Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Key To The End of Suffering: A Book Review of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual EnlightenmentThe Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book came to me at the right time. If I had attempted to read this book a few years earlier I would not have been able to appreciate it. This book accompanies a full flowering of one's openness to experiencing enlightenment.

It's taken me a while to get here. I've attended many seminars, I've read many books, and I've practiced yoga (hatha, bikram and raja). I'm grateful for the journey. These were the perfect precedents and accompaniments to reading The Power of Now. If the window was partially open before, now the light is shining because the structure was an illusion.

After reading this book, I now see how consciousness is coming alive through me. There is absolutely nothing to resist, nothing to deny. "It's about realizing that there are no problems. Only situations - to be dealt with now, or to be left alone and accepted as part of the 'isness' of the present moment until they change or can be dealt with." When I read that, I was totally blown away. I realized the truth of it. Not an intellectual truth but a truth emanating from within. This is it. This is the indestructible core of who I am. I am no-thing and everything. How beautiful is that?

This moment of seeing could not have come at a better time. It was a gift waiting to be invited in.

I do see how this book cannot be shoved into anyone's face for "therapy." This book will arrive when one seeks it. It is a gateway to the end of suffering. But only if it is accepted...not mentally but with one's whole being.

Through this book, I saw that there is no need to wait for any Heaven. Heaven is Now. Right now. And death is nothing to be feared at all. It is one more form of awakening. My context has totally shifted and the quality of what I do is suffused with care, love, and awareness.

I recommend this book to all those who are seeking to end any kind of suffering. The other side of the coin too: all those who are seeking peace.

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