Summary of The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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The Power of Now book summary
Beneath the constant stream of thought lies the source of joy and the gateway to the “experience of Being.”


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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.


“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...
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About the Author

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

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