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The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 224 | Format: Softcover and Stapled | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional

Isbn-10: 0340733500 | Isbn-13: 9780340733509 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Audio CD , Paperback , Hardcover , Audio Cassette , Others

Category: Health, Mind & Body , Philosophy , Religion & Spirituality

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Book Description
To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of THE POWER OF NOW. It's a book to be revisited again and again. An international bestselling phenomenon, this book has inspired a generation and is as popular today as it was a decade ago when first published.
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  • 4

    From the paper version to the audio version

    Usually i dig this kind of books more on paper (pencil at hand!). Yet this time, this one, listened at 90 minutes ca. at a time, on my early morning walks at dawn, was as smooth as oil and crystal ...continue

    Usually i dig this kind of books more on paper (pencil at hand!). Yet this time, this one, listened at 90 minutes ca. at a time, on my early morning walks at dawn, was as smooth as oil and crystal clear. It could have been the silence and stillness of the day just preparing to be and the Presence within, or else, but each time it was over I wanted more! It really deserves a five stars, I put four though now only because I believe I still grasp only part of all it's revealed here. Absolutely a great book even in audio version!

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    結果觸碰到我內心深處的是書中最後一個問題: 我如何知道自己已經臣服(surrender)了? 當你不再需要這麼問的時候。

    同樣也可以這麼說: 我如何知道自己已全然臨於當下? 當你不再需要這麼問的時候。

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  • 4

    之前看的是簡體字版,翻譯得很差,硬生生的。後來借到這本台版,從第六章看起,文字譯得活潑得多,讓人看得有感情,像在聽智者分享。 喜歡作者以答問方式來展示內容,那些題問正是我心中的疑團。最讓我深刻的是: 1.作者指出痛苦、不快,需要時間才能滋長,所以只專注當下,沒有過去未來,負面的情緒根本不會出現。 2.依我理解,"天人合一"是作者的中心思想,任何人都是天地萬物一份子,生前死後,只不過換了別的形態存於世界,所以不用憂愁。喜歡他以湖來比喻,人生如湖的內裏,總是平和安靜,與萬物為一,任何悲傷痛苦就像漣漪,不過是命途中遇到的狀況,不過是湖面的瞬間,稍縱即逝。關心內在的生命,那就能得享平安喜樂。 3.智性是活在當下的阻礙,會令自己分裂成不同的"自我",社會賦予的、自己理想的加以批評判斷......唯有感性,才能Be Myself。 4.痛苦能令我們真切感受存在,能助我們感悟當下。

    不過,要做"活在當下"好難,魯鈍如我,大概要用一生去修。

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  • 5

    這本書解開了我好多的疑惑,傳遞了許多珍貴的知見,艾克哈特.托勒這位作者的文字非常有力量,在閱讀這本書時我感到很清明,腦內彷彿有盞燈逐漸變亮。照著書上的內容,我嘗試的操作了好幾天後,我無意間體驗到作者說的,心智流中斷無心的間隙。也就是奧修說的頭腦完全停止,發生時只有極短的時間,甚至不到兩秒,當我思緒又開始想:「只活在當下真是狂喜」時,這句話都還沒想完,它就飛快的消失了。雖然只有短短兩秒,但卻也能感受到無法言喻的感覺,大概是一種由內向外溢出的極度飽滿喜悅感的充盈。我知道總有一天,它會永遠成為我的常態,只要我持續的保持臨在。

    這本書也讓我首次注意到能量這件事,以前我總是想,能量是虛幻的,不應該追求或是把注意力全部放在上面,看了這本書我才明白,原來能量是源源不絕的來自內在,不需要追求,而我們總是把能量用在餵養心智小我以及痛苦之身上,浪費了好多寶貴的能量,留下來的只有精疲力竭容易被疾病入侵的身體。這本書說明了能量、思想、情緒、身體、痛苦之身間的相互作用,再加上時間與空間的認同,交織出眼前困住我們的娑婆世界。此書最重要的就是教導如何的離苦,如何的活在當下。

    照著書上的說明,想要從時間裡解脫,那就要放掉心理時間,所謂心理時間就是認同過去,和對未來做持續且強迫性地投射。這種心智每個人都會有,始終都專注在,變成、達到、獲得、或不斷地追逐新奇的刺激、享樂,想要更多、更好、更完整…。完全不知道,生命只有當下這一刻,錯過了當下,只是一部生存機器,並不叫生命。

    以下摘錄幾句話語。 ◎ 情緒是身體對心智的反應。 ◎ 先身體之死而死,才發現根本沒有死亡。 ◎ 情緒與思想衝突時,思想是謊言,感受是當時心智狀態的相對真理。 ◎ 一個情緒代表一個被強化且蓄滿能量的思想模式。 ◎ 思想與情緒互相餵養壯大形成惡性循環。 ◎ 心智與時間密不可分。 ◎ 抗拒與心智密不可分。 ◎ 觀察思想者、情緒,感覺身體能量,放下等待、心智認同。 ◎ 專注當下這一刻、臨在,把時間從心智裡移除。 ◎ 不要分析、判斷,只要觀察來去。

    另外幾句作者對痛苦之身詮釋的重點整理。 ◎ 是活在裡面的過往。 ◎ 是受困的生命能量。 ◎ 是我執所投射的陰影。 ◎ 是虛而不實的幽靈。 ◎ 臨在的光照下,黑暗痛苦之身消失無蹤。 ◎ 創造疾病與意外,甚至自殺。 ◎ 不認同,不給能量,會滑行一段時間,企圖要你再度認同它。 ◎ 由痛苦中製造身份,永遠無法擺脫痛苦。 ◎ 觀察內在的抗拒,觀察對痛苦的執著,觀察強迫性談論或思考的習慣。 ◎ 知道它,接受它,不要思考它,不要讓感覺變思考。 ◎ 保持觀察,靜觀其變。

    最後引用書內部份內容: 當下本然如是。觀察你的心智如何給它貼標籤,以及貼標籤的過程。這種持續不斷地入席批判,創造了痛苦和不快樂。你透過對心智機制的觀察,而由它的抗拒模式之中解套,然後你就能容許當下這一刻的臨在了。這讓你品嚐到不受外境束縛的內在自由的狀態,也就是真正的內在和平狀態。然後接下來看看它如何發展,而你是否需要採取什麼行動。先接受,再行動。不論當下這一刻的內容如何,把它當做你的選擇,接受它。配合它,不要違逆它。把它當成是你的盟友,而不是敵人。你的整個生命將會發生神奇的轉化。

    縱然烏雲鋪天蓋地,太陽卻不曾消失。而太陽就在烏雲的另一端。祝福自己。

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  • 5

    感受自身的能量,然後運用這個能量,克服身體、心靈上的障礙

    ﹝當下的力量﹞跳脫時間,你才能夠跟大我(宇宙、神)同在,專心讓這一片刻是"喜悅"JOY,當自己情緒的"旁觀者"(有意識的活著)

    有人問秘密的作者,是你自己想出的?還是你"接收"到相關的訊息? 回答是: 接收到訊息

    就像寫"哈利波特"的作者、就像寫"梅爾達冥想法"的老師章成

    能夠活在當下的人,可以連結到豐盛的宇宙,接收到需要的所有訊息.....

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    The Power of Now

    This book teaches you how to live in the present moment of life and tap the power that exists there. Most people focus their attention on the past or the future, and that is what creates the problem. ...continue

    This book teaches you how to live in the present moment of life and tap the power that exists there. Most people focus their attention on the past or the future, and that is what creates the problem. We can only live now so that is where our attention needs to be. We have to let go of our ego and learn how to tap into our inner self. By learning how to live in the Now, you create a new awareness and a new perspective for life.

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    This book introduced the joy and peace of Being in Now.

    The author was a spiritual teacher. I agreed with him that the world now came to a state of chaos, in the mental and psychological sense, and ...continue

    This book introduced the joy and peace of Being in Now.

    The author was a spiritual teacher. I agreed with him that the world now came to a state of chaos, in the mental and psychological sense, and demanded a revolutionary development in the human race. There were too much conflict, hatred, competition and sorrow. The Mind was actually taking over the world.

    In this book, it emphasized being in the presence, through witnessing your own emotions, not being identified with and controlled by the Mind. The Mind is not the real self. The real self is the Being deep inside. Something precious, eternal and with enormous power.

    One have to learn how to accept what is, get rid of Time, surrender to the external world, offer no resistance to emotions and situations. Only by staying conscious could one feel the joy and peace that would last forever.

    A very very good book for mental growth and enlightenment at this time of the year. It was meaningful and I did get something out of it.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------ "Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakeable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer."

    "The compulsive thinker, which means almost everyone, lives in a state of apparent separateness, in an insanely complex world of continuous problems and conflict, a world that reflects the ever-increasing fragmentation of the mind."

    "So when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought... The thought then loses its power over you and quickly subsides, because you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it."

    "You need to be present enough to be able to watch the pain-body directly and feel its energy. It then cannot control your thinking."

    "What you think of as the past is a memory trace, stored in the mind, of a former Now... The future is an imagined Now, a projection of the mind."

    "All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence. "

    "Being free of psychological time, you no longer pursue your goals with grim determination, driven by fear, anger, discontent, or the need to become someone. Nor will you remain inactive through fear of failure, which to the ego is loss of self.... You don't seek permanency where it cannot be found: in the world of form, of gain and loss, birth and death. You don't demand that situations, conditions, places, or people should make you happy, and then suffer when they don't live up to your expectations."

    "Do not give all your attention away to the mind and the external world. By all means focus on what you are doing, but feel the inner body at the same time whenever possible. Stay rooted within."

    "If you continue to pursue the goal of salvation through a relationship, you will be disillusioned again and again. But if you accept that the relationship is here to make you conscious instead of happy, then the relationship will offer you salvation, and you will be aligning yourself with the higher consciousness that wants to be born into this world."

    "To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad... Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those thighs, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore."

    "Feel yourself becoming transparent, as it were, without the solidity of a material body. Now allow the noise, or whatever causes a negative reaction, to pass right through you... Instead of having a wall of resistance inside you that gets constantly and painfully hit by things that "should not be happening", let everything pass through you."

    "If you can never accept what is, by implication you will not be able to accept anybody the way they are... If you continuously make the Now into a means to an end in the future, you will also make every person you encounter or relate with into a means to an end."

    "If you cannot accept what is outside, the accept what is inside. If you cannot accept the external condition, accept the internal condition. This means: Do not resist the pain. Allow it to be there."

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    色即是空,空即是色

    這本書就跟標題一樣,抽象而神秘,是屬於對佛學有基本概念的人才讀的懂得書。書名雖然叫做當下的力量,而內容大致上也在講專注當下的好處與影響,但因為過於抽象,所以不那麼容易理解,也很難找到實做的方法。

    總而言之,如果讀完這本書,會知道把專注力放在「現在」是多麼重要的事,但對一個初學者而言,我想先從《不思考的練習》開始練習會好的多。

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    未來在行事曆上, 過去在腦海裡; 當你擔憂未來, 憂傷怨忿過去, 就遺失了現在, 但我們真正擁有的是過去嗎? 我們必須用我們僅有的現在去創造未來, ...continue

    未來在行事曆上, 過去在腦海裡; 當你擔憂未來, 憂傷怨忿過去, 就遺失了現在, 但我們真正擁有的是過去嗎? 我們必須用我們僅有的現在去創造未來, 這是一本好書, 教我們怎麼把身,心,思緒,精力都專注的留在現在這個當下!!

    不過文字比較艱深, 還是最愛奧修了!平易近人.

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