"You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are."
- The Power of Now
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A simple, yet potent secret to being happy.
The real work of breaking free of the pain-body is to acknowledge that you are identified with it. The real problem is not the pain-body itself, but our identification with it.
The single most important step in your journey toward enlightenment is to learn to dis-identify from your thinking mind.
It is important to know that your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Your inner purpose is primary. It concerns Being. Your outer purpose is secondary and it concerns doing.
Does TV watching create inner space? Does it cause you to be present? Unfortunately, it does not.
This story illustrates the uniquely human ability to cling to the past by holding on to our stories.
If you have been doing inner work for some time, a visit with your family is an excellent opportunity to discover how well you have done.
Eckhart Tolle's Life and Teachings
Eckhart Tolle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time.
The Spiritual Teacher and author was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, Eckhart began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher. Since 1995 Eckhart has lived in Vancouver, Canada.
Eckhart's profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that Eckhart sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet.
Eckhart is a sought-after public speaker and teaches and travels extensively throughout the world. Many of his talks, intensives and retreats are published on CD and DVD. Most of the teachings are given in English, but occasionally Eckhart also gives talks in German and Spanish. In addition to The Power of Now and A New Earth, Eckhart has written a book designed for meditative reading entitled Stillness Speaks. A book consisting of selections from The Power of Now is also available, entitled Practicing the Power of Now.