QUOTES FROM STILLNESS SPEAKS by Eckhart Tolle
“When you are suffering, when you are unhappy, stay totally with what is Now. Unhappiness or problems cannot survive in the Now.”
“The mind is incessantly looking not only for food for thought; it is looking for food for its identity, its sense of self. This is how the ego comes into existence and continuously re-creates itself.”
“How wonderful to go beyond wanting and fearing in your relationships. Love does not want or fear anything.”
“Whatever you accept completely will take you to peace, including the acceptance that you cannot accept, that you are in resistance.”
“Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal. […] If you can learn to accept and even welcome the endings in your life, you may find that the feeling of emptiness that initially felt uncomfortable turns into a sense of inner spaciousness that is deeply peaceful.”
“I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, and experiences. I am not the content of my life. I am Life. I am the space in which all things happen. I am consciousness. I am the Now. I Am.”
Is the Divine Manifestation, God?
Yes, and yet not in Essence. A Divine Manifestation is as a mirror reflecting the light of the Sun. The light is the same and yet the mirror is not the Sun. All the Manifestations of God bring the same Light; they only differ in degree, not in reality. The Truth is one. The light is the same though the lamps may be different; we must look at the Light not at the Lamp. If we accept the Light in one, we must accept the Light in all; all agree, because all are the same. The teaching is ever the same, it is only the outward forms that change.
The Manifestations of God are as the heavenly bodies. All have their appointed place and time of ascension, but the Light they give is the same. if one wishes to look for the sun rising, one does not look always at the same point because that point changes with the seasons. When one sees the sun rise further in the north one recognizes it, though it has risen at a different point.
“Abdu’l-Baha in London,” p. 66
The Presence That I Am
Thoughts and words belong to the world of form; they cannot express the formless. So when you say, “I can feel my inner body” that is a misperception created by thought.
What is really happening is that the consciousness that appears as the body — the consciousness that I Am — is becoming conscious of itself.
When I no longer confuse who I am with a temporary form of me, then the dimension of the limitless and the eternal – God — can express itself through “me” and guide “me.” It also frees me from dependency on form.
However, a purely intellectual recognition or belief that “I am not this form” does not help. The all-important question is: At this moment, can I sense the presence of inner space, which really means, can I sense my own Presence, or rather, the Presence that I Am?
~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/