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At the very beginning of this retreat you know it is going to be different from Tolle's other books and retreats. Maybe is is the influence of being in India but this is definitely the "grittiest" of the Tolle recordings available at audible.
What do I mean by "grittiest?" I mean the most realistic, the retreat that most acknowledges that not everyone is at the same level yet. The tone is not darker, but it is more nuanced.
For example, at the very beginning of the retreat he begins a familiar Tolle refrain, "you do not need more time." If you have listened to Tolle before you know what he means by that, you have everything you need in your life right now, there is nothing that you will have tomorrow that you do not have today. You can become present in your life right now. Check! Got it! I have heard this and I understand.
But wait! In this retreat he says, "well some of you do need more time." This made me pause for a moment. Really? Some of us do need more time. Why? Tolle goes on to say, "Because you may need more suffering." Ouch.
He says that some people - even some people at the retreat - may not yet be ready to be present because they are too attached to thoughts, material possessions, ego, etc. This is not new, but the way he emphasizes that some people might actually need to suffer more is a little different from the eight or so other Tolle books and retreats I have read.
The retreat itself is grittier, too. He talks to the retreat-attendees there in India about the limitations and hardships of being in India. This is the retreat that delves the most into these things. Even the questions the retreat attendees ask seem a little grittier.
This is also one of the longer audible Tolle offerings (which I think is great! The more the better). And the music used in this one is the most spiritual and inspiring too me.
Do not let this be your first Tolle book or retreat. For that I recommend of course the book "The Power of Now" that started it all or the fun and lighter retreat "Freedom from the World."
However, if you are a Tolle veteran and want to get into something long and deep and very real, this audio retreat is exceptional.
44 of 45 people found this review helpful
This book comes alive and changes your life. Wonderful that it is in the authors voice. You feel like you are at the retreat with everyone or yourself.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
26 hour talk at a retreat. love every minute!! Always leaves me feeling at peace. 💜
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Touching the Eternal?
I found listening to this to be rewarding in many ways. If you like listening to Eckhart then you will likely love this too. If you are not used to Eckhart recorded live then prepare yourself for some silences. Also his unique sense of humour. Otherwise be up for the challenge and enjoy the ride.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Touching the Eternal in three words, what would they be?
life changing and funny
Would you listen to another book narrated by Eckhart Tolle?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, as it requires contemplation before moving on. To listen in one sitting would be like eating multiple xmas dinners in a row! One needs to listen bit by bit to allow it to digest.
Any additional comments?
I thoroughly enjoyed it. EXCEPT for the singing at the beginning and end of the chapters that became rather annoying after awhile.