20 May An Evening with Eckhart Tolle
I recently attended a wonderful experience in Brisbane, an evening with Eckhart Tolle, the best-selling author of The Power of Now and A New Earth to discuss spiritual awakening and the transformation of consciousness.
It is Eckhart’s philosophy that most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life.
Tolle expressed that most people are so completely identified with the voice in their head and the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking and the emotions that accompany it that we may describe them as being possessed by their mind. This is what Tolle calls the egoic mind. We call it egoic because there is a sense of self, of I (ego), in every thought, every memory,every interpretation, opinion, viewpoint, reaction, emotion. This is unconsciousness, spiritually speaking.
Most humans have a narrative in their minds that their is something lacking in their lives and this program lives in the underlying structure of the egoic self. We as humans are limited by our conceptual self and egoic self. Tolle suggests that a greater percentage of the population is to degree unhappy with their lives and that when one falls foul to the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking the egoic self gets stronger as it feeds off doubt or unhappiness.
In other words people are possessed by their own minds and how things manifest is based on ones is past, culture, environment and stimulus. If you are not awakened then you are not looking at reality and see nothing clearly. Attention is in the narrative in your head being possessed by the conditioned mind and can be such a dreadful fete to be burdened by ones mind.
Tolle expressed his views on Inner space consciousness (spaciousness) and who you are in your essence is one and the same. It is from inner space, the unconditioned consciousness itself, that true happiness, the joy of being, emanates. For example to be aware of little, quiet things, however, you need to be quiet inside.
Become conscious of being conscious. Tolle teaches to say or think “I Am” and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious centre of all creation, all form.
When you are unconscious you amplify every little thing in your life. Tolle explains that a part of humanity is being forced to wake up to create a balance.
The word “heaven” has several interpretations for different languages for example the kingdom of heaven may be translated to “The kingdom of the sky”. Similarly the word “Kingdom” may translate to the word “dimension”. It is Tolle’s theory that heaven itself is a dimension of consciousness.
The challenges of life make one more present when you are awaken to spaciousness and we should welcome these new challenges, the mind shouldn’t be interfering with your happiness. The world is not here to make you happy. The world is meant to awaken you and make you conscious that the universe wants to make you more conscious.
Many believe that the human has evolved through the ages and that we as humans are at the end of our evolutionary cycle, people think our evolution has stopped, it hasn’t. The study and application of human spaciousness has been referred to over time by many, for example in the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
When you say “I AM?” What you need to know is that if you answer the question with a thought or word you are incorrect. The answer is not is a concept or thought, the question is designed to bring you with an alert presence.
Over time the application of this teaching has been used as a meditative tool because the mind becomes still and present and that’s the answer, your essence identity.
Tolle concludes that the essence of who you are is the light of conscience. What happens when you awaken is you no longer create misery and suffering and you will be able to identify your spaciousness. Finally do not underestimate how important you are to the totality, inviting the spaces of unthinking is a skill that we all need to develop.
How do you appreciate the present moment?
A special thank you to Hay House for arranging this event.