Finally I came to understand the nature of…

Finally, I came to understand the nature of reality, whose cornerstone is consciousness: (a) it is created by the delimitation of perceptual chaos through agreement; (b) it is unique to each individual; and (c) we create a cultural consensus regarding the content of “reality” using language as our tool.

Language is our willed abstraction of our experience, just as identity is our willed abstraction of what some call “the ground of being.” A visceral understanding and utilization of these insights constitutes, in a real sense, the abandonment of all paradigms; at that instant, one steps through what Zen calls “the gateless gate” (a one-way passage, by the way.)

But everybody’s got to do it by themselves, because it isn’t teachable in any current sense of the word, since language merely abstracts the experience rather than describes it. Yet the experience is available to everyone. Once again, Zen:

“It is too clear, and so it is hard to see.
A dunce once searched for a fire with a lighted lantern.
Had he known what fire was, he could have cooked his rice much sooner.”

http://www.firedocs.com/carey/happen.html

Form and Formlessness Interpenetrate Consciousness is the intelligence…

Form and Formlessness Interpenetrate

Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested.

Although the unmanifested realm of pure consciousness could be considered another dimension, it is not separate from this dimension of form.

Form and formlessness interpenetrate. The unmanifested flows into this dimension as awareness, inner space, Presence.

How does it do that? Through the human form that becomes conscious and thus fulfills its destiny. The human form was created for this higher purpose, and millions of other forms prepared the ground for it.

~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/

A growing number of followers of traditional…

“A growing number of followers of traditional religions are able to let go of identification with form, dogma, and rigid belief systems and discover the original depth that is hidden within their own spiritual tradition at the same time as they discover the depth within themselves. They realize that how spiritual you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness.”

– Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Compare wit this essay here – http://csp.org/experience/docs/steindl-mystical.html

The Presence That I Am Thoughts and words…

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/

Be Aware Of Your Breathing Be aware of…

Be Aware Of Your Breathing

Be aware of your breathing. Notice the sensation of the breath. Feel the air moving in and out of your body. Notice how the chest and abdomen expand and contract slightly with the in- and outbreath.

One conscious breath is enough to make some space where before there was the uninterrupted succession of one thought after another.

One conscious breath (two or three would be even better), taken many times a day, is an excellent way of bringing space into your life.

Even if you meditated on your breathing for two hours or more, which some people do, one breath is all you ever need to be aware of, indeed ever can be aware of. The rest is memory or anticipation, which is to say, thought.

~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/

I Am Is The Substratum Although you cannot…

I Am Is The Substratum

Although you cannot know Consciousness, you can become conscious of it as yourself.

You can sense it directly in any situation, no matter where you are.

You can sense it here and now as your very Presence, the inner space in which the words on this screen are perceived and become thoughts.

It is the underlying I Am. The words you are reading and thinking are the foreground, and the I Am is the substratum, the underlying background to every experience, thought, feeling.

~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/

“A spirituality that is only private and self…

“A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism.”
― Andrew Harvey, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

To be conscious that we are perceiving or…

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.

~Aristotle (Greek Philosopher 384-322 BC)

I am therefore I think? I perceive therefore I am? Because I am conscious therefore I am aware that I am – even though consciousness is a mystery?

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO BREATHE Someone asked Eckhart…

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO BREATHE?

Someone asked Eckhart Tolle if he could recommend one or two courses. His reply, “Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able… Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending any course.” A New Earth p244

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
― Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. He also says; “Breath is my anchor.”

PS Breath is also the number 1 nutrient!

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There was a young man who said ‘Damn…

There was a young man who said ‘Damn,
For it certainly seems that I am
A creature that moves
In determinate grooves.
I’m not even a bus, I’m a tram.’

Quoted by Alan Watts in a very long article on The Nature of Consciousness – HERE – http://deoxy.org/w_nature.htm