Saturday, January 3, 2009

Eckhart Tolle - Quite Ordinary



Eckhart Tolle talks about releasing the ego through embracing the Now. I particularly enjoy the end where he talks about simply accepting and saying yes even to unhappiness. I've been doing this for a while, if feeling sad or depressed or otherwise unhappy just sit and completely accept, completely say yes to the current "negative" emotion and watch what happens. Ok, I'm sad now. Ok so I'm frustrated right now. Ok, I feel lonely now. What happens when you do that is you stop the egoic story, my story, the need to continue the mental drama associated with this feeling of discomfort. Then there is a spaciousness around the emotion, a lightness of being which subtly changes the feeling from "negative" to interesting, a change of pace, oh this is an emotion I haven't felt for a while, let's be with it, and watch/feel/experience it evolve into something new and creative.

4 comments:

Tao said...

It does seem more and more likely that we have little say in our life at all and connecting with the false I on this ride is absolutely guaranteed to bring ups and downs.

4 people are driving up a road expecting to turn left. The fist turns left and feels nothing. The 2nd turns left and is convinced he can see the future. The 3rd meets a diversion 'turn right' and feels anger. 1 lucky, 2 deluded, 3 dumb. Only the 4th person who drove to the junction with an intention to turn left but acceptance of change could take left or right, even a flat tyre with a smile.

The only thing a sorcerer needs to do in opening a door using his mind is not sit for years to train the mind to do the act but sit for hours and train the mind to believe he did it when it eventually comes about by itself.

I am currently amused by those who say they can shape the future. Instead I feel that by perfecting how we see "now" then there is no future to need to or wish to alter. It is so egotistical to say that (the false local) I knows better than the true I, that which is the universe experiencing in a trillion forums, infinitely creative. The best events are not only unplanned, but beyond the (little) I to ever make happen.

There is a natural act which can be unlearned but in our society is trained harder into us to feel I exist and have a role in choosing my path.

The only path to serenity is to find fascination in the whole, then it is all a beautiful adventure.

I didn't watch the video yet by the way, I just had some things to say. Sorry, it's just a habit that I have that I can't blame myself for as I don't exist.

Eric Dubay said...

LOL, I agree completely. What do you think this means in regards to the Law of Attraction? Are we just hopelessly trying to use the fallacious "I" to bring about future events for the fallacious "I"? If our daily experience loses ego-dominance, who is left to want anything attracted? It's more like the art of allowing (another term used by Esther Hicks)... are we conscious co-creators or just helpless experiencers on different vibrational wavelengths?

Eric Dubay said...

To answer my own question, I think on one level we are "helpless" and the best thing is to realize there is nothing to do, no future to attract, and no enlightenment to attain. On another level however, we can change our vibration and our consciousness in ways that truly do attract what "I" want, but then can only enjoy them insomuch as we disassociate with "I"

Tao said...

I feel if I was to choose my life it would be less colourful than the one that I lived by following the flow.

You can look where you choose, you can point the boat at different parts of the river but any attempt to go back up the river, a direction that the river does not flow or stop are just silly.

You may stop the boat because the view is nice and miss that around the next corner is something you could never have imagined.

As for the secret, I feel it works on levels of attracting the right people, experience and so on. Not on material gains as portrayed in the film.

The right thing can seem like quite the opposite at the time. Say in my case losing my job, having my car stolen, losing my girlfriend all in a short space sucked at the time - If I had the choice I may have chosen it to be different.

In the end though I would have missed out on the fantastic life that came to replace that old one. The new turning point was beyond me to dream up and took those events to bring it about. It is therefore more fascinating and more wonderful that the life I may have had as supreme dictator of my flow.