Eckhart Tolle raises a huge question, “Is humanity ready for a transformation of consciousness?”
Are you able to become aware that there is more than what you see and think there is? Can you be able to be okay with all parts of the whole – both good and bad? Are you looking for a deeper meaning of happiness and fulfillment?
The first step to becoming more conscious is understanding the different types of conversation in your mind. You might see a direct correlation with the thoughts you have to the results of your life. When you become aware of things you don’t like about yourself or your life you must be willing to be responsible for them.
“To recognize one’s own insanity is of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.”
Try to understand your “dark side” (or in Eckhart’s words “insantiy”).
What is your dark side? Those weird habits, those things you don’t want anybody to know about (e.g., how your pick your ear wax when nobody is looking). Are you okay with the parts of yourself that people don’t know and cannot see? Can you examine your thoughts wrapped around the truth you don’t want to admit to yourself or others? Are you truly okay and at peace with these parts of yourself?
When you begin to recognize the chatter in your mind, you then can start to break through limiting thought patterns. Get intimate with those annoying demons in your head and put up a fight. Make love instead of war with them. Get to know what the different voices sound like in your head. The voice that strives for power, the voice that’s afraid and wants to protect you from harm, the voice of desire to be great. What does the devil who wants you to fail sound like? How can you tell it to “Shut the heck up!”?
Begin to understand your ego based thoughts – fear, greed and the desire for power bring “a distortion in your perception of other people and yourself. Through them, you misinterpret every situation, leading to misguided action…”
If you’re motivated by fearful thoughts and take action based on a thought coated with fear, most likely the results will be something that you’re afraid of (e.g., failure). If your motivation has a good intention attached to the thought and a does not have an attachment to the outcome, I will move to a place of acceptance and joy in the experience.
When you understand your motive (fear, greed or desire), you can then release it. Allow yourself to detach from this motivation and move into a place of receptive stillness for growth. From here you can begin to understand and interpret information which can give you an opportunity for expansion beyond your original thought.
Being present to the moment is having healthy motivation and no attachment (thoughts like “this better work out or else…”) to the outcome.
“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you and allowing that goodness to emerge.”
This can happen when you examine your inner reality. It’s already there within you, you just have to quiet the ego, rise above thought and listen.