Eckhart Tolle

Notes from Practicing the Power of Now

You are not the thinker.  All things like beauty, love, and peace, arise from beyond the mind.  Witness your thoughts without judging them.

Be fully awake to the present and a door will open.

Ego is the false identity created by unconsciously identifying with the mind.  We (ego) are always projecting to ensure survival and looking for fulfillment in the future.

Emotion is where mind and body meet.  Connect with your inner energy field and observe emotions.  This is a doorway to being.

Fear arises from something that might happen in the future.  Ego is insecure and feels constantly under threat of death (i.e. being wrong).

Remove time from your mind.  Say “yes” to the present moment.

Past perpetuates itself through lack of presence.  The quality of present moment shapes the future.  Problems only exist in time, not in the present.

Portals into being:
- Listen to silence
- Acceptance of the Now
- Focus on aliveness of inner body

Bring the yes to the now.  It [the present moment] could not be otherwise.

Karma dissolves in the present moment.  This is our free will.

See the pearl that is hidden no matter what the now contains.

Quotes from The Power of Now

"Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship."
P 12

"One of the main tasks of the mind is to fight or remove that emotional pain, which is one of the reasons for its incessant activity, but all it can ever achieve is to cover it up temporarily."
P 23

"Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
P 29

"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 nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence."
P 50

Quotes from A New Earth

[H]eaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness.  -  P 23

Most people don’t inhabit a living reality, but a conceptualized one.  -  P 37

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.  -  P41

And what you react to in another, you strengthen in yourself.  -  P 62

The conceptual image your mind has made of yourself is relating to its own creation, which is the conceptual image it has made of the other person.  The other person’s mind has probably done the same, so every egoic interaction between two people is in reality the interaction between four conceptual mind-made identities that are ultimately fictions.  -  P 94

Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.  -  P 96

To love is to recognize yourself in another.  -  P 105

To become free of the ego is not really a big job but a very small one.  All you need to do is be aware of your thoughts and emotions – as they happen.  -  P 117

“Don’t seek the truth.  Just cease to cherish opinions.”  What does that mean?  Let go of identification with your mind.  Who you are beyond the mind then emerges by itself.  -  P 121

Children in particular find strong negative emotions too overwhelming to cope with and tend to try not to feel them... Unfortunately, that early defense mechanism usually remains in place when the child becomes an adult.  -  P 141

There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness.  That realization is true forgiveness, your victim identity dissolves, and your true power emerges – the power of Presence.  Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light.  -  P 160

Who am I?... Knowing yourself deeply has nothing to do with whatever ideas are floating around in your mind.  Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.  -  P 186

When you realize that what you react to in others is also in you (and sometimes only in you), you begin to become aware of your own ego.  At that stage, you may also realize that you were doing to others what you thought others were doing to you.  -  P 189

Whatever you think people are withholding from you – praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on – give it to them.  You don’t have it?  Just act as if you had it and it will come.  Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving.  You cannot receive what you don’t give.  Outflow determines inflow.  Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won’t even know that you have it.  -  P 191

Behind the sometimes seemingly random or even chaotic succession of events in our lives as well as in the world lies concealed the unfolding of a higher order and purpose... We can never understand this higher order through thinking about it because whatever we think about is content; whereas, the higher order emanates from the formless realm of consciousness, from universal intelligence.  But we can glimpse it, and more than that, align ourselves with it, which means be conscious participants in the unfolding of that higher purpose.  -  P 194

External reality.. always reflects back to you your inner state...  -  P 203

You cannot make the egoless state into a future goal and then work toward it... because it will always seem that you have not arrived yet...  Look carefully to find out if your spiritual search is a disguised form of ego.  Even trying to get rid of your “self” can be a disguised search for more if the getting rid of your “self” is made into a future goal.  -  P 206

So instead of adding time to yourself, remove time.  The elimination of time from your consciousness is the elimination of ego.  It is the only true spiritual practice...  What we are speaking of is the elimination of psychological time, which is the egoic mind’s endless preoccupation with past and future and its unwillingness to be one with life by living in alignment with the inevitable isness of the present moment.  -  P 207

Whenever a habitual no to life turns into a yes, whenever you allow this moment to be as it is, you dissolve time as well as ego...  As long as [ego] runs your life, there are two ways of being unhappy.  Not getting what you want is one.  Getting what you want is the other.  -  P 207

Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is deeper than any forms and untouched by time.  - P 214

When you are aware of space, you are not really aware of anything, except awareness itself – the inner space of consciousness.  Through you, the universe is becoming aware of itself!  -  P218

[Y]our entire life journey ultimately consists of the step you are taking at this moment.  There is always only this one step, and so you give it your fullest attention...  What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.  -  P 271

Seen from beyond the limitations of thinking and therefore incomprehensible to the human mind, everything is happening now.  All that ever has been or will be is now, outside of time, which is a mental construct.  -  P 281

There is no such thing as “your” life, since you and life are not two, but one.  -  P 282


The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about the situation.

When someone criticizes you, blames you, or calls you names, instead of immediately retaliating  or defending yourself, do nothing.  Allow the self-image to remain diminished and become alert to what that feels like deep inside you.  (Jesus - turn the other cheek)

Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.

Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember.  Do that for one year and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending all of these courses.  And it’s free.

The three modalities of awakened doing are acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm.  Each represents a certain vibrational frequency of consciousness.  You need to be vigilant to make sure that one of them operates whenever you are engaged in doing anything at all.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Jesus).  The meek are the egoless who have awakened to their essential true nature as consciousness and recognize that same essence in all life forms.