Going within, according to Eckhart Tolle, is to taste the essence of who we are at soul level. Being a Presence—the recognition of Beingness—is the footprint of Spirit in physical form, and yet, Spirit exists beyond physicality. We are everywhere and nowhere, distinguished only by our point of singularity—or as Carlos Castaneda would call it in his many books, by our “reality assemblage point” positioned in our luminous energy field.
But back to Eckhart, when you are conscious of yourself, you are aware of what consciousness is. You are the object of your consciousness, but at the same time, you are still consciousness even without the object being conscious of itself.
If you are somewhat confused, you aren’t alone. I like Eckhart and his philosophical examinations on our Earthly presence here, but to speak fluent “Eckhart Tolle” is to turn phrases into circular statements. And yet, there is such profuse clarity in flipping our thoughts to reflect back to us their underlying intent—a type of perceptual juxtapositioning—that it feels like suddenly understanding the Zen koan “the sound of one hand clapping,” as when you smack your forehead with recognition of understanding the truth behind the ancient mystery.
What set this post off was that I listened to a short video of Eckhart’s on what it means to go within, https://www.eckharttollenow.com/new-home-video/default.aspx?free=/847159847/ and found that I understood more than what his words were implying, but at the same time, I missed the point of “What it means to be me” other than I am the metaphorical beam of sunlight looking back at the sun.
I get it and yet, I didn’t. Is that the whole point?
To be ME, must be to be confused—sunburned and blinded by the light’s intensity, but still confused.
The confusion part of ME-ness I understand very well.
This must have been a participatory exercise rather than a lecture.