In this presentation given on retreat at Lake Louise, Canada, Eckhart considers how the gradual realization of Presence affects a person's day-to-day experience. Touching on the inherent self-defeat of labeling oneself "enlightened," how to cut through problems with "the sword of Presence," and the end of suffering, Eckhart explains that most experiences of spiritual awakening don't arrive in a single, decisive moment.
As human beings, we evolve through life’s challenges and suffering, not through avoidance. In this teaching, Eckhart explains the essential everyday practices to awaken Presence and overcome suffering.
Eckhart discusses spiritual awakening as it relates to two aspects of life: the acquisition of things, and the activities we engage in. Liberation, he explains, depends upon your inner relationship to what you have or do.
Eckhart suggests practicing listening in conversation with others, devoting oneself to listening actively 80 percent of the time. Additionally, bringing awareness to the inner feeling of your hands can help to deepen Presence in an everyday situation.
The conditioned mind will often create feelings out of fear, and these should not be the guiding force in your life. Eckhart urges us instead to discover the deeper feelings that arise from Presence—the source of true intuition—and to let that guide your actions.