What you have here is a very powerful tool for finding real peace within yourself. A place that exists that we have all forgotten about in our human evolution. I am actually on my second read of the book now. There are others after it. I listen to Eckharts lectures daily now.
It's the very simple realisation that there is an I and a self. The self that we identify with which Eckhart calls the egoic mind (the asshole that drives us crazy). The inner self which is unconscious and 'behind' our thoughts. In the book he describes very well how to train yourself to live in the moment. Everything is happening right now. Time is a construct invented by man. So you will sit still and learn to be a 'watcher' of your own thoughts, and in there you will find a realisation that you've been living a very dysfunctional life, and you will smile to yourself as you suddenly realise this. He will talk you through everything in the book. For me, as an utter madman, whose mind never shuts up, this is what I have been looking for. I've been doing transcendental meditation for 2 years, which I have stopped now, to practice 'presence'. It's very powerful stuff and should change your life.
I have it on PDF if you want me to send you it.
Thank you for the detailed reply.
I have watched many videos by Alan Watts on similar themes - are you familiar with him and, if so are their views along the same lines?
Thank you for your offer to send me a pdf but I would like to decline - if I don't read something in book form then I find it quite difficult to 'take things in' via a screen.