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Sunday, March 02, 2008
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle, Oprah and Me
It's a curious event, the online event of Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey combining to provide a unique book club experience. I have decided to participate, having previously read three of Tolle (pronounced Tole-ee)'s books.
As Eckhart Tolle says, "Every human being is enlightened. The only difference is most humans don't know that yet" And then he explains that he can "sense that in the background of my life." The essence of Tolle's teaching is the recognition and use of "the power of now."
Human thinking, he says, is a process that cuts us off from direct experience of the present, because thinking obscures whatever is occurring. The mind is a human tool that has become too dominant. The power of now is the liberation from ceaseless thinking and the realization that each moment, each now, is also an opportunity to experience fundamental peace.
"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have," he writes in "The Power of Now." "This will give you a taste of the state of inner freedom from external conditions, the state of true inner peace."
Seeking for, and teaching about, a peace that passes understanding and that cannot be found through conscious thinking has a long history, says Robert Fuller, who teaches religious studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. What Fuller calls "the gospel of the hidden self" appeals with its promise that an individual can do something that's simple and effective. "Right within ourselves is higher power, and that's better than thinking that there's a lot of social and economic things that need to be reworked," Fuller says.
"This is a lot simpler."Tolle's teaching draws on perennial wisdom within religions, yet he is not aligned with any one and will as readily cite Jesus as he will the Buddha. "Jesus speaks of salvation or the kingdom of heaven, Hindu teachings speak of liberation or enlightenment, the Buddha's favorite expression was that it is possible for humans to be free of suffering," he says.
"There's only one essential spiritual teaching in humanity."But religions over time have acquired what he calls cultural baggage, and infighting and ideology have obscured religion's truths."I believe it would limit the power of what I teach if it became identified with one particular set of concepts, when there is such an enormous amount of intercommunication between cultures," he says. "
Perhaps the power of now teaching and the fundamental expression of A New Earth" is more accessible because it is fairly neutral in its language. Underneath all thinking there lies `Be still and know that I am God,"' Tolle says, citing the words of Psalm 46. "A deeper intelligence underlies the manifestation of all forms."
A New Earth: online link A New Earth Web Event
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Also check out:
With Heart and Hands, A Quilting Journey: A New Earth Phenomena: Oprah 4/09/08.
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