Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now” literally changed my life by bringing the path I was on to a screeching halt and causing me to do a complete “about face”. I knew I was looking for something that was eluding me, and I sure was looking in all the wrong places. I first heard about him years ago on the Oprah Winfrey show and remembered his name. I was looking in a bookstore a few months later for a certain children’s book for my nephew and there was “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, right there in front of me, totally placed in the wrong section of the bookstore. I thought, “Wow. O.K. This copy must be for me!” The rest is history. I keep a copy with me wherever I go (I’m on about my 18th time reading it) and I’ve bought many copies for special friends and family members. Thanks to that book, I’m in a meditation program and on a spiritual path that is exactly what I was looking for. Here’s some quotes from my Favorite Spiritual Teacher:
1- To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for you inner state at any given moment. That means now.
2- For what you do to others, you do to yourself.
3- Instead of asking “what do I want from life?,” a more powerful question is, “what does life want from me?”
4- If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. You would be like a dreamer who doesn’t know he is dreaming. When you know you are dreaming, you are awake within the dream.
5- Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?
6- Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.
7- You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.
8- Whenever an answer, a solution, or a creative idea is needed, stop thinking for a moment by focusing attention on your inner energy field. … When you resume thinking, it will be fresh and creative.
9- All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind.
10- If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me
11- Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.
12- Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.
13- Not all thinking and all emotion are of the ego. They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become “I.”
14- Space has no “existence.” “To exist” literally means “to stand out.” You cannot understand space because it doesn’t stand out. Although in itself it has no existence, it enables everything else to exist. Silence has no existence either, nor does the Unmanifested.
15- Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
16- Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.
17- The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly — you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.
18- What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
19- “How” is always more important that “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.
20- The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.
To get a deeper understanding of these quotes, I highly recommend that you get your hands on some of Eckhart Tolle‘s writings. It’s really a joy to read, and can really make a difference in your life.