Eckhart Tolle on Living in the Now

Ray: What changes for people in their day-to-day lives when they begin to live in the now?

Ray and Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart: I have spoken to many people who have begun to live in presence, and they find many changes come into their lives. Sometimes these changes happen as inner realizations — “This is what I have to do” — or they arise from the external when something suddenly happens.

A person comes into your life. A situation comes in, or a situation finishes for you. You lose your job and then later realize, “I had to lose it to make room for something new to arise.” Or you meet somebody who brings a sudden opportunity, in one form or another, and you simply respond to it.

In some cases, people do little things they enjoy doing. Suddenly an enormous energy flows into what they do, so it grows, and change comes in that way.

In whatever way change comes, the important thing is to take responsibility for this moment. Then, life becomes cooperative. When you are aligned with the now internally, when you take responsibility for this moment, then life is helpful and tends to bring you what you need.

If you are not in alignment with the moment, life is a struggle.

Really, all you have to do is take responsibility for your inner alignment with now. Everything else — the very intelligence of the universe — then flows through you and brings into your life whatever is needed.

*Learn about Eckhart Tolle and his teachings at, and read more of this interview at I did the interview for New Age Retailer magazine.

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