Tami Simon, of ‘Sounds True’, interviewed Eckhart Tolle. Tami asks some great questions that evoke interesting material concerning awakening and Tolle’s ‘restructuring of his self’ event;
‘The Power of Now and the End of Suffering’ – By Tami Simon
For two years, a small man sits quietly on a park bench. People walk by, lost in their thoughts. One day someone asks him a question. In the weeks that follow there are more people and more questions. Word spreads that the man is a “mystic,” and has discovered something that brings peace and meaning into our lives. It sounds like fiction, but today that man, Eckhart Tolle, is known worldwide for his teachings on spiritual enlightenment through the power of the present moment. His first book, The Power of Now, is an international bestseller, and has been translated into 17 languages. More than 20 years have passed since Eckhart Tolle answered his first question on that park bench. While his audience has grown, his message remains the same: that it is possible to stop struggling in your life, and find joy and fulfillment in this moment, and no other.
Sounds True: Can you describe to us your own experience of spiritual awakening (and of course, can you define spiritual awakening as well)? Was there a singular event that occurred or has it been a gradual process?………………’
To read the interview go here;
How many words the world contains! But all have
one meaning. When you smash the jugs,
the water is one.
Rumi quoted in Chittick (1989 p. 8)
The individual, who has a memory and an already discursively constituted sense of identity, may resist particular interpellations or produce new versions of meaning from the conflicts and contradictions between existing discourses. Knowledge of more than one discourse and the recognition that meaning is plural allows for a measure of choice on the part of the individual, and even where choice is not available, resistance is still possible.
Weeden Chis in Feminist Practice and Post-structuralist Theory
“Why structures and patterns?” asked the Young Apprentice.
“Your brain is a meaning-making organisation,” replied the Magician. “It actively seeks out patterns in order to impose meaning and understanding on events and information. It seeks out relationships between things and organises the results into hierarchies of information that will be easy to store and remember. It chunks up to generalisation and abstraction and chunks down to detail and precision.”
“Can you give me an example?”
“Sure, here’s a simple one. How do you remember the colours of the rainbow in the correct sequence?”
“That’s easy: VIBGYOR!”
“Exactly, your mnemonic VIBGYOR is a generalisation, a higher level of information than the details it triggers: violet, indigo, blue, green yellow, orange, red.”
The Magic of Metaphor by Nick Owen p69