Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The Eternal Ever-present One Life

There is an eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.... It is your very presence, and it is immediately accessible to you as the feeling of your own presence.
This Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form in its innermost and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don't seek to grasp it with your mind. Don't try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still. When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in the state of 'feeling-realization' is enlightenment. The work "enlightenment" conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness of Being... It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.
- Eckhart Tolle, from Practicing the Power of Now, posted to SufiMystic

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