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Touching the Eternal

A Retreat on the Heart of Spiritual Surrender
Written by: Eckhart Tolle
Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
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Through the centuries, countless people from around the world have been coming to India, thirsty in their search for truth. Considered to be the birthplace of spirituality, India has produced more great mystics and spiritual teachers than any other country. What more fitting place for Eckhart to speak of the eternal Now? It is here on the banks of the holy Ganga, amidst the snow-capped Himalayas and the tremendous beauty of scarlet sunsets that a group of determined souls from around the globe met to sit together in silence. With Eckhart's guidance, the rigors of living in India served as teachers pointing to the release of attachment to form and to seeing deeper into the inner.

Join them in this transformational experience and allow yourself to be guided through words and stillness into the state of presence. This is the surrendered state of consciousness in which the very limitations of form become an opening into the divine. During this seven-day retreat, Eckhart speaks with humble authenticity, wisdom and humor on a wide range of subjects.

Lessons contained in this series: Children and spirituality, Conscious suffering, Self-esteem, Couple partnerships, Falling in love, Addiction, Guilt, Forgiveness, Prayer, Death and dying, Loneliness, Devotion.

©2011 Eckhart Tolle (P)2011 Eckhart Teachings
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  • David C. Newland
  • 2015-06-16

The "grittiest" (and deepest) of Tolle on audible

At the very beginning of this retreat you know it is going to be different from Tolle's other books and retreats. Maybe is is the influence of being in India but this is definitely the "grittiest" of the Tolle recordings available at audible.

What do I mean by "grittiest?" I mean the most realistic, the retreat that most acknowledges that not everyone is at the same level yet. The tone is not darker, but it is more nuanced.

For example, at the very beginning of the retreat he begins a familiar Tolle refrain, "you do not need more time." If you have listened to Tolle before you know what he means by that, you have everything you need in your life right now, there is nothing that you will have tomorrow that you do not have today. You can become present in your life right now. Check! Got it! I have heard this and I understand.

But wait! In this retreat he says, "well some of you do need more time." This made me pause for a moment. Really? Some of us do need more time. Why? Tolle goes on to say, "Because you may need more suffering." Ouch.

He says that some people - even some people at the retreat - may not yet be ready to be present because they are too attached to thoughts, material possessions, ego, etc. This is not new, but the way he emphasizes that some people might actually need to suffer more is a little different from the eight or so other Tolle books and retreats I have read.

The retreat itself is grittier, too. He talks to the retreat-attendees there in India about the limitations and hardships of being in India. This is the retreat that delves the most into these things. Even the questions the retreat attendees ask seem a little grittier.

This is also one of the longer audible Tolle offerings (which I think is great! The more the better). And the music used in this one is the most spiritual and inspiring too me.

Do not let this be your first Tolle book or retreat. For that I recommend of course the book "The Power of Now" that started it all or the fun and lighter retreat "Freedom from the World."

However, if you are a Tolle veteran and want to get into something long and deep and very real, this audio retreat is exceptional.

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  • Jennifer Rampersad
  • 2015-04-06

Deep and life changing

This book comes alive and changes your life. Wonderful that it is in the authors voice. You feel like you are at the retreat with everyone or yourself.

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  • OK Reviewer
  • 2017-09-24

Best Eckhart Tolleson Retreat on Audible!

Loved it! I've listened to about five others and this is the most complete. Thank you so much for this!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-03-31

The Indian Twist

It was interesting to hear his story being taught in India. E.T. Is E.T. You either get him or you don't. The story doesn't change but the details and the signposts do so it is always refreshing to dive in.

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  • Joann Chambers
  • 2016-12-31

Powerful transmission

I love that this is a live transmission. You can feel the depth in his words as he speaks. It comes through him so effortlessly and with ease. I listen at night when I cannot settle my mind and it takes me very quickly into my own space of presence. Truly a masterpiece and a powerful transmission of higher truths.

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  • HUSEYIN H. TAVILOGLU
  • 2015-12-30

Love of duality I am feeling.

Eckhart Baba produces sounds that puts one in profoundly "transforming" state of something so beautiful. He is a living consciousness therefore more valuable then any great spiritual character of the past!

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  • Cynthia
  • 2015-02-18

Transformative!

This retreat goes deeper than A New Earth and helps the cosmic evolution taking place now. It's a transformative class.

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  • Robert Boerescu
  • 2015-10-31

Meditation

Interesting experience listening to Eckhart. In the last chapter he speaks that he likes hugging and he would like to hug everyone before they go from the retreat. Last night he hugged me in my dream. I felt a cool breeze comming from him and I was in thoughtless awareness... I felt before this while dreaming about Shri Mataji.

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  • Marilyn E. Kidd
  • 2015-02-18

Tole rocks.

His teaching is all one needs to have freedom from them world. This Audio Reminded me of my adventures in India.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-04

As usually Excellent Audio!

Eckhart Tolle is one of the most enlightened individuals on the planet! I have listened to around 100 hours of audio and will continue moving forward.

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  • Lobster
  • 2015-01-22

Nice and spiritual

n'étant pas anglais j'avais peur que ce soit difficile à suivre. pourtant c'est très compréhensible. Écouter E. Tollé en direct n'arrive pas tous les jours.