Who are we?
What do we want to become?
How do we define success?
What is our true purpose in life?
How is our ego and inner critic intercept the path that we are destined to follow?
Today, as I was reading my favourite book “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle I discovered answers to all these questions. A truly revolutionary and eye-opening book that unearths the secrets of human kind and helps people get in touch with their inner self, their spirituality, and is a cornerstone for self-improvement.
It is a book worth reading as it consists of shattering modern ideas of ego and entitlement, self and society. “Tolle lifts the veil of fear that has hung over humanity during this new millennium, and illuminates a path to health and happiness that every reader can follow”.
That is why I am writing today. To share with all of you a few of these words of wisdom that are truly worth your time.
A Dialogue On Inner Purpose:
“When you look upon what you do or where you are as the main purpose of your life, you negate time. This is enormously empowering. The negation of time in what you do also provides the link between your inner and outer purposes, between Being and doing. When you negate time, you negate the ego.
Whatever you do, you will be doing extraordinarily well, because the doing itself becomes the focal point of your attention. Your doing then becomes a channel through which consciousness enters this world. This means there is quality in what you do, even in the most simple action, like turning the pages in the phone book, or walking across the room. The main purpose for turning the pages is to turn the pages; the secondary purpose is to find a phone number. The main purpose of walking across the room is to walk across the room; the secondary purpose is to pick up a book at the other end, and the moment you pick up the book, that becomes your main purpose.
There is a paradox of time. Whatever you do takes time, and yet it is always now. So while your inner purpose is to negate time, your outer purpose necessarily involves future and so could not exist without time. But it is always secondary. Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciousness is primary, all else secondary.
Would living like this not stop me from looking to achieve something great? My fear is that I will remain stuck with doing little things for the rest of my life. I’m afraid of never arising above mediocrity, never daring to achieve anything great, not fulfilling my potential.
The great arises out of small things that are honoured and cared for. Everybody’s life consists of small things. Greatness is a mental abstraction and a favourite fantasy of the ego. The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honouring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness. The present moment is always small in the sense that it is always simple, but concealed within it lies the greatest power. Like the atom, it is one of the smallest things yet contains enormous power. Only when you align yourself with the present moment do you have access to that power…
Would complete harmony with the present moment not imply the cessation of all movement? Doesn’t the existence of any goal imply that there is a temporary disruption in that harmony with the present moment and perhaps a reestablishment of harmony at a higher level once the goal has been attained? I imagine that the sapling (a young tree) that pushes its way through the soil can’t be in total harmony with the present moment either because it has a goal: it wants to become a big tree. Maybe once it has reached maturity it will live in harmony with the present moment.
The sapling doesn’t want anything because it is at one with the totality, and the totality acts through it. “Look at the lilies of the field, how they grow” said Jesus, “they toil not, neither do they spin. Yet even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these”. We could say that the totality-Life-wants the sapling to become a tree, but the sapling doesn’t see itself as separate from life and so wants nothing for itself. It is one with what Life wants. That is why it isn’t worried or stressed. And if it has to die prematurely, it dies with ease. It is as surrendered in death as it is in life. It senses, no matter how obscurely, its rootedness in Being, the formless and eternal one Life.
Like the Taoist sages of ancient China, Jesus likes to draw our attention to nature because he sees a power at work in it that humans have lost touch with. It is the creative power of the universe. Jesus goes on to say that if God clothes simples flowers in such beauty, how much more will God clothe you. That is to say, that while nature is a beautiful expression of the evolutionary impulse of the universe, when humans become aligned with the intelligence that underlies it, they will express the same impulse on a higher, more wondrous level.
So be true to life by being true to your inner purpose. As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power”.