A few years ago, I joined several women in reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and in doing so became very conscious of the way our ego shifts our perspective and quiets our spirit. It’s the kind of book that you can pick up at any time, open to any page and connect to a thought/idea that becomes a lens through which you observe yourself for a period of time. The content is so simple and easy to absorb–there’s an underlying powerful transformational quality about it. Although you wouldn’t think it to be so, Eckhart begins by saying not everyone will connect to this book. And I believe that to be due to our “readiness” to change, to *see ourselves and our survivor energies more clearly.
I recently came across his previous book The Power of Now, and find his writing to be similarly presented. My sense is that we will share many conversations about the material of Eckhart Tolle, so rich as it is. And so that is where we begin today, with a piece that stood out to me last night. Something we all “know,” but not in such clarity. On the subject of emotion as related to our minds:
“Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind–or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body. For example, an attack thought or a hostile thought will create a buildup of energy in the body that we call anger. The body is getting ready to fight. The thought that you are being threatened, physically or psychologically, causes the body to contract, and this is the physical side of fear.”
Take a moment to really consider this, let its absolute truth sink into your consciousness. Our thoughts create our emotional reaction. Our beliefs, our past hurts (referred to in this book as the “pain-body”)–what we have taken on as our reality. THIS is our trigger to emotional reaction. My friends, do you yet grasp the high altitude of spiritual electricity in this? Can you see how YOU have the authority, the potential, the final “say-so” over how you feel, how you respond, who you ARE? This is a key place in determining what your world looks like, feels like – IS. Simply taking time to understand your feelings–feel them fully, and also be an observer to what they tell you–shifts your place in the cosmos. MOVES YOU! The level of power, transformation – ALCHEMY – in this truth is beyond words! It’s like being hit by lightning and awaking to a new self.
What if you could change your presence in this way? Claim your own self power to choose, to be? There’s so much language about being the “captain of your ship” and determining your own destiny. My friends–do you understand this is yours to have? There’s so much to be said on this, perhaps it will take many posts here to fully grasp the reality in this one small paragraph. For it carries an absolute Universal truth for us all: thought creates reality. We’ve all heard it, but Eckhart Tolle offers it to us in doses we can understand, receive and work with in our lives.
As you observe yourself in your emotions–look beyond what you feel. What do you BELIEVE to be true behind the emotion, what thought is driving your body to react in this way? Allowing yourself to explore this one question begins to diminish the power of the thought/belief. If you are fully present to this task, you will engage the process of transformation in a way that will shift your entire world. Are you ready for such change to enter your life?
This message feels more than a whisper today my friends. Instead we are hearing through a megaphone, loud and clear. But of late, the question seems to be: are you listening? And whether you are certain of your ability to do so, or perhaps would rather not–in that space, where your deepest inner truth and desire to grow on this quest for our Divine self…..that my friends is where you will hear……your heart whisper to you of her purest and most intimate desires…..