I don’t think my life will ever be the same after reading this book—one of those few books that you encounter in a lifetime.
Don’t mistake this book as just another “feel good” book. It is an important book.
The author teaches you how to immediately put into practice some simple and useful tools.
In the first sentence of the book, Tolle says, “I have little use for the past and rarely think about it.” What a tremendous statement! And I was even more surprised to learn that he does not spend much time thinking about the future either.
I was also struck by the following passage, in which he recounts his transformation after bouts of suicidal depression: “[I thought] I cannot live with myself any longer… then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live with. Maybe only one of them is real.”
He explains that the “I” or ego is an illusion, as opposed to the real feeling of being.
In general, the message of this book is that our minds are defensive survival machines that make too much noise and that inhibit us from the inner stillness obligatory for happiness and any creative impulse or insight.
Even Einstein concurred when he said, “Thinking plays only a subordinate part in the brief, decisive phase of the creative act itself.”