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By Eckhart Tolle

Before I hop into reviewing ‘The Power of Now’. I can announce that my much anticipated interview with David Jenyns the author of SYSTEMology is now available.
I have received totally inspiring feedback from numerous subscribers and clients about how much SYSTEMology has changed how they think about and create systems in a way that has begun to transform their business and personal lives, so I am sure you will enjoy the interview as much as I did here ……. https://youtu.be/EaIJjYD9BjQ

Now on with this months amazing book review ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle …

“You have NO power in the past and NO power in the future, all the power you have is NOW in this present moment!”
You only have to read this sentence to understand it intellectually, to live it and feel it with the essence of your being is something else!

As my regular subscribers and clients will know, I believe that our work and business lives should embrace who we are spiritually, I have worked with so many business leaders and entrepreneurs who grow extraordinarily successful businesses, but if they are not spiritually fulfilled in what they do, then quite frankly ‘what’s the point!?’

I have NEVER reviewed a book twice, so does it make sense to do so? Absolutely, when a book is so profound and so timeless. I first read it in 2005 and then I featured it in one of my earlier ‘book of the month reviews’ way back in 2010. It is because ‘The Power of Now’ has had a massive impact on who I am as a person at the various stages of my life that I have felt compelled to revisit it. Each time I have learned new wisdom from the same words.

It was 15 years ago, shortly after I had just finished reading ‘The Power of Now’ for the first time that I acquired my my first paying coaching client, he was a multi-millionaire who I had met whilst doing leadership training in the USA with Tony Robbins. Despite the fact that 2 weeks before I met him, he had just negotiated a business deal that had increased his net wealth by over £10 million, he approached me to work with him because he told me he was ‘depressed’.  When he called me on the phone, back in 2006, he said “I just made £10 Million, why I am looking at a packet of Prozac (anti-depressants)?”  I asked him “I am a newbie ‘business and leadership coach’, why do you want to work with me?” he responded, “Because, the doctors just want to give me a pill, I don’t want to take their pills, I know from training with you that you are more than just a business coach.” 

This conversation profoundly impacted me, and I knew that if I was to coach entrepreneurs and business leaders to grow their businesses it had to also include them growing personally and spiritually.

Since working with this client, I have been blessed to work with so many other successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, but their business success is NOT our primary focus, it is simply a biproduct, my chief aim is their fulfilment in pursuit of their own authenticity, that is why I focus on both personal and business transformation.

The very essence of personal fulfilment is to live in the present moment as much and as often as possible, this is the primary outcome of practicing ‘The Power of Now’.

Over the years I have discovered that practicing ‘The Power of Now’ brings with it a number of biproducts:

  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Less mentally reactive and more purposeful 
  • Greater mental clarity
  • Increased awareness and insight 
  • Expanded levels of creativity
  • Increased awareness and attraction of synchronous experiences

The audiobook is great!
Like with many great books I own a physical copy and I have the audiobook. I love the audiobook because Eckhart Tolle has such a soothing voice that conveys even more than reading the physical words on a page. I will share with you some of the nuggets of wisdom in this book.

Tolle on religion
Tolle is not attached to any religion, however he acknowledges that all the major religions have a spiritual essence that comes from the same source, which Tolle will occasionally reference throughout the book. Tolle states that the spiritual messages that are at the core of most religions are often either misinterpreted or diluted or in some cases hijacked for egoic purposes of power and control.  

Tolle on ‘freeing yourself from your mind’
Tolle proposes that all anxieties come from the mind, we know when we are being fully present in the moment. Tolle says that most people are chasing external changes in pursuit of some sort of freedom, however, true freedom is accessible to anyone as it is freedom from their mind.
We can all have moments when we are fully present, whether it is because we are meditating or because we are doing an activity like rock climbing or cycling or playing with a young child, these are the moments when we are truly free.

Tolle on consciousness: The way out of pain
What I love about the book is that much of it is Tolle’s responses to seemingly really difficult to answer questions, or potentially contradicting observations from his own students. For example, after Tolle has been communicating the power of being in the present moment one of his students points out: ‘The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant or awful.’
Tolle’s initial response is 
“It is as it is. Observe how the mind labels it and how this labelling process, this continuous sitting in judgement creates pain and unhappiness. By watching the mechanics of the mind you step out of it’s resistance patterns, and you then allow the present moment to be. This will give you a taste of the state of inner freedom from external conditions, the state of true inner peace. Then see what happens and take action if necessary or possible.”

Tolle on death
There are so many pearls of wisdom littered throughout this gem of a book, some will resonate with you more than others depending on ‘your situation’.  On previous occasions of reading this book I barely notice a Tolle quote, which I now perceive as most profound ….

The secret of life is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.” 
For me death is the one certainty of life, yet many people seldom contemplate it until they or someone close to them is facing a physical death situation. 
In the world of recent times, you can observe people being scared of going out of their house or mixing with other people or that we are losing our way of life. People more than ever seem to be so scared of dying that they are not really living. 

My personal biggest takeaway
Over the years a number of my clients have read and practiced ‘The Power of Now’ as have I. reported a multitude of profound experiences and ‘takeaways’.  The biggest and most consistent takeaway I had from reading this book since the first time 15 years ago is something that I now practice more and more often …. 

I imagine myself floating out of my body and I begin to look down on the present moment, then I allow myself to stop thinking! When my mind switches off, even just for a moment my stress evaporates, when my mind comes back on-line I become mentally clearer and fresher and I often experience creative and intuitive insights that range from ‘interesting’ to ‘transformational’.

I love helping entrepreneurs grow purposeful, profitable businesses. I love helping business leaders create and deliver an inspiring vision, to identify and live their core values, to engineer and refine their systems and processes, to be more productive, to think more creatively and much more, but all of this is pointless without personal fulfilment.  

Finally, as I heartily recommend this book, I will sign off with a quote from Eckhart Tolle that best summarises why I recommend you should read (or re-read it) …
“You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.”

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