a new dimension of consciousness not dominated by time
state of consciousness that is not identified with your mind or
This seductive invitation delivered in an almost diffident manner
by Eckhart Tolle opened an evening filled with profound insights.
For a mesmerizing 2 ½ hours Tolle spoke with quiet eloquence on
human nature, its appetite for pain and drama, how we are able to
choose our reality, being truly alive in the moment, knowing the
presence of God and choosing joy. One is carried along from one
image to another and gradually you shift out of your head into your
whole being and you FEEL the now. It is no surprise that Tolles
remarkable book The Power of Now has become a word-of-mouth
With disarming simplicity Tolle points out that the future doesnt
exist. Nor does the past. Nothing ever happened in the past;
it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future;
it will happen in the Now. What you think of as the past is a memory
trace of a former Now
the future is an imagined Now, a projection
of the mind.
To get out of all the conditioned mind patterns that have accumulated
over thousands of years we need to relinquish resistance to what
is. Welcome the now. What is, is."
It would be impossible to do justice to the richness of the messages
gleaned in this evening, so here is just one, in which Im
sure we all recognize ourselves:
Tolle introduced the interesting concept of the pain body,
a kind of reservoir of accumulated pain from the past that lives
in each human being and feeds the ego. We seem to have a need for
conflict and drama because our ego needs an enemy to define itself.
It thrives on the pain body. Everyone inherits a portion of that
reservoir when they are born and then it gets added to.
Most relationships cannot be without drama - pain bodies feeding
off each other. The pain body thrives on anger, emotion. When the
level is low it decides feeding time for the pain body
drama is needed! When you have had enough, there will be peace
for a while. When you are in love that indicates that your pain
bodies are compatible.
If you have no partner, your pain body will go up into your head
and feed on your story your thoughts about you, your past.
When your pain body is running your mind it will also project an
unhappy future. The pain body now is controlling your mind, telling
the me how unhappy it is.
How do you step out of that? Simply observe, watch it. When you
are the observer, you cannot be the thing observed. The pain then
does not receive new energy and gradually it loses intensity. It
can no longer turn into an unhappy me and you are not fighting life
Here are some thoughts that rounded out a memorable evening :
Acceptance of what is does not mean accepting a bleak future only
this moment. When you say yes you are connecting
to the One Intelligence that runs the universe. The purpose is to
be the space in which the flowering of consciousness happens,
allowing what is to be, without the compulsion to name, compare,
There isnt the presence of God and you
there is only presence. Not external to you but as your very essence.
Eckhart Tolle returns to Portland on Sunday, October 8th
from 1pm 5pm to give a half-day intensive at Hoffman Hall,
PSU. Admission is $50 advance purchase by 10/2 - $65 at the door.
For more information, call: Reva Aver 503-223-2451