The Good: Very accessible and easy to implement tech on developing your inner game, excellent value for money
The Bad: Not targeted at guys developing their dating skills, shouldn’t start with this product if you don't have a foundation of dating skills and have learned about inner game already
The Bottom Line:This is a MUST read and will impact your dating skillset significantly when applied properly. But make sure you have a foundation understanding of dating skills, and in particular how inner game relates to the dating skillset beforehand. You need that knowledge before you can use this.
Note: The majority of people who seek dating advice do not at first understand the connection with inner game and why it is so important. Read our explanation of ‘inner game’ so that you understand its importance.
The Power of Now was a groundbreaking book that brought some basic principles of inner peace and state to the mass market. The value of the book is that Eckhart Tolle, rather than creating something new, was that he captured the principles in a very simple form that is easy to understand, relate to and apply in your life. That is the no. 1 reason why this book has stood apart from the mass of books on spirituality, meditation, self actualization and so on that cover similar material.
This book is not targeted at men wanting to improve their dating skills. This is an important point, because you will need an understanding of inner game and dating to apply its knowledge.
A Story You Can Relate To
When you read the first chapter on how he discovered his new found inner peace and clarity you will make a direct connection. It strikes a chord with the human condition. This first part enables you to understand that you are not at peace with yourself. He explains in very simple terms the thought processes that show that you are not at peace. His humorous look at how ridiculous some of the mental pain and anguish we harbor is, is a wake up call. This strikes another chord.
His mental journey after the first realizations is more difficult to relate to, unless you have made some progress yourself to being more present. When I read this for example, I wasn’t sure about it, it was only three to six months later when I had similar realizations to Eckhart that I accepted this part of his story.
Practical Mind Strategies
Chapters three to five move on to practical implementation. He describes one or two very basic exercises and then focuses on describing the experiences, the inner states and how you can reach these mindsets. This is constantly reinforced, with his own story.
These exercises are extremely straight forward. So the value in his dedicating so much of the book to their implementation is in your own understanding of the mental states you will pass through and the underlying reasoning behind it. This clarity is important to your motivation to use the exercises. It provides a useful compass, so that when you have reached a state he describes, you know to look for it again, and the next time it is much easier to find again, thanks to the clarity of your understanding.
I want to caveat this point because it is important. These exercises will be very good for your inner game, and easy to implement, provided you know how to go about it. Eckhart doesn’t explain any relationship of ‘being in the now’ to success at dating and with women in a way that most students of dating will understand. You will need an advanced level, experience or previous study of good dating-targeted inner game material to apply this appropriately. For this reason, whilst it is easy to implement in a general sense, to leverage it to improve your dating life it is more challenging.
The Connection with Dating Skills
When I first read this book many years ago many of the dating instructors were reading it and recommending it to each other. I, personally, was looking to take my dating skills to the next level, to make it a more natural part of my life, to take the effort out of it. It had a big impact on me, and although it took a few months of thinking about what he relays in the book, and using some of his principles to get there, the book introduced me, day by day, to the state that he discusses.
When I finally started getting the ‘elated’ states and happiness and mindsets that Eckhart describes it was a little strange. Waking up everyday and feeling on top of the world is basically what happened. I’ve never taken drugs, but I assumed it could be something like taking an ecstasy pill. It was that powerful. I look back on those days with a little bit of nostalgia, because today I have taken feeling like this all the time a bit for granted. Back then I felt like I’d stepped into a new phase in my life. Needless to say this has had a big impact on my dating life, especially in relationships, and in my life overall.
If You Don’t Understand Inner Game Yet, Don’t Start Here
This book is not directed specifically at people wanting to improve their dating skills. That does not detract from its value. However, you won’t be able to use the knowledge in this book to improve your dating life unless you first understand how it is applicable. In fact it could even damage your dating skills if you don’t place this information into the right context. That context will not be transparent to you unless you have studied some aspects of inner game from the dating perspective. So I suggest you take a look at one of the better inner game skillset products that directly target dating in DSR’s Inner Game Skillset Ranking first.
The Bottom Line
This is a MUST read. I suggest you read it after getting a foundation understanding of dating skills, and in particular how inner game relates to the dating skillset so that you can integrate its ‘non-dating directed’ knowledge into your inner game skillset.
For guys who already have some dating success, ‘technical’ dating skills such as attraction and approaching, and have a basic understanding of inner game, this is the ideal product to take your inner game and dating skills to the next level.
Does any product information need updating? Tell us to update product information or tell us about price changes.
Summary: Eckhart has becoming one of the leading speakers and writers on spiritual enlightenment and inner peace in the last decade. This is his first book, that relates the story of how he discovered his new state of being, and provides advice on how readers can reach it.
Table of Contents/ List of Topics Covered:
-Author's Preface to the Paperback Edition
-Chapter One: You Are Not Your Mind
-Chapter Two: Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain
-Chapter Three: Moving Deeply Into the Now
-Chapter Four: Mind Strategies for Avoiding the Now
-Chapter Five: The State of Presence
-Chapter Six: The Inner Body
-Chapter Seven: Portals into the Unmanifested
-Chapter Eight: Enlightened Relationships
-Chapter Nine: Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness There Is Peace
-Chapter Ten: The Meaning of Surrender
-About the Author
User Reviews for The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Average User Rating
Share your thoughts with other users:
Most Helpful User Reviews
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful
"An Absolute Must Read for EVERYBODY."
Finished this one a few days ago.
Will help improve game.
Will help you find inner joy - as opposed to the mind created pleasure and pain.
An absolute must read for EVERYBODY.
One point, tho: Some of the concepts I understood because I had watched the tolle videos on YouTube. I'd say watch the videos first because I know for a fact that some revelatory points Tolle makes would not have sunk in so deeply had I not watched the videos first.
I agree. Although I found the audiobook way better because you can listen to while driving over and over and just absorb the knowledge until you become one with the Power of Now.
This book changed my life forever and all the friends who I have given it to as a gift of life.
this is what I needed the most,I've read the "power of now" and apllied it in my life about one month ago and I did'nt have any clue about "state" and stuff . I was in the moment and suddenly everything has changed , I did'nt know what it was then,but I got better dramatically in my spririt ,game ,work ,everything . you just have to experince it .
just skimmed over the parts where it got a bit spiritual etc. god references could have been excluded - i'm not religious, but you dont have to be to get the core values of the book.
but yeah this book is awesome, if only for the simple concept which it teaches:
the past is gone, you cannot relive it in glory or rehash your past troubles therefore they cannot affect you - the now is all you ever have, no problems can affect you in the now - the future is not here yet so you cannot worry about it
I got this book a while back and read the first few chapters. The stuff Tolle lays out is mind blowing, and I remember feeling good reading it. The next day though, I remember being is a sort of torpor all day, worrying if I was in the now or if my ego was "in control". The concepts themselves are strong, but its not something to think too much about.
Also, even though some of this stuff may help you with women, I wouldn't call this a pickup book. If you follow Tolle's ideas (namely forsaking the body and senses for the spirit) to their logical conclusion, one of the things you would have to do is stop pursuing women.
So in conclusion, I'd say this book has some good concepts, and the first few chapters can give you a feel for a few things you may want to work on. However, I don't think you can fully implement some of his ideas unless you actually commit to a serious lifestyle change.
This is a great book I read many years ago. It had a big impact on my happiness and awareness level, and I guess on the success of my career as well (it got me much more focused on my goals). I guess you could say it improved my pick up also indirectly by making me more a more happy, successful person.
This is a good book to "become a better man", which can only help with women.
I took a look at this because everyone seems to hype this book.
It's in the same section of the bookstore as stuff on "crystal healing" - strike 1.
Subtitle of the book contains the words "spiritual enlightenment" - strike 2.
I couldn't get through the first chapter. Too much "spiritual" mumbo-jumbo. "You are not your mind" - of course i'm my mind, what else would I be. There's no such thing as a spirit. All that is "me" is electrical impulses in my brain, which is just a very complex computer.
As a rational skeptical materialist atheist, I find this book useless.