“Observe the attachment to your views and opinions. When you become involved in an argument or conflict, watch how defensive you become, and feel the force of your own aggression as you attack another person’s position. Feel the mental-emotional energy behind your need to be right and make the other person wrong, then let go of the force inside you that is fighting for power.” Eckhart Tolle (from A New Earth)
The best laboratory for Tolle Practice is marriage. What Tolle is describing here is the Rip Tide that rises in a relationship that sweeps you out to a sea of anger. You and your partner, instead of both going with the current now you have a rip tide that is going against the other current. You can feel the rip current as “the force of your own aggression.”
When caught in a rip tide, the life guards tell you to swim with it. Don’t fight it for it will exhaust you. So you work with it, but you steer at an angle so you let the power of the rip to carry you out of the current.
When caught in a conflict with your partner, first recognize that you are caught in a rip tide. Second, become aware of the “mental-emotional energy” of the tide that is ripping you out of the current of the Now. Being aware AS the rip tide instead of being aware OF your partner as the rip tide, is flowing with the rip tide so that you use its force to escape its grip.
Hey, this is Judo. You let the power of the rip tide defeat the rip tide. You don’t do anything.
The metaphor of the Rip Tide as Pain-Body is an effective way of getting a. handle on why resisting the Pain body can’t work. When the PB rises, we separate ourselves from it so we can be conscious of it as something, which gives rise to our self as something separate from our self. The One has become Two: me and my pain. All strategies originating from this Original Sin are doomed.
I can see the Genesis of Pain-Body in the Garden of Eden story and the evil from the Garden of Unity. The Original Sin is the shift from unity consciousness to duality consciousness, a necessary evolutional step in consciousness, but not the end stage, so when we are stuck in that duality consciousness that we call our normal consciousness and the only consciousness we are essentially in forced exile. wandering through time looking for our lost unity, our lost home.
Tolle Teaching of the New Earth is the activation of an evolutional leap in consciousness to restore unity, but at the same time, to keep the utility of our dual consciousness so we can catch a bus and make nice tools. Tolle is not a regression to the womb of unity, nor a withdrawal from the duality of the world, but a creative leap to a new consciousness that uses the pain of duality as fuel for the flame of an integrating consciousness, a dynamic creative consciousness that rests on no form or belief.
The new Buddhism in the West, in America, is not withdrawal to a monastery, but becoming a monastic while being a householders, while swimming in the polluted water of materialism, since that’s the only water there is to swim in now. This is the Teaching of the HamSa, the white swan (a mythical bird) that is able to draw the milk from the world mixture of water and milk. Tolle draws unity from the mix of duality. Tolle finds wholeness in fragmentation while you are experiencing the pain of fragmentation. You can’t swim unless you are wet.
The new paradigm is that of a wheel were all spokes find unity in the axis, which make your wheel of life move. When we are off center, our wheel spins in the mud. The Western paradigm is that we are all on the rim of the wheel, just another thing among infinite things, but there is no center of I AM in this map because the ME on the rim is known as something, a thing that exists in time.
But center of the New Wheel, the “new Earth” is empty, just as the hub of a wheel is empty. When it is empty, you can slip the axil of Intention into that hole, and your wagon begins to move, but only when you are empty of ME. When that Ego empties, there is a spontaneous shift to the center of the world wheel. You are the world and the world is you. You are at the center now, like when on a GPS navigator. Now the world (map) boots around you.
And yet, one is still on the rim so you can catch a bus.