Now – Chapter 7

This is my interpretation of the book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.

Chapter 7

Meditation time! Sit in a non-sleep-inducing position. Eyes closed, body relaxed, breathing: in, out. Notice the breath and then notice the sensation inside the body. Feel the body, know that it’s there through sensation alone. Try to feel the sensation as energy emanating from within. Focus on that energy to the point of becoming one with it.

Remember that meditation is the practice of not-thinking. And this practice shouldn’t be limited to the duration of each session. While outside of meditation, continue guarding against the thinking-mechanism of the mind and continue feeling the inner sensation of the body.

You want to develop a connection to the dreamer of this dreamworld. This connection can be called enlightenment. There are a few methods for maintaining this connection. One is through an awareness of the energetic-sensation within the body. Another method is by literally focusing on right-now — through the conscious experience of everyday activities. Another method is through the purposeful suppression of thought — maintaining gaps between mental commentary. And another method is by surrendering to life and whatever it is you’re resisting.

Then once this connection is well-established, it becomes a portal for love to flow through — this is the bliss and elation that comes with living in the now. Additionally, silence and empty space can be used as reminders of the unmanifested — the source from which the world springs forth.

Through you, the unmanifested lives within the world, experiencing embodied existence and performing the many activities of life. Eventually you become aware of the illusion, realizing the dream. Then through you, the unmanifested transcends the world, reuniting with its source.

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Now – Chapter 2

This is my interpretation of the book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.

Chapter 2

Misery is mostly manufactured by the thinking-mechanism of the mind. The mind creates a conflict, then maintains it with a series of strife-filled thoughts. And the more engrossed you become with the ongoing mind-based-show, the more uncomfortable you get. Whereas if you remain focused on the present, ignoring the mind’s shenanigans, the better time you’ll have.

In short, the thinking-mechanism of the mind is an attention-whore that’ll do whatever it takes to ensnare your awareness. The world is not the hellhole that the thinking-mechanism portrays it to be. Thoughts paint dour pictures of a woebegone past and a pessimistic future, slandering the actual experience of existence. Silencing these thoughts will drastically improve your experience.

Similarly to the thinking-mechanism, pent-up emotional pain is also diminished through unattached observation. When allowed to run rampant, emotional pain can turn you into a brainless zombie, feeding itself with whatever emotional situation originally created it. But there’s no need to combat this zombie with any technique other than observation and acceptance.

Getting lost in thought is a sedative that puts you to sleep — but while the mind is unconscious, the zombie rampages, driven by whatever negativity lies within. So you must become a protector of the peace by remaining conscious — allow negativity and pain to startle you awake. And through awareness and acceptance of the emotional pain within, it lessens.

Fear is a useless feeling. The thinking-mechanism believes itself under constant threat of danger. Wrong again! Do not fall for these anxiety-inducing thoughts. Remain present. Wake up from the nightmare that the thinking-mechanism of the mind created. Take back your life and start living consciously.

Now – Chapter 1

This is my interpretation of the book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.

Chapter 1

Enlightenment is: the enduring enjoyment of existence. The ability to attain this serene state exists within you right now, nothing external need be obtained.

Without enlightenment, you are subject to separateness, strife, and the ills born of fear and frustration.

The highest hurdle you must surmount is the belief that you are your ceasless thoughts. The deluge of deliberation is so dense, that it even forms a pseudo-self, a fake-you formed from rumination. Enlightenment ends the servitude to continuous contemplation and dissolves the faux-you.

The thinking-mechanism just blathers on about life, shouting its constant commentary and criticisms, predicting dire doom, worrying about this and that. The thinking-mechanism is the terrorizer within, the source of all your problems. YOU must strive to disassociate with this fiend — becoming that which masters thoughts.

You are to transform into a neutral observer of the thinking-mechanism. A thought is just a thought, it comes and goes while you watch it drift away. Those are no longer your thoughts, they’re just concoctions of conjecture floating by, worthless byproducts of the creative mind.

As thoughts are no longer invited into your mental abode, a silence develops within that space. And the more often you shut the door on these unwelcome solicitations, the more this silence grows into serenity. And from this serene state, your awareness strengthens and you become present.

You can always reach right-now by focusing on right-now. In whatever activity you find yourself, you can make it into a meditation by performing the requisite action with full focus, eschewing all incoming noise from the thinking-mechanism. You’ll know it’s working when you feel the contentedness flowing through.

As the space between thoughts increases, your degree of consciousness increases. You’re currently driven by an unconscious addiction to the thinking-mechanism, a problem that won’t end without intervention. Thoughts are not who you are, they’re a diversion from who you are, resulting in an existential dissatisfaction.

Your true self exists in this moment only — that’s it. Your consciousness is simply trying to experience existence, but the thinking-mechanism is polluting the process and preventing this from happening. Your goal is to allow the consciousness to experience life without intrusive thoughts getting in the way (leading to enlightenment).

Creativity is also hindered by the turbulent thought stream. Artistry stems from a depth below thought, thus a mind free of thought allows the creative potential to surface.

The thinking-mechanism also incites and inflames your emotions. Fierce emotions are the body’s response to the constant blathering of the thinking-mechanism. In other words: if the mind is a mess, the body and its emotions will manifest the mess. And beyond that, your external environment will even react to your volatility.

When you feel an emotion, you don’t have to be the emotion. Instead of “I am angry”, it becomes “I feel anger”. In this way you remain present, you’re simply an observer who’s sensing the ongoings within. You can even be proactive about it, and regularly query yourself with: “What am I feeling?”. Don’t think about it, just notice it.

The thinking-mechanism cannot solve problems, it is their source. And when silenced, affection and enjoyment and serenity bloom from within. Believing oneself to be the thinking-mechanism, is a source of suffering. The way out of suffering is by being present.

Nonpresent Punishment

I shall now regale you with a tale of misery. A plague brought about by the power of un-presence. Think of a powerful force in the universe… now triple it — THAT is the power of un-presence. An energy so strong that it will outright ruin your day. BOOM!

Picture it, it’s night and you’re lazily lying there. Too lazy in fact to bother with awareness — but woe to him whose lackadaisical ways lead to his own demise. If only you’d have summoned up the fortitude to remain aware. But no, you revel in sloth.

And so it happens, you’re swept away by the current of turbulent thought. Off you go, bashing against rocks as your mind blathers on. The pain is real and the wounds will last. Then the day begins and you’re weary from the abuse.

You shuffle along, barely communicating — unaware of your own unawareness. Too far gone to know you’re gone. You’re sore from the night before so anything out-of-place stings and further sours your spirit.

Interactions are exercises in tight-rope walking — one tiny sway, and its disaster either way. BOOM! You just f*cked up, tried to cover it up, but the evidence is everywhere. You finally try to scramble to the present but you’re so swept up that it’s not easily reached.

The moral of the story my friend: do not take mindlessness lightly. It is the one and only force with the power to outright end you. Do not stray far from the present lest you get lost and not find your way back.

Entering Now

Your thoughts act as a smoke-screen obscuring the entrance to awareness. The only way to enter, is through pure presence. As you focus on nothing, it comes into focus.

Why should you even care to come in? It’s the treasure that treasure-seekers seek. Everything your heart desires, everything you’re looking for — it’s here, now. And the only cost to you, is complete and absolute dedication — a bargain to be sure!

Give up your thoughts. ALL of them. No more past, no more future — only present. What have your thoughts done for you? Frighted, intimidated, hindered — they’ve only served to torment you as you tried to live your life. Well there’s a remedy for that poison-of-the-mind — a simple fix: cut them out!

Thought targeted, thought terminated. Sitting watch with constant vigilance, you are now a hunter whose prey is each and every thought attempting to settle in your mind. The longer you remain thought-free, the more the door to right-now opens.

Imagine it, a paradise on Earth. Better yet, don’t imagine it and you’ll actually experience it. A simple choice to make, yes? At each moment that you notice yourself lost in thought, acknowledge it. Then as long as you dare, remain aware — and soon, you’ll be there.

Kindness for Consciousness

What have you done for your consciousness lately? You haven’t been smothering it with the worst thoughts possible, right? The poor unsuspecting consciousness came here to experience life-on-Earth and you’ve been presenting it with a slide-show consisting of complaints… haven’t you! What kind of host are you?

“Welcome consciousness, so you’re here to see what embodied existence is like? How exciting! Now, instead of all that, can I just get you to take a seat over here while I show you a decades-long presentation about how existence actually sucks and you shouldn’t waste your time trying to participate because it’s pretty horrible? Great! Let’s begin!”

Yikes. In case you’re not aware, that’s actually the WRONG approach to take. Your job is to take the consciousness on a ride through life — showing it a FUN time. It doesn’t want to hear about all your criticisms and critiques — it’s simply here to experience existence — the commentary is intrusive and distracting and frankly it’s rude.

Okay, now let’s do this the right way. The consciousness cares only about what’s happening right now. Anything from the past is an arbitrary selection of old remembrances drudged up by your thoughts — please don’t clutter the consciousness’s experience with that stuff. And any future-predicting is mere conjecture conjured up by your thoughts — again, don’t include it.

Whatever you’re physically doing doesn’t really matter, just let the consciousness take it all in, unimpeded by thought. Remember, the consciousness gets its fun through the act of unhindered observation — it’s not fussy. If you’re tying a shoe, that’s fine as long as your thoughts aren’t blathering away. Eating a carrot? Great, just shut up about it and let the consciousness soak it in.

If you think YOU’RE bored, imagine the poor consciousness that had to listen to you complain for all those years. It could have been experiencing life BUT nooo, you had to run your yapper nonstop. Besides, once you see the consciousness having a good time, your boredom will fade — don’t worry about it, you’ll get rewarded by being kind to your consciousness.

Internal Saboteur

Being present allows the consciousness to experience existence. Why overshadow this adventure with thought? It’s like watching a movie with a friend while talking the entire time. What happened to the movie? It’s lost to the external dialogue.

Similarly, if you allow an internal dialogue to constantly chatter, your consciousness doesn’t get to live life to the fullest. All the observer-within gets to witness are complaints, worries, and wants.

Your consciousness has been invited to a spectacle of sight and sound yet finds itself stuck in a corner listening to the biggest busybody in the world drone on about the worst stuff imaginable.

But what if the scene is boring? Isn’t it okay to pass the time by talking? No. If you give life a chance, providing it with your complete attention, you’ll be rewarded within each moment.

THIS experience always exceeds mere thought. You know that because you’re here. If the realm of the thinking-mind were anything special, you’d be there instead.

And if the thinking-mind’s thoughts were worthwhile, you’d feel wonderful all the time. But you don’t, because they suck. THIS is the place that’s been looking out for you the entire time. The saboteur has been the mind this entire time.

Its negative thoughts poisoning you against the world, that which bore you, your ever-present protector. The very world that brought you into being is actually your enemy? How could that be? And you believed this nonsense?

You label those that don’t pay attention as chatter-boxes that should rightly shut-up. Yet with the mind, you let it ramble on unimpeded? All while it slanders your loving caretaker? And you wonder why you have a miserable time?

This is a travesty being committed! Reject the blathering of the mind and embrace the experience of right now. This is the only means to make amends. Stay present and experience the gift you’ve been so lovingly given.