You have probably all heard of Eckhart Tolle and his renowned book The Power of Now. It’s old hat now, having been published first in 1997. Touted as a non-denominational spiritual teacher, he has been influenced by and uses teachings from a vast range of traditions, both Eastern and Western.
Religions, Tolle states, “have become so overlaid with extraneous matter that their spiritual substance has become almost completely obscured… to a large extent… divisive rather than unifying forces … and …themselves part of the insanity.” (A New Earth pg 34). People have become disillusioned with religion. Yet I believe that we all have a deep, innate yearning to believe in something, a Force, a Being, a Creator, a loving God.
Tolle suffered severe bouts of depression into his late 20’s when he experienced an inner transformation that changed his life over night.
“ ‘I cannot live with myself any longer’ This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. ‘Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live without.’ Maybe, I thought, only one of them is real. ” (Power of Now pg 4)
It was to take him several years and much work to reach an understanding of the deep inner change that had occured. His quest led him to explore widely across many cultures, traditions, religions. And the birth of his first book, The Power of Now. Written on two distinct levels, Tolle explains that the first is a recognition of ‘the nature of human unconsciousness and dysfunction as well as its most common behavioural manifestations, from conflict in relationships to warfare between tribes or nations.’ (PoN pg 7). This understanding is vital for sustainable transformation.
The second level is the transformation of human consciousness that is only possible from a ‘timeless state of intense consciousness in the Now.’ (PoN pg 8) . This is reached from a feeling-response. It is located in the heart.
And with that thought in mind, I leave you with this very interesting video from the Heart Math Institute :
Written in response to Sandbox Challenge 72
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