Eclectic Spirituality: Tolle and others.

Highlights

Eckhart Tolle: Practicing the Power of Now: Essential teachings, meditations, and exercises from The Power of Now.
Eckhart Tolle: Realizing the power of now [an in-depth retreat], a 6-CD recording.
Eckhart Tolle: Stillness Speaks.
Eckhart Tolle: The flowering of human consciousness everyone's life purpose, a 2-DVSD recording.

Parabola.

The flowering of human consciousness, a 2-DVD recording (2001)

A terrific opportunity to see Eckhart Tolle as he speaks about consciousness to a large audience.

Practicing the Power of Now: Essential teachings, meditations, and exercises from The Power of Now (2001)

A more accessible collection of the practical aspects and meditative readings: exercises, meditations, and short quotations from The Power of Now. Some highlights below: see the book for context and details.

Part 1: Accessing the Power of Now.

  1. Being and enlightenment

  2. The origin of fear

  3. Entering the now

  4. Dissolving unconscious

  5. Beauty arises in the stillness of your presence

Part 2: Relationship as Spiritual Practice.

  1. Dissolving the pain-body

  2. From addictive to enlightened relationships

Part 3: Acceptance and Surrender.

  1. Acceptance of the Now

  2. Transforming illness and suffering

Realizing the Power of Now,
a 6-CD recording of an in-depth retreat with Eckhart Tolle

CD 1

  1. Introduction
  2. From thinking to awareness
  3. The silent spaces between the words
  4. A "Me" in every thought
  5. Noticing the dimension of space
  6. The essence of your being is emptiness
  7. Stillness in nature
  8. All thought is limited

CD 2

  1. Introduction
  2. Signposts to awareness
  3. Sense perceptions without labels
  4. Finding God through suffering
  5. The portal is the present moment
  6. A shift in collective consciousness
  7. To be there as clear space
  8. Surface and depth

CD 3

  1. Introduction
  2. Silent intelligence
  3. Cooperating wiht the movement of life
  4. The knot of ego
  5. One foot in each dimension
  6. Loss and the world of form
  7. Conscious suffering
  8. From anger to aliveness
  9. Noble silence

CD 4

  1. Introduction
  2. Losing the Now
  3. Relationship and space
  4. Saying "Yes" to what is
  5. Out of the story into Now
  6. Presence without thought
  7. Things let you down
  8. Conceptual identities

CD 5

  1. Introduction
  2. Sitting with craving
  3. There is only one of us
  4. Beyond the trap of the mind
  5. Stop thinking without falling asleep
  6. Working with performance anxiety
  7. People love to hear the truth

CD 6

  1. Introduction
  2. Out of thought
  3. Whatever you accept, you go beyond
  4. A sacred meeting
  5. Fierce alertness
  6. The signpost is enough
  7. Fear of loneliness

Stillness Speaks,
a 3-CD recording of Eckhart Tolle reading his book of that name.

Tolle converts and combines the ideas of several main spiritual traditions (including Buddhism and Christianity) into words that Westerners may find easier to understand. He advocates that we discover lasting peace, contentment, and serenity, through connection to the stillness within us:

Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.

Clusters of topics:

  1. Silence and Stillness
  2. Beyond the Thinking Mind
  3. The Egoic Self
  4. The Now
  5. Who You Truly Are
  6. Acceptance and Surrender
  7. Nature
  8. Relationships
  9. Death
  10. Suffering and the End of Suffering

I like his "pay attention to the gap ... between two thoughts ... or between the in-breath and the out-breath". I might even remember that because at the London Tube Stations, they say 'mind the gap' so you don't fall into the gap between the platform and the train!

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