This morning’s ET quote: “There is no such thing as “my life,: and I don’t have a life. I am life. I and life are one. It cannot be otherwise. So how could I lose my life? How could I lose something that I don’t have in the first place? How could I lose something that I AM? It is impossible.”
To understand Tolle’s point there must be a shift from Objective to Subjective view. One must shift perspective from being on the outside of life to being on the inside of life, as life. One must drop the grip of our grammar and it’s Subject/Verb/Object equation that makes us think that we are nouns doing or having other nouns. One must move from science to poetry, from fact to metaphor.
Where do we put the stable leg of the compass? We can put it in the center of the circle or on the circumference of the circle. Do we perceive the world as object from the viewpoint that is. outside of all objects? This is the dominance world view of materialism and science. Everything is something, including the observer, who, BTW, is not included in the observed somethings.
But what happened when the grounded leg of the compass is in the center of reality as the Eye of all that is seen, the center of the cosmos even. When this shift happens suddenly, unexpectedly, your life is irrevocably changed. It would be like seeing the world with a flashlight, one object at at time, and for a moment the light is flipped on and you see everything as the light, then you go back to looking around the world with your flashlight again.
With the flashlight you looking at life, possessing and rejecting objects. When the full light comes on, you are the light, you are life. Wherever you look, you are there being observed by you.