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Study Guide: Power of Now 5&6

Study Guide!

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 five and six. 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.

For more information about our New Age Book Study, check out its info page.

Chapter Five: The State of Presence

It’s Not What You Think It Is

Do you understand the difference between thought and presence? Have you experienced it?

The Esoteric Meaning of “Waiting”

Have you experienced both kinds of waiting?

Beauty Arises in the Stillness of Your Presence

Have you experienced the beauty inherent in Satori?

Realizing Pure Consciousness

How do you feel about the idea of consciousness being a varied, separate expression of the one-God-being?

Christ: The Reality of Your Divine Presence

What do you think of Tolle’s definition of Christ?

 

Chapter Six: The Inner Body

Being Is Your Deepest Self

Do you get it when Tolle discusses Being?

Look Beyond The Words

Do you think there is something wrong with you?

Finding Your Invisible & Indestructible Reality

“Compulsive thinking has become a collective disease.” Agree? Disagree? Why?

Connecting With The Inner Body

Have you done the exercise he recommends? How did it go?

Transformation Through the Body

What are the ways in which you make your body less or more important than Tolle thinks it ought to be?

Sermon on the Body

Tolle implies that you are not your body, and then says you are your body. What are your thoughts about this?

Have Deep Roots Within

Can you read and feel the inner body? What was that like?

Before You Enter the Body, Forgive

Tolle talks about forgiveness as if its easy for everyone, all the time. Do you agree?

Your Link With the Unmanifested

Is this a truth you recognize?

Slowing Down the Aging Process

Thoughts about this?

Strengthening the Immune System

Have you tried this in a small or large way yet? How did it go? What happened?

Let the Breath Take You into the Body

Have you tried Conscious Breathing? How did it go?

Creative Use of Mind & the Art of Listening

Have you tried this yet? How did it go?

The Temptation of Jesus… and You.

We kick off the first Sunday in Lent by considering Jesus in the Wilderness, and more particularly the temptation at the end of the episode. Jesus is tempted in three different ways… or perhaps really just the one way. And yet he wanted something different. In our own lives, we can use new things and old things as temptations… distractions… from being present and kind to ourselves and others in our lives. We, too, are tempted, just as Jesus was.

This sermon was preached on March 10, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Study Guide: Power of Now 3&4

Study Guide!

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.

For more information about our New Age Book Study, check out its info page.

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?

Why We Give Things Up in Lent

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…

In Lent you can pick up a practice just as well as you give one up. The point is that we can learn something about ourselves that we didn’t know before, and that can help our relationship with the Living God.

This sermon was preached on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

*Why did Mother Sare say in the sermon, “Some of us are allowed to complain as much as we want!”? Because she had just mentioned that perhaps someone wants to give up complaining for Lent. However, if someone is struggling with chronic pain, or chemotherapy, or any horrific life circumstance which in former times would lead to sitting in sackcloth and ashes and entering a phase of mourning… please don’t imagine that God wants you to suffer in silence. When the pain inside won’t stop, complaining is an entirely reasonable endeavor and not something that should be given up for Lent.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is almost upon us!

Ashes to Go will be from 5-6 PM in the parking lot next to the church. If you don’t have time for an inside service, stop on by in your car and we’ll help you kick off the Lenten Season. No worries.

Our inside service for Ash Wednesday will be at 6 PM in the Sanctuary.

When is Ash Wednesday? March 6th.

Living in the Now

Sometimes we want to live in the past. There are some beautiful times, after all, that we’ve had back then. And maybe we think all of our best times are, in fact, in our past. But the lesson of the Transfiguration is that no matter how amazing our life has been just a moment ago, we must continue to live in the present, for it is in the present that God has plans for us to do and be in the world.

This sermon was preached on March 3, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Neighbors Can Be Annoying

This is why it’s hard to be an active Christian, not a hypocritical one.

This sermon was preached on Christmas Eve, 2018. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.