12 Profound Quotes from Eckhart Tolle to Help Awaken Your True Self

Spirituality and Our True Nature

1. “What is arising now is not a new belief system, a new religion, spiritual ideology, or mythology. At the heart of the new consciousness lies the transcendence of thought, the newfound ability of rising above thought, of realizing a dimension within yourself that is infinitely more vast than thought. You then no longer derive your identity, your sense of who you are, from the incessant stream of thinking that in the old consciousness you take to be yourself. What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that. The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought – or the emotion – or the sense perception – happens.”

-from “A New Earth”

Truth vs. Illusion

2. “There is only one absolute truth, and all other truths emanate from it. When you find that Truth, your actions will be in alignment with it. Human action can reflect truth, or it can reflect illusion. Can the Truth be put into words? Yes, but the words are, of course, not it. They only point to it.”

-from “A New Earth”

The Ego

3. “All the misery on the planet arises due to a personalized sense of “me” or “us.” That covers up the essence of who you are. When you are unaware of that inner essence, in the end you always create misery. It’s as simple as that. When you don’t know who you are, you create a mind-made self (the ego) as a substitute for your beautiful divine being and cling to that fearful and needy self. Protecting and enhancing that false self (the ego) then becomes your primary motivating force.”

-from “Stillness Speaks”

4. “Complaining and reactivity are favorite mind patterns through which the ego strengthens itself. For many people, a large part of their mental-emotional activity, consists of complaining and reacting against this or that. By doing this, you make others or a situation “wrong” and yourself “right.” Through being “right,” you feel superior, and through feeling superior, you strengthen the illusion of ego. Can you observe those patterns within yourself and recognize the complaining voice in your head for what it is?”

-from “Stillness Speaks”

5. “Since the ego is a derived sense of self, it needs to identify with external things. It needs to be both defended and fed constantly. The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. NONE OF THESE IS YOU.”

-from “The Power of Now”

Unconscious Drive Behind the Ego:

6. -“The need to stand out, be special, be in control; the need for power, for attention, for more.

-Need to feel a sense of separation; need for opposition, enemies.

-Always a hidden agenda, always a sense of ‘not enough yet,’ of insufficiency and lack that needs to be filled.

-The underlying emotion that governs all the activity of the ego is fear. The fear of being nobody, the fear of nonexistence, the fear of death.

-All of its activities are ultimately made to eliminate this fear, but the most the ego can ever do is to cover it up temporarily with an intimate relationship, a new possession, or winning at this or that. Illusion will never satisfy you. ONLY THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE, IF REALIZED, WILL SET YOU FREE.”

-from “A New Earth”

Labels

7. “The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you. In this way, cleverness may be gained, but wisdom is lost, and so are joy, love, creativity, and aliveness.”

-from “A New Earth”

8. “Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much.”

-from “A New Earth”

Recognizing Your Egoic Patterns in Others

9. “The particular egoic patterns that you react to most strongly in others and misperceive as their identity tend to be the same patterns that are also in you but that you are unable or unwilling to detect within yourself. In that sense, you have much to learn from your enemies. What is it in them that you find most upsetting and most disturbing? Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you. But it is no more than a form of ego and as such, it is completely impersonal.”

-from “A New Earth”

The Mind

10. “Once you recognize the root of unconsciousness as identification with the mind, you step out of it. You become PRESENT. The mind in itself is NOT dysfunctional. It is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek yourself in it and mistake it for who you are. It then becomes the EGOIC mind and takes over your whole life.”

-from “The Power of Now”

Pain and Sorrow

11. “The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life. The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it. In other words, the more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer. Or you may put it like this: the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering – and free of the egoic mind.”

-from “The Power of Now”

What is Spiritual Realization?

12. “It 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 of those things that continuously pass away. What remains is the light of consciousness in which perceptions, experiences, thoughts, and feelings come and go. That is Being, that is the deeper, true I. When I know myself as that, whatever happens in my life is no longer of absolute but only of relative importance. I honor it, but it looses it’s absolute seriousness, it’s heaviness. The only thing that ultimately matters is this:

-Can I sense my essential Beingness, the I AM, in the background of my life at all times?

-Can I sense the I AM that I am at this moment?

-Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness itself?

-Or am I loosing myself in what happens, loosing myself in the mind, in the world?”

-from “A New Earth”

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