I came across Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now at Amazon 4 or 5 years ago and was not immediately drawn to it, as it seemed a little more God-centered than things I normally read. I finally looked for it at our local library and found the Power of Now on cassette tape and checked it out. I was immediately taken with the message in the work and started talking with others about it. I have read a lot of books over the years and been impressed with their messages, but never so much as with this work. Since that time, I have collected most of Eckhart's books on CD and listened to them over and over. The major message in the work is that stepping back from the unobserved thinking mind, which he calls the ego, will allow the real you, consciousness itself, to have control of your life. I am able to step back sometimes and recognize this particular state. It does dissolve conflict, it does bring peace to the moment, and it does eliminate the normal insanity that we are all experiencing. For me, I have to keep listening to Eckhart's works frequently to get pointed in the right direction. This could be boring, but listening to him read his books or listening one of his interviews actually reduces boredom. I have actually listened to him while exercising and it actually reduces a lot of the anxiety that I feel. There was a year or two when I had stopped listening to his works. A friend whom I had introduced to his work told me about the Oprah webinar back in February and I ended up buying the book and CD of a New Earth. I am so glad for that, now. Eckhart's becoming widely known seems a positive thing. I'm sure that many will listen for a short time and then move on to the next big thing. However, the simple message is so genuinely powerful, that it will make large impact on some people. The big challenge is for Eckhart's "signposts" to remain in front of people for the tremendous amount of clock time that it takes to retrain people's brains.
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