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;
Entering The Body To Go Beyond It
Ask yourself, “Am I aware not only of what is happening at this moment, but also of the Now itself as the living timeless inner space in which everything happens?”
Although this question seems to have nothing to do with the inner body, you may be surprised that by becoming aware of the space of Now, you suddenly feel more alive inside.
You are feeling the aliveness of the inner body — the aliveness that is an intrinsic part of the joy of Being.
We have to enter the body to go beyond it and find out that we are not that.
~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/
“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
Attributed to Lao Tzu in Taoism
“…the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.” Eckhart Tolle
If we are awake to the perfection of the moment we may begin to perceive directly what lies behind it, behind appearances and form.
To be awake to the moment is to be awake to the Qualities that are manifesting through the moment.
~ Kabir Helminski ~
Come to know the One
in the presence before you,
and everything hidden
from you will be revealed.
For there is nothing concealed,
that will not be raised.
Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin,
~ Lynn Bauman translation ~