All You Need Is Now

Eckhart Tolle explains the power of an eternal present


| January / February 2004


At 29, Eckhart Tolle was a research scholar and doctoral candidate at Cambridge University in England. He was also deeply miserable. As he lay in bed one night, gripped by an intense dread and loathing of his existence, he experienced a profound spiritual transformation. His first sight upon waking was the light of dawn through the curtains. "Without any thought, I felt, I knew, that there is infinitely more to light than we realize," he later wrote. "That soft luminosity filtering through the curtains was love itself." Though the room was familiar, he realized he had never really seen it before. "I picked up things, a pencil, an empty bottle, marveling at the beauty and aliveness of it all."

Gone was the miserable feeling, re-placed by a deep sense of peace. He didn't have concepts or words for what had happened to him. It was only with the help of spiritual texts and teachers that he began to understand. He had glimpsed his true nature as "pure consciousness" rather than as the ego-bound, separate self, which ultimately was "a fiction of the mind."
















Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!




Facebook Instagram Twitter flipboard


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265