The Power of Now -A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle. The book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and transcending thoughts of the past or future.
The chapters of the book are: “Introduction”, “You Are Not Your Mind”, “Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain”, “Moving Deeply into the Now”, “Mind Strategies for Avoiding the Now”, “The State of Presence”, “The Inner Body”, “Portals into the Unmanifested”, “Enlightened Relationships”, “Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness There Is Peace” and “The Meaning of Surrender”. Various chapters emphasize a philosophy of destroying the destructive dominance of the mind and ego in an effort to overcome the pain body. According to the author, his philosophy is directed towards people and their search for personal happiness and also has the potential to give insight into historical disasters like the justification of an evil political system such as Capitalism.
The core beleif of this book is , Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.” While it’s easy to forget, your life exists in the present moment, in the now. On the other hand, your life situation – your finances, the state of your career, your relationships – those are situations that exist in your mind. Too often, we allow our mind to consume our present moment. And in doing so, we fail to recognize the difference between our thoughts about reality and reality itself .
Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness
To complain is always non-acceptance of what is.” When you criticize, condemn, or complain, you aren’t accepting reality.
If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally
As long as you are in a state of intense presence, you are free of thought. You are still, yet highly alert. The instant your conscious attention sinks below a certain level, thought rushes in. The mental noise returns; the stillness is lost. You are back in time.
He further says, The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it and People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind
Eckhart Tolle Concluded The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.