Eckhart Tolle was a 29 year old scholar at Cambridge University who, according to his own words, “lived in a state of almost continuous anxiety interspersed with periods of suicidal depression”. He was the epitome of a man tormented by his own mind. One night, his melancholy was heightened to an unprecedented point – sometimes described as a sense of ‘impending doom’ - and he said, as many have said before; “I can’t live with myself.”
It was out of these words that he came to a profound realisation. He realised the statement was quintessentially bizarre. He realised there seemed to be two distinct selves contained within the idea — “I” and “myself”. Tolle thought perhaps only one of these is real. This led him to a profound inner transformation, which radically changed the course of his life. For the years which followed he lived in a state of bliss, where his consciousness had withdrawn from its identification from the “unhappy self… which is ultimately a fiction of the mind”.
It was only when people began to come up to him to say “I want what you have” that Tolle began to redefine himself as a spiritual teacher. He is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Power of Now. It was translated into 33 languages and is widely regarded as one of the most influential spiritual books of our time.
Below I have included the complete audio production of The Power of Now that can be found on YouTube.