don't really believe it, and so the old mental-emotional patterns of resistance are still in place. That's what makes you feel bad.
Die to the past every moment. You don't need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence.
With every kind of waiting, you unconsciously create inner conflict between your here and now, where you don't want to be, and the projected future, where you want to be.
Sorry to have kept you waiting," you can reply, 'That's all right, I wasn't waiting. I was just standing here enjoying myself — in joy in my self."
The outer purpose belongs to the horizontal dimension of space and time; the inner purpose concerns a deepening of your Being in the vertical dimension of the timeless Now.
Body awareness keeps you present. It anchors you in the Now (see chapter 6).
Because we live in such a mind-dominated culture, most modern art, architecture, music, and literature are devoid of beauty, of inner essence, with very few exceptions.
When you become conscious of Being, what is really happening is that Being becomes conscious of itself. When Being becomes conscious of itself — that's presence.
Egoic mind has become like a sinking ship. If you don't get off, you will go down with it. The collective egoic mind is the most dangerously insane and destructive entity ever to inhabit this planet.
Did God say, "I have always been, and I always will be?" Of course not. That would have given reality to
The reverse also applies: If, for whatever reason, you disliked the word honey, that might prevent you from ever tasting it.
If you dont like the word sin, then call it unconsciousness or insanity. That may get you closer to the truth, the reality behind the word, than a long-misused word like sin, and leaves little room for guilt.
Do not turn your attention elsewhere in your search for the Truth, for it is nowhere else to be found but within your body.
Through the inner body, you are forever one with God.
just as the sun is infinitely brighter than a candle flame, there is infinitely more intelligence in Being than in your mind.
Awareness of the inner body is consciousness remembering its origin and returning to the Source.
Whereas the outer body normally appears to grow old and wither fairly quickly, the inner body does not change with time, except that you may feel it more deeply and become it more fully.
When you are unoccupied for a few minutes, and especially last thing at night before falling asleep and first thing in the morning before getting up, "flood" your body with
Conscious breathing, which is a powerful meditation in its own right, will gradually put you in touch with the body.
In any thought activity, make it a habit to go back and forth every few minutes or so between thinking and an inner kind of listening, an inner stillness. We could say: dont just think with your head, think with your whole body.
You become a bridge between the Unmanifested and the manifested, between God and the world. This is the state of connectedness with the Source that we call enlightenment.
Jesus did not say: the truth will make you free, but rather: "You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
Continuous mind activity keeps you imprisoned in the world of form and becomes an opaque screen that prevents you from becoming conscious of the
Unmanifested, conscious of the formless and timeless God-essence in yourself and in all things and all creatures.
Surrender — the letting go of mental-emotional resistance to what is — also becomes a portal into the Unmanifested.
I am giving you pointers to show you how you can bring the dimension of the Unmanifested into your life. We are not trying to understand it. There is nothing to understand.
Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing, the same no-thing. They are an externalization of inner space and inner silence, which is stillness: the infinitely creative womb of all existence.
Space is no-thing, so it was never created.
When space and time are realized within as the Unmanifested — no-mind and presence — external space and time continue to exist for you, but they become much less important. The world, too, continues to exist for you, but it will not bind you anymore.
Apart from dreamless sleep, which I mentioned already, there is one other involuntary portal. It opens up briefly at the time of physical death. Even if you have missed all the other opportunities for spiritual realization during your lifetime, one I...
You see time as the means to salvation, whereas in truth it is the greatest obstacle to salvation.
only one point of access: the Now. There can be no salvation away from this moment. You are lonely and without a partner? Enter the Now from there. You are in a relationship? Enter the Now from there.
The greatest catalyst for change in a relationship is complete acceptance of your partner as he or she is, without needing to judge or change them in any way.
Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.
Therefore, all love is the love of God.
The bond that connects you with that person is the same bond that connects you with the person sitting next to you on a bus, or with a bird, a tree, a flower. Only the degree of intensity with which it is felt differs.
However, every crisis represents not only danger but also opportunity.
long as you try to escape from them or wish that things were different, the window of opportunity does not open up, and you remain trapped inside that situation, which will remain the same or deteriorate further.
You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.
Sanity — consciousness — can only come into this world through you. You do not need to wait for the world to become sane, or for somebody else to become conscious, before you can be enlightened. You may wait forever.
Give your partner space for expressing himself or herself.
Giving space to others — and to yourself — is vital. Love cannot flourish without it.
God is a patriarchal, controlling authority figure, an often angry man who you should live in fear of, a
The mind runs our civilization, whereas Being is in charge of all life on our planet and beyond. is the Old Testament suggests. This God is a projection of the human mind.
Of course, you also have to deal with the other obstacle to enlightenment, which is the thinking mind.
Seen from a higher perspective, conditions are always positive. To be more precise: they are neither positive nor negative. They are as they are.
there is no "good" or "bad” in your life anymore. There is only a higher good — which includes the "bad."
What if it is a situation that I can do something about? How can I allow it to be and change it at the same time? Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is.
Whenever two or more egos come together, drama of one kind or another ensues.
Whenever you are not honoring the present moment by allowing it to be, you are creating drama.
An argument implies identification with your mind and a mental position, as well as resistance and reaction to the other person's position.
Through allowing the "isness" of all things, a deeper dimension underneath the play of opposites reveals itself to you as an abiding presence, an unchanging deep stillness, an uncaused joy beyond good and bad. This is the joy of Being, the peace of G...
There are cycles of success, when things come to you and thrive, and cycles of failure, when they wither or disintegrate and you have to let them go in order to make room for new things to arise, or for transformation to happen.
The down cycle is absolutely essential for spiritual realization.
In this world, which is to say on the level of form, everybody "fails" sooner or later, of course, and every achievement eventually comes to naught. All forms are impermanent.
The fact is, of course, that negativity does not work. Instead of attracting a desirable condition, it stops it from arising. Instead of dissolving an undesirable one, it keeps it in place. Its only "useful" function is that it strengthens the ego, and that is why the ego loves it.
Negativity is totally unnatural. It is a psychic pollutant, and there is a deep link between the poisoning and destruction of nature and the vast negativity that has accumulated in the collective human psyche.
Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being.
How do we stop negativity from arising, and how do we get rid of it once it is there? As I said, you stop it from arising by being fully present.
Offer no resistance. It is as if there is nobody there to get hurt anymore. That is forgiveness. In this way, you become invulnerable.
In compassion, the seemingly opposite feelings of sadness and joy merge into one and become transmuted into a deep inner peace. This is the peace of God.
demonstrating the peace of God. You become the "light of the world/' an emanation of pure conscious the world.
Without a profound change in human consciousness, the world's suffering is a bottomless pit.
How do you reconcile surrender with changing things and getting things done? To some people, surrender may have negative connotations, implying defeat, giving up, failing to rise to the challenges of life, becoming lethargic, and so on.
Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.
But I still cant quite see where the energy or motivation for taking action and bringing about change would come from if there isnt a certain amount of dissatisfaction. In the state of surrender, you see very clearly what needs to be done, and you ...
Ask yourself, "Is there anything I can do to change the situation, improve it, or remove myself from it?" If so, you take appropriate action. Focus not on the one hundred things that you will or may have to do at some future time but on the one thing...
Do not confuse surrender with an attitude of "I cant be bothered anymore" or "I just dont care anymore."
Those who run on mind energy, which is still the vast majority of the Earth's population, remain unaware of the existence of spiritual energy. It belongs to a different order of reality and will create a different world when a sufficient number of hu...
What about people who want to use me, manipulate or control me? Am I to surrender to them? They are cut off from Being, so they unconsciously attempt to get energy and power from you. It is true that oniy an unconscious person will try to use or mani...
I am in a situation at work that is unpleasant. I have tried to surrender to it, but I find it impossible. A lot of resistance keeps coming up. If you cannot surrender, take action immediately: Speak up or do something to bring about a change in the...
On the other hand, if action is required, you will no longer react from your conditioned mind, but you will respond to the situation out of your conscious presence. In that
state, your mind is free of concepts, including the concept of non-violence. So who can predict what you will do?
In surrender, you no longer need ego defenses and false masks.
If you looked in the mirror and did not like what you saw, you would have to be mad to attack the image in the mirror.
Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment.
This means: Do not resist the pain. Allow it to be there. Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes d...
They found God through surrender, through total acceptance of
what is, into which they were forced by their intense suffering. They must have realized on some level that their pain was self-created.
life that you are? The word God is limiting not only because of thousands of years of misperception and misuse, but also because it implies an entity other than you.
Enlightenment consciously chosen means to relinquish your attachment to past and future and to make the Now the main focus of your life. It
How can you resent someone's illness? The only appropriate response is compassion.
The whole concept of forgiveness then becomes unnecessary.
Presence is the key. The Now is the key.
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