Book Review: The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle

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This article is a review of Eckhart Tolle's best-selling book, "The Power of Now".

Millions of copies of this book have been sold to people all over the world.

The book has a certain power within its writing which can create a new type of experience in its readers. The reader, whilst reading, is brought back continually into the now, as they read.

This affects the reader. They too become more "Now" people now too.

Can we be guided by someone else to our own enlightenment, or not?

"The past has no power over the present moment."

The above quote is one by this author, Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle is a German born writer, public speaker, and spiritual teacher. He gained a lot of "power" in this field, after he wrote this book. Apparently, once he too was a mere mortal, who suffered from bouts of depression.

An "inner transformation" changed him forever.

Eckhart claims that as much as we too can live in this moment of now, we too can reach the heights of spiritual enlightenment, where he is now finally at.

This book of his tells us how to do this for ourselves.

The book discussed in more depth

Does this idea of the "power of now" imply that the past and the future then carry no power within them at all?

Perhaps this supposition is indeed correct.

The past and the future can hold no power over us, nor do they hold any power of their own, unless it is we that have placed some power there.

This might happen if we are attached to, or dragged back, by the past. It might happen too if we are fearful, or afraid of the future. If we divert our power back to the past, or into the future, that reduces our available power in the now in a way too.

All power only exists in the now, because time only ticks powerfully now for you, now.

Time past is past. Future time is non-existent.

This means that when time corresponds with the moment of now, you are spending your time wisely, because this time is real time, the moving moment of time.

All other time is dead time with no energy in it at all.

"Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."

This is another great quote from Eckhart Tolle.

If we could really do this fully, we would be fully living in the now. The energy of living in the now comes first from the acceptance of this now, exactly as it is right now.

"This, too, will pass."

Eckhart is quoted as saying this well known ancient saying. His emphasis is slightly different from the one that I have previously heard of though.

Of course, we all know what he means here, but if everything happens now, is anything really passing, except for it passing from our own mind? This is what I think that he means here with his slightly different emphasis here.

The original saying was, "this too, shall pass."

Some possible differences and objections to his book

In one part of his book, (page number 105) Eckhart Tolle tells us to never personalise Christ.

Christianity though to my mind is precisely about our building a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

To me personality is a subset of the whole person. To know a person properly, you must let go of your impersonal images of them, and become instead connected through love personally to them.

Love, to be real, must always become personal to you.

Eckhart is saying here though for us not to become too outwardly attached to the power of the form of the person. He wants us to remember that ego is drawn to ego. Only light can recognise light. Darkness does not know light.

I am not sure if he is totally correct here though, as some of those presently in the dark, can certainly notice the approaching of a great light, like Jesus was.

Jesus' detractors were perhaps afraid of the immensity and the intensity of his great power. They felt the power of his love, but they couldn't believe perhaps that love could hold such great power.

This was why they wanted to kill him off. Nobody but themselves deserved the ability to wield such authoritative true power.

"It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living."

This is another great quote from his book.

Where is the waiting room located though?

It is always somewhere or other either in the past, or in the future. There are no waiting rooms within present time!

The power of now is felt when we love unconditionally, now

Eckhart claims in his book that living from love as a continuous state is quite rare, but why would this be so?

Love exists as a continual state of course in your heart of love, but the connection to this love, the living from it, is not so common, because people fear love, and being loved.

This was the real reason why Jesus Christ was crucified. People feared his love for them. They doubted its authenticity.

They were afraid of love, thinking perhaps that they never deserved to be loved, but then this guilt is also a type of fear, and first-off it blocks the love, then it changes itself into being hostility against the very one who is doing the loving or loving them.

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have."

This is my last quote of Eckhart's for this article.

If we could always realise, and live by the truth of his statement, we would never leave the present moment, and then we would never lose any of our power, by our giving it over to either the past, or to the future.

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Jan 2015 (#)

I have always been a big believer in “now” more than I am in time. There is no time, no past, no future. These are things we read about in the now…Its all we have so we must make the most of it now.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Jan 2015 (#)

a great comment indeed dear Utah

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author avatar spirited
14th Jan 2015 (#)

Yes I agree Utah Jay, and yet there is something mysterious about now too. It seems to be a bit illusive, always moving away from us, until we finally accept it fully as it is right now.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Jan 2015 (#)

true...All is NOW there is nothing else except what our minds and emotions dictate and they always mislead anyway...great piece dear spirited...loving to you...

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author avatar spirited
14th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks Carolina. We meet in the now of now once again...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2015 (#)

We tend to regret our past, worry about an uncertain future and forget to live in the present which is the greatest present! For me, remember the past so as not to repeat the mistakes, make plans for the future and live the in present keeping all in mind. Thanks Spirited - siva

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author avatar spirited
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Yes, anything that takes us too far away from the present stops us living fully in the now I think, thanks siva

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