Eckhart Tolle on Meditation to Rise Above Your Thoughts

Your mind is but an instrument, a tool.  You are not the body, you are not the mind.  You are beyond both.  Empirical research suggests that most of our thinking is repetitive and useless, and quite often negative.  If you take some time out to observe your mind, you will find this to be true.  And harmful for you.

Whenever you lack the choice to stop doing something, it is an addiction.  Compulsive thinking is an addiction.  Your thoughts control you – not the other way around.  It seems to be stronger than you, which just cannot be true.  We need to gain that strength to manage our thoughts and avoid compulsive thinking.  We derive our sense of self from the content and activity of our mind, which is why we are addicted to compulsive thinking. We innately believe that existence is characterized by thinking and that we would cease to exist if we stopped thinking.  You know this is not true.

It is quite obvious and you have probably read this a thousand times that the present moment holds the key to liberation. But how can you be in the present moment if you think your thoughts are you.  Especially when thinking is predominantly associated with either the past (pain) or the future (anxiety)?

Of course we have to use our mind to analyse, choose, discriminate, solve problems and make decisions.  Of course we wouldnt mind learning to think in a more focused manner without losing our mind.  The gift of thought is the most precious thing we have. But should they be random?  Shouldnt you think what you wish to think and not become what you think?

The other myth is that we believe consciousness is thought.  Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.

The only way to rise above your thoughts is to meditate.  Do you know of any other way? 

Even the great scientists like Einstein have reported that their creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude. The surprising result of a nation-wide inquiry among America’s most eminent mathematicians, including Einstein, to find out their working methods, was that thinking “plays only a subordinate part in the brief, decisive phase of the creative act itself.”

There is absolutely no doubt that there is an intelligence at work that is far greater than the mind. How can a single human cell measuring 1/1,000 of an inch across contain instructions within its DNA that would fill 1,000 books of 600 pages each? The more we learn about the workings of the body, the more we realize just how vast is the intelligence at work within it and how little we know. When the mind reconnects with that, it becomes a most wonderful tool. It then serves something greater than itself.

The only manner in which the mind can connect with that intelligence is through the subconscious.  The subconscious is 30,000 times more powerful than your conscious mind.  Nirmiti Nidra is an easy, effortless way to connect with your subconscious mind.  Thereafter, an entire world of opportunity opens up for you – not overnight – but over time.

Here is what Eckhart Tolle, the most spiritually influential person in the world has to say about meditation and connecting with your subconscious mind.   

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