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Debunking The Power of Now: Introduction

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Eckhart Tolle is a first-class charlatan. Despite this fact, he has sold, and continues to sell millions of copies of his book The Power of Now.

As the son of famed New-Age guru Elizabeth Clare Prophet, I grew up around a lot of ‘spiritual’ posturing. I’m familiar with all the verbiage and the tricks of the New-Age trade. So I know a charlatan when I see one.

But here’s a snip from Wikipedia:

The charlatan is usually a salesperson. He does not try to create a personal relationship with his marks, or set up an elaborate hoax using role playing. Rather, the person called a charlatan is being accused of resorting to quackery, pseudoscience, or some knowingly employed bogus means of impressing people in order to swindle his victims by selling them worthless nostrums and similar goods or services that will not deliver on the promises made for them. The word calls forth the image of an old-time medicine show operator, who has long left town by the time the people who bought his snake oil tonic realize that it does not perform as advertised.

“Selling them worthless nostrums and similar goods or services that will not deliver on the promises made for them.”

It is in this sense of the word that I am labeling Tolle as a charlatan. His nostrums as laid out in The Power of Now are worthless and do not deliver on the promises made for them. I will demonstrate this conclusively over the course of this series. If people understood the contradictory nature of Tolle’s work, and its reliance on discredited metaphysics and theories of mind, they might not be so eager to play along.

Let’s start with Tolle’s credentials, or rather lack thereof:

He had no formal education between the ages of thirteen and twenty-two, refusing to go to school because of its “hostile environment”; but he pursued his own “particular interests.” Tolle graduated from the University of London and entered, but did not complete, a doctoral program at Cambridge University, having studied literature, languages and philosophy. At the age of twenty-nine, Tolle experienced what he calls an “inner transformation,” after suffering long periods of suicidal depression.

So here we have a “spiritual teacher” who skipped high school (presumably he was teased or had trouble fitting in socially–what else would “hostile environment” refer to?), never studied a lick of psychology, avoided any notable science courses and lived in a state of suicidal depression for several years of his adult life. Yeah, that’s really the kind of damaged person I want to hold forth about how to find joy, and the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

On the first page of the introduction, Tolle describes his literally overnight “awakening.” From out of what sounds like a night sweat, he comes to some kind of awareness of his sub-personalities: the self that is experiencing terror and dread, and the self that is the observer. Rather than getting these two parts of himself to have a conversation so that he can find out where the fear is coming from, he immediately decides one of them is not real. He splits off the “lesser self” and determines to vanquish it. He then describes himself as having lived the next five months in utter bliss and joy, having “found what everyone else is looking for.” He describes his deeply fearful self as a “fiction of the mind.”

This is the gross error and singular point of departure after which every concept which follows becomes meaningless. It’s a regurgitation of religious duality, good and evil within the self, God and the Devil. For millennia, religions have tried to improve human morality by splitting off from “evil” and declaring war on it. You tell me: has this approach worked?

This is not how the human psyche functions. You can repress parts of your personality, but you can never eliminate them. What Tolle has done is to repress what Carl Jung would have called the shadow self. Without even knowing the man, I can be certain of one thing: If he hasn’t had a complete change of attitude or undergone a deep course of Jungian therapy, that suicidal and terrified self he repressed 30 years ago is still lurking deep within him, waiting for some opportunity to emerge and wreak havoc.

The same can be said for every Power of Now disciple who thinks they’ve conquered the “lesser self” or the “ego.” You don’t get something for nothing, and you don’t get rid of your shadow by reading a book. You must fully face and acknowledge it, and come to terms with it through therapy. Having done so, you’ve only dealt with that small part of the shadow of which you’ve become aware. There’s always more lurking beneath the surface, and it can sometimes be glimpsed in dreams. It goes extremely deep. All the way back to our primal origins and down through the ages where we survived through mortal combat with the forces of nature, animals, and each other. Civilization is such a recent development that only the thinnest of psychological veneers separates us from our evolutionary legacy of primal fear and rage.

On page 5, Tolle actually steals the word “I am” from New Thought and masters organizations. He uses “I am” to describe his “true nature” as consciousness divorced from form. So we haven’t even gotten to Chapter 1, and already he’s taking us into mind-body and spirit-matter dualism (not to be confused with the good-evil duality mentioned earlier). These are archaic beliefs. Not a single reputable scientist today would accept that there is any identity absent the neural correlates of consciousness.

Tolle describes how after his awakening he spent nearly two years of his life sitting on a park bench destitute but in a state of “bliss.” (Some people would call that vagrancy). After his two-year stint in the park, he decided he would become a spiritual teacher.

Tolle uses several devices in the introduction to rhetorically inoculate his readers against questioning. The first is a little curly-cue symbol which is sprinkled throughout the book. He says “after certain passages, you may want to stop reading for a moment, become still, and feel and experience the truth of what has just been said.” Well maybe I might want to decide whether what I read made sense to me or not before I meditate on the “truth” of it. But he’s preaching to the converted. People who’ve bought his book have already decided he’s a “wise man” who knows more than they do, so they’re uncritically lapping up his every word. The curly cue-symbol basically says, “pause here to be sure you thoroughly hypnotically induct yourself with this particular piece of spiritual propaganda before moving on.”

Tolle is not used to being questioned. He’s so convinced of his rightness that he simply “deals with” people’s objections with that sickly-sweet patronizing haughtiness we’ve come to expect from guru types:

“questions or objections may occasionally come into your mind as you read. They will probably be answered later in the book, or they may turn out to be irrelevant as you go more deeply into the teaching–and into yourself.”

In other words, “if my hypnotic suggestion’s not working on you right away, give it some time and it will eventually.” Then comes the flattery. Every good con man butters up his mark as he enlists their cooperation. Tolle is no exception as he pretends to the role of humble facilitator:

“I can not tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten. Living knowledge, ancient and yet ever new, is then activated and released from within every cell of your body.”

Then a defense of the inevitable vagueness:

“I use words such as “mind,” “happiness,” and “consciousness” in ways that do not necessarily correlate with other teachings. Don’t get attached to any words. They are only stepping stones, to be left behind as quickly as possible.”

This guy is practically self-refuting. Don’t get attached to words? That’s right, if you actually read the words, (you know, those groups of letters we use to convey meaning) and process them with your mind, you might figure out that what he’s saying doesn’t make sense. It’s the oldest rhetorical trick in the book. “Oh, don’t listen to my words, they mean something different when I say them than when other people say them.” It’s equivocation, trying to make oneself a priori immune to argument.

FInally, Tolle attaches himself to the coattails of the “timeless wisdom of all religions.” If it’s wisdom, and it’s so timeless, how come theologians can’t manage to keep from eternally bickering with each other? He might as well have said “the timeless nonsense of all religions.” As the Marquis de Sade once remarked, “the religion proves its prophet, the prophet his religion.”

I’m tired of talking about Tolle and hearing people say “I don’t see what’s so bad about him.” Why buy a book because it’s “not so bad.” I’d say you should buy a book that’s demonstrably great. Last time I checked, credibility, accuracy, and evidence were important features in order for something to qualify as knowledge. Tolle’s books are woefully lacking in all three of those departments–they’re lengthy statements of his personal experience and opinions. By working through this debunking, I’ll be able to talk in detail about Tolle’s specific factual errors and shortcomings.

It’s almost a complete waste of time, I agree. Those smart enough to avoid The Power of Now already have, those lost enough to fall for it aren’t really interested in what’s wrong with it. But as with all atheist critiques of religion, I can only hope this will find its way to some receptive minds which have begun to question their former dogmas, and may be open to eventually realizing that Emperor Tolle has no clothes.


Comments (117 comments)

Jim Thomas / March 7th, 2013, 8:26 am / #1

While there is a lot of truth in Tolle's books, it's hard buy that 'enlightenment' visited him while he was deep in the darkness, and in ignorance of spiritual teachings. Wasn't he a college professor? I've watched him on stage as well; he appears to be hunched over, sometimes obsequious, and even unsure of himself. Contrast that to the persona of J. Krishnamurti, or Guy Finley. I know about being hoaxed, as well. Was a true believer of Carlos Castaneda at one time. Osho was also a very eloquent writer, and conveyed many truths, but his personal life ended in disaster. Be cautious where Tolle is concerned, lest you become disillusioned (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

Normal person / March 31st, 2013, 11:19 pm / #2

I was given Tolle's book "Power of now" by a 52 year old New Ager who has a borderline personality disorder. She told me that it would explain her fully. She has been cutting herself for 40 years, is sexually traumatized because of childhood abuse, believes that she's going to die during her 68th year because some guru told her so when she was in her 20s, feels no compassion or empathy for anyone or anything, has chronic feelings of emptiness and suicidal thoughts, and avoids confronting the causes of all of the above. The chapters on Pain-Body she avoided. Tolle is worthless against the sever mental illness of such a person. Just pure spiritual nonsense. Incredible people actually follow this nonsense. Great critique and I absolutely agree with it.

SmartAss9 / April 10th, 2013, 8:32 pm / #3

Everybody was waiting for U to give the good example… but U failed.
WHAT DA FUCK U JUST DID IF NOT BASHING SOMEONE'S WRITINGS. LOL

Raja / May 6th, 2013, 10:49 pm / #4

The experience Tolle says he had looks like one Ramana Maharshi had when he was sixteen. Soon after that experience he left home, ended in Tiruvannamalai, and wandered from temple basement to mango grove to a cave in the hill nearby. People who saw him provided food for him, beleieving that he was a young swami. He did not preach or advice for many years. Eventually in answer to questions asked of him by a persistent visitor he wrote anwers (in Tamil) to questions; they were subsequently published (as 14 questions and answers) as "Who am I?" He advocated a process of self-inquiry for those who came to see him, but those who visited him were impressed by his presence. He died in 1948. He wrote a few devotional hymns (in Tamil), he translated some Hindu religious classics, and his collected works (prose, hymns, translations) add up to about 200 pages.

Biank Sonlief / May 21st, 2013, 9:04 am / #5

Now I have stumbled upon this page after listening to some tube supposed alien cacaphony. I searched this character on wiki and then to his website. As soon as I saw the brand namish logo,cliche “buy me” introduction and the selling of material, I knew this to be another scamster. The free trial button finally concluded my thoughts. These type of writings are not to be done for cash, usually for higher meanigful gain to wake and uplift humanity to create and sustain life in cosmic order. Now this appears as a ” help me, ok here is the secret, for only ? . 99″ Secondly, his work is praised by the NY times, humanity’s dose of daily nonsense. The fact that the media accepts, makes me not really want to read it as we all know the state of garbage flying out of the screen these days. His work sounds very Zionisty to me as the here and now is atypical selfish disregard to heritage and future generations. And he appeared on Oparah, I rest my case. So I searched Eckhart lies and found your lovely page.

JMP / May 23rd, 2013, 7:58 am / #6

The breathing exercises he's giving on his youtube channel seemed to make logical sense. But then, I saw a vid of him with Deepak Chopra, which brought me to this website. It take a charlatan to recognise one lol

kiva / June 19th, 2013, 5:20 am / #7

I studied Buddhism for 38 years and have read hundreds of books on consciousness. For my taste, Eckart is the best. He makes consciousness simple and accessible. What is all this hoopla on here? This little man is simply teaching a new group of people to get out of their distorted senses of future and past in favor of being in the now.He's telling us to breath consciously and to detach from all the drama. He's saying that the peace that arises from these simple practices can make all the difference in a life…and he's right. i find myself happier, more alive, kinder as a result.
As for his credentials, who cares? I'm quite amazed that someone who didn't even go to high school, as Sean asserts, manages to graduate from a great university and go on to do master's work. Bill Gates never graduated from Harvard…these are pointless criticisms.
take what you can use and leave the rest…..

Ming / July 12th, 2013, 1:48 am / #8

You are right! I tried many times to read it but so far only read half of it I want to give it up. Thank you for your comment.

Lucy / July 21st, 2013, 5:18 pm / #9

To the author of post:
You have no idea how SILLY you sound with your strange, disconnected, narcissitic like, non-sensical comments and arguments trying to trash this book. These are all such typical reactions of a jealous, unable to feel, emotion lacking, jerk. (That everyone is now referring to as The MALIGNANT NARCISSIST.) Why don’t you find a topic that you can at least pretend you know something about. How could anybody be so up in arms about a philosophy that preaches the power of SELf healing. Eckhart Tolle is not a GURU. He is a GENIUS. The idea is so wonderfully simple and so easy to use. But I suppose, if you are the type,unable to feel emotion or compassion. And likes to cloud everything up with writings and opinions, trying to somehow prove to yourself and others some higher level of intelligence. YOU WILL NEVER GET THIS. As it takes a person with a soul and a little self awareness to even begin to understand the basics. At least pick a subject to rip apart that doesn’t make you look like a total FOOL.
Thank you I haven’t laughed like this in ages
You really should t take yourself so seriously
It’s not good for your EMOTIONAL OR PHYSCIAL Health
LOL

Stephanie / September 23rd, 2013, 1:45 pm / #10

I haven't laughed so much in ages either, the author is serious, what's more he speaks the truth. LOL, and that feels very good, I feel emotionally and physically uplifted from reading this gem. They say, the truth will set you free.

Hoyeru / October 22nd, 2013, 10:24 pm / #11

Oh no! Some other guys has an opinion that doesnt match my own and i have to find any way to put him down!
Wow, you so smart man, you know ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING and all i have to do is read YOU AND NOBODY else! Bet your eyes are brown you are so full of yourself!

RDoan / October 23rd, 2013, 9:32 pm / #12

I stopped reading after the following statement: "Not a single reputable scientist today would accept that there is any identity absent the neural correlates of consciousness." Are you joking? or just desperate to make your point? How many Nobel laureates in physics have concluded (correctly or not) that consciousness is the precursor creator of matter? Ever heard of the Quantum Enigma? Or is it just so contrary to your rigid reductionist beliefs and religion that you conveniently forget it?

Nate / November 3rd, 2013, 7:49 pm / #13

Echart has made millions of dollars off of his book. If his approach is working for anyone the most, its probably him. I doubt the poster made a dime off of this rant. Who cares if he doesn't have a psychology or philosophy degree. He's more wildly successful than most PHD's could possibly dream, some of which are in a mental hospital right now because they can't get a job to pay back their student loans.There is power in now, and it can be most utilized in not writing angry posts or spending hours consuming Echart Tolles literature. Its just a waste of time. Focus on your most immediate reality, the moment right in front of you, not abstractions that distract from this.

AnnaM / November 10th, 2013, 11:50 am / #14

"If he hasn’t had a complete change of attitude or undergone a deep course of Jungian therapy, that suicidal and terrified self he repressed 30 years ago is still lurking deep within him, waiting for some opportunity to emerge and wreak havoc." Yes, according to Jungian psychology, he is repressing the shadow. But! Jung wrote from a particular paradigm that attempted to address an obsession with good and evil at the turn of the century. You see, at the time in which Jung lived, the philosophers were busily pulling apart our collective response to the nihilism of which religious belief is so dependent: and, in order to do so, they needed to emphasize the dualistic nature of existence. This has in turn impacted everything we think we know about life (good and evil, on and off, up and down). Tolle recognizes that this particular system of thought (paradigm) is simply a tool rather than an absolute truth. It works until it stops working. Now, he is suggesting that such paradigms are limiting us. He's asking the question, "How has our belief in dualism framed our experience of living?" He has recognized that the shadow is a part of the unconscious collective mind, and at the same time has suggested that thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) are only a small part of consciousness. Tolle is not repressing the shadow. He is depersonalizing it. He is suggesting that "thoughts" are yet another archetypal system and nothing to take personally.

Robert / November 18th, 2013, 9:51 am / #15

I’d like to see how Eckhart functioned while be tortured… Water boarded maybe, or having his nails pulled off. When he was screaming and crying in agony, his torturers could just say, “Eckhart, just BE with what is! Just accept!” Maybe then they bring his family in and torture them in front of him and say the same things as they beg him to stop… Sorry to use such an extreme example, but the BS this guys slings, if its true, it should apply to any situation.

Self Destruction / February 17th, 2014, 5:13 pm / #16

While you're at it drop off the rest of the self-help gurus in the middle of the African Congo. Make them tell all the starving children, you need to attract abundance! Think about food and it will be yours! The Universe knows all, you must be doing something wrong! Then leave them and as the chopper is taking off tell them they have to attract another helicopter by wanting it enough, TAKE THIS DVD!!!!!

Jack McDonald / January 31st, 2014, 4:25 pm / #17

Black Sun, your criticism of Eckhart Tolle is an oxymoron, just like your name. A stupid critique, with nothing to offer, except logical fallacy and stupid arguments.

John McDougles / February 17th, 2014, 5:22 pm / #18

Your entire comment is a logical fallacy, ad hominem plus you don't back up any of your assertions. You've been so busy not thinking that your mind is out of shape, you can't even tell when you're the embodiment of your criticisms. Very pathetic, I hope you don't embarrass yourself like this in real life.

sockeye / March 17th, 2014, 11:55 am / #19

I approached Tolle with a jaundiced eye, yet through two of his books failed to debunk his message or to detect the charlatan in him. Even now, with the benefits I've enjoyed from his teachings, I sought reviews on his work that were objective or even critical as I may have even been deluding myself about these benefits. This has been the most revealing, insightful take on Tolle I have encountered thus far, and it may have resolved my nagging suspicion that this has been too good to be true..
The vileness, the anger, the inaccuracies, the contempt, the professional chauvinism, the dogma and just the plane, intended unpleasantness experienced from reading this bash job leaves me asking only, "Is that all you got?" – And concluding, "I don't think I want what you got, at least not in this moment."

Gil B / April 3rd, 2014, 12:41 pm / #20

You did a very good job!
I feel the same way as you..
It's good that you did this since so many people think he's "enlightened"
but actually he's just a fake who even decieves himself..
Just sad people just blindly believe everyone who's "famous"..
They don't get it that being Real is the best cure,
not trying to escape youself…

PrecariousBogman / April 4th, 2014, 2:47 pm / #21

He who knows, has no need to speak. He who does not know, has need to speak. So I guess that I don't know. But I can attest to this: I have lived much of my life in my head, in the realm of thought, and it has brought me much unhappiness. I'm finally finding some peace by getting out of my head, and into the moment. So is Tolle a charlatan or an enlightened being? I couldn't give a toss. But I have to say that, idiot or savant, his teachings/musings resonate with me.

AlanHundredWatts / June 18th, 2014, 5:21 pm / #22

Hi, great article man! What do you think about Alan W. Watts (not to be mistaken for Alan Watt)?

name / July 17th, 2014, 4:35 pm / #23

some are not ready to wake up

nick / August 12th, 2014, 4:41 pm / #24

A few years ago i read eckhartsbook power of now and so became focused on the now and within about a month i became relaxed peacefull and atotally calm person obsessed with stilling my mind.it worked great for a while then something happened and i lost my temper worst than i have ever before ,all my self control was gone and i become like an uncontrollable animal and so i gave up on this stuff can anyone explain to me why this happened coz it didnt make sense to me.

grubber / October 5th, 2014, 11:18 pm / #25

tofu with jello bat…haha!!! good stuff…nah, i dont know if tolle is authentic, but ramana maharshi is, and tolle operates in a similar vein. fact is, maharshi was so frighteningly authentic that jung, for whatever reason, did not want to meet him, even when he had the chance and was in india! inner explorer jung might have been intimidated by the potential depth there.

Eric Ortem / November 4th, 2014, 8:40 pm / #26

Devils in spiteful conference. Satan's galore!!!

carl / February 10th, 2015, 3:53 am / #27

to quote tolle, "don't just accept or reject it. put it to the test." most critics have preconceived notions and biases even before reading the book. they read to find things to criticize. not to understand. and most of the time, we find what we're looking for.

Shade Tree / April 5th, 2015, 2:49 pm / #28

I am a 100% mentally disabled Vietnam Vet who has dealt with PTSD and Manic Depression for close to fifty years. While in VN it was very hard to handle my daily life and knowing how much time I had left to go in country was a heavy burden I carried with me every day. That was up until some friends helped me see the power of being in the now. Once I had that truth revealed to me all my sense of time began to fade away. I realized there is no time. There is just Now. The past and the present are only what we imagine them to be.
When we all see something happen even if we are together we only see our interpretation of it. Think of all the song lyrics from the sixties. Listen to John Lennon. This all happened long before I ever heard of Eckhart Tolle. You are the one who is a egotistic fraud who needs to find the now. You think what your mind is saying is you. A label not a being. Your lost. I hope you some day find your way to being. Instead of imagining life.

angelica / August 7th, 2015, 4:48 pm / #29

Wow what judgment-

greizmann / September 8th, 2015, 3:08 am / #30

the most liberal use of the word "debunking" i have ever seen

Robin / December 1st, 2015, 7:37 am / #31

You yourself have tried to validate your argument and pre-empt criticism by giving your background, saying that you are particularly qualified to pick a fraud. Excuse me, you aren't anymore qualified than anyone else. You have used the same manipulation that you criticise ET for. I guess it's flattering that ET has so many critics and debunkers who probably wouldn't sneer at having some of his millions and as good a story to tell? I loved TPON but I'm not going to take ET on as my guru, he's just a man and ultimately money and power corrupts so he'll be overtaken. The fact he's a damaged human who has managed to survive and be effective is really more of a confirmation that he has some kind of wisdom to share than a sign you should avoid him like the plague. Basically steer clear of gurus but learn what you can from people's stories. Just sayin……

John / December 8th, 2015, 9:27 am / #32

Tolle seems to be a promoter and has been successful at it. Most of his books only have a few tidbits of helpful psychology, all of us battle our moods on a daily basis— the book (Life 101) is time better spent than a Tolle book. If you want to go a little deeper (sanity, insanity, and common sense) is IMO the best ever written cognitive psychology book that I know of

Tammy / December 16th, 2015, 7:41 am / #33

You need to go back and read The Power of Now again, very carefully. What you've pulled out of it, presumably meant to be a distillation of what Eckhart Tolle was saying, is entirely out of context and the opposite of what he actually said. It looks like you are the charlatan, with an agenda.

Bob / January 9th, 2016, 7:28 am / #34

According to the expert on spirituality Eckhart Tolle, "You are never upset for the reason you think."
So If someone's in your face, and their ignorant, and without any regard to you, you're not upset for the reason you think? Am I missing something? Are you supposed to be elated with joy, at being abused and mistreated? If so, that's not being spiritual, it's being numb in the head!
This is not spirituality, it is dumbed-down psycho dribbel, by a guy who used to be poor, had a life changing event, now is rich, and doesn't make any sense whatsoever. There are others' just like him. Don't be fooled.
Come on huh.

Mark / January 12th, 2016, 5:57 pm / #35

Did sean or seth write this article?

sol / May 3rd, 2016, 6:40 am / #36

Yes, if you dont like spiritual teachers, then leave them alone. in this case eckhart is emphasizing the importance of living and being in the now, because most people are always locked in the past or worrying about the future. finally someone had to state the importance of that! all those teachings are about practicing them, not just reading them. try it by yourself and see if it makes any difference in your life. put your mind and being in the now, and after that come here and say what happened to you. and if it does not work for you, then don't come and say that he is a scam, has worked for me! i feel more at peace by just putting my mind in the here and now.

stephen s / July 10th, 2016, 2:53 pm / #37

One section of Eckhart' s 'Practising the Power of Now' shifted my life v profoundly. It got me off 11 years on antidepressants & terrible insomnia, after losing my job, having a head-on car crash, my mother dying & losing a 10 yr relationship that all happened over one year. The shift has been profound.

Caroline / July 20th, 2016, 2:29 am / #38

black sun .. you are obvioulsy in some kind of bid to breakaway from your mother ors omething by writing this rubbish !!! THe truth of anytthing can be measuerd by its effects … and thousands of peoples lives have been positively transformed by Tolles work … so why not just get a life and do something of your OWN that has a positive effect and helps people than bicker about people who are living it and helpgin others through their own hard own wisdim? YDont spend your life trying to disprove otehr peoples work do something worthwhile yourself !!!!!

caroline probyn / July 20th, 2016, 2:37 am / #39

in ther words, just grow up and do your own thing ! If you dont like something walk away and leave it .. but dont waste your adulthood trying to put down others, its very petty and samll minded and ugly…. You dont HAVE to bash others wisdom to find your own … so go do something that makes you happy and leave others be. Just because you dont like someones work doesnt make them a charlatan …find what works for you and have some respect for others choices and paths.

jenn smith / January 4th, 2017, 3:37 am / #40

i think tolle is full of so much sh*t. the writings do speak truths about the power of now and enlightenment, but it's evident he takes this from other sources and weaves them into his own way of writing about it. witnessing him speak- he sounds like a complete idiot, has a lack of understanding, and is definitely not any form of a teacher at all. His concept of enlightenment- going from depression to an overnight awakening, then wandering the streets. Then off to 'teach others' – i mean total bullsh*t. I know of someone who claims to be enlightened and awakened like tolle- using him as a reference. He too is trying to be a 'guru teacher'..evident for ego reasons.

It's evident his bullsh*ttery appeals to those moronic masses who are not awake at all, and at an elementary level of spirituality, so they look to this charlatan for answers. Going to him for answers must make you dumber than a sack of rocks. he is not a guru by any means. Egotistical false person coming across as someone who isn't, and also out to make money. Also many of his followers or other fake people use him as a pinpoint to display their own fake enlightenment. Also much of what he speaks about is so much BS and only appeals to idiots who are not awakened.

jenn / January 4th, 2017, 3:39 am / #41

hes not even charismatic in his speaking abilities- he's not a hypnotist. His words and writing style could be hypnotic. hearing him speak- he sounds like a total moron. He sounds like an uneducated type idiot who really doesn't know anything.

jenn smith / January 4th, 2017, 3:49 am / #42

omg..whatever. Again tolle appeals to the masses of unawakened idiots out there. Those of us who are enlightened, don't need this bullsh*t. If you're at some elementary level of spirituality you'll find this garbage entertaining b/c it pertains to your fucked up inner issues. Lack of being able to 'quiet' the mind, ego issues, lack of understanding of the concepts of being in bliss, awakening. Yes, those people look to those who they feel have 'awakened' or are enlightened. all the sleeping people do. So yes he is a teacher for those who are at the entry levels of spirituality. For those who are enlightened, most of it is nonsense. This is for people who haven't even begun awakening.

If you have awakened and have been through something similar, then all of this is just nonsense because you're at a higher level, and definitely beyond him. He is a dumb sheep leading the other dumb sheep. His level of understanding of awakening and consciousness is there but evident it's taken from other sources as well as he lacks the ability to even relay it in spoken word. but other than that, he is a charletan regardless- out to make money. Its not about there being a lack of genuineness- it's that he is not a teacher or guru or even enlightened. He's a fake and fraud

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