A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle
Published in 2004, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” is considered one of the most inspirational that everyone should read.
Are you stressed? In a hurry to achieve your goals? Do you believe that time is money and you have to create money?
The Power of Now book comes to dash some complicated concepts.
Eckhart Tolle is a world-class teacher. He changes beliefs in concrete language.
In this book, Eckhart Tolle explains the truest path to happiness and enlightenment to live. The book is a guide to help you discover your true being. The “now” moment is the true path for life.
Humans created concepts that cause us to always feel a sense of struggle and pain because of Ego and Time.
What is an Ego?
Your ego is the concept that helps you function in the practical world. It answers questions such as, “Who am I?” and “What do I stand for?”
Your ego also questions you about your possessions, job title, social status, education, abilities, relationships, beliefs, religion, family history, and so on.
According to this book, your ego is not your true self. It can only exist by drawing on external sources. You are not your mind!
“Without time, no suffering, no negativity, can survive.”
The other concept is “Time”. Suffering and negativity only exist in time. They cannot exist in the present moment.
We allow our minds to consume our present moment. We spend the bulk of our energy reminiscing about the past, or hoping for a better future and trapped in the illusion of time
The truth is that everything that has ever happened is in the Now. “Now” is the only moment that we ever truly possess.
Now, the question is, how to access the Power of Now?
The book answers this question by providing various exercises and practices to access the power of now:
Free yourself from your mind.
Focusing on the Now.
Connect with the inner body.
Observe what your mind says. Over-thinking and non-acceptance drive a lot of human pain. So, to overcome, you have a simple framework for dealing with unpleasant realities; remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it.
“Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.”
Learn how to withdraw attention from the past and future when it’s not necessary. Don’t allow your mind to think only about your goals as the only way of genuine peace and happiness. The book gives you some exercise to focus on space or silence to achieve stillness. When you are conscious of your inner body, you will understand more how thoughts and emotions get in the way of fulfillment and happiness.
This book seems simple at first glance, but when you go deep behind the spiritual truth of the concepts, your attitude will change totally.