Eckhart Tolle - Ulrich Tolle.
Born 1948 ,Germany
Lives in Canada.
Selected video clips from Eckhart Tolle meetings. See also Eckhart and Oprah Web event video-clips
- “All forms are Impermanent.”
- “All structures are unstable.”
- “Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures.”
- “True salvation is freedom from negativity, and above all from past and future as a psychological need.”
- “Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion.”
- “Enlightenment means choosing to dwell in the state of presence rather than in time. It means saying 'yes' to what is.”
- “As you go about your life, don’t give 100 percent of your attention to the external world and to your mind. Keep some within. Feel the inner body even when engaged in everyday activities, especially when you are relating with nature. Feel the stillness deep inside it. Keep the portal open.”
A visual collection of quotation:
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, New World Library, October, 1999.
It's no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. [details&reviews]
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61).
A spiritual classic. A number-one New York Times bestseller. An international phenomenon. The Power of Now established Eckhart Tolle as one of today's leading spiritual thinkers. And now his long-awaited new book takes his inspiring message to the next level of understanding. [details&reviews]
BEING -Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its
innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is
accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature.
THOUGHTS AWARENESS -You are not your thoughts. You are the awareness behind the thoughts. Thoughts are often negative and painful, yearning for or fearing something in the future, complaining about something in the present or fearing a matter from the past. However, the thoughts are not you, although your ego wants you to think that. Awareness of your thoughts without being caught up in them is the first step to freedom.
STILLNESS - To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe.
THE NOW - Only the present moment exists. That is where life is (indeed it is the only place life can truly be found). Becoming aware of the 'now' has the added benefit that it will draw your attention away from your (negative) thoughts. Use mindfulness techniques to fully appreciate your surroundings and everything you are experiencing. Look and listen intently. Give full attention to the smallest details.
LIFE - Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens,
what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you.
There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the
secret of all success and happiness: One with Life. Being one with life
is being one with Now. You then realize that you don't live your life,
but life lives you. Life is the dancer and you are the dance.
ACCEPTENECE - Accept the present moment. It is resistance to the present moment that creates most of the difficulties in your life. However, acceptance does not mean that you cannot take action to rectify the situation you are in. What is important is to drop resistance so that you let the moment be, and that any action arises from deeper awareness rather than from resistance. The vast majority of pain in a person's life comes from resistance to what is.
THE PAIN BODY - Observe the pain-body. Years of conditioned thought patterns, individually and collectively, have resulted in habitual emotional reactions with an apparent personality of their own. During 'pain-body attacks' we become completely identified with this 'pain identity' and respond from its agenda--which is to create more pain for ourselves and others. Observing the pain-body is awareness itself arising--as it allows humans to separate from this unconscious identification with pain.
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE -
Your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Inner purpose
concerns Being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and it is
secondary. Your inner purpose is to awaken. It is as simple as that.
You share that purpose with every other person on the planet - because
it is the purpose of humanity. Your inner purpose is an essential part
of the purpose of the whole, the universe and its emerging
intelligence. Your outer purpose can change over time. It varies
greatly from person to person. Finding and living in alignment with the
inner purpose is the foundation for fulfilling your outer purpose. It
is the basis for true success. Without that alignment, you can still
achieve certain things through effort, struggle, determination, and
sheer hard work or cunning. But there is no joy in such endeavor, and it
invariably ends in some form of suffering.
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