Ah the irony of Tolle. Look carefully: if you have a spiritual search that is Ego. Hah! All spiritual search is a disguised from of Ego that masked tension. Searching for completion in the future is the Ego. But it’s a perfect trap because one must search for that which cannot be found until the fruit you are seeking drops unexpectedly in your lap. What you are seeking will always be a surprise, and the surprise is You.
“Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that continuously pass away. Eckhart Tolle (from The Power of Now)
All is impermanent, all is transient, all is change. There is no fixed self or thing. We are all verbs, not nouns. This changes everything. There is therefore nothing to gain and nothing to hold. All is sand through my fingers, waters through sieve. The Seeing of this is my home on the crest of change. The realization of this, just this, is my surf board on the wave of life. One thought of clinging, one thought of gaining…I wipe out.
“When you are present, when your attention is fully in the Now, Presence will flow into and transform what you do. There will be a quality and power in it. You are present when what you are doing is not primarily a means to an end (money, prestige, winning) but fulfilling in itself, when there is joy and aliveness in what you do.”Eckhart Tolle (from The Power of Now)
There are many metaphors for striking oil or finding the treasure. Presence will flow into what you are doing, joy, aliveness, quality and power. WOW! Don’t we all want that. The Holy Grail, so to speak. Basketball players call it being in the zone, a magical place where you can do no wrong. Everything works effortlessly. Effortless action seems to be the common theme here. The action seems to be doing you.
The million dollar question is how one discovers this treasure. What are the means to this end. And why do I want this end? Money, prestige, winning? Why do I want the treasure. Effortless action is when the means are not separated from the end. The end IS the means; the means is the end. Unity in your life is restored. You have dropped out of time where the means (the Now) and the end (the future) are separated. Present means having no future.