So, I review books now?
Opinions are simply my own; There are no right or wrong ones.
I guess there is no better time to present the ‘Power Of Now’
than the present, which focuses on being… present.
I’d heard of this book several times and it’s been recommended to me, as a way to accept the pain of the past and move forward. I really doubted this would help, and I wasn’t really very keen on it, but I figured I may as well give it a shot. The book, written by Eckhart Tolle, received high praises from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, who I look up to.
The writer, who is a spiritual teacher, puts it himself;
“I trust that this book will find its way to those who are ready for such radical inner transformation and so act as a catalyst for it.”
As I read the introduction, I was very reassured.
Tolle explained to the reader what to expect, with great understanding and compassion.
“As you begin reading the book, the meaning of certain words, such as
“Being” or “presence,” may not be entirely clear to you at first. Just read on.
Questions or objections may occasionally come in your mind as you read. They will probably be answered later in the book, or they may turn out to be irrelevant as you go more deeply into the teaching – and into yourself.”
This book is definitely not a light read! It is very heavy, and if anyone was thinking of reading it, I’d tell them to have a very open mind, and put all your focus onto reading it. Its very purpose is to get in touch with the essence of our being, rather than simply being an enjoyable read with coffee/tea and biscuits!
What I loved was that Tolle was open and aware of questions which the reader may have, and explained in great detail about the way we think about our past and future, our feelings and our mind. Insightful is an understatement – and I was dead impressed.
“The reason why some people love to engage in dangerous activity, such as mountain climbing, car racing and so on, although they may not be aware of it, is that it forces them into the Now – that intensely alive state that is free of time, free of problems, free of thinking, free of burden or personality. Slipping away from the present moment even for a second may mean death. Unfortunately, they come to depend on a particular activity to be in that state. But you don’t need to climb the north face of the Eiger.
You can enter that state now.”
I can understand, though, that it may be difficult for some people to get into.
Once I’d finished the book, there were only one or two things I learned, which were profound, but I don’t think I’d rate it as my number one go-to book for self-help. Compared to other self-help books I’ve read, I don’t think I would go running around with this in my hand and shout it from the rooftops – but I guess that’s what makes this so unique and a best-seller, really – it can’t be compared to any other book.
The teachings are so profound, and fascinating;
It’s pretty astonishing that Tolle has such knowledge and insight.
“When things “go wrong” or an emotional complex from the past is brought…the tendency is for you to be “unconscious.” The reaction of emotion takes over – you “become it.” You act it out. You justify, make wrong, attack, defend…except that isn’t you, it’s the reactive pattern, the mind in its habitual survival mode.”
Personally, due to the deep intensity and very comprehensive writing,
this book wouldn’t be one I would be extremely happy to re-read again and again, but I would probably come back to it if I find myself struggling to stay in the present moment. The book does offer information on why we think or act in a certain way. Making sense of this helped me to understand and change my way of thinking. It does contain some key points, important for people to keep in mind.
What hit me the most, and the one thing I got from the book, is that the past and the future is merely an illusion. It makes sense; The past is gone and I am left with nothing but memories. The future has not happened, and all which I am worrying about is my overactive imagination doing its thing. What rang true for me is that
“In the Now, the present moment, problems do not exist.”
“You will observe that the future is usually imagined as either better of worse than the present. If the imagined future is better, it gives you hope and pleasurable anticipation. If it is worse, it creates anxiety. Both are illusory.”