Eckhart Tolle 2

Reality Creation 3

What Are We seeking?

Eckhart Tolle, in his book, The Power of Now tells a story I have heard from Native Americans. Apparently, Carl Jung was having a conversation with a Native American chief.

"The chief pointed out that, in his perception, white people have tense faces, staring eyes and a cruel demeanor. He continued, 'They are always uneasy and restless. We don't know what they want. We think they are mad.'"

Although Jung and Freud were often in competition, Freud wrote about the same "restlessness" in Civilization and its Discontents. Neither talked about how to free oneself from this unhappiness. Bill Harris suggests that we live in our role as the Observer. This allows us to be in the present, and to detach from the resistance to pain or stress that we otherwise might be identifying with. Eckhart Tolle explains that we need to be conscious. He agrees with Bill that it is resistance to "what is" that causes distress. Unease, discontent or tension is a result of unnecessary judgment of "what is". Living in, or stressing over the past or the future is partnering with unconsciousness.

How do we become Conscious?

Eckhart Tolle reminds us that anyone who has ever been in a life and death situation was totally present in the Now. The mind, during these times, shuts down. The chatter stops. It is quiet. As people describe, "something infinitely more powerful takes over" and this is when mothers are able to life cars to pull out their stricken child. Others become "extraordinarily capable of incredibly courageous deeds."

In these situations, there is no time. You will survive right now, or you won't. Either way, Tolle reiterates, it is not a problem.

Most people, Eckhart Tolle explains, are resistant to giving up the worries that have become part of their experience of themselves. They might even become angry at anyone suggesting that they don't need those feelings, even though they know that this is valuable for conscious reality creation.

Yet, if you honor the present moment, and feel gratitude for the present moment, the unhappiness will fall away, we are assured by Eckhart Tolle.

Tolle explains that if there is no "joy, ease or lightness" in what you are doing, remember that the "how" is more important than the "what". In his other book, he talks about the joy that monks have at simple duties such as scrubbing the stone floor, or cleaning the pots. Such simple duties allow great attention to the task, which then allows the monk to clear his mind of chatter, and to be absolutely in the present. Do not worry about the results of your work, but attend to the action itself. Eckhart Tolle assures us that the fruit will come.

The Bhagavad Gita describes this as "consecrated action". Eckhart Tolle says, "when the compulsive striving away from the Now ceases, the joy of Being flows into everything that you do."

Even this is a "what". Eckhart Tolle describes the "how". Ask yourself either, "Am I at ease at this moment?" or "What's going on inside of me at this moment?" Either question sheds some light in the darkness. Either question directs attention inward. As he says, get the inside right and the outside will fall into place.

If your find you are carrying a hot coal in your hand, you can drop it now. If you find you feel that you are being taken advantage of, or someone close to you is being dishonest, Tolle suggests that this is irrelevant. "You are resisting what is" and "making the present moment into an enemy." Tolle goes on to explain that this pollutes both your inner and outer environment, and the collective human psyche. Eckhart Tolle blames the pollution of the planet on "millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space."

So how, we ask, can we drop this kind of ongoing negativity? The first thing is to recognize that anything done out of negativity usually turns out badly. This strengthens our false sense of self, and causes a strengthening of the pain body of whoever we have to deal with. This is the law of resonance. Unless the other is highly conscious, it triggers latent negativity in others.

Clear your inner space, and move in.

How to Move On Without Negativity?

Drop it. Drop the useless baggage. These old pain bodies are familiar but burdensome. Let them go. In the past, when we were unconscious, we didn't know we had a choice. This was how humans were able to kill in excess of 100 million fellow humans in the 20th Century. These leaders were in a deeply unconscious state. Eckhart Tolle claims that "humans are a dangerously insane and very sick species....It's also a fact that the sanity is there underneath the madness."

We move on when we shine a light on our emotions of resentment, moodiness and so on because then we are not forced to act on them blindly. Blindly is such an accurate word because when we are in the throes of anger or resentment, we easily take action or say things that we later regret, do we not? Yet, at the time, it seemed so appropriate and "justified."

We left off the previous article by saying that "acceptance" is step one of awakened doing. The beginning level of acceptance is to accept those negative feelings, and hopefully, to gain some understanding of where they came from.

Recently, I was caught off guard and resentful that an associate was changing an agreement. I was flooded with resentment and anger and could not see past these "righteous" feelings. It took a while to calm down. I realized that my feelings were tremendous, beyond what any reasonable person would expect from the provocation. I looked more closely at my part and could see that these feelings had overwhelmed me before, 3 times in my life. That's not a lot, but the memories were so clear, I could admit that I had a part in this.

Then, after a little more time, I recognized that although this was an old familiar pain body, it hadn't been activated in a long time. So, what was going on? I thought about the person who had flipped the switch, and realized that she had a similar, though active, pain body and that it was her resentment that had been induced (projected) into me. Without Eckhart Tolle's writings, I would not have understood this.

And then, I was past it. I was able to accept that I had been caught off guard (unconscious) and that my associate had a pain body of her own that was not mine. I resolved to stay in the moment whenever dealing with her. As Eckhart Tolle says, without resistance and without judgment, there is no pain. When we stay absolutely in the moment, and present in our real selves, our spiritual and soulful selves, our enlightened energetic selves, everything is all right.

Stop defending your right to be unconscious. It's like defending your right to smoke cigarettes or to eat food that makes you sick.

Acceptance: Level Two

Wherever you are, there you are as Jon Kabat-Zinn would say. Complaining makes you a victim, says Eckhart Tolle. Wishing you were somewhere else puts you in your form self which is imprisoned in space-time. The only way to be free is to be in your spirit self, in the present.

Take responsibility for where you are. This can be enhanced by studying and using Ho'oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian clearing and problem solving method. This will clear away excuses and negativity.

As Eckhart Tolle says, you now have three options:

1 Remove yourself from the situation.

2 Change it

3 Accept it totally.

Option one is seldom effective over the long run because this situation has come from your pain body. Accept full responsibility! Accept that if this has not happened to you before, it will happen again if all you do is avoid it and run or move away.

Option two is a way of taking action. This will be effective after you have cleared away all negativity (Ho'oponopono). Inspiration will come to you, or, the situation will just change and you won't need to do anything.

Option three is now not so different from option two. Acceptance. Surrender. They talk about the strength of this in AA. It has it's own special prayer:

God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change;courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;Enjoying one moment at a time;Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;Taking, as He did, this sinful worldas it is, not as I would have it;Trusting that He will make all things rightif I surrender to His Will;That I may be reasonably happy in this lifeand supremely happy with HimForever in the next.Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Most people are not familiar with the second stanza. Eckhart Tolle, I believe, would change the last few lines to accept bliss right in this life. Some people have had the privilege of watching someone with a terminal illness surrender to the illness once it is clear that there is no way to avoid the inevitable. At that point, they become relaxed and at ease. They are able to be in the moment with their loved ones. They are defenseless and open.

Tolle says,

"Die to the past every moment. You don't need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence."

This is not to say that having a goal isn't wise. Yet, to spend your life "waiting" is such a sad thing.

Gratitude. Tolle speaks of two purposes, your outer purpose and your inner purpose. Your outer purpose is to arrive at your goal, yet you have to be careful that this purpose which involves time does not take up much of your attention. The inner purpose is "concerns a deepening of your Being in the vertical dimension of the timeless Now." Or, as God would say in Conversations with God, your purpose is to experience who you really are. How then can we be other than grateful for every moment?

And, this gets us to Awareness, or the second modality of awakened doing.

Tolle quotes from a Buddhist monk: "All I have learned in the twenty years that I have been a monk I can sum up in one sentence: All that arises passes away. This I know." He was not talking about life passing, but about the present moment passing.

And, the Buddha taught that even happiness is dukkha, or suffering or unsatisfactoriness. Happiness and unhappiness are the same. Either one leads to unhappiness.

The third noble truth is: To end suffering completely, one must remove desire, ill will and ignorance. This is the Third Noble Truth of the End of Suffering.

These who follow the Middle Path which avoid the extreme of indulging one's desires and opposite extreme of torturing one's mind and body unreasonably, will find happiness, peace of mind and Enlightenment. This is the Fourth Noble Truth of the path leading to the end of suffering.

We will cover more on Awareness and Enthusiasm in the last article on Eckhart Tolle. Remember, that these three, Acceptance, Awareness and Enthusiasm are the modalities of awakened doing, which represents the fifth step of Thomas Troward's evolution.

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