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The Power of Now

Updated on November 2, 2012

Living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now


Be playful.  Know that it's going to be alright no matter what.

Have as much fun as you can. Be as easy as you can. Don't take anything very seriously, because everything blows over, good and bad. You can't stand still. So nothing lasts very long. The best of experiences you must move beyond, and the worst of experiences you must move beyond. Don't make where you are too big of a deal.
Let it be what it is.  It's a moment in time where you have the choice to feel good or feel bad. That's all that it ever is.

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5/8/01 "present, fully, and intensely, in the Now."

"To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the Universe. I call it stillness, but it is a jewel with many facets: that stillness is also joy, and it is love."

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle has emerged as one of today's most inspiring teachers. In The Power of Now, already a worldwide bestseller, the author describes his transition from despair to self-realization soon after his 29th birthday. Tolle took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques, and meditation theory but is also eminently practical.

In The Power of Now he shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living "present, fully, and intensely, in the Now."

"In The Power of Now author-sage Eckhart Tolle uses words to guide readers beyond words. Pointing to the portals of the eternal present, this practical mystic's modern gospel offers transcendent truths that set us free."

Dan Millman, author of Everyday Enlightenment and The Laws of Spirit

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I highly recommend the following CD's. I enjoy listening to them while I'm driving and while I'm resting...even while I'm walking with my IPod. Everytime I listen to one of these CD's I hear something I haven't heard before.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The complete book on CDEkhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container--more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now
Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now

This manual-style book instantly dives into Eckhart Tolle's principles of "living in the moment," which could be a jarring experience for readers who haven't read his preceding book, The Power of Now. For the initiated, though, this makes an excellent companion guide--rich in exercises and meditations to help readers get out of their minds so they can live more peacefully in their bodies.

Realizing the Power of Now
Realizing the Power of Now

Recorded at a rare five-day gathering led by Eckhart Tolle. This all-new program includes insights into: entering the Now through the portal called "allow", how to use the "inner body" and sense perceptions to find a peace that exists independent of conditions, expanding the space between thoughts for a deeper experience of the Now, and much more.Spoken simply, with his hallmark warmth, humor, and compassion, here is Eckhart Tolle's full presentation of a beautiful way to live that arises through Realizing the Power of Now.

The Power of Now Meditation Deck: 50 Inspiration Cards
The Power of Now Meditation Deck: 50 Inspiration Cards

This is his second deck developed for both spiritual students and mainstream seekers. Fifty durable, heavy-stock, 4-color cards contain key words on the front side and a quotation from Tolle's best-selling book on the reverse side. They are packaged in a boxed deck format that features a die-cut frame on the front cover that props up to display a card with a favorite inspiration or an especially needed focus. The deck is a thoughtful gift for a loved one or an admired colleague.

Entering the Now (The Power of Now Teaching Series)
Entering the Now (The Power of Now Teaching Series)

When you first encounter Eckhart Tolle's pregnant pauses--and there are dozens of them in this live recording--you may think your CD player has malfunctioned. But once it's clear that these gaps are all part of his teaching, and once Tolle elucidates, you'll realize that he is simply teaching you . . . to be . . . here . . . now. The very paradox of timelessness causes Tolle and audience to giggle often, as will you, as it . . . all . . . sinks . . . in. Despite his cosmic levity, Tolle's warm delivery, rife with Germanic robustness, is a kind and illuminating guide for the time-addicted. His Teutonic Zen koans have a peculiar way of permeating your mind. D.J.B. AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, MaineOprah Winfrey"Essential spiritual teaching . . . one of the most valuable books I've ever read." --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


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The Eckhart Tolle Audio Collection (The Power of Now Teaching Series)
The Eckhart Tolle Audio Collection (The Power of Now Teaching Series)

Now this gifted teacher's most useful audio sessions are available in one convenient resource, with The Eckhart Tolle Collection. This new slipcased gift edition includes:*The Realization of Being - How meditation opens the entry point to stillness, our greatest spiritual teacher, allowing us to merge with this moment in time*Living the Liberated Life and Dealing with the Pain-Body - Points a way out of the conditioned mind that keeps us trapped and unhappy, to a deeper level of consciousness beyond thought*Even the Sun Will Die - Historic interview recorded on September 11, 2001, shows that even in the face of disaster, a miracle happens when we say "yes" to living in this moment and no other.

The Flowering of Human Consciousness (The Power of teaching now series)
The Flowering of Human Consciousness (The Power of teaching now series)

The bestselling author of The Power of Now reveals specific, powerful insights on how to be present in this very moment. Tolle teaches easy techniques for self-observation, how to stop the endless stream of thoughts that interrupt, and methods for breaking out of object consciousness by tapping into an intelligence that is greater than the personal mind.

The Power of Now 2006 Calendar
The Power of Now 2006 Calendar

Each month pairs text from the book with arresting photographs that have been carefully selected to support the teachings of The Power of Now and helps readers to connect to these essential teachings and stay focused in the present moment all year long.


Eckhart Tolle On YouTube

Author of a world best seller book "The Power of Now" 1999 Eckhart Tolle points toward the "spaciousness" that surounds every object and every event in our lives. It must be obvious, but maybe to many of us unnoticed.

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Mandala Sand Painting

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The Power of Now with Sand Painting

Mandala Sand Painting

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means "mandala of colored powders." Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks. The meticulous process of applying grains of colored sands requires between 75 and 125 hours to complete.

Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

The subject of a Tibetan sand painting is known in Sanskrit as a mandala, or cosmogram, of which there are many types. In general all mandalas have outer, inner and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect a purification and healing on these three levels.

Mandalas are most commonly created with colored sand in two or three dimensions. To make the mandala, the mandala master first delineates the outline by holding string that is dipped in chalk and snapping it onto a flat surface. Then, sand is applied very precisely by tapping a metal cone that is filled with the colored sand. This elaborate ceremony requires extensive ritual preparation.

Anyone who participates in or witnesses the creation and destruction of a mandala sand painting is believed to be purified, uplifted, and enlightened by the sacred energies of the spirits, deities, buddhas, and saints who are evoked. The physical area in which the mandala is constructed also becomes blessed.

Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. Once the mandala is complete the monks ask for the deities' healing blessings during a ceremony. As the monks chant, one monk begins the destruction of the mandala by scraping a knuckle through the sand creating a cross of grey sand. Another monk uses a paintbrush to slowly and carefully sweep the sand from the perimeter to the cen

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The Power of Now in Healing

Navajo Sand Painting

The Navajo word for sandpaintings means "place where the gods come and go." The sandpainting has been used for centuries in religious rituals, including healing ceremonies performed by Navajo medicine men. A sandpainting for a ceremony is made on the ground in the ceremonial hogan and destroyed at the end of the ritual.

The Navajos have a complex series of healing ceremonies, or chants. They are designed to restore harmony to the patient, or as the Navajos say, "hzh." Some of these Navajo ceremonies last as long as nine days and nights. Ordinarily, on each of these nights, Old Navajo Whirlling Logs rugthe Singer (medicine man) directs the making of a sandpainting that illustrates an allegory used in the ceremony. According to tradition, the sandpainting must be ceremoniously destroy before dawn, or dreadful taboos can be inflicted upon the Singer and/or patient. The problem in making a sandpainting textile or rug, it cannot be destroyed. Therefore, it was believed that dire consequences would come to the weaver of a sandpainting.

According to legends, the Holy People kept paintings of sacred designs on spiders' webs, sheets of sky, clouds, fog, fabric and buckskin. These holy designs were an integral part of the Gods' own religious ceremonies recounting the lessons of life. The Holy People bestowed upon the Dine the right to create transitory illustrations of these paintings.

The Navajo copies of the gods' paintings are used in their own sacred rituals, usually the illustration of an allegory within a healing ceremony. The Dineh copies of the Holy People pictures assume the form of sandpaintings depicting anthropomorphic supernaturals, the four sacred plants (corn, beans, squash and tobacco), clouds, animals and numerous other objects. Usually, sandpaintings are made inside the Navajo home, the hogan, an eight sided, cribbed-log dwelling. The paintings often are laid out on a one- to three-inch-thick bed of fresh sand that has been smoothed with a wooden weaving-batten, though sometimes a buckskin or cloth serves as a surface.

The principal sandpainting colors--white, blue, yellow, and black--convey symbolic meaning and are linked with the Four Sacred Mountains marking the boundaries of Dinetah, the traditional tribal universe.

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Navajo Singer's Prayer

Part of a Healing Ceremony

Yet even glimpses at these fragmentary parts of a much bigger whole bring new meaning and a heightened sense of awareness to the Singer's prayer in Nightway:

The world before me is restored in beauty

The world behind me is restored in beauty

The world below me is restored in beauty

The world above me is restored in beauty

All things around me are restored in beauty

My voice is restored in beauty

It is finished in beauty

It is finished in beauty

It is finished in beauty

It is finished in beauty

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      4 years ago from Midwest

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      4 years ago

      I love this subject, great job!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! great book! I read this book and I have recommend it to my friends and family and those who are seeking spiritual enligthenment and inner freedom!

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      7 years ago

      awesome! its so important to focus on now rather than a far off time in the future. Plan, set goals, work towards them, but always focus on what you are doing now and what you are facing now. If you worry about the obstacles in your way 5 years from now you will never get past the one in front of you at the moment.

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      Very inspiring lens. I'll give it a 5

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      9 years ago

      I tell my students to learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future. I live in the Now but I look back often as well as ahead.Great lensLizzyJean

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      9 years ago

      Wow this is an amazing lens. I just started here and also did a lens on the power of now but i can see now i have a lot of work to do here!

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! Thank you for sharing! :-)

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      great lens! keep updating I'm following you.

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      10 years ago

      thats true PAT be positive cause we know we could attract positive things too in the future thats the Law Of Attraction... have a great day!5 stars!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens--upbeat and positive.5*Lizzy

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, you get 5* now!

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      10 years ago

      I do believe that your lens has captured the POWER of Now... NOW!!! ;-)You are a welcome addition to the Mind and Spirit Group Pat!

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      10 years ago

      Hi, Pat. I love your attitude! On all your lenses you are such a positive, joyful person. What a pleasure it is to visit!

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful lens Pat. :-) Lensrolling it to my situation alchemy lens.Happy TrailsKat

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      10 years ago

      Hey Pat, Thanks for the comments. This lens is great! Eckhart is truly one of the great luminaries of our time. I was pleased to see Oprah doing her webcast with him, this proves that there is a consciousness shift occuring right now. People are starting to wake up again. We do have hope.

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      12 years ago

      Pat, I love this lens! When I have more time, I'm going to come back here and follow some of the links. Thanks, JD


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