Notes from “The Secret of Life” (2017) by Eckhart Tolle

I am a fan of Eckhart Tolle and have read many of his books, including The Power of NOW, so here are a few notes from this video titled “The Secret of LIFE”. I found that he elaborates on Presence and the concept of being present better here than in other videos I’ve seen from him. The actual YouTube version is listed above if you are interested:

“…There are two dimensions to you—to who you are—one that you are very familiar with—the person—the personal entity with a past and a future, ….including the physical body—the entity of ME—its life situation. That is usually the limit to people’s perceptions of themselves, not realizing that there is a deeper dimension in them that is…the Light of Consciousness—so that any moment you are both a person and you are the Light of lightofconsciousness6.jpgConsciousness that has nothing to do with your person or personal history….when the Light of Consciousness predominates over the personal sense of self, I call that being Present. There is a presence which you cannot touch or see or make into an object of consciousness. ….Because the Presence is an eternal subject not an object to your consciousness. …

“So in any situation—in the NOW—when you can sense the Presence rather than the personal, ….who are you really? Are you the Light of Consciousness seeing others around you without judgment, …or can you only operate as the Person of YOU with your psychological makeup—your sense of limited perception?  How do you feel, ….how do you sense, …the deeper Consciousness itself (of which you are only a minute part)?… At preeentmomentallthis moment (when you are in Presence) your problems have NO reality… you have only Presence. Therefore, you have no problem. …(Only when you start thinking about things do you perceive ‘problems’.  Problems do not exist in Presence. There may be situations and interactions occurring, ..but that is only what they are…situations and interactions occurring around you, …you can observe them in Presence. When you judge them and designate them as deleterious to you, then you make them ‘problems.’)

“The transcendent dimension can be experienced at any time as the simple powerful fact of the Light of Consciousness that you are.  …before the Light of Consciousness turns into a thought.  ..So you transcend your life situation and see your life situation as a timeless self immersed in the Light of Consciousness.  ..So then you can either be present or you can be immersed in your own stuff (that you judge and perceive as problems).

“…You carry the world inside your head with you,…so you cannot escape it. So you must bring the Presence into your daily existence so you can see thru the gaps in your daily life and simply be the Light of Consciousness… simply BE the Presence (without judgment or emotion).   When you are lost in your thoughts, you are lost in an illusory state of existence …unaware of who you really are.  livein now ekWhen you are Present, you can sense the peace of who you are in essence …you are not totally trapped in the personal sense of self.  A simple sense perception can take you out of your (thinking) mind and into your sense of just being.  This is when you can occupy two dimensions simultaneously: the formed and the formless—the personal and the Light of Consciousness itself.

“The fact that you are conscious at this moment is beyond doubt, but anything else could be a dream. …When you can know yourself as that Light of Consciousness (recognizing the illusory matter you call LIFE for the illusion that it is), …it is called self-realizationdeath and die ek

“You are the LIGHT from the projector, ….NOT the projection on the screen,…you are just the light.

“Challenges may distract us from our Presence, ….but then we wake up again to who we really are, …the Light of Consciousness, ..(not the projected image on the screen, ….we are just the Light behind it).

evolution ofconsciousness.jpg“We may experience challenging situations, but we do NOT have to suffer because of them, …because suffering is a choice. Suffering is how we choose to view any situation. Things happen to us, yes, …but SUFFERING because of those situations, is optional.”


“It’s wonderful to see you liberated from your personality.  To simply be your Presence without your rigid thought patterns or beliefs, …that is to be liberated.  And as you awaken there is a freedom in that, even though you may have your own particular characteristics, ….there is a transcendent consciousness that persists through it. That is who you are.”


The Path of NO-Path

My life, and all of ours if we are attentive, is humorously synchronistic where I am constantly reminded to never take myself too seriously.  This morning the Universe presented me with numerous addendums to my previous post—all of which came through some fine “focal points.”

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“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself..” ~Eckhart Tolle



Ramana quote.jpgThe late great Sage Ramana Maharshi proclaimed that the final truth consists of the fact that there is no path, nor any such thing as progress. In other words, Reality is not some sort of attainment to be gained by a progression from state to state.

There is no final, triumphant union to be attained, because there never was any separation from the no-beginning. There is simply the unfathomable expanse of spontaneous presence, pure unborn awareness, regardless of any intermittent mental content which might appear in that sphere of being.

Recognizing the empty nature of both the dreaming as well as the dreamer is consideredRamana M.jpg by the sages to be liberation, though paradoxically, there is nobody being freed or bound. There is simply awakening to that which has always been the case, even as we daydreamed.”

~Bob O’Hearn
The Paradox of Inherent Perfection



“So then, here’s the drama. My metaphysics, let me be perfectly frank with you, are that there is the central Self, you could call it God you could call it anything you like. And its all of us. Its playing all the parts of all beings whatsoever everywhere and anywhere.

Alan Watts.jpgAnd its playing the game of hide and seek with itself. It gets lost, it gets involved in the farthest out adventures but in the end it always wakes up, and comes back to itself. And when you’re ready to wake up, you’re gonna wake up. And if you’re not ready your gonna stay pretending that you’re poor little me.”

Alan Watts – The Way of Waking UP

In Search of Answers

Long ago I felt that I was on the path to a great KNOWINGGandhi—a certainty—a TRUTH, and this truth would be so absolute and clarifying that all falsehoods would fall from the sky around me, shattering like dirty windowpanes on the ground below—enabling me to see that TRUTH unobstructed for the first time.

I thought that when this sudden clarity arose within me (some call it ENLIGHTENMENT) I would KNOW and understand the WHY of it ALL—and I mean the ALL—I would understand the WHY of everything that we could even conceive and of all things presently existing beyond our comprehension that it CAN exist.

My erroneous belief was that this sudden KNOWING would allow me a deeper sense of peace because I would suddenly be aware of the PLAN to all happinessexistence and being. I would SEE the Great Design behind the workings of the world and all creatures in it.

What I did not realize at the time was that I had also assumed that the path of KNOWING was also the path of happiness achieved through understanding all WHYs of the ALL.

At present I no longer believe that such sudden knowing gives one a lasting sense of inner peace. I think it does allow for greater understanding of our mutual, polar experiences of love and hate, of goodness and badness, of happiness and sorrow.

KNOWING the workings of the world and all beings in it does not instantly choose peacecreate peace of mind in anyone still a part of that same world because such peace is a conscious choice that we make every moment of the day or night.

I realized a few years back that I could indeed find the answer within me to any question I might raise by allowing myself to reach a deeper level of silence—that is the level where KNOWING exists. And yes, there is definitely inner peace to be found at that level of KNOWING.

HOWEVER……when I returned back to the world that we all share—where we interact daily and where we are intentionally good or bad to each other in that same shared world, then that illusive sense of peace seemed to dissipate within me like morning mist under a rising sun. It was hard to be peaceful around so much dissonance and anger in the others I was encountering. It was especially inner peace.jpgdifficult when the ones I cared most about were dissonant within themselves.

In other words—when I was in close association with others, I could not hold my energy as highly as the “peaceful-level frequency” required that it be held to sustain my own sense of inner peace while interacting with such dissonance. When my energy level dropped in frequency, my sense of peace seeped away with it.

It doesn’t surprise me that monks or holy people in general isolate themselves to attain and sustain those higher states of being with a deep sense of purposeful silence. That is the easiest way to reach and maintain profound inner peace.peace pull.jpg

The problem is that few of us live in isolation, which requires that we must daily state and live our intention to be at peace within ourselves and to share that same peacefulness with others.

Being at peace is a choice. It is an intention. We can’t expect world peace if we can’t tame ourselves prior to expecting it.

be still.jpgAnger and rage, hatred and fear, are all opposites of where we say that we want to be.

Love, compassion, forgiveness and acceptance are the paths to peaceful coexistence with everyone. And those are choices that we make daily!


No matter the circumstances, choose LOVE. Choose PEACE.MLK.jpg

Those are the only answers that KNOWING will readily provide.


Not sure that I can do this subject justice, but I do have some thoughts on it.

Feeling a sense of higher-purpose for living and imagining a future that draws you eagerly toward it are aspirations that we all share.

Some folks might even be certain that acquiring a good education and having strong career ambitions are one and the same as living purposefully and maintaining an optimistic outlook on future endeavors.

From my point of view now from having done both with education quote from Tolleand career, I know they are not the same as living purposefully and being excited about tomorrow’s unfolding.

I also know now that my present state of beingness is every bit as valid and important to my personal/spiritual evolution as any of the doings that I’ve done in my past, if not more so. Some recent reading material substantiates that belief.

There are two books that I’m slowly wading through, and both are like eating a 5-pound hamburger…you can only get through it by taking one bite at a time and allowing for digestion to do its thing.

One book is Eckhardt Tolle’s The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment; and the other is Dr. David power of nowR. Hawkins’ The EYE of the I, from Which Nothing Is Hidden.

Both authors are said to have achieved enlightenment or what we could refer to as an “enlightened state of consciousness.” And both describe what they experienced and intuited/learned through the mind-expanding experience and the subsequent mind-state following the initial ALL-ness connection.

I’ve certainly invested a lot of pencil-lead in both books; and essentially both say the same thing: It isn’t all the doingness that clears your path to wisdom and unity consciousness (which also equates to success and happiness for spiritual seekers).

It is the beingness—the allowing yourself to simply reconnect to the massive source of energy from which you came—the Source that provides all the answers you desire to every question you could ever conceive.

In other words, the path to enlightenment is NOT a doing path. It is a being path.

The doings that occupy so much of our precious lifetime are simply distractions from finding our true life-purpose and basking in that deep sense of inner happiness. No doubt you can learn a lot from doings, but only being takes you where you truly desire to reach for that sense of inner peace.

eye of II would provide a few appropriate quotes from each to substantiate this point, but Tolle’s entire book is on that very subject of the importance of simply Being; and Hawkins has some great quotes but focuses on tying all awareness into light frequencies and calibrating the consciousness levels between the general masses and the great avatars/teachers who reached that state of extreme expanded awareness. It’s a “numbers” thing with him.

Muscle testing for Hawkins was equivalent to finding the Holy Grail, and is the standard that he used to calibrate all acquired knowledge.5 lb burger challenge

Well, as I mentioned earlier, …lots of reading left to do in both books and I won’t be hungry for some time until after I’ve finished this 5-pound burger on my plate.