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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