We must be thankful to Eckhart Tolle.
With simple and contemporary words, Tolle has taken mysticism and burdensome reverence right out of spirituality, and presented the essence of natural being in a very simple way.
Tolle tells us about the ego (the false sense of “I”) and the pain-body (the conditioning which unconsciously drives us). He reminds us there is such a thing as awakening.
From the way spiritual traditions deal with awakening, one can easily get the idea that awakening is only possible for long-suffering monks and nuns who dedicate their lives to spirituality. The most important message which Tolle has given us is that this is not true at all. In fact, if are honest about it, spiritual traditions are a failure.
Awakening is accessible to each of us. Awakening is simply seeing through our delusion, and when it is seen through, what is left is the natural joy of being.
Of course Tolle is not the only one–there are many others, and I mention some of these others on External Resources page. Tolle is especially simple and direct.
Tolle talks about the practices of presence and acceptance. I talk about the practices of awareness and release.
These are very helpful practices.
But these days, I wonder if there is a more direct way.
I want to explore this with direct experience and see if there is a more direct way to liberation.
The core delusion we suffer from is the false sense of self.
What I am doing these days is trying to recognize the truth behind the delusional idea of self.
An intellectual understanding of this is not the same as the recognition of truth, but it can help.
To start with, here is just life. Here is awareness. “I” am a delusion, created by thoughts and emotions. Thoughts and emotions create the idea of “I” within themselves, which in turn, create the circular belief that “I” owns thoughts and emotions.
“Thought creates the thinker.”
You did not exist before you were born. When you were born, life was not given to “you.” Life just is. Life does not belong to you.
There is living. There is no “you” who owns the life. There is thinking. There is no “you” which thinks. There is feeling, understanding, sensing…there is no “you” which owns these.
This is what I am looking at these days:
1. Be radically willing and radically ready and radically honest with yourself
2. Do not anticipate or expect
3. Set aside everything that you think you know
4. Do not concentrate hard, just look
5. Look. You actually have to look. It’s easy to distract yourself and go do something else, or to read more, try to understand more.
6. Look, and try to find the you that you think you are, with the intent of recognizing there is no “you.”
7. There may be feelings of frustration, impatience, and the thought that somehow you are not doing this right. As far as I can tell, this is natural part to the inquiry.