Title: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Author(s): Eckhart Tolle
One fine day, Eckhart, after yet another bout of anxiety, arrived at a stunning realization about his self – that completely stopped the endless internal chatter – all thoughts stopped. Fully conscious, he gradually moved to a point where there was no fear and he found himself being in “uninterrupted deep peace and bliss”. He felt as if he was reborn and started experiencing all of life with “first time” freshness and unbounded depth and clarity.
Later he found out that this is what many others called (spiritual) enlightenment.
From most accounts, enlightenment arrives unannounced and suddenly. It is said, after a point, all spiritual preparation is pointless – because it happens effortlessly – hence, all effort actually takes you away. Yet, at the beginning and until “some” point, some guidance could be helpful.
Now, taking spiritual guidance may not be easy – with hundreds of enlightened Gurus and many more hundreds of books. Where to begin? It can be actually be quite simple – one way is to accept nobody blindly and begin your own enquiry – define your own path – it is anyway always going to be your own unique journey. Though you will definitely come up with questions.
This is the where this book could help – most of the book is in Question Answer format.
Question: I cannot believe that I could ever reach a point where I am completely free of my problems.
Answer: You are right. You can never reach that point because you are at that point now. There is no salvation in time. You cannot be free in the future. Presence is the key to freedom, so you can only be free now.
Ready to be free? Happy blisful reading!