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The theme of this four-day retreat: "It's Always Now"

The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level. It is the prerequisite of Being. As you listen to the words on this tape, you participate in the retreat. To "retreat" means to step back - not only from the outer world, but also from the world in your head, the thinking mind. Allow the sound of the words to take you beyond words and beyond sound to the stillness within. Allow the Now to be as it is and so realize the formless essence of the Now as consciousness itself.

Suggested practice: use the lesson throughout the day.

  • Lesson 1: What is your relationship with the present moment?
  • Lesson 2: Get into your body! Practices for inner body awareness.
  • Lesson 3: Using sound as a portal into stillness.
  • Lesson 4: A day spent in silence.
  • Lesson 5: Questions & answers. Being present, amidst the world.
  • Lesson 6: Questions & answers. The power of detachment and surrender.

    Blessings on your Journey into your Self.

  • ©2003 Eckhart Tolle (P)2004 Eckhart Teachings, Inc.

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    Love Love Love

    I love every work by Eckhart Tolle I have ever read or listened to. But to have it in an audiobook is even better when you get to listen to him. He is very gifted and I feel privileged to be a part of his ‘retreats’ without having actually been there. Thank you Eckhart!

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    Don’t get this

    This is an incredibly annoying narration. There is a guy who you will hear laughing with a loud laugh in the audience for eight hours of recording.

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    Amaze

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    Like drops on water on a hot day!
    I recommend listening to this audio after Eckart’s more known titles! What’s up with someone laughing on and on LOL? 🤓

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    Awakening experience

    Rare truly valuable teachings that always pull me into a level of intense presence. I’m grateful.

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    Such an easy and beautiful listen 💖

    I could listen to Eckhart all day. In my role as a full-time step mother to a teenage daughter (15), a biological mother to twin boys (11) and full-time caregiver to my great niece (6 months) who came to live with us when she was born, I find that Eckhart’s teachings have been a beacon of light in my most challenging moments. Our lives are busy and sometimes complicated. I have been reading and practicing since about 2012. I don’t always get it right, or even conceptualize it all, but I do get what I need in the moments that I need it most. I’m grateful that my children are being raised to be conscious, and approach everyone and every situation with love, generosity and compassion. I don’t know how successful I am in doing so, but I promise, I do my absolute best with what I have, everyday.

    I love his pauses. It reminds me that I can pause too. The divine has a way of moving us forward, even when we’re resistant. We are exactly where we are meant to be. In any moment that I question myself “I’m not good enough, smart enough, brave enough” I have the power to pull myself from those thoughts. “I am love. God is love. I am one with the divine. I am enough.”

    My own childhood was one of constant stress and Trauma. I’m still healing. But I have always known that everything that I was going through in my young life was preparing me for something much greater than myself. I have so much gratitude for you Eckhart. I know I would have never been able to get to this point of growth without your healing guidance 💖 Thank You 🙏

    Sincerely, Bobbie Johnston

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    Égale à lui-même

    Pour les personnes qui apprécient grandement l'enseignement de Tolle, cette écoute est un pur régal.

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    Insightful

    I love listening to Eckhart present this information. It really made me aware of the stories I tell myself and how they contribute to my dissatisfaction.

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    Just what I needed

    Came for the guidance, stayed for his cute old man laugh. What an amazing soul.

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    Chopped and live

    Go for Tolles books, they will allow for pause and reflection on each core topic.

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    Interesting but very slow and too repetitive.

    Eckart's books are much better, better organised, paced, and more inspiring from my point of view

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    • Stephanie
    • 2010-02-04

    The best Audible credit I've spent yet

    There truly are no words to describe the beauty of what can be found in this audio book if you are able to really "hear" its message. If I could give it 100 stars, I would. I agree with previous reviewers also on Eckhart's subtle and wonderful sense of humor. I laughed so many times in the course of listening to this. And I cried. I've listened to about four of his other works, including The Power Of Now. And while I enjoyed them immensely (they had the soothing effect of slipping into a warm bath), my understanding of the concepts in them was largely limited to the cognitive realm. This is the book that had me listening from a whole other place, that brought me to a whole new level of "understanding". One for which there truly are no words.

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    • Amazonian
    • 2009-06-20

    A very calming, centering, enlightening experience

    This is a recording of a Eckhart Tolle retreat. It amazes me how Eckhart Tolle is at his best at any given moment. Even though it's a retreat, the words spoken are clear, precise and contain the full essence of his teachings as if they are weighed in gold. There is plenty of wisdom, practical advice, new perspectives as well as the hilarious Eckhart Tolle brand humor. There several adjectives I can use. Most of all, though, it has been a very centering, calming, humorous and very enlightening experience.

    So, yeah, you should get it :-)

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    • Michael
    • 2010-02-10

    Eckhart is a true master

    I never heard of Eckhart Tolle until about five months ago when I was drawn to The Power Of Now on cd at a library. I picked it up and immediately knew I would find what I was looking for in it. Since then, I bought several of his audiobooks. This one is definitely one of my favorites! He is very funny! I laughed out loud a few times and had to even hold back my laughter while listening during quiet time (sleep, library, etc). He is a true master of our time. I have most of his teachings in my ipod and listen to them all the time. His relaxing voice is also great to listen to while going to sleep. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who is looking to grow spiritually!

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    • AJGrey
    • 2011-02-26

    Wonderful teaching

    This is a really wonderful audiobook. If you have a few other of his lectures you will likely find parts of it are family since Eckhart does say similar and familiar things. An interesting element of this recording is that there is one person who laughs throughout the lecture at the most random things. It grated on my nerves at first until I realized that this was an opportunity to accept what is rather than let the ego keep grabbing hold of it and being annoyed or wondering if this person was on drugs, which I did for the first few hours. Eventually, this person's laughter was just a sound I chose to not let distract me from being present while listening to Eckhart. Amusingly enough, there are moments when Eckhart begins laughing at things he's saying which I suspect was triggered by the seemingly randomness of this audience member's laughter. All in all, the lecture in itself is good, while that one person's laughter perhaps made it more than a lecture and into a putting the teachings into practice type of experience. As I continued listening I found I could gauge my presence by whether the laughter triggered judgment and/or annoyance or not.

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    • Bernell Clifford
    • 2009-05-26

    A terrific seminar tainted by a "clown"

    Great talk, except for one incredibly obnoxious audience member, that made for an uncomfortable listening experience.

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    • Scott
    • 2011-10-17

    Next Step on the Journey of Enlightenment

    Start with "The Power of Now" and then follow with this recording of a retreat he hosted. I have noticed comments about the man laughing in the background of the audio. I will admit that it is challenging to get past the distraction, but I would argue that it just drives Eckhart's point home even stronger, and if you were truly in the present while listening, it wouldn't bother you as much. Use it as a method to bring your focus even closer to what he is teaching, as well as a way to make yourself more "transparent" to the annoyances that occur in our everyday lives.

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    • Jerry
    • 2010-08-14

    100% loved it with exception to the laughing monk

    first off i love eckhart tolle and enjoyed this entire audiobook... but did anyone else hear the annoying guy in the background at the retreat laughing louder than an ass after everything tolle says? the first 4 hours i was like totally accepting the "isness" of the idiot but i really think, after 10 hours of hearing his dramatic reply to every single thing tolle says, i actually felt his incessant laughter was to ridicule and dismiss anything being talked about... who knows. who cares.

    there are many moments where tolle makes hilarious jokes and you hear the entire retreat audience laughing and i laugh as well but this guy is seriously stoned or something. i think tolle may have addressed it by pointing out how some zenned out monks laugh at most things they hear, which i guess is his acceptance and alertness to his surroundings (lots of "students" and one noisy monkey).

    i still loved "the journey into yourself" and was eventually able to pay no mind to the audible annoyances in listening to an audiobook to learn to pay no mind to such things... but it's actually totally annoying to listen to a 10 hour unabridged audiobook by a genius and hear some drunk heckler buzzing in every 20 seconds, my thanks to the peanut gallery!

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    • Todd
    • 2011-05-05

    Learned a lot!

    Eckhart Tolle is always great to listen too, every time I listen to it I learn something new. The whole talk is over 10 hours so you always miss something and pick up something new. There is some very annoying guy laughing in the background throughout the talk with it unfortunate. Still Eckhart is a great spiritual speaker.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 2011-11-10

    Edit out the distracting inappropriate laugher!

    I totally agree with Jeri of Maryland (who is being kind) because this man's inappropriate laughter was impossible to ignore and a testament to Tolle's tolerance.

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    • SharonP
    • 2010-03-29

    Funny, unusual, profound and life changing.

    I just loved the whole retreat. It was serious, but also really funny and in fact light-hearted. In the beginning I wasn't too sure what to make of Eckhart's unusual approach, but ended up laughing out loud quite a few times with people staring at me if I wasn't in the comfort of my own home. I just couldn't help myself! His dry sense of humor and funny remarks, which sound all too familiar, would have the room roaring with laughter in no time including myself.

    His teachings are reflective and such an eye-opener. You just realise that this knowledge is all you would ever need. I found it made a real difference to my life.

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