“Meditations on Eckhart Tolle” quote for a Saturday starter: “If you are content with being nobody in particular, content no to stand out, you align yourself with the power of the. universe. What looks like weakness to the ego is in fat the only true strength. This spiritual truth is diametrically opposed to the values of our contemporary culture and the way it conditions people to behave.”
Content means being okay with what is happening, not objectively but subjectively in the First Person. You know you are Okay, even though things to not appear to be Okay. When you stand in your fundamental Okayness, what you do in the world (and we can’t stop doing or being in the world) shifts from reaction to response. Reaction comes from the fear of being nobody, of not being the Choose, of not being in control. We associate being in control with being somebody. When conditions challenge our stability as someone in control, we react. Our defense mechanism rise and attack.
When you are still and silent, you are nobody. When you don’t know what do to (which is respond) don’t react. Don’t do anything. You can say, I don’t know Who I AM. However, when you respond to a situation, you are not somebody who responds, you are just the response. When you react, you are somebody who reacts. No body responds; somebody reacts.
When no body responds (and response is always spontaneous and unplanned), the Universe or Life itself is responding. Response is suffered action and unites; reaction is divisive and always hurts somebody.
When you don’t know what do to, like when you are caught on the horns of a dilemma, don’t do anything, and that means internally as well as externally. The primary non-action is internally. When you don’t know what to do, don’t let Thought be the first responder. Be awake, aware, and curious….you can rest in not-doing. When you know what to do, you just do it. Knowing and doing are One when you are nobody.
But arriving at this level of being in the world requires the vow to practice disconnection from the urge to react. The rocket requires stages; it can’t just jump the stages and go from ground to space without disconnecting from the boosters. The Booster that kicks you to the next level is surrender.
I liked where this talk went myself. I never know how they are going to go or where they end up. That’s why I keep doing them. I discover myself in my talk, just as I discover myself in my FB writing. I don’t know who I am until I do it, and it is in the doing that I know who I am…but…but…there is no doer. There is no body doing anything when I am in this mode. If I know who I was, then I would know what I was going to do. I would be a plan designed to enhance my being a somebody. I would be calculated. Clever, perhaps, but not spontaneous. Theres a difference.
There is risk in just Doing It. And Just Doing IT comes only after many years of practice. You can’t leap from living a calculated life to living a free creative life in one leap…there are stages of deconstructing the identification with being somebody. Letting go of the need to be somebody cannot be the calculation of somebody. Somebody cannot stop being somebody.
It takes years of dying to being somebody so you can be no body.