Eckhart Tolle quotes page 4
If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within;
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of
the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It
is as it is.
How do you let go of attachment to things? Don't even try. It's impossible. Attachment to
things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.
Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.
Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or
trying to figure something out?
If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace. If peace mattered to you more
than anything else and if you truly knew yourself to be spirit rather than a little me, you
would remain nonreactive and absolutely alert when confronted with challenging people or
situations. You would immediately accept the situation and thus become one with it rather
than separate yourself from it.
That in you which recognizes madness as madness - even if it is your own - is sanity, is the
arising awareness, is the end of insanity.
Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the
Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word of
mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently
communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.
To be conscious of Being, you need to reclaim consciousness from the mind. This is one of
the most essential tasks on your spiritual journey.
Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it,
and it cannot leave you.
So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify
from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your
consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your
head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the
content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.
To love is to recognize yourself in another.
Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy
situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it's no
longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.
When I ocassionally quote the words of Jesus or the Buddha, from A Course in Miracles or from
other teachings, I do so not in order to compare, but to draw your attention to the fact that
in essence there is and always has been only one spiritual teaching, although it comes in many
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
It is when we are trapped in incessant streams of compulsive thinking that the universe really
disintegrates for us, and we lose the ability to sense the interconnectedness of all that exists.
You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already
within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something
fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.
Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now, and if the
past can't prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?
What about positive emotions such as love and joy?
They are inseparable from your natural state of inner connectedness with Being. Glimpses of
love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the
stream of thought. For most people, such gaps happen rarely and only accidentally, in
moments when the mind is rendered "speechless," sometimes triggered by great beauty,
extreme physical exertion, or even great danger. Suddenly, there is inner stillness. And within
that stillness there is a subtle but intense joy, there is love, there is peace.
Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.
As a spiritual practice, I suggest that you investigate your relationship with the world of
things through self-observation.
Direct your attention inward. Have a look inside yourself. What kind of thoughts is your mind
producing? What do you feel? Direct your attention into the body. Is there any tension? Once
you detect that there is a low level of unease, the background static, see in what way you
are avoiding, resisting, or denying life - by denying the Now.
The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego,
but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego
To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is
then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost
paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your
life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought
you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and
you are free to enjoy and appreciate them - while they last. All those things, of course, will
still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss
anymore. Life flows with ease.
Your life situation exists in time.
You life is now.
Your life situation is mind-stuff.
Your life is real.
Find the "narrow gate that leads to life." It is called the Now. Narrow your life down to this
moment. Your life situation may be full of problems - most life situations are - but find out if
you have any problem at this moment. Not tomorrow or in ten minutes, but now. Do you have
a problem now?