THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM

Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.

Through it, consciousness (spirit) is freed form its imprisonment in form.

Inner nonresistance to form – whatever is or happens – is a denial of
the absolute
reality of form.

Resistance makes the world and the things of the world appear more
real, more solid, and more lasting than they are, including your own
form identity, the ego.

It endows the world and the ego with a heaviness and an absolute
importance that makes you take yourself and the world very seriously.
The play of form is then misperceived as a struggle for survival, and
when that is your perception, it becomes your reality.

The many things that happen, the many forms that life takes on, are of
an ephemeral nature.

They are all fleeting. Things, bodies and egos, events, situations,
thoughts, emotions, desires, ambitions, fears, drama… they come,
pretend to be all important, and before you know it they are gone,
dissolved
into the nothingness out of which they came.

Where they ever real?

Were they ever more than a dream, the dream of form?

When we wake up in the morning, the night’s dream dissolves, and we
say, “Oh, it was only a dream. It wasn’t real.”

But something in the dream must have been real otherwise it could not be.

When death approaches, we may look back on our life and wonder if it
was just another dream.

Even now you may look back on last year’s vacation or yesterday’s
drama and see that it is very similar to last night’s dream.

There is the dream, and there is the dreamer of the dream.

The dream is a shortlived play of forms.

It is the world – relatively real but not absolutely real.

Then there is the dreamer, the absolute reality in which the forms come and go.

The dreamer is not the person. The person is part of the dream.

The dreamer is the substratum in which the dream appears, that which
makes the dream possible.

It is the absolute behind the relative, the timeless behind time, the
consciousness in and behind form.

The dreamer is consciousness itself – who you are.

To awaken within the dream is our purpose now.

When we are awake within the dream, the ego created earth drama comes
to an end and a more benign and wondrous dream arises.

This is the new earth.

– ECKHART TOLLE

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INNER AND OUTER SPACE

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on INNER AND OUTER SPACE

Your inner body is not solid but spacious.

It is not your physical form but the life that animates the physical form.

It is the intelligence that created and sustains the body,
simultaneously coordinating hundreds of different functions of such
extraordinary complexity that the human mind can only understand a
tiny fraction of it.

When you become aware of it, what is really happening is that the
intelligence is becoming aware of itself. It is the elusive “life”
that no scientist has ever found because the consciousness that is
looking for it is it.

Physicists have discovered that the apparent solidity of matter is an
illusion created by our senses. this includes the physical body, which
we perceive and think of as form, but 99.99% of which is actually
empty space.

This is how vast the space is between the atoms compared to their size,and
there is as much space again within each atom.

The physical body is no more than a misperception of who you are.

In many ways, it is a microcosmic version of outer space.

To give you an idea of how vast the space ins between celestial
bodies, consider this:

light traveling at a constant speed of 186,000 miles (300,000
kilometers) per second takes just over one second to travel between
the earth and the moon;

light from the sun takes about eight minutes to reach the earth.

Light from our nearest neighbor in space, a star called Proxima
Centauri, which is the sun that is closest to our own sun, travels for
4.5 years before it reaches the earth.

This is how vast the space is that surrounds us.

And then there is the intergalactic space, whose vastness defies all
comprehension.

Light from the galaxy closest to our own, the Andromeda Galaxy, takes
2.4 million years to reach us.

Isn’t it amazing that your body is just as spacious as the universe?

So your physical body, which is form reveals itself as essentially
formless when you go deeper into it. It becomes a door way into inner
space.

Although inner space has no form, it is intensely alive.

That “empty space” is life in its fullness, the unmanifested Source
out of which all manifestation flows.

The traditional word for that Source is God.

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 fees me from dependency on
form.

However, a purely intellectual recognition or belief “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?

Or we an approach this truth sing a different pointer.

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 boy – the aliveness that is
an intrinsic part of th joy of Being.

We have to enter the body to go beyond it and find out that we are not that.

As much as possible in everyday life, use awareness of the inner body
to create space.

When waiting, when listening to someone, when pausing to look at the
sky, a tree, a flower, your partner, or child, feel the aliveness
within at the same time.

This means part of your attention or consciousness remains formless,
an the rest is available for the outer world of form.

Whenever you “inhabit” your body in this way, it serves as an anchor
for staying present in the Now.

It prevents you from losing yourself in thinking, in emotions, or in
external situations.

When you think, feel, perceive, and experience, consciousness is born
into form.

It is reincarnating into a thought, a feeling, a sense perception,an
experience.

The cycle of rebirths that Buddhists hope to get out of eventually is
happening continuously, and it is only at this moment – through the
power of Now – that you can get out of it.

Through complete acceptance of the form of Now, you become internally
aligned with space, which is the essence of Now.

Through acceptance, you become spacious inside.

Aligned with space instead of form: That brings true perspective and
balance into your life.

ECKHART TOLLE

THE CORE OF EGO

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on THE CORE OF EGO

Most people are so completely identified with the voice in the head –
the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking and the
emotions that accompany it – that we may describe them as being
possessed by their mind.

As long as you are completely unaware of this you take the thinker to
be who you are.

This is the egoic mind. We call it egoic because there is a sense of
self, of I (ego), in every thought – every memory, every
interpretation, opinion, viewpoint, reaction, emotion.

This is unconsciousness, spiritually speaking.

Your thinking, the content of your mind, is of course conditioned by
the past: your upbringing, culture, family background, and so on.

The central core of all your mind activity consists of certain
repetitive and persistent thoughts, emotions, and reactive patterns
that you identify with most strongly.

This entity is the ego itself.

In most cases, when you say “I,” it is the ego speaking, not you, as
we have seen.

It consists of thought and emotion, of a bundle of memories you
identify with as “me and my story,” of habitual roles you play without
knowing it, of collective identifications such as nationality,
religion, race, social class, or political allegiance.

It also contains personal identifications, not only with possessions,
but also with opinions, external appearance, longstanding resentments,
or concepts of yourself as better than or not as good as others, as a
success or failure.

The content of the ego varies from person to person, but in every ego
the same structure operates.

In other words: Egos only differ on the surface.

Deep down they are all the same.

In what way are they the same?

They live on identification and separation.

When you live through the mindmade self comprised of thought and
emotion that is the ego, the basis for your identity is precarious
because thought and emotion are by their very nature ephemeral,
fleeting.

So every ego is continuously struggling for survival, trying to
protect and enlarge itself.

To uphold the thought, it needs the opposite thought of “the other.”
The conceptual “I” cannot survive without the conceptual “other.”

The others are most other when I see them as my enemies.

At one end of this scale of this unconscious egoic pattern lies the
egoic compulsive habit of faultfinding and complaining about others.

Jesus referred to it when he said, “Why do you see the speck that is in your
brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

At the other end of the scale, there is physical violence between
individuals and warfare between nations.

In the Bible, Jesus’ question remains unanswered, but the answer is,
of course: Because when I criticize or condemn another, it makes me
feel bigger, superior.

— ECKHART TOLLE

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Thanks and best regards
J.Suresh

FORGETFULNESS OF BEING

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on FORGETFULNESS OF BEING

Ego is always identification with form, seeking yourself and thereby
losing yourself in some form.

Forms are not just material objects and physical bodies.

More fundamental than the external forms – things and bodies – are the
thought forms that continuously arise in the field of consciousness.

They are energy formations, finer and less dense than physical matter,
but they are forms nonetheless.

What you may be aware of as a voice in your head that never stops
speaking is the stream of incessant and compulsive thinking.

When every thought absorbs your attention completely, when you are so
identified with the voice in your head and the motions that accompany
it that you lose yourself in every thought and every emotion, then you
are totally identified with form and therefore in the grip of ego.

Ego is a conglomeration of recurring thought forms and conditioned
mental emotional
patterns that are invested with a sense of I, a sense of self.

Ego arises when your sense of Beingness, of “I Am,” which is formless
consciousness, gets mixed up with form.

This is the meaning of identification. This is forgetfulness of Being,
the primary error, the illusion of absolute separateness that turns
reality into a nightmare.

–ECKHART TOLLE

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Thanks and best regards
J.Suresh

FEELING THE INNER BODY

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on FEELING THE INNER BODY

Although body identification is one of the most basic forms of ego,
the good news is that it is also the one that you can most easily go
beyond.

This is done not by trying to convince yourself that you are not your
body, but by shifting your attention from the external form of your
body and from thoughts about your body – beautiful, ugly, strong,
weak, too fat, too thin – to the feeling of aliveness inside it.

No matter what your body’s appearance is on the outer level, beyond
the outer form it is an intensely alive energy field.

If you are not familiar with “inner body” awareness, close your eyes
for a moment and find out if there is life inside your hands.

Don’t ask your mind. It will say, “ I can’t feel anything.” Probably
it will also say, “Give me something more interesting to think about.”

So instead of asking your mind, go to the hands directly.

By this I mean become aware of the subtle feeling of aliveness inside
them. It is there. You just have to go there with your attention to
notice it.

you may get a slight tingling sensation at first, then a feeling of
energy or aliveness.

If you hold your attention in your hands for a while, the sense of
aliveness will intensify.

Some people won’t even have to close their eyes. They will be able to
feel their “inner hands” at the same times as they read this.

Then go to your feet, keep your attention there for a minute or so,
and begin to feel your hands and feet at the same time.

Then incorporate other parts of the body – legs, arms, abdomen, chest,
and so on –
into that feeling until you are aware of the inner body as a global
sense of aliveness.

What I call the “inner body” isn’t really the body anymore but life
energy, the bridge between form and formlessness.

Make it a habit to feel the inner body as often as you can.

After a while, you won’t need to close your eyes anymore to feel it.

For example, see if you can feel the inner body whenever you listen to someone.

It almost seems like a paradox: When you are in touch with the inner
body, you are not identified with your body anymore, nor are you
identified with your mind.

This is to say, you are no longer identified with form but moving away
from form identification toward formlessness, which we may also call
Being.

It is your essence identity.

Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment, it is a
doorway out of the prison that is the ego.

It also strengthens the immune system and the body’s ability to heal itself.

ECKHART TOLLE

with
Thanks and best regards to
J.Suresh

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