“Should a situation arise that you need to deal with, your action will be clear and incisive—and more likely to be effective—if it arises out of present moment awareness. It will not be a reaction coming from the past conditioning of your mind but from an intuitive response to the situation.” Eckhart Tolle
Okay, lets apply this Tolle to our practice, which is our life. A life of Practice is a live in which you welcome problems and difficult situations in which you. don’t feel you have a choice or a clear idea of what to do or say or how to act. Instead of avoiding, denying, or trying to bull doze through these situations, we welcome them as the opportunities, the gifts of grace, if you will, where we can actually apply Tolle to our everyday lives.
Our practice is recognize when the opportunity for practice rises. We don’t practice when we don’t recognize that we are reacting to a situation with our habitual conditioning or from the known, which is the past. That is the first step. Here is my practice, right here, right now. Having recognized that this situation is my Dharma gate, or opening to my truth, I pause and ask with heartfelt ignorance: What is the Truth here?
This stops habitual reactive thinking and behavior, and opens your door to the unknown. You invite the truth, the creative response to the situation. And you don’t know what that response is going to be because it is creative, or what Tolle called intuitive.
But the key is that the gate won’t open unless you sincerely don’t know what the Truth is in this situation. If you try to fool the Gate by pretending you don’t know, it won’t open. There is no means or path to opening the Gate of Truth.