A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle (part 2)

The following are my notes and insights I had while reading the book "A New Earth" by the author and spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle. This information is not meant to add new information or beliefs to your mind or try to convince you of anything. They are meant to bring about a shift in consciousness for it to wake up. These words are not concepts or ideas to play within your mind. They should not provoke a sense of agreement or disagreement. They are about you.

They will change your state of consciousness or be meaningless. Only those who are ready to awaken will understand. Not everyone is ready; to these people, this text can still be experienced as writings. To those who are ready, and many people are, these words will provide glimpses into an awakening for the individual. Each person who awakens causes momentum in the collective consciousness, and it becomes easier for others.


noun - a state of calm attentiveness in which one's actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.

Feeling the inner body is the easiest way to go beyond identifying with it. You are not your body. Shift your attention from the outer form (thoughts about your body: beautiful, ugly, strong, weak, fat, thin, and so on) to the feeling of aliveness, or the beingness, inside of it.

Close your eyes and observe (find out) if there is life inside of your hands. Don't ask your mind, it will convince you otherwise or develop concepts of boredom. Be aware of the subtle feeling of the aliveness in them. Some don't even have to close their eyes, they can feel this flow of energy or tingling in them as they read this. Do this with your hands, feet, arms, legs, abdomen, chest...until you can be aware of the global sense of aliveness throughout the body.

Body awareness is the anchor to the present, a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. Body awareness strengthens the immune system and the body's ability to heal itself.

"I am."

"I am." is not to be used in conjunction with a form (thought form, physical form, emotional form). When it is, the illusion of absolute separateness begins to turn reality into a nightmare.

"I am." - this is timeless and eternal.

"I am a thing." or "I have a thing." or "I need a thing." or "I want a thing." all are states of past or future. This is suffering.

Descartes said "I think therefore I am." and his discovery of the ego equates and identifies the self with Being. This is false. Thinking is to be equated with dreaming. What is aware of the thinking, is Being. When you notice this, you become aware that you are thinking. When you become aware that you are dreaming you awaken within the dream. This is awakening. This is who "I am."

You are what you are in "I am" and in noticing this you are awakened. Another dimension of consciousness comes in.

When forms that you identified with, that gave you your sense of self, collapse, are taken away, or are lost it can lead to a collapse in the ego since the ego is identification with form. This is felt as a sense of calm and as the peace of beingness. If the ego doesn't collapse it may attach immediately to the role of "victim": a thought form.

Tragedy has two reactions: resisting and yielding. To resist is to be bitter, resentful, hateful, and negative. To yield is to be compassionate, wise, loving, and positive. Yielding holds an inner acceptance of what is. Yielding is surrender.

If a response, meaning action, is necessary, resisting will cause suffering and further problems whereas yielding will cause helpfulness and cooperation. This is peace and calmness of Being. If no action is possible, you may rest in peace and inner stillness that comes with surrender.

What you react to in another, you strengthen in yourself. Non-reaction is to overlook and to be forgiving. Look through the ego into the essence.

Complaints are to be recognized as the voice of the ego.

Long-lasting resentment is a grievance. Don't try to let go, just see that each thought or action to keep it alive is to identify with the grievance, that is to say, strengthen the ego.

Only state facts. The need to be right and make others wrong is the ego. Thought can only point to the truth, Being, consciousness, or the true self. Keep this from the written practices of zen in mind: the hand pointing to the moon is not the moon.

Human action can reflect the truth, however, the action, once reduced into words is of course not the truth.

"I AM the way and the truth and the life" was said by Jesus. It is meant to be a reflection of the universal consciousness. It is not meant to be a means to act in any sort of way. When you are in touch with that dimension within yourself and in touch with your natural state (not some miraculous achievement) all of your actions and relationships will reflect the oneness with all life that you sense deep within. That is love.

"Love and do what you will." St. Augustine.

Both sides of a conflict, rather all sides, are equally identified with their own story, or perception. They each believe themselves to have the truth, and all parties regard themselves as victims and all "others" as evil. "All of this is so enormously satisfying." says the ego.

If you get angry, upset, or react strongly at all to the behavior in another, it is usually a pattern of behavior you are unable, or unwilling, to detect within yourself. You can respond to others and recognize your own ego for what it is and not react to it when you notice it in another.

Instead of making up stories, in conversation and in thoughts, stay with the facts. The more identified people are with their respective roles, the more inauthentic the relationship becomes. There is no true relationship. It is enough to recognize the ego or unconsciousness in others (parents, partners, friends, acquaintances, anyone) as not being who they are. No need to tell them about their ego or unconsciousness, simply recognize it. Give others space, space to be.

"I am unhappy" versus "there is unhappiness in me."

There are no new thoughts, only those that are conditioned by the past.

The ego might want to say something like "Guess what! You don't know yet? Let me tell you."

Homeopathy and Chinese medicine are two examples of possible alternatives to diseases that do not treat the illness as an enemy, and therefore do not create new diseases.

The truth is that you need to say "yes" to suffering before you can transcend it. Human is form, being is formless, human and being are not separate but interwoven.

To love is to recognize yourself in another, the other’s “otherness” then stands revealed as an illusion pertaining to the purely human realm, the realm of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the Devine dimension.

The thought “I am not enough” makes the ego play roles. When this thought comes in, find presence with it and your current now without reacting or resisting. The secret of all success and happiness: one with life. Being one with life is being one with now, the present moment.

In order to attract success, you need to welcome it wherever you see it. You don’t think; thinking happens to you.

Karma = thinking that you think your thoughts and being at the mercy of that voice, becoming identified and possessed by it and the mind.

Human loneliness (the feeling of alienation) comes from people identifying with thought and attention is focused on it instead on being and the beingness of “others”.

Emotion is the body’s reaction to your mind. The intelligence that runs your bodily functions (organs, nerves, reflexes, blood, electric pulses, and so on) is the same intelligence that brought plants into physical form, their flowers. It is the intelligence that manifests as Gaia, the complex being that is planet earth.

An instinctive response is the body’s direct response to some external situation. An emotion, on the other hand, is the body’s response to a thought.

Negative emotions (generalized as unhappiness) is infectious and will infect people you come into contact with. It spreads like wildfire to countless people you may never even meet.

Positive emotions generated by the ego already contain their opposite. The deeper emotions are not really emotions at all but states of being which has no opposite. The pain-body is an accumulation of old emotional suffering that one carries in their energy field. Emotional pain is felt in the body; be present enough to witness where in the body this is felt and what the quality of the feeling is without reacting or resisting.

The pain-body is the addiction to unhappiness. It is a version (or dimension) of reality that is completely distorted by fear, hostility, and a desire to inflict and receive more pain. This magnifies the ego’s need for enemies.

Pain-bodies in relationships will feed off of each other’s negative emotions and reactions. This manifests itself as arguments, fights, and violence. A pain-body is like a cat: when it is asleep it is still well aware of its surroundings ready to pounce at any second.

Glamorized violence as seen in films, news, and the media is food for the ego and the pain-body. On the other hand, factualized violence, as seen in documentaries and studies, can become fuel for reflective awakening.

Both the victim and the perpetrator suffer the consequences of any acts of violence for what you do to others you do to yourself.

The journey out of unhappiness happens with the journey into it. This is what you feel in this moment; if it is pain, wanting this moment to be different from the way that it is will add more pain to the pain that is already there. Accept what you feel, that is to surrender and not to react or resist.

Emotion + sad story = unhappiness

Emotion + presence = transcendence

Energy fields follow the pain-body. When parents say something like “we must not fight in front of the children” what they do not realize is that while they make polite conversation, the home is pervaded with negative energy anyway. The only way out is to be present. The only way out is through.

When your child’s pain-body is activated, ask them questions pointing toward presence: “what does it feel like?” Be curious, not critical.

Pain-body = emotion

Ego = reaction/resistance

The pain-body and the ego are relatives and they need each other to survive.

A person reacts negatively to others when their own pain-body is unconsciously sensed in the other. This person’s ego is attempting to allow their pain-body to feed the other’s and, in effect, to feed itself off of the other’s.

Being present is always infinitely more powerful than anything one could say or do although sometimes being present can give rise to words or actions.

Each time you are present with your own pain-body when it is triggered, some of its negative emotional energy will burn up and become transmuted into presence. Discontent, unbearable unease, torment, unhappiness, and/or unsatisfactoriness can and will be used as a tool for awakening.

Feeling the pain-body arise is not to be considered as something being wrong with you (the ego would love to think that) it is a reminder to know that it is there, and a calling to accept things as they are.

Know thyself before you ask any question of your life; ask “who am I?” Aside from any adoption of a set of ideas, beliefs, labels, words, there is being.

If peace really matters to you, you will choose it.

Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. When you think or believe someone is keeping or withholding something from you (praise, appreciation, assistance, love, care...) give it to them. You can not receive what you do not give.

Nothing you can know about you, is you. That is content, not the essence.

Using the word "maybe" instead of labeling something as fortunate (good) or unfortunate (bad) allows for an acceptance of what is. One can then enter into conscious alignment with the higher order. Using the term "is that so?" allows the form of the moment (whether "good" or "bad") to be as it is. This allows one to choose not to become a participant in human drama. Do not mind what happens.

"The snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place"

The atoms that make up your body were once forged inside of stars.

The ego will treat and relate to the present moment (now) in 3 ways:

1. As a means to an end.

2. As an obstacle

3. As an enemy.

The only direct evidence of time is now. Giving yourself more time is precisely this: giving more attention to the present moment.

Clock time = dates, hours, minutes

Psychological time = past, future

Truth = now

Something in or about dreams must be real otherwise they would not be at all. The dream = things, ideas, experiences, thoughts

The person = a form that is part of the dream watched by the dreamer

The dreamer = the one who watches the dream

"This, too, shall pass."

Your purpose in life is to be with, and do, what you are doing. Your purpose is found in the now. Your purpose is this present moment.

Inner purpose = primary

Outer purpose = secondary

What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.

If aligned into the present moment, fully awake, you will know what to do.

When the brain gets damaged it does not mean you lose consciousness. Consciousness simply can not use that form to enter this dimension.

The 3 modalities of awakened doing: acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm.

Visions and goals - make sure they are not an inflated image of yourself, and therefore a concealed form of ego such as wanting to become a movie star, a famous writer, or a wealthy entrepreneur. Also make sure your goal or vision is not focused on having this or that, such as a mansion by the sea, your own company, or ten million dollars in the bank. Goals and visions should be dynamic. They should point toward an activity that you are engaged in and through which you are connected to other human beings as well as to the whole.

Choose to inspire people and to enrich their lives.


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