By Eckhart Tolle published in 2005
With the success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle continues to present readers with his insightful look into humanity’s ego-based thinking and provides practical teachings for waking up to a new, enlightened mind-set.
Describing to us the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle writes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then simply using practical terms he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and to live and breathe freely.
Unconscious people, (many remain unconscious, trapped in their egos throughout their lives), will quickly tell you who they are: their name, their occupation, their personal history, the shape or state of their body, and whatever else they identify with. But do they really know themselves? Knowing yourself goes far deeper than the adoption of a set of ideas or beliefs. Knowing yourself deeply has nothing to do with whatever ideas are floating around in your mind. Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.
“This book’s main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken. In that sense, this book is not “interesting.” Interesting means you can keep your distance, play around with ideas and concepts in your mind, agree or disagree. This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready.”
There is much to absorb in this book by Tolle. That’s why I feel the more I read it the more I benefit from it and remember more of it. Here is a powerful thought to ponder:
“If the thought of lack – whether it be money, recognition, or love – has become part of who you think you are, you will always experience lack. Rather than acknowledge the good that is already in your life, all you see is lack.”
My father has always been the most negative person I know and after reading this I thought about how much it described him. He grew up with nothing and always struggled for everything he wanted. He suffered a stroke in his fifties while working. The stroke actually changed him for the better because it made him physically and mentally slow down. Then he appreciated life and family. I also forget sometimes to appreciate what I have. When I do become aware of my blessings it always makes me smile.
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
For years I have been exploring the subject of self-awareness, enlightenment and/or mindfulness as it is called. Being aware of the present moment and more aware of my thoughts. Too often my thoughts are of the past or future. Rarely am I thinking about NOW. Right here and NOW.
Years ago I noticed my thoughts drifting more frequently when talking with my sister. While she would be trying to engage a real conversation with me my mind would be thinking about dinner or what is my young son doing right now? Then I met Ralph Anderson who was an extremely successful engineer and businessman. He gave me some Wayne Dyer CDs to listen to and said they had helped him with his life and business for many years. Since Mr. Anderson said Dyer was good I believed him. Over the years my enlightenment has broadened to many different books with the most recent being The Untethered Soul.
The Review: I do recommend this book. On the back of this book says “You’ll discover what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. This book opens the door to a life of self-realization and happiness.” This is exactly what it does.
Chapter 1 Title is “The Voice Inside Your Head”. This talks about the mental dialogue we all have inside our heads. The author approaches this subject as a way of simplifying it. I would have compulsive thoughts and never thought of them as being a problem. After reading this I have a lot less compulsive thoughts and more awareness of the current moment. With this mindfulness, I am more engaged in conversations with others and my environment. I notice my surroundings more; people, places and movements. It reminds me of people walking around with their faces pointed towards their cell phones. You see this everywhere and even with my own son, Evan. Now I think, how important is it to stay on your phones? Social media would say very important because they make money when you do stay tuned in. I say it’s bad because you aren’t experiencing what is going on around you.
This book goes on to discuss many other beneficial ideas such as meditation and how it helps with spiritual balance as much as it helps with both physical and emotional balance as well.
It also encourages us to expand our comfort zone (that’s what I call it). Quote “It is not life’s events that are causing problems or stress. It is your resistance to life’s events that is causing this experience.” More happiness is experienced when we stop trying to control life’s events, people or outcomes. We always try our best but if things don’t work out according to plan, accept it. C’est la vie…that’s life. Your comfort zone will expand. Grow more as a person and accept/tolerate life as it comes and goes.
This is a small book packed full of great wisdom for life. Deepak Chopra deemed “Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity.”
Singer’s website The Untethered Soul