What I Call the Eckhart Tolle Moment: Accessing the Pure Here and Now Moment Through Getting Present to OurSelves
Sometimes the introduction of a book is equally as powerful as the content of the book itself. Eckhart Tolle’s introduction in his book The Power of Now is one of those for me. I love when the author tells the story of how the book came to be because it’s vulnerable and allows us to connect with the author in a real and deeply spiritual way. The first time I read this introduction, I was wowed. Tolle had experienced the very thing I sought. Still, I realized I would have to find my own way to it since we are all unique and have written our own indigenous path.
In this introduction Tolle tells his story of how he suffered from bouts of several and often suicidal depression for many years and on one certain night was finally liberated from suffering through a vast opening of consciousness to the here and now.
I read this introduction many times through the years. I thought about it often. I wished for it to happen to me. I told people about it and to my surprise found that most people who had read the book did not even recall this story. Can you get how turned on by this happening I was? I wanted to be free of the suffering in my life, free of my ego mind, free of anxiety and depression, free of conflict and torment, free of victimhood, all of which was created by myself and which I have only recently been able to fully and profoundly understand, accept and take responsibility for.
I knew my periods of depression were not severe enough to force the kind of event Tolle experienced. I knew I was going to come to the profound realization of the herenow as Osho calls it in some other way. I desired it for years, but it’s something you can’t force. You can’t make it happen. You just have to go on living your best and know the moment will come if you desire it.
So my moment was not as profound as Tolle’s (or was it?). I was actively and gently directing my mind back to the herenow when I noticed it straying to the completed past or anticipated future. And I had an ah-ha! moment one day. Yes, I was diving into the moment but was there something even more there? I felt there was. And it was me. It was my pure Self. That’s what and who I was finding power in zeroing in on—my beautiful pure radiant unlimited ever-present Self.
When we go there to get present to and acquainted with our vast divine Selves in any simple moment of the day, it can be awe-inspiring. It can sometimes even be a little bit scary so majestic, so unlimited are you and I.
When we touch this place and this being who dwells within us as us, we’ll find our breathing spontaneously and organically slows and deepens. We get naturally present to the herenow. We begin to feel the vastness of our Selves. We can feel the quantum zero point between mind and matter where health and vitality is totally possible and can be effected in all aspects of our beings including the physical.
And then, having touched this Self in the herenow, and continuing to touch it even outside of times of meditation but in ordinary moments throughout the day, we become acquainted with the true meaning of being “wrapped up in ourselves.” We allow ourselves to be embraced, even wrapped up in our divine Selves and we more and more allow our true Self to take the helm.
What’s more we then get to share our Selves with the world much more frequently and much more elegantly which actually is our whole reason for living.
I may not have had the gut wrenching experience Tolle had that led him to such higher consciousness. Mine was more incremental and I’m sure I wrote it this way knowing myself and my nature and what works best for me.
I’m not saying I’ve arrived and I’m not at all comparing myself to Eckhart Tolle or anyone. I merely share that we can all access that zero point of quantum higher consciousness as long as we desire it. Through that desire, it will come to us and so will relief and liberation from suffering.
We’ve all heard that phrase, “born again.” This is actually and truly how we become born again.