“Meditations on Eckhart Tolle” quote: “True change happens within, not without. Find the Now within. Everybody you come in contact with will be touched by your presence and affected by the peace that you emanate, whether they are conscious of it or not.”
The pressure or tension is actually your desire to achieve release from pressure and tension. We feel the tension, the contraction, and quite naturally want to get rid of it because, somehow, we know there is peace, freedom from contraction. Ah….I’m satisfied.
The cause of this tension must be somewhere, either in the world or in me, so how can I get rid of it…in time..How long will it take? What are the means to this end?
Wrong question. The question is being asked from within time, from within the material world, from being a thing in time…This contraction is really a grasping, a holding onto something….what? This grasping tension is my sense of self as something separate from experience. I experience this contraction as if it were separate from me. But the feeling of contraction is actually the feeling of the separation that perceives the contraction as being something I should not have, that I can get rid of. How can I get rid of me?
We have a fence here with I on one side and IT on the other. The IT is the contraction and the I imagines itself without this IT, so it asks how to get rid of IT. This I-IT is the contraction or division, this grasping at being ONE by creating division. We try to heal ourselves by wounding ourselves.
What to do? Relax. Open the fist of thought. Don’t do anything. Release by noticing any effort being made to change, to improve. Noticing effort, without judgment, is releasing effort or grasping. Instead of trying to go forward in time, one goes backwards to Now, by releasing time, by releasing future. All effort is future pointing.
The Happy You is always already Now just as you are before or prior to the wound of I-IT that separates the means from the end. When you are just Here, the means and the end are One….but you can still catch a bus if you need to.
This is the Fence Experience, of being both sides at once.