Books are very powerful. They have changed people’s lives ever since they were invented; they have changed the world.
The Power of Now
is the single most powerfully life-changing book I’ve ever found. I’ve spent a large part of my lifetime trying to discover the wisdom of the ages and translate it into words I could understand and realize in my life.
And that’s exactly what Eckhart Tolle
has done in The Power of Now
: it’s a translation of the most brilliant, deepest teachings of all great traditions, East and West and indigenous and everything else, into words we can understand in a way that affects every moment of our lives. It is the greatest book I’ve ever read (or published).
I haven’t been able to finish it yet. (I told that to Eckhart — he thought it was funny.) I have to read it very slowly, because certain phrases keep stopping me, and I have to think about them. It’s not a book to read straight through; it’s a very precious thing, and to receive its gifts, we have to stop and ponder and sit with the words and see how they impact our life experience.
The first words of the Introduction stopped me:
“I have little use for the past and rarely think about it. . . .”
Then, on the second page, came a phrase that blew me away — something I have often remembered and pondered:
“I opened my eyes. The first light of dawn was filtering through the curtains. Without any thought, I felt, I knew, that there is infinitely more to light than we realize. That soft luminosity filtering through the curtains was love itself.”
Think about it: The light that bathes us every moment of the day is love itself. That’s worth remembering every time we become aware of the sunlight — it’s constantly there, throughout the day, whether it’s cloudy or clear. That light is love itself.
I slowly read through the book until I came to page 155, where another phrase stopped me, and I reflected on it for the next 18 months or so. I’d pick up the book to read more, but then I’d realize that I had to think about this phrase some more. I’ve thought about it so often, it has become like a mantra:
“To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.”
That’s it in a nutshell. Think about it. Remember it throughout the day if you can.
Now, after reading the book for over a decade, I’ve only gotten to the next page (page 156), because I came to a passage that sums up everything I need to know for the rest of my life. If I remember these words, I can live and die in peace:
“The happiness that is derived from some secondary source is never very deep. It is only a pale reflection of the joy of Being, the vibrant peace that you find within as you enter the state of nonresistance. Being takes you beyond the polar opposites of the mind and frees you from dependency on form. Even if everything were to collapse and crumble all around you, you would still feel a deep inner core of peace. You may not be happy, but you will be at peace.”
Nothing more needs to be said.
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Marc Allen is a renowned author, composer, and speaker. On the day he turned thirty, Marc cofounded New World Library with Shakti Gawain, and as the company’s president and publisher, he has guided it from a small start-up operation with no capital to become one of the leading publishers in its field. He has written numerous books, including The Magical Path, The Greatest Secret of All, and Visionary Business.