Posts Tagged ‘Eckhart Tolle’

Stop labeling everything

March 1, 2017

“It’s cold outside.”

“There is a bad pain in my lower back.”

No.

It’s not cold outside. “cold” is a label. There isn’t cold weather or warm weather. It just is.

There isn’t a bad pain in my lower back. The body just contains senses. “bad pain” is a label given to a sensation.

The problem with labeling everything is that there is an overwhelming temptation to turn life into a mental exercise rather than actually experiencing life — feeling and living the sensations and feelings.

What happens when we die?

March 1, 2017

Person: What happens when we die?

Eckhart Tolle: I haven’t gone through physical death yet. But I have gone very deeply, to what one could call death to identification with form [death to identification with the body, the mind, and the emotions]. So in a way, I have gone into that realm from where I can say and know that ultimately what we see as death is dissolution of form. The eternal in us, I know firsthand, cannot be touched by that [by dissolution of form].

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEUxg2GEivU

Every moment is fresh and new

February 28, 2017

I have observed this within myself: when something happens during the day, I react in the same way that I have in the past. It’s like a tape recorder inside me that keeps playing over and over. That’s not an interesting life, when nothing is new.

Eckhart Tolle talks about being present in every moment. When something happens during the day, you face it head-on, without thoughts or emotions of the past or anxieties of the future. In this way, every moment is fresh and new. Each day is full of life!

3 steps to absolute control of your life

February 10, 2017
  1. Live in the present: be aware of your body, your mind, and your surroundings.
  2. Master breathing: consciously control your breathing.
  3. Control your autonomic nervous system: take a cold shower every day.

Reality beyond words

January 21, 2017

That is a tree.

When teaching a child, don’t say “That is.” Instead say “That is called.”

That is called a tree.

When you say “that is” you confuse the word with the reality, which is infinitely deeper.

Don’t let the child slip away at an early age into the conceptual realm, believing exclusively in words.

There comes a time when a child demands to be fed words and concepts: What’s that? At that stage they want concepts, words.

What’s that? asks the child.

That’s a tree responds the adult.

That’s a flower. That’s a car. That’s a table. That’s a …

Don’t say “that is.” Instead, say “that is called.”

If you say “that is” the child will confuse the word with the reality, which is infinitely deeper.

By saying “that is” the child loses touch with the actual, direct experience of reality. And as the child accumulates words, the child begins to believe that when he/she says “this is a tree” that’s all there is to know about the tree. Later, the child might take a biology class and get a few more names to attach to the tree, or the names of different trees. Immediately, the depth of the tree recedes and is replaced by a relatively dead thought form, “tree.” That’s how language deadens aliveness. When you teach a child language, the child should stay in touch with the actual thing. So you should say “It is called” not “It is” and encourage the child to continue to look, to touch, to listen. Look there, touch, listen. Then everything isn’t obscured with words. Stay with the reality. Some of the direct experience remains with the child.

For most of us adults, we have been deadened by words. It is only later in life, after much shaking up that we break out of this and we start living again.

Whenever you teach the child, help him/her to realize there is more beyond the words. There is reality beyond the words.

You are not John. John is the name we have given you. You are not your name. It’s just a name.

Eckhart Tolle

The ego is the unobserved mind

January 11, 2017

The ego is the unobserved mind. [Eckhart Tolle]

Thoughts are just things. They should be looked at and examined.

You are not your thoughts. Thoughts are merely things generated by the mind.

Prepare a vehicle for receiving creativity and power

September 2, 2016

Suppose that you fully align with your deeper self (the source of all creativity and power). Can you then make amazing scientific discoveries and/or perform superhuman physical feats? No. The reason is that there must be a vehicle that is prepared to receive the creativity or power from the deeper self. That is, there must be vehicle that is ready for the power to flow into. The vehicle could be the human mind. There must be something that has already been prepared for it, in the human world. In the book Outliers, it says that one prerequisite to achieving mastery of something is 10,000 hours of practice. Then the possibility arises that the vehicle is ready to be receptive to the power that flows from the deeper self.

The above is a paraphrase of a fantastic talk that Eckhart Tolle gave on creativity (starting at 20:40).

It is right in front of you and yet you cannot see it

August 27, 2016

If I were to ask you to describe a room in your house, you would probably list the things in the room: for a kitchen you might list stove, refrigerator, counter-top, cabinets, floor, and so forth. You would probably—almost certainly—miss the most important part of the room: the space that allows all these things to be present. Without that space, none of those things could be present. The things in that space are continually changing, but the space itself is eternal.

If I were to ask you to describe who you are, you might talk about your goals, your personality, your thoughts, your emotions, and so forth. You would probably—almost certainly—miss the most important part of you: the “space” that allows you to have all those thoughts and emotions. Without that space, none of those things could be present. The things in that space are continually changing, but the space itself is eternal.

The above is a paraphrasing of some things that I have recently learned from listening to Eckhart Tolle videos.

The origin of religion – someone has a deep insight

August 9, 2016

Eckhart Tolle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M00VLswZdyc):

[1:03] Potentially religion is a wonderful thing. The origin of religion is usually somebody who has a deep insight into the oneness of all life and then attempts to teach that to others – compassion, love, and to recognize the other as yourself. Unfortunately, the beautiful original teaching often gets hijacked by the ego (mind/thoughts) and is then used for its own purposes. The result is that now we have, to a large extent (although not completely, there are pockets in religion that are deeply spiritual), religions that are divisive forces in our world rather than something that unites us.

How to stop thinking – give attention to your breathing

August 9, 2016

Eckhart Tolle has a really interesting perspective on thinking (thoughts). His perspective is that thoughts are a tool (a very useful tool, certainly, but a tool nonetheless). We either control the tool or it controls us. To bring about some measure of control to this tool, we need a way of turning it off (i.e., stop thinking). There is a simple way to achieve this: give attention to your breathing. It turns out that you can’t simultaneously attend to your breathing and think.

Perhaps constant, compulsive thinking brings on mental fatigue. By periodically stopping thinking, we can have more freshness in our thinking.