Hello all. This is Kerri Ernstsen. Recently I have been reading a book called “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I wanted to share some ideas that have helped me immensely. Here it is.
Every person carries a seed of enlightenment within them. You can experience a profound transformation inside yourself. This transformation can happen NOW, no matter who or where you are. This process draws attention to what is true in you, which is enlightenment, and to what is false in you, the nature of human unconsciousness and dysfunction.
As you read this book, it encourages you to stop and listen to your feelings. This is when you will come to the conclusion or truths that already lies in you, as you. You are not your mind . . . what is enlightenment? It is a deep, unshakable peace that can only be found within, and not some outside validation, security, or love. It is greater than anything the world can offer.
Thoughts can cause suffering. You can free yourself from the bondage of your mind, which is the only true liberation. Isn’t thinking essential in order to survive in this world? Perhaps you feel you would cease to be if you stopped thinking. 80-90% of most people’s thinking is repetitive and useless. It takes up so much energy, with all the “should’s and shouldn’t” thinking. As we grow up, we form a mental image of who we are. This is our ego.
This is how the changing works. Lets start with our thoughts. Instead of pushing your thoughts out of your mind, acknowledge them. Become conscious of it. You will find out what is behind or underneath the thought. Then you become in-tune with you deeper self. When you become used to this process, you will feel “gaps,” or moments of what is called “no mind.” You will feel a sort of loss, but peaceful. You grow spiritually, and identify a higher state of awareness and consciousness. You will feel a greater capacity to be “present.” This takes you beyond what you previously thought of as “yourself.” You will experience a new you.