The Beginning of Freedom

The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity — the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.

If you no longer want to create pain for yourself and others, if you no longer want to add to the residue of past pain that still lives on in you, then don’t create any more time, or at least no more than is necessary to deal with the practical aspects of your life. How to stop creating time? Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. 

Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Whereas before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the Now, have your dwelling place in the Now and pay brief visits to past and future when required to deal with the practical aspects of your life situation. Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.

The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant, or awful. It is as it is. Observe how the mind labels it and how this labeling process, this continuous sitting in judgment, creates pain and unhappiness. By watching the mechanics of the mind, you step out of its resistance patterns, and you can then allow the present moment to be. This will give you a taste of the state of inner freedom from external conditions, the state of true inner peace. Then see what happens, and take action if necessary or possible.

Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.

Comments

kay 10th January 2014 11:07 am

Love this. Thank you, Eckhart.

Akeshalinda 11th January 2014 11:08 pm

I enjoy so much watching your videos. I have bought some from soundstrue and also have watched some on your website. One thing you teach by doing is to pause before answering people's questions. I've noticed how, before you answer, you find the center of yourself and wait for the response. You check in with the field of All Knowledge---and I think a part of you also ascertains where the person is coming from. You listen beneath the words. You sense the energy. Words alone don't reveal what a person really wants to know or what their attitudes are. Sometimes people don't put their questions into words very well. The way you pause to answer reminds me of the five years I spent in Arizona going to lodge and how the elders would answer questions. Sometimes they would take a long time feeling things out, sensing the questioner then turning within to the spirit of all things for the knowledge of how to answer. In modern culture, people want answers quickly, but you demonstrate the need to stop and listen first! Thank you.

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Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual Teacher and author was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey.

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