Friday, 15 August 2014


“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” 


You want peace. There is no one who does not want peace. Yet there is
something else in you that wants the drama, wants the conflict. You may not
be able to feel it at this moment. 

You may have to wait for a situation or even just a thought that triggers a reaction in you: someone accusing you of this or that, not acknowledging you, encroaching on your territory, questioning the way you do things, an argument about money.... 

Can you then feel the
enormous surge of force moving through you, the fear, perhaps being masked
by anger or hostility? Can you hear your own voice becoming harsh or shrill,
or louder and a few octaves lower? Can you be aware of your mind racing to
defend its position, justify, attack, blame? In other words, can you awaken at
that moment of unconsciousness? 

Can you feel that there is something in
you that is at war, something that feels threatened and wants to survive at all cost, that needs the drama in order to assert its identity as the victorious
character within that theatrical production? 

Can you feel there is something
in you that would rather be right than at peace?

“Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.” 


When the ego is at war, know that it is no more than an illusion that is
fighting to survive. That illusion thinks it is you. It is not easy at first to be
there as the witnessing Presence, especially when the ego is in survival mode
or some emotional pattern from the past has become activated, but once you
have had a taste of it, you will grow in Presence power, and the ego will lose
its grip on you. 

And so a power comes into your life that is far greater than
the ego, greater than the mind. All that is required to become free of the ego
is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible. Awareness is
the power that is concealed within the present moment. This is why we may
also call it Presence. 

The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to
say, your purpose is to bring that power into this world. And this is also why
becoming free of the ego cannot be made into a goal to be attained at some
point in the future. 

Only Presence can free you of the ego, and you can only
be present Now, not yesterday or tomorrow. only Presence can undo the past
in you and thus transform your state of consciousness.

What is spiritual realization? The belief that you are spirit? No, that's
a thought. A little closer to the truth than the thought that believes you are
who your birth certificate says you are, but still a thought. Spiritual
realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is
ultimately not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that
continuously pass away. 

“Nothing has ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?” 

The Buddha was probably the first human being to
see this clearly, and so anata (no self) became one of the central points of his
teaching. And when Jesus said, “Deny thyself,” what he meant was : Negate
(and thus undo) the illusion of self. If the self – ego – were truly who I am, it
would be absurd to “deny” it.

What remains is the light of consciousness in which perceptions,
experiences, thoughts, and feelings come and go. That is Being, that is the
deeper, true I. 

When I know myself as that, whatever happens in my life is no
longer of absolute but only of relative importance. I honor it, but it loses its
absolute seriousness, its heaviness. 

The only thing that ultimately matters is
this: Can I sense my essential Beingness, the I Am, in the background of my
life at all times? 

To be more accurate, can I sense the I Am that I Am at this
moment? Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness itself? Or am I
losing myself in what happens, losing myself in the mind, in the world?

“Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself.”

“Each person's life – each lifeform,
in fact – represents a world, a
unique way in which the universe experiences itself.” 

By Echart Tolle - From the book: A new Earth

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