The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
About This Book
It's no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages.
Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present.
The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, "the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death." Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.
The book is very easy to read and quite enjoyable with everything that it includes. I definitely recommend to check it out.
Sorry, I'm not a cult survivor but I have some thoughts for you.
I grew up in a very very Catholic household and I was known as the weird religious and nice guy around campus. When I made the switch to Christianity after 18 years of Catholicism, I only did that for 2 years. What I've come to understand is that there are many faiths out there, each being similar but somewhat different from one another. For example, there are some churches that worship God, some worship Jesus, some worship both, some worship none, some put God higher than Jesus and some put Jesus higher than God. And that's around the same guy-entitly-lord-god the world just came to know. There are other people worshipping different Gods, thousands of them. And there are those that think they are their own God.
Overall, what I'm trying to say is that the answer to life is ambiguous. I wouldn't recommend going back to Christianity because (at least for me because I've had multiple pastors and priests jam different knowledge in my head) it's just one of many variables to a common religion. In fact, if I were you I would figure out life's mysterious by myself and see what truly makes sense to me from an objective point of view. Having personal, subjective point of view is good from time to time, but it's great to learn about the universe from a point where "Oh, no one can disprove this..." And just add knowledge one by one. And if it's been disproved later on in life regardless then of course just trash it. If there is knowledge were no answer is found that's okay. You don't need to know now.
Here are the people I recommend:
If you want a book, I personally recommend https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 . One section basically talks about 2 influential people like Jesus and the Buddha but it talks about them in an objective point of view. Overall, the book is about discovering something greater for you.
Again, the main point I want to stress is that you should learn life FOR YOU. You could even trash what I recommend completely. YOU have the power to do so. You should not feel forced to join a certain religion or way of thinking. Do it for yourself.
HMMM sounds like an interesting challenge! Was just about to start reading this https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Ekhart Tolle would like a word with you...
Here you go. https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808
I know how you feel. Believe me.
You might want to try reading a book called The Power of Now. It's got a lot of hokum in it, but its chief points are profound: we are not our thoughts (in the same way that we are not an eye twitch, we are not our thoughts); we can control our thoughts; the past and the future exist only in our minds; only now is real. You also might want to read It's Easier than You Think, which is a terrific introduction to Buddhism.
Listen: until you can let go of this you, not your father, you will continue to allow him to victimize you by the own disquiet in your mind.
What you really may be struggling with has nothing to do with your father at all; he's only the instigator of this journey. You're really struggling with self-control. Seems like you may be on the verge of waking up to self-awareness.
Check out 16personalities.com and take the 5 minute test. You may find it's the red pill you've been looking for.
You can outgrow this. You don't have to be scarred by anyone else's pain, not even your father's. But you have to take the step. It's hard; I'm not saying the path ever will be easy. But since when is anything genuinely worth achieving ever easy?
One way I have come to accept and stop fearing death is to realize that all the things I am afraid of happening when I die I will not experience, because I will be dead. I will not be sad that I can't see my friends anymore, because there will be no me to be sad. I will not be angry or frightened or hurt, because there will be no me to feel these things. This is really a blessing: all those negative and painful experiences? We get to avoid them.
You may be going through your life and suddenly you will think, "What if I die today?" and get anxious. And that's okay! Simply answer your own question: "What if I die today? Well, I'll be dead. And I won't have to deal with any of the fallout."
I don't think it's really death that's causing you so much grief: it's the fact that you're dwelling on it, especially when that isn't going to change anything. Right now, though, you're neither dead nor dying. Right now you're just fine. And you only ever experience right now. And when death does happen in the right now, you won't experience it, because you'll be dead. Nothing much to worry about there. =) I recommend the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle to help you stop dwelling on things that aren't actually happening, like death. I saw another redditor recommend it in this subreddit years ago (and many continue to do so), and it was extremely helpful for me when I started really trying to beat my anxiety.
I also recommend figuring out why death is so scary to you. Ask yourself why death is so bad. (Do not try to convince yourself that it isn't. You're scared of it, and that is perfectly fine; just ask yourself why.) When you have an answer (and maybe you'll have several, so just pick one to work with at first), ask yourself why that is so bad. And keep going. Figure out what your root fear is. Teal Swan has a fantastic video about this kind of work that you may find helpful. (It has helped me find the root of my own anxieties and to overcome them.)
Finally, I would like to point out that you posted three paragraphs about death. And you survived! Look how strong you are! You directly addressed your fear—and I'm certain you felt better afterwards, even if you weren't completely, 100% happy.
Much love to you! Good luck in your healing. Happy living. =)
This, that resistance never goes away, but your attitude towards it completely shifts with enough right action.
I also reccomend the power of Now by Eckhart Tolle https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1577314808
The mindset that pain and comes from resisting what is, from thinking about the future or the past rather than being present is very powerful when practiced enough
read, understand, believe and put into practice the ideas in this book