“The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (a true Philosopher-King), wrote: ‘Welcome every experience the looms of fate may weave for you…’
So, instead of resenting your experience of the present moment, accept it the way it is. I call it: dropping all unnecessary baggage (irritation, anger, complaining, being the victim…). There is then a beauty and aliveness to each moment. Also: the good deepens, the unpleasant dissolves more quickly, and any action you take is more effective. And above all, there is a background of inner peace to whatever you are experiencing.”
~Eckhart Tolle (October, 2012)
Eckhart Tolle on a Conscious World:
“The world would look very different than the way it is now. We can’t possibly imagine how the human world would look if everybody lived in a different state of consciousness, in a state that is predominantly of inner peace. What kind of civilization would we create out of a state of inner peace? It is impossible to predict.
Probably, it would not be as violent [and] as complex as it is now… It would probably not be such a noisy civilization… because no civilization has ever been as noisy as this one. And that is simply because whatever human beings create externally is a reflection of their inner state. So, we are polluting the planet, simply because our inner selves are being polluted by an enormous amount of negativity of continuous resistance.
So, the outer is always the reflection of the inner. So, if the inner is predominantly in a state of inner peace, we create a peaceful world on the outside. What exact form that would take, we don’t know. It would probably be a much more simple world, more harmonious and beautiful. Nature is beautiful already, but I’m speaking of the human-made world.”
“The world promises fulfillment somewhere in time, and there is a continuous striving toward that fulfillment in time… People look to the future for salvation, but the future never arrives. So ultimately, suffering arises through not finding.
And that is the beginning of an awakening — when the realization dawns that “Perhaps this is not the way. Perhaps I will never get to where I am striving to reach; perhaps it’s not in the future at all.” After having been lost in the world, suddenly, through the pressure of suffering, the realization comes that the answers may not be found out there in worldly attainment and in the future.
That’s an important point for many people to reach. That sense of deep crisis — when the world as they have known it, and the sense of self that they have known that is identified with the world, become meaningless…
The purpose of the world is for you to be lost in it, ultimately. The purpose of the world is for you to suffer, to create the suffering that seems to be what is needed for the awakening to happen. And then once the awakening happens, with it comes the realization that suffering is unnecessary now. You have reached the end of suffering because you have transcended the world. It is the place that is free of suffering.” ~Eckhart Tolle
“Whenever you notice that some form of negativity has arisen within you, look on it
not as a failure, but as a helpful signal that is telling you: “Wake up. Get out of your
mind. Be present.” ~Eckhart Tolle
“[If] somebody says something to you that is rude or designed to hurt, instead of going
into unconscious reaction and negativity, such as attack, defense, or withdrawal…
let it pass right through you. Offer no resistance. It is as if there is nobody there to get
hurt anymore. That is forgiveness. In this way, you become invulnerable. You can
still tell that person that his or her behavior is unacceptable, if that is what you choose
to do. But that person no longer has the power to control your inner state. You are
then in your power – not in someone else’s, nor are you run by your mind.”
“To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them – while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.” ~Eckhart Tolle
‘”There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen
“A crack could be anything that “goes wrong” in your life — in relationships, finances, work, health, etc. First you suffer, then (potentially), you let go of your attachments. And so you are forced to go deeper within, to a place of peace and silent power…
it’s only when you are not attached to anything, that you truly appreciate everything.”‘ ~Eckhart Tolle
“Non-reaction to the ego in others is one of the most effective ways not only of going beyond ego in yourself but also of dissolving the collective human ego. But you can only be in a state of non-reaction if you can recognize someone’s behavior as coming from the ego, as being an expression of the collective human dysfunction. When you realize it’s not personal, there is no longer a compulsion to react as if it were. By not reacting to the ego, you will often be able to bring out the sanity in others…
At times you may have to take practical steps to protect yourself from deeply unconscious people. This you can do without making them into enemies. Your greatest protection, however, is being conscious. Somebody becomes an enemy if you personalize the unconsciousness that is the ego. Non-reaction is forgiveness. To forgive is to overlook, or rather to look through. You look through the ego to the sanity that is in every human being as his or her essence.” ~Eckhart Tolle
“Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” ~Eckhart Tolle
“The only thing that can free you of karma is the arising of Presence.
At any point in the wheel of karma, Presence can come in. It can happen to a criminal in prison, condemned to death. It can happen to somebody who’s never heard of anything spiritual. It can happen to somebody who’s been meditating for thirty years.
Presence frees you from karma. Not all at once. Karma has an enormous momentum. The thought patterns, the emotional patterns, the reactive patterns. As Presence arises, gradually karma diminishes and you will experience a fading out of those patterns. Not that it matters that much anymore, because once you are present, those thought patterns may still arise, but it is no longer problematic. They no longer cause the suffering that they would have caused before, because they are seen in the light of awareness… [and] the patterns no longer dominate your life…
[T]ime does not free you of karma. The egoic mind says, “I need more time to become free.” The only thing that people may need more time for is that they need time to realize that they do not need time. It may be another twenty years of suffering for them to realize that they do not need time… before they realize the power of the timeless. The timeless is, of course, the end of karma.” ~Eckhart Tolle
“It all starts with the present moment, and your relationship with the present moment. Friend or enemy? Are you allowing it, or are you fighting it, resisting it? That’s the end of ego – because the ego needs resistance. The ego survives through complaining, it survives through denying, or wanting something else. The present moment is the teacher…
When something drastic happens, if you can learn to accept it, a little bit of spaciousness comes into your life. You say, “this is what is.” A little bit of space just opened up, and you’re no longer just a resisting entity… you realize that you are essentially formless space. In other words, you find inner peace. At first it is very gentle in the background, in the midst of any situation. That peace is powerful. It can become so powerful, that it obliterates almost anything… This is how something seemingly bad – a limitation – becomes an opening for realization of who you truly are.”