Eckhart Tolle quotes page 5
Meet everyone and everything through stillness rather than mental noise.
All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as
a substitute for the joy of Being. As long as I am my mind, I am those cravings, those needs,
wants, attachments, and aversions, and apart from them there is no "I" except as a mere
possibility, an unfulfilled potential, a seed that has not yet sprouted.
As you grow up, you form a mental image of who you are, based on your personal and
cultural conditioning. We may call this phantom self the ego. It consists of mind activity and
can only be kept going through constant thinking. The term ego means different things to
different people. but when I use it here it means a false self, created by unconscious
identification with the mind.
Thinking, or more precisely identification with thinking, gives rise to and maintains the ego,
which, in our Western society in particular, is out of control. It believes it is real and tries
hard to maintain its supremacy. Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear,
envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego.
All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from
beyond the mind.
In the elightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more
focused and effective way than before. You use it mostly for practical purposes, but you are
free of the involuntary internal dialogue, and there is inner stillness.
A victim identity is the belief that the past is more powerful than the present, which is the
opposite of the truth. It is the belief that other people and what they did to you are
responsible for who you are now, for your emotional pain or your inability to be your true self.
The truth is that the only power there is, is contained within this moment. Once you know
that... you realize that you are responsible for your inner space now - nobody else is - and
that the past cannot prevail against the power of Now.