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First published in 1999, Eckhart Tolle’s spiritual self-help book became – with a little help from Oprah Winfrey – a number one New York Times bestseller and cultural phenomenon. His teachings borrow heavily from Christianity, as well as Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies. Tolle holds that quieting your relentless thoughts lets you become fully present in the “Now,” and that this inner stillness connects you to an eternal state of “Being.” Tolle’s subsequent books, including A New Earth and Guardians of Being, expand on his teachings. While always impartial in matters of religion, getAbstract recommends Tolle’s contemporary classic to those interested in mindfulness literature as a gateway to personal growth, inner peace and spiritual enlightenment.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the “power of Now” means
  • How thoughts and ego can be obstacles to enlightenment,
  • What three options you have in an intolerable situation, and
  • How Eckhart Tolle advises you to achieve peace.

About the Author

Spiritual teacher and leader Eckhart Tolle also wrote Guardians of Being and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.



“The Power of Now”

When your mind is still, you can gain access to your deepest self and feel the oneness of “Being.” While to many people the word “God” evokes a corresponding mental image, the word “Being” has no analogous image, nor does any single religion own this idea. Being is an open concept that encompasses the “eternal, ever-present One Life.” Being lies at the core of your essence, though it can be a difficult concept for your mind to grasp. You feel it when you are fully present and your attention is completely in the Now. Realize that “the present moment is all you ever have.”

Experiencing the transformative joy of Being brings inner peace and connects you to something greater than yourself. This enlightenment occurs when you tap into your true nature and returns you to your natural state.

Incessant Thoughts

Your thoughts – the ceaseless self-talk streaming through your mind – block the experience of Being. Thinking isn’t equivalent to Being. Engaging in planning, worrying, judging and explaining frames the world as a place of conflict and problems. That mental churn creates the illusion of separateness – that there is you, alone, and everything...

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    MAURICIO A T 10 months ago
    This is one of the best books to create self awareness in your own life and gaze upon the real important things in your life.
    Please consider reading the complete book on top of this summary.
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    Steven Golden 10 months ago
    I just stopped to take a break from reading this summary halfway to let the mind axis changing content sink in.

    My paradigm just did an 180 degree turn I will return a few hours later to complete reading.

    I will definitely go back with more bags because there's so many jewels in this summary I left behind.
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    Obada Nasser 1 year ago
    A great lecture really makes u discover your inner world in a very simplistic method
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    Anonymous 1 year ago
    What a great read! I now know that no situation is bad or good. Through surrender any situation is navigable. If i am unable to improve a situation, i will distance myself from the same and choose to accept the unchangeable. Great peace abounds in this wisdom. Thank you for the enlightenment.
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    ROBERTO ARTAVIA 1 year ago
    I read half the book and then noticed it's available on GetAbstract. I have to say even though the summary is good, it doesn't hold a candle to the book. Recommend reading the entire thing, I know I will.
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    Anonymous 1 year ago
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    Alex Toros 1 year ago
    cool book
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    Karim Al Kassem 2 years ago
    Seriously people, sharpen your reading awareness. Look for the "really" good books
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    Emilio Cuellas 2 years ago
    Good book for helping in the seek of the inner peace.
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    Luis Ibanez 2 years ago
    Great and essential for winners
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    Shannon Vincent 2 years ago
    Great read
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    John Llamas 2 years ago
    Good summary, perhaps a bit "too" for me, but some very valid thoughts, like in all things...take on what makes sense and leave the rest.
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    Edward Brown 2 years ago
    Great summary. Get Abstract should summarize more titles like this.