What Kind of Book is The Power of Now?

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Intro

The Power of Now is another book (just like as a man thinketh) that was recommended to me by my oldest brother. The Power of Now is important to me because living in the moment is one of the key things that will help anyone get through life. Before coming across this book I would often overthink and even have anxiety problems at times. That is because my mind which is meant to be a tool was actually controlling me and I was a slave to my constant thoughts. Being in control of my brain felt like something I would never be able to pull off in my life. I read 38% of the book around 6 or 7 months ago and then I never returned to the book. At the time, it wasn’t that I didn’t value the idea of living in the moment but it was just that I thought it was something I understood since I (and we all) have done at one point in our lives. However, in this busy month of my life (June 2021) I decided to return to the book and start from the very beginning because I wanted to truly learn how to live in the moment. I decided to drop all other books that I was reading and to devote myself to this book alone in order to master it. It has had many benefits and I am glad to be writing about this book now. This won’t be a complete detailed analysis or summary of the book but rather just a brief breakdown. Enjoy!

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Much more than simple principles and platitudes, The Power of Now takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. Only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment. – Amazon

Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container–more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolize “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles–a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. —Gail Hudson – GoodReads

A breakdown of the chapters

Introduction

  • The Origin of This Book
  • The Truth That Is Within You

Chapter One: You Are Not Your Mind

  • The Greatest Obstacle to Enlightenment
  • Freeing Yourself from Your Mind
  • Enlightenment: Rising Above Thought
  • Emotion: The Body’s Reaction to Your Mind

Chapter Two: Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain

  • Create No More Pain in the Present
  • Past Pain: Dissolving the Pain-Body
  • Ego Identification with the Pain-Body
  • The Origin of Fear
  • The Ego’s Search for Wholeness

Chapter Three: Moving Deeply into the Now

  • Don’t Seek Your Self in the Mind
  • End the Delusion of Time
  • Nothing Exists Outside the Now
  • The Key to the Spiritual Dimension
  • Accessing the Power of the Now
  • Letting Go of Psychological Time
  • The Insanity of Psychological Time
  • Negativity and Suffering Have Their Roots in Time
  • Finding the Life Underneath Your Life Situation
  • All Problems Are Illusions of the Mind
  • A quantum Leap in the Evolution of Consciousness
  • The Joy of Being

Chapter Four: Mind Strategies for Avoiding the Now

  • Loss of Now: The Core Delusion
  • Ordinary Unconsciousness and Deep Unconsciousness
  • What Are They Seeking?
  • Dissolving Ordinary Unconsciousness
  • Freedom from Unhappiness
  • Wherever You Are, Be There Totally
  • The Inner Purpose of Your Life’s Journey
  • The Past Cannot Survive in Your Presence

Chapter Five: The State of Presence

  • It’s Not What You Think It Is
  • The Esoteric Meaning of “Waiting”
  • Beauty Arises in the Stillness of Your Presence
  • Realizing Pure Conciousness
  • Christ: The Relaity of Your Divine Presence

Chapter Six: The Inner Body

  • Being is Your Deepest Self
  • Look beyond the Words
  • Finding Your invisible and Indestructible Reality
  • Connecting with the Inner Body
  • Transformation through the Body
  • Sermon on the body
  • Have Deep Roots Within
  • Before You Enter the Body, Forgive
  • Your Link with the Unmanifested
  • Slowing Down the Aging Process
  • Strengthening the Immune System
  • Let the Breath Take You into the Body
  • Creative Use of Mind
  • The Art of Listening

Chapter Seven: Portals into the Unmanifested

  • Going Deeply into the Body
  • The Source of Chi
  • Dreamless Sleep
  • Other Portals
  • Silence
  • Space
  • The True Nature of Space and Time
  • Conscious Death

Chapter Eight: Enlightened Relationships

  • Enter the Now from Wherever You Are
  • Lobe/Hate Relationships
  • Addictions and the Search for Wholeness
  • From Addictive to Enlightened Relationships
  • Relationships as Spiritual Practice
  • Why Women Are Closer to Enlightenment
  • Dissolving the Collective Female Pain-Body
  • Give Up the Relationship with Yourself

Chapter Nine: Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness There is Peace

  • The Higher Good beyond Good and Bad
  • The End of Your Life Drama
  • Impermanence and the Cycles of Life
  • Using and Relinquishing Negativity
  • The Nature of Compassion
  • Toward a Different Order of Reality

Chapter Ten: The Meaning of Surrender

  • Acceptance of the Now
  • From Mind Energy to Spiritual Energy
  • Surrender in Personal Relationships
  • Transforming Illness into Enlightenment
  • When Disaster Strikes
  • Transforming Suffering into Peace
  • The Way of the Cross
  • The Power to Choose

My Review

As you can see, the book has many different chapters and each of them are incredibly detailed. The book may be short but the truth is that it is incredibly detailed and therefore is not the kind of book that you can easily just zip right through. It requires one to ponder over the book. I am don’t deeply believe in every concept of the book but the main reason why I chose to pick up the book and take my time reading it and understanding it is because of the fact that living in the moment and not delving deeply into the future or past is something advised even within many religion as well. It is something that is universally beneficial.

I felt like the book was important to me because I was at a point in my life where my life was heading in a very hectic directions and therefore the idea of living in the moment is a great way for me to deal with my fast paced life. Many people will also look at the book and scoff at it because they think that “you can’t just live in the moment all the time” because we have to plan for the future as well. However the book talks about this and discusses how you can also focus on the future and benefit from learning lessons from the past as well. It’s important not to judge this book as well and to understand that you can live in the moment as well as making good plans for the future and benefitting from lessons from the past.

There were many parts of the book that I disagreed with as well because there were some parts of the book which I just didn’t agree with. Yes the idea of living in the moment is very important but at the same time other faiths like Islam do encourage people to live in the moment and they don’t view the body in the negative way so I felt like the author lacked knowledge of other traditions. Furthermore the idea of me “being the universe” is something that I can’t agree with and I also don’t agree that God is viewed as a “mental idol” at all, rather I know him as how he described himself and I don’t liken him to other things like an “idol”.

Moreover the teachings that are within this book are clearly from Buddhist tradition and in modern western history, men like Alan Watts have spoken about the teachings that are within this book before. For me to change the way I view God, to start meditating etc would essentially mean that I will be practising a new faith or tradition and that is something that I can’t do because I am apart of a different faith tradition. I also view this book as a spiritual, religious philosophy book and I am struggling to grasp with the fact that the author woke up one day and suddenly found a way to live and was enlightened to the point where he found the answers to all the big questions in life. I don’t believe normal humans are capable of such a feat, I believe prophets are but they are purified humans that have been visited by angels from a different realm altogether and I believe they have the answers to all our questions in life.

Overall, I believe that there are somethings that are within the book that are beneficial like the idea of living in the moment and that is something which I want to practise in my life. Furthermore, I also believe that there are somethings in the book which are teachings which have come from the Buddhist tradition and as much as I might people who follow traditions I just don’t believe in the Buddhist tradition’s teachings at all. I definitely do believe that there are somethings within the tradition that might be correct but I do believe that there are a lot of aspects within the book (and the Buddhist) tradition which are problematic and false. That doesn’t have to be a negative thing because I have taken the time out to read this book and benefit from some of the lessons but I did filter the book out and I didn’t swallow the book hook like and sinker.

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Published by Muaad

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