There have been many people try and explain the workings of our mind. But there are many things that Tolle says I his book ‘The power of now’ that really do make sense, about how we think, structure our memories and beliefs and create our world around us.
‘I cannot live with myself any longer’.
How many of us have said this, while referring to something in our past that is troubling us, a decision we might have made or a path that we might have chosen. The trouble with this statement is that it seems to refer that there might be two of us. ‘Live with myself’. How can that be possible?
In order to be completely at peace with ourselves we must be focused on this present moment. This very moment is all we actually have. Why then, do we spend so much of our time thinking either in the past or the future, whilst wasting the ‘now’?
A lot of people often say to me that they wish they could think like I do, be as positive as I can be, as courageous, as bold, and so on. You want what I have? You have it already. You just can’t feel it because your mind is making too much noise. By that I mean in the form of thinking, worrying, self talk.
Thinking is a disease that happens when things get out of balance – Tolle
All this incessant noise prevents you from finding a realm of inner stillness. Something we can call ‘the Now’. Applying this theory to another popular and well known statement, we can again see why there is a problem.
‘I think therefore I am’
Once again, this suggests there are more parts to us than just the one, the wholeness we seek in order to find inner stillness, or the Now.
Underneath the level of physical appearance and separate forms, when you find the Now, you are at one with all that is.
The mind is a superb instrument if used right. Used wrong it becomes destructive. 90% of our thinking is said to be repetitive and useless. That’s a lot of wasted energy.
Much like in Time Line Therapy, the spiritual approach to dealing with intense negative emotion and trauma is by observing the thinker rather than being it. Let me explain. Time line therapy (TM) uses a technique that enables you to remove yourself up and above the events that you can see in your past and in your future, so you are floating above like an observer. In this way, you are observing the emotion rather than letting it become you.
You are not the thinker. You are observing the thinker. When you learn how to do this, this is the beginning of freedom. The beginning of being able to find inner peace, also called enlightenment, also known as being in the Now.
Dont let the language put you off. There are many different explanations, religious, spiritual and otherwise. It all essentially means the same thing: achieving inner peace and living in this very moment.
Listen to the voice in your head but witness it’s thinking / emotions, don’t become it. Being in this present moment and separating ourself in this way when necessary holds the key to liberation.
Become intensely conscious of the present moment is a stillness that we can practice. I have recorded a simple technique called mindless concentration that is the first step to practicing emptying out mind of all unnecessary thinking. Pay close attention to every step, your breathing, be totally present in the a Now.
Let me know if this is helpful and I will record a follow up one to help you develop your new skill further.
The most important step in reaching inner stillness is separating yourself from your mind, as describe above in Time Line Therapy. By this I do not mean become devoid of all emotion, but it’s an effective way to detach yourself from any unnecessary thoughts yet be able to tap into experiences and feelings if necessary. The more effective you are at creating this separation, the stronger your present consciousness will become.
Enlightenment in the spiritual sense, according to Tolle, means rising above thought, thinking in a much more focused way, much the same as the Time line Therapy (TM) beliefs and approaches, just described in slightly different language.
Watch this space, as I continue to read the book and discover more parallels in the approaches that will help us all be even better, happier people.