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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Action Thursday - The Power of Now - Pursuing External Goals in the State of Wholeness


For our Action Thursday, we'll take a look at another excerpt taken from Eckhart Tolle's book The Power of Now - A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. It discusses how even as we're in the state of wholeness we can be willing and able to pursue external goals while living in the Power of Now.

"Of course, but you will not have illusory expectations that anything or anybody in the future will save you or make you happy. As far as your life situation is concerned, there may be things to be attained or acquired. That's the world of form, of gain and loss. Yet on a deeper level you are already complete, and when you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.

Being free of psychological time, you no longer pursue your goals with grim determination, driven by fear, anger, discontent, or the need to become someone. Nor will you remain inactive through fear of failure, which to the ego is loss of self.

When your deeper sense of self is derived from Being, when you are free of "becoming" as a psychological need, neither your happiness nor your sense of self depends on the outcome, and so there is freedom from fear. You don't seek permanency where it cannot be found; in the world of form, of gain and loss, birth and death. You don't demand that situations, conditions, places, or people should make you happy, and then suffer when they don't live up to your expectations.

Everything is honored, but nothing matters. Forms are born and die, yet you are aware of the eternal underneath the forms. You know that "nothing real can be threatened."

When this is your state of Being, how can you not succeed? You have succeeded already."

To discover how you can use The Power of Now to overcome many of the daily struggles faced by mentally living in the past and in the future instead of Now (the present), click to learn more The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.


2 comments:

  1. Most of us suffer from psychological timing(hoping that the future would put an end to one's misery). Self reorientation is an important driving force towards the total elimination of this 'psychological timing'. Thanks Alicia, that was a reawakening post. Vic

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  2. So true Vic. And the thing is most do not recognize it. Thanks for sharing.

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