Posts Tagged ‘Eckhart Tolle’

Do Not Let Anyone Tell You Who You Are

June 15, 2009

The very life force within you is a divine spark, an extension of God. Though you cannot claim to be God, God’s divine essence is your birthright. Just as a drop of water is not the ocean itself, still it is of the ocean and has all the characteristics of the ocean.

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Eckhart Tolle







I like how Eckhart Tolle addresses our divine nature on page 189 in his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose:








Nobody can tell you who you are.  It would just be another concept, so it would not change you. Who you are  (more…)

Eckhart Tolle on Conscious Parenting

June 5, 2009
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I like Eckhart Tolle‘s take on how to make your child feel truly loved and cherished. Here is an excerpt from his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose that I wish every parent would read and take to heart.









Many children harbor hidden anger and resentment towards their parents and often the cause is inauthenticity in the relationship. The child has a deep longing for the parent to be there as a human being, not as a role, no matter how conscientiously that role is being played. You may be doing all the right things and the best you can for your child, but even doing the best you can is not enough. In fact, doing is never enough if you neglect Being.

The ego knows (more…)

Eckhart Tolle: Awake In the Dream

May 23, 2009
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Eckhart Tolle



I like the way Eckhart Tolle explains why life becomes a nightmare when we limit the boundaries of who we are to the confines of our mind and body. Here is an insightful excerpt from his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.




FROM DESCARTES’ ERROR TO SARTRE’S INSIGHT

The seventeenth-century philosopher Descartes, regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, gave expression to this primary error [of the illusion of separateness] with his famous dictum (which he saw as primary truth): “I think, therefore I am.” This was (more…)

Are Spiritual People Better Than Others? Not So Much.

May 12, 2009
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Eckhart Tolle



It’s a pothole on the spiritual path that is easy to fall into: “Now that I’m awakened, I’m a better person than people who are living unconsciously.”

Umm, no. Doesn’t work that way. The more you grow spiritually, the more humble you become. If you feel superior to “non-spiritual” people—and let’s be honest, most of us fall into that pothole at least briefly at the start of our journey—then your ego is still calling the shots.



I like how Eckhart Tolle explains how the ego hijacks our spiritual journey so cunningly that we are oblivious to its control. Here is an excerpt from his book, A New Earth:

Many people don’t realize until they are on their deathbed and everything external falls away that no thing ever had anything to do with who they are. In the proximity of death, the whole concept of ownership stands revealed as ultimately meaningless. In the last moments of their life, they then also realize that while they were looking throughout their lives for a more complete sense of self, what they were really looking for, their Being, had actually always already been there, but had been largely obscured by their identification with things, which ultimately means identification with their mind.

“Blessed are (more…)

Eckhart Tolle on the Circular Trap of Consumerism

May 11, 2009
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I really like the way Eckhart Tolle explains why our materialistic society has so many of us running ever faster on the hamster wheel of consumerism. I am particularly impressed by the analogy he makes in the last sentence. This excerpt is from his book, A New Earth.





Paradoxically, what keeps the so-called consumer society going is the fact that trying to find yourself through things doesn’t work: The ego satisfaction is short-lived and so you keep looking for more, keep buying, keep consuming.

Of course, in this physical dimension that our surface selves inhabit, things are a necessary and inescapable part of our lives. We need housing, clothes, furniture, tools, transportation. There may also be things in our lives that we value because of their beauty or inherent quality. We need to honor the world of things, not despise it. Each thing has Beingness, is a temporary form that has its origin within the formless one Life, the source of all things, all bodies, all forms. In most ancient cultures, people believed that everything, even so-called inanimate objects, had an indwelling spirit, and in this respect they were (more…)

Eckhart Tolle on Alleviating the Suffering of the World

March 27, 2009
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So many people are so eager and passionate about helping those who are suffering that they lose themselves in others’ pain and end up suffering themselves. The answer? I like this Q&A excerpt from Eckhart Tolle‘s masterpiece, The Power of Now.








But there shouldn’t be any hunger and starvation in the first place. How can we create a better world without tackling evils such as hunger and violence first?

All evils are the effect of unconsciousness. You can alleviate the effects of unconsciousness, but you cannot eliminate them unless you eliminate their cause. True change happens within, not without.

If you feel called upon to alleviate suffering in the world, that is a very noble thing to do, but remember not to focus exclusively on the outer. Otherwise, you will encounter frustration and despair. Without a profound change in human consciousness, the world’s suffering is a bottomless pit. So don’t let your compassion become one-sided.

Empathy with someone else’s pain or lack and a desire to help must be balanced with a deeper realization of the eternal nature of all life and the ultimate illusion of all pain. Then let your peace flow into whatever you do and you will be working on the levels of effect and cause simultaneously.


Is pain truly an illusion? Is suffering a choice? Clearly, any attempt to understand the horrors of war, the injustice of tyranny, and the ravages of disease has its limits; and any purpose behind such incomprehensible suffering may remain beyond the capacity of human beings to grasp. But a purpose we cannot wrap our minds around is a purpose nonetheless.

It is insensitive at best and cruel at worst to (more…)

Eckhart Tolle on Becoming the “Light of the World”

March 26, 2009
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Eckhart Tolle





In his spiritual tour de force, The Power of NowEckhart Tolle wrote: that the most effective way to contribute to the world is by transcending it. You then become a de facto instrument of peace and healing.





You may remember that we talked about the dual nature of true compassion, which is awareness of a common bond of shared mortality and immortality. At this deep level, compassion becomes healing in the widest sense. In that state, your healing influence is primarily based not on doing but on being. Everybody you come in contact with will be touched by your presence and affected by the peace you emanate, whether they are conscious of it or not. When you are fully present and people around you manifest unconscious behavior, you won’t feel the need to react to it, so you don’t give it any reality. Your peace is so vast and deep that anything that is not peace disappears into it as if it had never existed. This breaks the karmic cycle of action and reaction. Animals, trees, flowers will feel your peace and respond to it. You teach through being, through demonstrating the peace of God. You become the “light of the world,” an emanation of pure consciousness, and so you eliminate suffering on the level of cause. You eliminate unconsciousness from the world.


power-vs-forceBeautifully said. As more minds and hearts generate positive thoughts and loving energy, we inch ever closer to critical mass and lasting cultural change. Indeed, your next loving thought may tip the scales. In his groundbreaking book, Power vs. Force, Dr. David R. Hawkins scientifically substantiates how the most enlightened 15 percent of the world’s population counterbalances the negativity of the remaining 85 percent of the world’s people. 

Another world is not only possible, she’s on her way. Maybe many of us won’t be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.
Arundhati Roy

 

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Marianne Williamson

Tolle’s words reminds me of the following widely quoted passage from Marianne Williamsons classic 1992 book, A Return To Love

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and (more…)

When the Spirit Is Ready, the Teacher Appears

January 30, 2009
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Paramahansa Yogananda




I felt so drawn to Paramahansa Yogananda that it felt like I was coming home. And I wondered why we all are drawn to different paths and different teachers. What were the determining factors—our stage of development, our scared contract, karma, style of teaching, similar wavelengths, all of the above? Then I read this passage in Eckhart Tolles magnificent book, The Power of Now.




If you are drawn to an enlightened teacher, it is because there is already enough presence in you to recognize presence in another. There were many people who did not recognize Jesus or the Buddha, as there are and always have been many people who are (more…)

Hello, Danger. You Go Now.

January 1, 2009

man-rock-climbingI do not have the need for speed; I keep my distance from motorcycles, race cars and even roller coasters. Nor do I relish the thought of climbing a wall of rock or a snow-capped mountain. In other words, I am not a thrill-seeking kind of guy—at least not in regard to external activities. I find all the adventure and exhilaration I need through the potent combination of a challenging project and a keyboard.

Please, no calls to the Geek Squad to hunt me down, sedate me, and release me into the wild. I do manage to get outdoors once every so often all on my own. I think once I even started to get a tan.

A friend sent me the following video of guys BASE jumping in a wingsuit with the note that it took her breath away. I agree that it’s amazing stuff. And I suspect that a good portion of those who watch it will add it to their Bucket List. Me? Just watching these daredevils terrifies me. Excuse me while I go throw up.




Speaking of wingsuits, here’s the story of Raphael Dumont, the first human being to land on water in a wingsuit without a parachute. I think I just passed out.




And here is Motocross rider, FMX rider and all-around daredevil Travis Pastrana skydiving . . . without a parachute! The only way I’d jump out of (more…)

Masters Continue to Walk the Earth

November 18, 2008
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Babaji

I have heard many a person scoff at the notion that avatars (those who have achieved oneness with divine consciousness) have been present throughout every age. They ask, “If such exalted beings existed, why haven’t we heard of them?”

One reason is that skeptics are the least likely to read accounts of such lives, which can be found in a number of spiritual texts. Indeed, evidence suggests that these masters have walked the Earth and continue to do so to this day. Their lives serve as both proof and inspiration that all things are possible when you wholeheartedly give your life to God.

While these contemporary Christ-like figures can effortlessly perform miracles that defy the laws of physics, the general public will remain unaware of their existence. Uniting with divine consciousness necessitates the death of the ego; the notion that these selfless saints would flaunt their abilities is unthinkable. Holiness and humility walk hand in hand.

Eckhart Tolle made another important point on page 87 of his powerful book, The Power of Now:

Never personalize Christ. Don’t make Christ into a form identity. Avatars, divine mothers, enlightened masters, the very few that are real, are not special as persons. Without a false self to uphold, defend, and feed, they are (more…)