“All negativity is caused by denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Presence is the reality that dissolves the illusion of the past and the future.” Eckhart Tolle (from A New Earth)
This “turning away” is defined in Buddhism as Ignorance and in Christianity as “original sin.” One turns away from one’s true nature of God. But in religion God is the absolute Other, so one can’t turn towards the Other except through a mediator, so you need a savior. In Buddhism God is not the absolute Other, so you don’t need a mediator or savior. You are your true Nature (called Buddha Nature) or God Nature. Tolle bypasses the dysfunction of language and religion by calling True Nature Present Moment or Presence.
God is the All that has no second. Well, religion likes that, but then that negates the idea that God is absolute other and one needs a mediator. The Now or Present Moment Is the All that has no second. However, through the mind’s lens of time and thought, we create the illusion of future and we turn towards that tomorrow instead of our All that is Now.
As we slowly turn towards the Presence of Being through Tolle Practice, the heat of Now clears away the fog of future, along with the idea of God and a self that lives only in time.