Beyond The Thinking Mind

I received a book for my birthday and wish to share it with you because it turns out that it is likely a doorway to inspiration.  We can’t get in if the door is closed but we can open the door and we have a doorway!  The my birthday book is entitled STILLNESS SPEAKS, Whispers of Now by Eckhart Tolle who was best selling author of THE POWER OF NOW.

The title of this post is the title of the first chapter of Tolle’s recent book and his introduction mentions that the book is not to be read from cover to cover and he is reverting to a form of sayings, like those contained on The Vedas, Upanishads and the Tao Teh Ching, etc. of the East.  These are just short messages for meditation and I would add that I have written about the power of the heart to discern what is in the present moment.

Here’s a quote from the first Chapter:

“Wisdom is not a product of thought.  The deep knowing that is wisdom arises through the simple act of giving someone or something your full attention.  Attention is primordial intelligence, consciousness itself.  It dissolves the barriers created by conceptual thought, and with this comes the recognition that nothing exists in and by itself.  It joins the perceiver and the perceived in a unifying field of awareness, It is the healer of separation.”

As I meditate on this, a sense that as a perceiver, I may feel with the Heart.  I wrote a Post around Christmas time, entitled THE POWER OF THE HEART, mentioning a potential for wisdom and “primordial intelligence” as the Heart draws our attention to what is present to receive our attention.

During years of education at University, I was aware that many a scientist was not favourably disposed to spiritual ideas, Transpersonal Psychology and notions of intuition, even though the Chairman of the Psychology Department had written a book on his intuition research!  Here is another of Tolle’s short sayings: Dogmas – religious, political, scientific – arise out of the erroneous belief that thought can encapsulate reality or the truth.  Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons.  And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of “I know.”  

Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.  It is true that every dogma crumbles sooner or later, because reality will eventually disclose its falseness; however, unless the basic delusion of it is seen for what it is, it will be replaced by others.

As Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, escapes regrets of the past and fears of the future, author Michelle Stanton has written her 2006 book: Timeless World, Debunk Your Fears and Discover Heaven on Earth.  Stanton’s Forward, encapsulates the mission of her book:

“Freeing ourselves from our unconscious habitual patterns of self-deception only becomes possible when we are truly ready to meet what is taking place directly before us.  Breaking free from the ‘Time-bound World’ will only happen when and if we are truly willing to face the illusory hold that our thoughts have on us.  When we finally see that it’s never anywhere but here, and that it’s all happening Now, we are released to live as the creative, timeless being that we have always been.”

Her book is available here: http://www.zonehigh.com/shop/

Have a look at her Blog:  http://zonehigh.squarespace.com/blog/

The Idea of taking charge of the Thinking Mind has been addressed by other posts on this site. This includes such topics as:

  • Mindfulness Meditation, which has swept the Western World of late
  • Whole Heartedness, early on with Brene’ Brown
  • The Power of the Heart, as a DVD review
  • Create Your Way to an Inspiring and Happy Life, which are Dr. Rick Hanson’s ideas. See: http://fwb.rickhanson.net/listing

Personally, I don’t claim to be the light but I am one of many lighthouses!

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2 thoughts on “Beyond The Thinking Mind”

  1. “Wisdom is not a product of thought. The deep knowing that is wisdom arises through the simple act of giving someone or something your full attention. Attention is primordial intelligence, consciousness itself. It dissolves the barriers created by conceptual thought, and with this comes the recognition that nothing exists in and by itself. It joins the perceiver and the perceived in a unifying field of awareness, It is the healer of separation.”

    Hi, Paul! This is Karen. I included the quote from Tolle’s book above. OH, how true this is! With so many distractions in our world, the idea of “full attention” seems like a foreign word. Too many times we fall short of that ability to add to our own wisdom when we do not give our attention to someone or something. We get in such a hurry to “cut to the chase” or occupy our thoughts with how we will respond rather than listening first and letting it sink in. Since taking this new position with patients who have dementia, I have been able to spend more time just paying attention to those who have wisdom to offer. Being in a new work environment has allowed me to take time to go for my walks and give my attention to what is around me as I walk. I intend to get the book and give my full attention to what it has to offer me. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Karen

    1. Thanks for your observations as to how these ideas can work in your new work environment. Because we live in a society that is busy thinking, those may feel at a loss. Yet, I have observed that my wife in a nursing home with this affliction, never failed to know when I arrived in the big room among many. Without thought, she was free to attend to changes like my sudden appearance. They say: “Short term loss is Long term gain!

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