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El poder del ahora: Un camino hacia la realizacion espiritual

El poder del ahora: Un camino hacia la realizacion espiritual

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El poder del ahora: Un camino hacia la realizacion espiritual

Автором Eckhart Tolle

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Sep 24, 2010
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The Power of Now is a guide to spiritual awakening from a man who is emerging as one of this generation's clearest, most inspiring teachers on the subject. Eckhart Tolle is not aligned with any particular religion but does what all the great masters have done: shows that the way, the truth, and the light already exist within each human being. There is no need to look elsewhere.



At the heart of this book is Tolle's own story of early despair that culminated in a life-transforming experience of enlightenment at the age of twenty-nine. He emerged to share insights on the perils of the mind, the power of the present, and the accessibility of one's true nature. According to Tolle, "To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of 'feeling-realization' is enlightenment."
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Eckhart Tolle est né en Allemagne en 1948, il y a passé les treize premières années de sa vie. Après des études universitaires à Londres, il s'oriente vers la recherche et, dans ce cadre, dirige même un groupe à l'université de Cambridge. À l'âge de 29 ans, il connaît une profonde évolution spirituelle qui le transfigure et change radicalement le cours de son existence. Il est notamment l'auteur du Pouvoir du moment présent paru en 1999 qui est devenu un best seller international, traduit en 33 langues. Il vit aujourd'hui à Vancouver (Canada).


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CAPÍTULO UNO

USTED NO ES SU MENTE

EL MAYOR OBSTÁCULO PARA LA ILUMINACIÓN

La iluminación, ¿qué es eso?

Un mendigo había estado sentado más treinta años a la orilla de un camino. Un día pasó por allí un desconocido. Una monedita, murmuró mecánicamente el mendigo, alargando su vieja gorra de béisbol. No tengo nada que darle, dijo el desconocido. Después preguntó: Qué es eso en lo que está sentado? Nada, contestó el mendigo. Sólo una caja vieja. Me he sentado en ella desde que tengo memoria. ¿Alguna vez ha mirado lo que hay dentro?, preguntó el desconocido. No dijo el mendigo. ¿Para qué? No hay nada dentro. Échele una ojeada, insistió el desconocido. El mendigo se las arregló para abrir la caja. Con asombro, incredulidad y alborozo, vio que la caja estaba llena de oro.

Yo soy el desconocido que no tiene nada que darle y que le dice que mire dentro. No dentro de una caja como en la parábola, sino en un lugar aún más cercano, dentro de usted mismo.

¡Pero yo no soy un mendigo!, le oigo decir.

Los que no han encontrado su verdadera riqueza, que es la alegría radiante del Ser y la profunda e inconmovible paz que la acompaña, son mendigos, incluso si tienen mucha riqueza material. Buscan afuera mendrugos de placer o de realización para lograr la aceptación, la seguridad o el amor, mientras llevan dentro un tesoro que no sólo incluye todas esas cosas sino que es infinitamente mayor que todo lo que el mundo pueda ofrecer.

La palabra iluminación evoca la idea de un logro sobrehu-mano y el ego quiere conservar las cosas así, pero es simplemente el estado natural de sentir la unidad con el Ser. Es un estado de conexión con algo inconmensurable e indestructible, algo que, casi paradójicamente, es esencialmente usted y sin embargo es mucho más grande que usted. Es encontrar su verdadera naturaleza más allá del nombre y de la forma. La incapacidad de sentir esta conexión da lugar a la ilusión de la separación, de usted mismo y del mundo que lo rodea. Entonces usted se percibe a sí mismo, consciente o inconscientemente, como un fragmento aislado. Surge el miedo, y el conflicto interior y exterior se vuelve la norma.

Me encanta la sencilla definición de la iluminación dada por Buda como el fin del sufrimiento. No hay nada sobrehumano en esto, ¿cierto? Por supuesto, como toda definición, es incom-pleta. Sólo dice lo que la iluminación no es: no es sufrimiento. ¿Pero qué queda cuando ya no hay sufrimiento? El Buda no habla sobre esto y su silencio implica que usted tiene que averiguarlo por sí mismo. Usa una definición negativa para que la mente no la convierta en algo que se deba creer o en un logro sobrehumano, una meta que es imposible de alcanzar. A pesar de esta precaución, la mayoría de los budistas aún cree que la iluminación es para el Buda, no para ellos, al menos no en esta vida.

Usted usó la palabra Ser. ¿Puede explicar lo que quiere decir con eso?

El Ser es la Vida Una, eterna, siempre presente, más allá de las miles de formas de la vida que están sujetas al nacimiento y a la muerte. Sin embargo, el Ser no sólo está más allá, sino también profundamente dentro de cada forma como su esencia más íntimamente invisible e indestructible. Esto significa que es accesible a usted ahora como su propio ser más profundo, su verdadera naturaleza. Pero no busque captarlo con la mente. No trate de entenderlo. Usted puede conocerlo sólo cuando la mente está inmóvil. Cuando usted está presente, cuando su atención está completa e intensamente en el Ahora, se puede sentir el Ser, pero nunca puede ser entendido mentalmente. Recuperar la conciencia del Ser y permanecer en ese estado de sentimiento-realización es la iluminación.

Cuando usted dice Ser ¿está hablando de Dios? Si es así ¿por qué no lo dice?

La palabra Dios se ha vuelto vacía de significado a través de miles de años de mal uso. Yo la uso a veces, pero lo hago poco. Por mal uso entiendo que las personas que nunca han tenido ni un atisbo del reino de lo sagrado, de la infinita vastedad que hay detrás de esta palabra, la usan con gran convicción, como si supieran de qué están hablando. O argumentan contra él, como si supieran qué es lo que están negando. Ese mal uso da lugar a creencias y afirmaciones absurdas y a engaños del ego, tales como "Mi o nuestro Dios es el único Dios verdadero y tu Dios es falso o la famosa afirmación de Nietzsche Dios ha muerto".

La palabra Dios se ha convertido en un concepto cerrado. En el momento en que se pronuncia, se crea una imagen mental, quizá ya no la de un anciano de barba blanca, pero si una representación mental de alguien o algo externo a uno y, casi inevitablemente, algo o alguien masculino.

Ni Dios ni Ser ni ninguna otra palabra pueden definir o explicar la inefable realidad que hay detrás de ellas, así que la única cuestión importante es si la palabra es una ayuda o un obstáculo para permitirle a usted experimentar Aquello que señala. ¿Señala más allá de sí misma, hacia esa realidad trascendental o tiende demasiado fácilmente a volverse solamente una idea en su cabeza en la que usted cree, un ídolo mental?

La palabra Ser no explica nada, pero tampoco lo hace la palabra Dios. Sin embargo Ser tiene la ventaja de que es un concepto abierto. No reduce lo infinito invisible a una entidad finita. Es imposible formarse una imagen mental de ello. Nadie puede reclamar la posesión exclusiva del Ser. Es su propia esencia y es inmediatamente accesible a usted como la sensación de su propia presencia, la comprensión de Yo soy que es anterior a yo soy esto o yo soy aquello. Así que hay solamente un pequeño paso de la palabra Ser a la experiencia del Ser.

¿Cuál es el mayor obstáculo para experimentar esta realidad?

La identificación con su mente, que hace que el pensamiento se vuelva compulsivo. No ser capaz de dejar de pensar es una calamidad terrible, pero no nos damos cuenta de ello porque casi todo el mundo esta sufriendolo, así que se considera normal. Este ruido mental incesante nos impide encontrar ese reino de quietud interior que es inseparable del Ser. También crea un falso ser hecho por la mente que arroja una sombra de temor y de sufrimiento. Observaremos todo esto con más detalle posteriormente.

El filósofo Descartes creía que había encontrado la verdad fundamental cuando hizo su famosa aseveración: Pienso, luego existo. De hecho había dado expresión al error básico: equiparar pensar con Ser e identidad con pensamiento. El pensador compulsivo, lo que quiere decir casi todo el mundo, vive en un estado de separación aparente, en un mundo enfermizamente complejo de problemas y conflictos continuos, un mundo que refleja la creciente fragmentación de la mente. La iluminación es un estado de totalidad, de estar en unión y por lo tanto en paz. En unión con la vida en su aspecto manifestado, el mundo, así como con su ser más profundo y con la vida no manifestada, en unión con el Ser. La iluminación no es sólo el fin del sufrimiento y del conflicto continuo interior y exterior, sino también el fin de la temible esclavitud del pensamiento incesante. ¡Qué increíble liberación!

La identificación con su mente crea una pantalla opaca de conceptos, etiquetas, imágenes, palabras, juicios y definiciones que bloquea toda relación verdadera. Se interpone entre usted y su propio yo, entre usted y su prójimo, entre usted y la naturaleza, entre usted y Dios. Es esta pantalla de pensamiento la que crea la ilusión de la separación, la ilusión de que existe usted y un otro totalmente separado. Entonces olvida el hecho esencial de que, bajo el nivel de las apariencias físicas y de las formas separadas, usted es uno con todo lo que es. Con olvidar quiero decir que usted ya no puede sentir esta unidad como una realidad auto-evidente. Puede que crea que es verdad, pero ya no sabe que es verdad. Una creencia puede ser consoladora. Sin embargo sólo a través de su propia experiencia se vuelve

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  • (2/5)
    DO NOT READ THIS BOOK... if you're trying to learn how to be happier. Read Meditation for Beginner's by Jack Kornfield and Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. Both of those will actually give you practical advice for how to be happier. Hint: it involves sitting and getting to know yourself.READ THIS BOOK... if you have a lot of time to burn and a high tolerance for woo. If you're willing to wade through way too many words, many of them nonsense, then this is provides a decent description of "enlightenment". Which isn't really anything special, it's just being right here, right now. It's sad that that is such a rare experience but while Tolle is obviously there it's equally obvious that he doesn't know how he got there and has no clue how to get you there. The meditation books mentioned at the top of this review will actually tell you how to get where Tolle's at.NOTE... I feel like two stars is kind of generous for this. He seems sincere but there's so much nonsense and no practical advice. I didn't hate it, I feel really frustrating that he'll distract so many people with "advice" that boils down to "just be happy". If it were that easy we'd all have done it already.
  • (2/5)
    This was hard to read. I can see how it's so popular in certain circles. However, the attraction seems to come from a range of novel ideas that, while sounding authoritative, are without foundations and appeal primarily to our most narcissistic traits. I did find merit in focus on the now, but I get a lot more understanding from other sources.
  • (3/5)
    Some part of this are good, much of it is a bit of a mishmash of ideas pulled from various sources, heavy on Buddhism. In fact, the central points that Tolle makes are much better said by some writers who stick to a more focused and coherent view of what is often referred to as mindfulness. This book is the result of what Tolle's personal enlightenment experience, which sound sort of like he had some sort of brain injury, possibly an undiagnosed aneurysm. Some who have had certain kinds of brain aneurysms describe very much the same kind of experience Tolle describes after his enlightenment experience. I am not saying this to detract from Tolle as a spiritual leader, but his experience, whether an aneurysm or actual enlightenment of some kind was a spontaneous experience, and hardly gives credibility to the path to enlightenment he describes in this book. I find more traditional mindfulness meditation to be more meaningful that Tolle's complex descriptions of the Now, as he calls it.
  • (5/5)
    Mindblowing. Absolutely life changing. For you Tibetan Buddhists out there curious about "seeing the nature of the mind" try this...this book brought that moment to me. And Eckhart Tolle is certainly not my root guru ;) I guess it happens like this sometimes.
  • (5/5)
    Great Book for Achieving Enlightenment
  • (2/5)
    This book just wasn't for me. Tolle's writing style did not work to keep me interested. Granted, it was a topic that didn't interest me much, I gave it a try due to outside forces.
  • (5/5)
    Mr Tolle expounds a Timeless Truth realized by many Masters in different ways. It is an excellent book to start you on your Spiritual journey. The timeless NOW is YOU! Now is not to be equated with the present moment. NOW is before the present moment. The present is in Time-as in Past, Present, Future. Without NOW (YOU) where is Time! Now is the foundation of Time. He brings it out beautifully, if you manage to understand it. Read the book as often as you can such that its message permeates your way of perceiving the world.
  • (4/5)
    Lots of good information is contained in this book. The only drawback is that its rather dull after awhile but still provides adequate knowledge. I would recommend this studying a chapter at a time taking good notes, reflect back on the material, and then proceed to the next chapter to be able to really absord what is provided.
  • (3/5)
    Yes, this is a good book. A good Buddhist book, about achieving enlightenment. About already being enlightened, and recognizing this fact. It’s full of words which take you there, and I found myself writing some of them down in my notebook. However, by the end of the Tolle’s book, I was a bit bored. I was muttering, “Okay, I think I get it already.” The words can sometimes be dry, considering the subject matter is letting go of time entirely and entering a state of cosmic bliss.

    My favorite part was the beginning, the story of how Tolle woke up one day, after days of being totally fed up with life, and just leaped into his transformation. And then he tries to explain exactly how to do it, and sometimes this works, but sometimes it’s less effective than being hit on the head with a ping-pong ball.
  • (5/5)
    Realising the importance of living in the present moment and making the present moment my friend was an important breakthrough moment in my life. Even though I had been practicing Zen meditation for some time before reading this book I had never previously been able to say "yes" to what is and to surrender to the present. By focussing more on the present and inviting stillness into my life many things changed for me and I certainly became a lot happier.
  • (4/5)
    This book hit me in two very different ways. The message is almost too simple to be able to present in a question and answer format. If the questions didn't seem natural to me, I wanted to skip over the answer. I kept expecting to hear my voice in the questions, and I didn't.At the same time, the message to be present, to think of down moments in your energy as catalysts for determining change and necessary paths, without allowing yourself to get too bogged down in the emotion... well, that was an important reminder.
  • (4/5)
    DO NOT get the audio version. Read by the author & it shouldn't have been. Very mono tone, grating voice. Best to get a paper copy and just read it. (We did both & got a lot more out of reading it...)
  • (5/5)
    Eckhart Tolle is MISSING a huge bulk of the population, people who have incessant thoughts (or even an occasional wandering thought) but CAN will their mind to empty at will when they're not agitated.Tolle jumped from a lower type of consciousness (inability to empty) to a higher type (no wandering thoughts at all) so he missed the interim type. But check the Yahoo TPON forum, many people there talk about emptying their mind when they try, as a result of reading this book. The book didn't change the consciousness type of these people. It's a 3rd type and Tolle simply missed it.Having said that it's arguably the best book about consciousness ever written. I love it and it influenced my thinking deeply.
  • (5/5)
    Live in the Now, See from above. I read this at the same time I was reading The Lovely Bones. The two books compliment each other.
  • (4/5)
    An excellent book about being present. Tolle discusses how being attached to the past or the future can stop you from experiencing peace and joy, because you are 'in your head', and thus unconsious. You become fully consious by experiencing 'the now'. This is a great book about freedom, release and finding a way to be grounded and liberated despite the unavoidable threat of pain that exists in the world.
  • (5/5)
    This was a wonderful book that can really transform your way of thinking. It just doesn't happen overnight and takes some practice. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get the best out of life!
  • (3/5)
    This book is a wonderful example of the fine line between mental illness and genius.
  • (5/5)
    Great starting place for those seeking to overcome their mind created hardships. This book served as a stepping stone to a much more spirtual path for me. Prior to this spirtuality was something I felt was for people who needed answers from someone else, this helped me realize that sprituality was something I could find inside of myself.
  • (3/5)
    This has been a fantastic book. Through this book I have learned to see myself and where I am in my life in an entirely new light. I'm going to have to read it again. I am certain that there is more to be gleaned.

    "The more you are focused on 'time' past and future the more you miss the now (the present).

    The eternal present is the space in which your whole life unfolds.

    Life is now."

    Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now

    There are some eternal truths to be learned from these concepts.
  • (2/5)
    I'm not a huge fan as I think Tolle recycles the wisdom from a lot of other folks. But he can be compelling.
  • (5/5)
    This is probably the best single book that I’ve ever come across. Although all teachers come to spirituality from their own point of view.
  • (5/5)
    The key to joy, and feeling connected to the source. Told in black and white terms by a man who won't coddle you, and will not hear excuses. This is my Bible. It's like a Zep song: With every listen/reading, you learn something new.
  • (5/5)
    If you want to change your life read this book, it will challenge you and make you look at yourself in a new light. Fantasic.
  • (2/5)
    There are some decent things in this book, but unfortunatley Tolle seems so taken with his own discoveries that he has little ability to see beyond. As far as it goes, this is good stuff. It just does not go very far. If you like Tolle, I really recommend Richard Ross's The Mandala of Being, which I am halfway through, but which brings new treasures on each page; unlike Tolle, who never said much new past the introduction.
  • (5/5)
    I believe this to be one of the most important spiritual works of our time. It sets out a practical guide to transcending many of the psychological difficulties and barriers that people face everywhere today irrespective of culture, age or background. It makes a very convincing argument for placing more emphasis on mindfulness and focusing on the here and now as a means to overcome much of the needless psychological suffering that we unwittingly heap on ourselves.Never has this message been more important than today, in a time when growing materialism and conflict create much havoc and pain.This book is written and delivered in a manner that will appeal to all people of all beliefs. It does not attach itself to any particular religion and could be of equal use to even the most ardent of atheists.Do not make the mistake of viewing it as just another self help book. This book changed my life and offers a common sensical and direct approach to age old spiritual questions that is nothing short of revolutionary. It is such texts that must play an important role in addressing spiritual matters whilst transcending the pitfalls of secularism and religious divide in a world where personal belief is endlessly diverse. Read it today.
  • (5/5)
    Somehow, literally every sentence of this book seems to speak the "truth"!!
  • (5/5)
    One could quibble, perhaps, with this or that. But when it comes right down to it, it's the simple truth.
  • (4/5)
    I didn't really get what the fuss was about with this book. It didn't strike me as anything new, and I don't remember what it was about anymore...
  • (4/5)
    I recently finished the audio edition of “The Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle. Eckhart’s part of my extended network, so I’ve been hearing about the book for years.

    The most valuable aspect of this books is it’s bluntness. Although it references examples from various traditions, Eckhart isn’t of any lineage. The book is about the supreme importance of the present moment, and practical ways to interact with it.

    It’s formatted in an accessible question-and-answer format derived from his own experiences and challenges and observations from participants on his retreats.

    Applications

    Most of the time we live in the past or the future. The present is the sweet spot.

    An example:

    Right now I’m in the midst of “The Fountainhead.” The protagonist, Roark, is obsessed with the present moment. He gives no thought to the past or the future. He doesn’t plan ahead. He gives everything to the moment. Sometimes he’s wildly successful. Sometimes he’s starving. But he’s always engaged. Roark often applies the practice of self observation, stepping back to witness how he’s feeling without immediately acting on that feeling.

    In contrast, his friend Peter has everything - a partnership at the most respected architectural firm, a ton of money, and lot’s of social standing - and hates his life. He went into architecture because of pressure from his mom. He doesn’t like it, but hasn’t bothered to try to find his true passions. He tries to please, and has no grounding in his intuition. He lives for the future - success and stability - but never experiences it.

    Roark lives in the present. His life is saturated with purpose and contentment. Peter doesn’t. His life is anxious and hollow.

    Another example:

    Often times in relationships we develop patterns. When an emotion is triggered, a habitual action follows. And that habitual pattern might have been set years or decades ago by an unconscious fear or misunderstanding. Another option is to define a threshold between our feelings and our actions. In the first step, we cherish the feeling and allow it to deeply permeate us, rather than trying to brush it off. The feeling is there for a reason, and it can give us insight. Second, we make a conscious choice how to behave, taking that feeling into account, but not blindly reacting to it. Usually these habits take the form of positive or negative feedback loops - we enforce whatever we’re receiving, or resist. Most of the time there’s no need to do either. And by fully experiencing the feeling, we can then move on, keeping our perspective in regard to purpose enact, rather than letting it get swept away.

    Conclusion

    Although this book is by no means a complete guide to the world [there is no discussion of purpose], it’s tips on engaging with the present are invaluably forthright.
  • (3/5)
    I didn’t find it as easy to read as was stated. Some concepts I totally agreed with, some I argue are wrong and others I didn’t understand. Since I make these judgments from my mind, I suspect I’ll wait a few months and then read it again.