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    The Power of Now
    A Guide to SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT
    By Eckhart Tolle
    CONTENT
    Foreword..........................................................................................................................4
    Acknowledgments.............................................................................................................7
    INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................8
    The Origin Of This Book..................................................................................................8
    The Truth That Is Within You.........................................................................................10
    1. YOU ARE NOT YOUR MIND.......................................................................................13
    The Greatest Obstacle to Enlightenment.........................................................................13
    Freeing yourself from your mind....................................................................................16
    Enlightenment: Rising above Thought............................................................................19
    Emotion: The Body's Reaction to Your Mind.................................................................21
    2. CONSCIOUSNESS: THE WAY OUT OF PAIN...........................................................26
    Create No More Pain In The Present...............................................................................26
    Past Pain: Dissolving The Pain-Body.............................................................................27
    Ego Identification With The Pain-Body..........................................................................31
    The Origin Of Fear..........................................................................................................31
    The Ego's Search For Wholeness....................................................................................33
    3. MOVING DEEPLY INTO THE NOW...........................................................................35
    Don't Seek Your Self In The Mind..................................................................................35
    End The Delusion Of Time.............................................................................................35
    Nothing Exists Outside The Now....................................................................................36
    The Key To The Spiritual Dimension.............................................................................37
    Accessing The Power Of The Now.................................................................................38
    Letting Go Of Psychological Time.................................................................................40
    The Insanity Of Psychological Time...............................................................................41
    Negativity And Suffering Have Their Roots In Time.....................................................42
    Finding The Life Underneath Your Life Situation..........................................................43
    All Problems Are Illusions Of The Mind........................................................................44
    A Quantum Leap In The Evolution Of Consciousness...................................................46
    The Joy Of Being............................................................................................................46
    4. MIND STRATEGIES FOR AVOIDING THE NOW.....................................................49
    Loss Of Now: The Core Delusion...................................................................................49
    Ordinary Unconsciousness And Deep Unconsciousness................................................50
    What Are They Seeking?................................................................................................51
    Dissolving Ordinary Unconsciousness............................................................................52
    Freedom From Unhappiness...........................................................................................53
    Wherever You Are, Be There Totally.............................................................................55
    The Inner Purpose Of Your Life's Journey.....................................................................59
    The Past Cannot Survive In Your Presence....................................................................60
    5. THE STATE OF PRESENCE.........................................................................................62
    It's Not What You Think It Is..........................................................................................62
    The Esoteric Meaning Of "Waiting"...............................................................................63
    Beauty Arises In The Stillness Of Your Presence...........................................................63
    Realizing Pure Consciousness.........................................................................................65
    Christ: The Reality Of Your Divine Presence.................................................................68
    6. THE INNER BODY........................................................................................................70
    Being Is Your Deepest Self.............................................................................................70
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    Look Beyond The Words................................................................................................70
    Finding Your Invisible And Indestructible Reality.........................................................72
    Connecting With The Inner Body...................................................................................73
    Transformation Through The Body................................................................................73
    Sermon On The Body......................................................................................................75
    Have Deep Roots Within.................................................................................................75
    Before You Enter The Body, Forgive.............................................................................77
    Your Link With The Unmanifested.................................................................................78
    Slowing Down The Aging Process.................................................................................79
    Strengthening The Immune System................................................................................80
    Let The Breath Take You Into The Body........................................................................81
    Creative Use Of Mind.....................................................................................................81
    The Art Of Listening.......................................................................................................81
    7. PORTALS INTO THE UNMANIFESTED....................................................................83
    Going Deeply Into The Body..........................................................................................83
    The Source Of Chi...........................................................................................................84
    Dreamless Sleep..............................................................................................................85
    Other Portals....................................................................................................................85
    silence.............................................................................................................................87
    Space..............................................................................................................................87
    The True Nature Of Space And Time.............................................................................89
    Conscious Death..............................................................................................................91
    8. ENLIGHTENED RELATIONSHIPS..............................................................................93
    Enter The Now From Wherever You Are.......................................................................93
    Love/Hate Relationships.................................................................................................94
    Addiction And The Search For Wholeness.....................................................................95
    From Addictive To Enlightened Relationships...............................................................98
    Relationships As Spiritual Practice.................................................................................99
    Why Women Are Closer To Enlightenment.................................................................104
    Dissolving The Collective Female Pain-Body..............................................................105
    Give Up The Relationship With Yourself.....................................................................109
    9. BEYOND HAPPINESS AND UNHAPPINESS THERE IS PEACE...........................112
    The Higher Good Beyond Good And Bad....................................................................112
    The End Of Your Life Drama.......................................................................................114
    Impermanence And The Cycles Of Life.......................................................................115
    Using And Relinquishing Negativity............................................................................119
    The Nature Of Compassion...........................................................................................123
    Toward A Different Order Of Reality...........................................................................124
    10. THE MEANING OF SURRENDER...........................................................................129
    Acceptance Of The Now...............................................................................................129
    From Mind Energy To Spiritual Energy.......................................................................132
    Surrender In Personal Relationships.............................................................................133
    Transforming Illness Into Enlightenment......................................................................136
    When Disaster Strikes...................................................................................................137
    Transforming Suffering Into Peace...............................................................................138
    The Way Of The Cross..................................................................................................140
    The Power To Choose...................................................................................................142


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