This is a list of questions to help you prepare for the New Age Book Study that will cover Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, chapters three and four. To find other review question blog posts on the same theme, check out this archive.
Remember, these are questions to help you go deep and engage. In an hour we won’t be able to cover them all, and so we won’t even try.
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Chapter Three: Moving Deeply Into The Now
Don’t Seek Your Self In The Mind
Tolle is saying that the issues of the mind cannot be solved by/with/on-the-level of the mind. Agree? Disagree? Undecided?
End The Delusion Of Time
Which has been more precious to you? Time, or the Present?
Nothing Exists Outside the Now
Do you understand the point Tolle is making about The Now being where everything happens?
The Key To The Spiritual Dimension
Have you experienced this? In a crisis have you had total focus with no past or future issues?
Accessing The Power of The Now
Have you ever had a moment of intense presence like the questioner here? Have you ever noticed yourself (perhaps after the fact) playing out ‘the reactive pattern’ Tolle describes?
Letting Go of Psychological Time
Do you get Tolle’s distinction between clock-time and psychological time?
The Insanity of Psychological Time
“The belief in a future heaven creates a present hell.” Agree? Disagree?
Negativity & Suffering Have Their Roots In Time
Do you believe that for the future to be better a change has to occur (more than just the passage of time), or that the future can be better without changes on your or anyone’s part?
Finding The Life Underneath Your Life Situation
Do you agree or disagree with the idea that you could be totally present in the now AND unhappy? Do you see a difference between what Tolle defines as your Life and your Life Situation?
All Problems Are Illusions Of The Mind
What do you think of the notion, “The mind unconsciously loves problems because they give you an identity of sorts. This is normal, and it is insane.”?
A Quantum Leap in The Evolution Of Consciousness
Could you believe that we’re in the midst of a planet-wide rising consciousness or awakening?
The Joy Of Being
Are you familiar with this idea – if there is joy, ease, lightness in what you’re doing, you’re being present? Have you lived it?
Chapter Four: Mind Strategies For Avoiding The Now
Loss Of Now: The Core Delusion
Tolle says that our real problem isn’t comprised of the details of our life situation (which may be, objectively, dreadful), but of NOT realizing that happiness comes from living in the now, and not even understanding what that is, or means. How do you feel about this assertion?
Ordinary Unconsciousness And Deep Unconsciousness
Are you familiar with some of your own ‘background static’? A low-level continuous unease, discontent, boredom, nervousness…?
What Are They Seeking?
Have you seen that face on others? Here’s a challenge: The next time you leave the house, look at people and look deeply. Do they seem happy? Count the number of smiling or relaxed faces.
Dissolving Ordinary Unconsciousness
What is going on inside you right now?
Freedom From Unhappiness
How much of the day do you spend in resentment, mild or massive? 5%? 15%? 85%?
Wherever you Are, Be There Totally
Have you tried any of Tolle’s suggestions for being present – or others you may be familiar with? How did that go for you?
The Inner Purpose Of Your Life’s Journey
What do you THINK about Tolle’s idea that all you have in the journey is the step you’re taking now? How do you FEEL about that?
The Past Cannot Survive In Your Presence
What do you THINK about dealing with the past only as it crops up in the present? How do you FEEL about it?