THE POWER OF NOW
18 June - 5 July 2014
Opening Night | Thursday 19 June 6-8pm
The Power of Now is a sincere and heartfelt approach to unfolding the proliferation of the DIY self-help book culture of the 1990’s. In a bid to understand how she strayed from the track of emotional and spiritual maturity, Heidi Holmes will attempt to glean the awakening she missed when she was busy partying during her formative years in the 1990’s – at the height of self-help popularity.
IMAGES | Heidi Holmes, Top 10 Self-Help Books of the 90’s - 1, 2013.| Images courtesy of the artist.
THE POWER OF NOW
'Eight years ago, my friend Meg Ryan told me about The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. It's one of the most transformative books I've ever read; I keep a copy with me wherever I go, flipping through its highlighted pages time and time again. For anyone seeking to lead a more connected, vibrant life, The Power of Now is essential reading, and Eckhart's follow-up books—Stillness Speaks and A New Earth—explain the core principle that has resonated so deeply with me and thousands of others: The only moment we ever really have is this one. Happiness isn't in the future or the past, but in mindful awareness of the present.
Eckhart should know. By 29, the German-born author had become an eminent research scholar at Cambridge University in England, but success wasn't enough to halt his descent into a depression so severe that he considered ending his life. In what could have been his final hour, Eckhart stumbled upon an insight that started him on the path to becoming a spiritual teacher: We are not our thoughts. The very fact that we can objectively observe our thinking, he reasoned, suggests that the constant and often negative dialogue in our heads is separate from who we really are. Realizing this can bring us closer to the kind of fearlessness and peace that Eckhart has experienced since his dark night of the soul.
It was one of the great joys of my career to talk to Eckhart on Oprah & Friends on XM Radio as part of my Soul Series. He gave a kind of course on conscious living: trading our autopilot existence for intentional awareness; recognizing how we create our own suffering through obsessing over our past history; and learning how to be present, for ourselves and for the people around us, in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way. His encouraging inspiration has allowed me and many other people to see the possibility of an awakened consciousness. I think he is a prophet for our time.'
Winfrey, O, 2008, 'Oprah talks to Eckhart Tolle', O The Oprah Magazine, May 2008