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The Power of Now
A Guide to SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT
By Eckhart Tolle
CONTENT
Foreword..........................................................................................................................4
Acknowledgments.............................................................................................................7
INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................8
The Origin Of This Book..................................................................................................8
The Truth That Is Within You.........................................................................................10
1. YOU ARE NOT YOUR MIND.......................................................................................13
The Greatest Obstacle to Enlightenment.........................................................................13
Freeing yourself from your mind....................................................................................16
Enlightenment: Rising above Thought............................................................................19
Emotion: The Body's Reaction to Your Mind.................................................................21
2. CONSCIOUSNESS: THE WAY OUT OF PAIN...........................................................26
Create No More Pain In The Present...............................................................................26
Past Pain: Dissolving The Pain-Body.............................................................................27
Ego Identification With The Pain-Body..........................................................................31
The Origin Of Fear..........................................................................................................31
The Ego's Search For Wholeness....................................................................................33
3. MOVING DEEPLY INTO THE NOW...........................................................................35
Don't Seek Your Self In The Mind..................................................................................35
End The Delusion Of Time.............................................................................................35
Nothing Exists Outside The Now....................................................................................36
The Key To The Spiritual Dimension.............................................................................37
Accessing The Power Of The Now.................................................................................38
Letting Go Of Psychological Time.................................................................................40
The Insanity Of Psychological Time...............................................................................41
Negativity And Suffering Have Their Roots In Time.....................................................42
Finding The Life Underneath Your Life Situation..........................................................43
All Problems Are Illusions Of The Mind........................................................................44
A Quantum Leap In The Evolution Of Consciousness...................................................46
The Joy Of Being............................................................................................................46
4. MIND STRATEGIES FOR AVOIDING THE NOW.....................................................49
Loss Of Now: The Core Delusion...................................................................................49
Ordinary Unconsciousness And Deep Unconsciousness................................................50
What Are They Seeking?................................................................................................51
Dissolving Ordinary Unconsciousness............................................................................52
Freedom From Unhappiness...........................................................................................53
Wherever You Are, Be There Totally.............................................................................55
The Inner Purpose Of Your Life's Journey.....................................................................59
The Past Cannot Survive In Your Presence....................................................................60
5. THE STATE OF PRESENCE.........................................................................................62
It's Not What You Think It Is..........................................................................................62
The Esoteric Meaning Of "Waiting"...............................................................................63
Beauty Arises In The Stillness Of Your Presence...........................................................63
Realizing Pure Consciousness.........................................................................................65
Christ: The Reality Of Your Divine Presence.................................................................68
6. THE INNER BODY........................................................................................................70
Being Is Your Deepest Self.............................................................................................70
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Look Beyond The Words................................................................................................70
Finding Your Invisible And Indestructible Reality.........................................................72
Connecting With The Inner Body...................................................................................73
Transformation Through The Body................................................................................73
Sermon On The Body......................................................................................................75
Have Deep Roots Within.................................................................................................75
Before You Enter The Body, Forgive.............................................................................77
Your Link With The Unmanifested.................................................................................78
Slowing Down The Aging Process.................................................................................79
Strengthening The Immune System................................................................................80
Let The Breath Take You Into The Body........................................................................81
Creative Use Of Mind.....................................................................................................81
The Art Of Listening.......................................................................................................81
7. PORTALS INTO THE UNMANIFESTED....................................................................83
Going Deeply Into The Body..........................................................................................83
The Source Of Chi...........................................................................................................84
Dreamless Sleep..............................................................................................................85
Other Portals....................................................................................................................85
silence.............................................................................................................................87
Space..............................................................................................................................87
The True Nature Of Space And Time.............................................................................89
Conscious Death..............................................................................................................91
8. ENLIGHTENED RELATIONSHIPS..............................................................................93
Enter The Now From Wherever You Are.......................................................................93
Love/Hate Relationships.................................................................................................94
Addiction And The Search For Wholeness.....................................................................95
From Addictive To Enlightened Relationships...............................................................98
Relationships As Spiritual Practice.................................................................................99
Why Women Are Closer To Enlightenment.................................................................104
Dissolving The Collective Female Pain-Body..............................................................105
Give Up The Relationship With Yourself.....................................................................109
9. BEYOND HAPPINESS AND UNHAPPINESS THERE IS PEACE...........................112
The Higher Good Beyond Good And Bad....................................................................112
The End Of Your Life Drama.......................................................................................114
Impermanence And The Cycles Of Life.......................................................................115
Using And Relinquishing Negativity............................................................................119
The Nature Of Compassion...........................................................................................123
Toward A Different Order Of Reality...........................................................................124
10. THE MEANING OF SURRENDER...........................................................................129
Acceptance Of The Now...............................................................................................129
From Mind Energy To Spiritual Energy.......................................................................132
Surrender In Personal Relationships.............................................................................133
Transforming Illness Into Enlightenment......................................................................136
When Disaster Strikes...................................................................................................137
Transforming Suffering Into Peace...............................................................................138
The Way Of The Cross..................................................................................................140
The Power To Choose...................................................................................................142

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