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May 30th, 2017
Read some tolle, bro! ...Who here has truly "gotten" it and implemented it?
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scottsdale

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So I read the Power of Now a few years ago after Eckhart Tolle was the big thing around here - and I actually was surprised at how good it was and how much value was in the book. I implemented a lot of the ideas and thought processes.... Thing was I grew up reading spirituality books and it really simplified everything for me and also confirmed a lot of truths I already believed in. But pretty quick after reading it I kinda forgot about it all and slipped back into my old ways.

So I recently for some reason picked up A New Earth, kinda just a random desire I had to read some tolle (bro), and I am BLOWN AWAY at how life changing Tolle's shit really is. I thought I "got it" when I first read the power of now, but apparantly I didn't. It's like I understood it before kinda, but now I'm actually ready for it.... I can't even imagine that it didn't impact me a few years ago the way that it is now.
The changes are already shifting in me big time, and I don't think I can go back to my old ways. I really don't think I can go back....

So my question is, since there have been a lot of Tolle bro's on these forums. How many of you have really GOTTEN IT, and became "Awake" so to speak, and have continued on that path ever since? How many true bros (lol) are on here?


 
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ARealHero

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After I finished The Power of Now (which was only about a month ago tbh) I felt like I truly "got it" as in, what living in the moment REALLY meant type thing.
And I was also afraid of losing that feeling, similar thoughts like "shit am I gonna feel this way forever?" 

I think for me it's just become part of the journey now, it's like now I have this power to summon my "presence" to any moment throughout the day, and it comes and goes. 

After reading your post tho I really want to start reading A New Earth, and see what changes that brings. 
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Manwhore

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If you want to have the truly powerful experience, the physiological change into presence, I would grab a copy of the audiobook of Practicing the Power of Now. 
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Manwhore

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Don't read it. Listen 
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Taoist Manipulator

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First, there's deeper shit in Indian and Chinese traditions with respect to the topics Tolle writes about. He merely scratches the surface, and I feel he uses too much flowery language. I prefer other authors who are more down-to-earth.

Second, there are multiple layers of understanding. Perhaps, it may take a lifetime to fully get his ideas. Or perhaps, just a long time until you reach his level. Yes, some people say Tolle isn't really enlightened, but merely reached one of the stages to it. But who cares? Even if he's diluted, he's doing the Community some good shit.

Finally, with the previous point in mind, I would be cautious in believing "I get it." I can at most affirm I understand part of it, and what I do understand, I need to work and make use to effect changes in my life.
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M.Suede

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If you like Eckhart Tolle, you should check out Alan Watts.   I like Watts even more than I like Tolle.



YouTube has a ton of his lectures for free.
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thespice

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life will always present more opportunities for you to "get it" more.   more experiences, losses, etc.  different people take different things from the book. some people take it to improve their relationships, realizing that a lot of their reactions are based on automatic egoic responses.   others seem to take a existential interpretation and become less social, apparently coming to the conclusion that the whole universe is illusion and so they believe the basis of social relationships to be fake altogether, and they retreat from the world.  those are the unfortunate lot i think.  i went down that path myself, turned to the Jed Mckenna type spirituality and became a weird anti social recluse like him.

anyway, if the book really had an impact the key to staying present is to practice constantly, and every day be aware of how you can let go of egoic reactions and thought patterns.
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I usually listen to audiobooks if I happen to be doing some repetitve task at work that doesn't require a lot of concentration. I tried listening to the power of now a while back, but gave up. The author reads it, big mistake. He has to have the most boring monotone voice on this planet. Still, I plan on reading it, but I'll have to sit down and actually do the reading myself.
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Eckhart Tolle for me was literally life changing, but I'm just in it for the practical aspects. I like to be present and carefree in the now, I like the fact that meditation changes my brain chemistry for the better, I like that the whole witness-concept of Eastern traditions gives me perspective when weird thoughts keep circling my brain that can't be silenced with counter-thoughts and I like being calmer in social situations. The whole enlightenment thing, being awake, living non-duality as JedMcKennians would say....that's not for me. A part of me believes those goals are just appealing to the Ego, but I could be wrong as well and don't get the actual intentions behind Tolle's and similar kinds of teachings. See, I feel it's necessary for me to still consider myself a part of this world and not some distanced consciousness. I like being able to go out for dinner and pay for a nice steak without overanalyzing the deeper meanings in terms of Ego and identity. 
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Excellent
thespice Wrote:
life will always present more opportunities for you to "get it" more.   more experiences, losses, etc.  different people take different things from the book. some people take it to improve their relationships, realizing that a lot of their reactions are based on automatic egoic responses.   others seem to take a existential interpretation and become less social, apparently coming to the conclusion that the whole universe is illusion and so they believe the basis of social relationships to be fake altogether, and they retreat from the world.  those are the unfortunate lot i think.  i went down that path myself, turned to the Jed Mckenna type spirituality and became a weird anti social recluse like him.

anyway, if the book really had an impact the key to staying present is to practice constantly, and every day be aware of how you can let go of egoic reactions and thought patterns.
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i have my doubts that the whole "being present" thing is something that happens in an instant due to an shift in awareness and stays forever. i think it is more like "state" you experience it once and as soon as you did you know it exists. but now you have to cultivate it, and train it. i think you can do this through meditation.
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