“Who Is The Experiencer?” asks Echart Tolle

Who Is The Experiencer?

‘What you see and hear, taste, touch, and smell are, of course, sense objects. They are what you experience. But who is the subject, the experiencer?

If you now say, for example, “Well, of course, I, Jane Smith, senior accountant, forty-five years old, divorced, mother of two, American, am the subject, the experiencer,” you are mistaken. Jane Smith and whatever else becomes identified with the mental concept of Jane Smith are all objects of experience, not the experiencing subject.

Every experience has three possible ingredients: sense perceptions, thoughts or mental images, and emotions. Jane Smith, senior accountant, forty-five years old, mother of two, divorced, American — these are all thoughts and therefore part of what you experience the moment you have these thoughts. They and whatever else you can say and think about yourself are objects, not the subject. They are experience, not the experiencer.

You can add a thousand more definitions (thoughts) of who you are and by doing so will certainly increase the complexity of the experience of yourself (as well as your psychiatrist’s income) but, in this way, you will not end up with the subject, the experiencer who is prior to all experience but without whom there would be no experience.

So who is the experiencer? You are. And who are you? Consciousness. And what is Consciousness? This question cannot be answered. The moment you answer it, you have falsified it, made it into another object.

Consciousness, the traditional word for which is Spirit, cannot be known in the normal sense of the word, and seeking it is futile. All knowing is within the realm of duality — subject and object, the knower and the known. The subject, the I, the knower without which nothing could be known, perceived, thought, or felt, must remain forever unknowable.

This is because the I has no form. Only forms can be known, and yet without the formless dimension, the world of form could not be. It is the luminous space in which the world arises and subsides.

That space is the life that I Am. It is timeless. I Am timeless, eternal. What happens in that space is relative and temporary: pleasure and pain, gain and loss, birth and death.

The greatest impediment to the discovery of inner space, the greatest impediment to finding the experiencer, is to become so enthralled by the experience that you lose yourself in it. It means consciousness is lost in its own dream. You get taken in by every thought, every emotion, and every experience to such a degree that you are in fact in a dreamlike state. This has been the normal state of humanity for thousands of years.

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 page 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.’

by Eckhart Tolle – From his book, A New Earth, Page 241.

“‘I AM’ is God’s Christian name.'”

Rupert Spira in his video ‘The Self in You is God’s Self.” says “‘I AM’ is God’s Christian name.'”. I thought this funny, delightful – but I hope he meant ‘forename’ and not Christian name otherwise why would he want to invalidate all other traditions? The video is here;

BREATH MATTERS Take a look at these short…

BREATH MATTERS: Take a look at these short quotes from – Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, Taoism

1) “Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul.” Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selection #12, p. 27

2) “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.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

3) So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. – John 20:21-22

4) “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray, ‘Om Chanting and Meditation’

5) God made Adam’s body out of the dust of the earth. Later, the “man became a living soul” only after God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” – Genesis 2:7

6) “At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.”
― Rumi, A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings

7) Embracing Tao, you become embraced.
Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.
Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.
Opening your heart, you become accepted.
Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.
Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.”
― Lao Tzu, The Teachings of Lao-Tzu: The Tao-Te Ching

AND A FEW MORE INTERESTING ONES!

“Dum spiro, spero” (While I breath I hope)
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath.”
― Lana Parrilla

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our
breath away.

  • Maya Angelou

Sioux Saying – “Life is like a buffalo. Its there and then its gone. Life comes and goes like the cloud of a moist breath on a cloudy morning.”

Hopi Saying – “Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.””It is not length of life, but the depth. All life is an experiment.”

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

If I am not for myself then who…

If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?
If I am for myself alone, then what am I?
And if not now, when?
-Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 1:14

QUOTES FROM STILLNESS SPEAKS by Eckhart Tolle …

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.”

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s review of the…

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s review of the book from their wonderful site called ‘Spirituality Practice’.
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REVIEW OF ‘STILLNESS SPEAKS by
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Eckhart Tolle is the author of the bestselling The Power of Now. He explains that readers can look upon the ten short chapters in this new text as “a revival for the present age of the oldest form of recorded spiritual teachings: the sutras of ancient India. Sutras are powerful pointers to the truth in the form of aphorisms or short sayings, with little conceptual elaboration.” Brevity is the format here, and that is on purpose. Tolle doesn’t want us to spend all our time thinking about these propositions or probes. Indirection is the tried and true method of Eastern teachers and that is his approach as well.
And speaking of spiritual teachers, the author in the introduction offers this take: “A true spiritual teacher does not have anything to teach in the conventional sense of the word, does not have anything to give or add to you, such as new information, beliefs, or rules of conduct. The only function of such a teacher is to help you remove that which separates you from the truth of who you already are and what you already know in the depth of your being. The spiritual teacher is there to uncover and reveal to you that dimension of inner depth that is also peace.”
Tolle says the first chapter covers the essence of the book — it is on Silence & Stillness. The nine other chapters are: Beyond the Thinking Mind, The Egoic Self, The Now, Who You Truly Are, Acceptance & Surrender, Nature, Relationships, Death & the Eternal, and Suffering & The End of Suffering.
“Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.” This points to the importance of stillness and silence as creating the space for living in the present moment, paying attention, and feeling a oneness with all things. Tolle is convinced that we spend far too much time and energy on labeling our thoughts and telling adversarial stories about people, places, and things. The problem here is what he calls “the egoic self” that is always looking out for number one and inventing enemies to oppose, resist and exclude. “No self. No problem,” said the Buddhist Master when asked to explain the deeper meaning of Buddhism. As an independent teacher not affiliated or aligned with any one tradition, Tolle is free to mine the best that is in all of them. The spiritual practice of surrender means being able to live with not knowing and to stop asking “Why is this happening to me?”
Here is a final sample of wisdom from the book: “This is the miracle: behind every condition, person, or situation that appears ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ lies concealed a deeper good. That deeper good reveals itself to you — both within and without — through inner acceptance of what is. ‘Resist not evil’ is one of the highest truths of humanity.”

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/