Tolle Tutorial: Thanks, Eckhart!!

<March 5/11>

When I first started up this blog, I mentioned Eckhart Tolle pretty routinely. I’m a very big fan of his books & his ideas.

It’s almost as though I’d forgotten about him!

Just recently – this past week – I sort of stumbled across some of his audiotapes, & am I ever glad I did!

I’ve just listened to the 3 tapes in the set called “Living the Liberated Life & Dealing with the Pain Body.” Soooooooooo helpful to get this little “Tolle tutorial.”

I needed to be reminded of how the pain body works, since my own has made an unexpected appearance or two of late.

(Tolle talks about the pain body in his two books, The Power of Now & A New Earth. You can also watch him talk about it on YouTube, & watch the very cool series of Webcasts he did with Oprah.)

I personally needed to be reminded not to resist the feelings that come up in me – but to allow them. Surrender to them. (I think we all resist some feelings that come up in us at times. Yet they do seem to pass through us a lot more quickly if we just admit to them, perhaps articulate them (right out loud, even!) if we are able. I find this helpful, anyway, but maybe that’s just me. For example, “Hmmmm. I’m feeling very sad/lonely/resentful/angry/bitter.” Before I know it, the uncomfortable feelings are usually gone!)

Tolle reminds us that saying to ourselves “This too will pass” can be very helpful. And he’s right. It is! I’ve definitely been wrestling lately with some…shall we say, challenging or uncomfortable feelings. When I stand back from them a bit – sort of try to “witness” what I am feeling from a slight distance (rather than getting completely…overtaken by them), it all becomes a bit less …. intense.

Tolle is an awfully helpful dude, I gotta say (& that’s a pretty major understatement).

If you haven’t yet read him, or seen the Webcasts, or listened to some of his audiotapes, you have a rare treat awaiting you!

(Me, I’m feeling a bit less overwhelmed by the feelings of resentment & sadness that were sort of plaguing me for a few days there.)

Thanks a bunch for the tutorial, Eckhart!!


p.s. Other blog postings here about Tolle are:

I DO recommend his books very highly (& also his audiotapes, available through Sounds True).

His words are both inspiring & a great source of comfort. I wouldn’t lie to you!

p.p.s. Some interesting words about the ego, from a book review in the Winter 2011 issue of Tikkun Magazine. On the back page of the magazine, in a review of the book I’m God, You’re Not, by Lawrence Kushner, the reviewer says “Kushner teaches us that ‘the goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way – outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing’ because these activities ‘preclude the awareness of the Divine.’” Sounds true, doesn’t it??