The Power of Now | BOOK REVIEW

I have to admit, this book took me a while to finish.  It's quite intense and heavy in terms of context - it requires an open mind and deep thinking however, it doesn’t remove the earnest and meaningful flare of Elkhart Tolle's writing. In order to get a clear and comprehensible idea of how to apply Tolle's meditative ideals, I think it would be reasonable to read it at least twice which is what I will probably do.

Through Tolle’s spiritual enlightenment guide you can learn how 'The Power of Now' frees you from chains of pain and suffering by focusing on this very moment. By surrendering and completely accepting what is is the only way we can allow inner peace to enter our lives and become fully conscious.

I struggle deeply with living in the now, I would rather live in a false reality than focus on the present. Why? Because it gives me freedom, happiness and an escape from what is. Now what good does this do? It only ends up becoming delusional. It hurts more knowing that the present moment does not match your false fantasy of what you want your life to be. By ignoring the pain of your reality rather than facing it and accepting it, you only allow it to grow.

Tolle points out that we shouldn't be mistaken - he is not saying we should accept all things wrong with our lives and leave it as it is. He says ACCEPT it as it is, then take the necessary action to change it. Do not dwell on something you CANNOT change or not WILLING to change as this brings you away from the most important moment you have - the present.

“Make it a habit to ask yourself: What’s going on inside me at this moment? That question will point you in the right direction. But don’t analyse, just watch. Focus your attention within. Feel the energy of emotion. If there is no emotion present, take your attention more deeply into the inner energy field of your body. It is the doorway into Being."

Allowing your body to FEEL the emotion rather than THINKING about it is a key factor to living in the now. By living in denial of how you truly feel and failing to address these negative emotions fabricates a life lived in denial. This ends up becoming problematic because it builds up it can transform into a physical problem. By observing our thoughts and body we can take control of the energy that flows within. 

In the book the writer highlights using all our senses fully. Allowing yourself to listen to the silence you find peace. Allowing yourself to appreciate the empty spaces, you find peace. Allow yourself to feel nothing and be nothing, you find peace. Most importantly, accepting what is and allowing yourself to just be - you find peace. 

"The past and present is an illusion" 

Elkhart Tolle does not speak about this in a philosophical sense, he emphasises it as a plain fact. Everything that is happening is happening in this very moment. When we think about the future, it is an imagined projected future. We long so much for the future because we believe our lives will drastically change. Success attained will give us all materialistic goods we desired, we will find the love our lives, we will finally get what we want. Ignorantly, we forget happiness cannot be attained as the future cannot change the state of your inner being. Only the present can. This mind dominance linking to time (only attaching yourself to the past and future) is the biggest destroyer of peace and increases the denial of the now.

"mind habitually denies and resists the now because it cannot function and remain in control without time...[and] receives the timeless now as threatening"

"To go beyond the mind and reconnect with the deeper relativity of Being, very different qualities are needed: surrender, non judgement, an openness that allows life to be instead of resisting it, the capacity to hold all think in the loving embrace of your knowing"

Being unconscious of the pain we inflict on ourselves means that our behavioural and mind patterns start to work in line with attracting pain. The pain body is described as the "dark shadow cast by the ego", Tolle points out the longer we fail to acknowledge it the stronger the pain body becomes. It feeds on the negative energy field you produce, prevents any good from lasting in your life. So don't hold onto what is causing disruption inside, let it go, learn to just be.

My favourite quote of the book is this simple line:

"You attract and manifest whatever corresponds to your inner state"

Read it once and read it again. Think about it. How does this relate to you?

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