May 2012 Walking update ~ Eckhart Tolle and the Power of Now

By the time I could no longer deny my diagnoses of multiple sclerosis I had already read the “Power of Now” by Eckhart Toole however it wasn’t until almost ten years later that had the opportunity to really internalize his teachings.

I humbly tell you that a gift that I have been given through this MS experience is spiritual enlightenment.  I have learned to surrender to the Now and I have honestly found Joy.

“Worldview” is a set of beliefs about the universe and the nature of reality. I am a Christian to the core and I know that eternal truth is eternal truth, no matter what package it’s in.  When we study the Divine, we are embarking on a sacred adventure whether it be by studying the Metaphysical, Christian, Buddhist, Hinduism or Asian beliefs.

The Glory of God is intelligence, and recognizing the Divine in our lives leads to a spiritual awakening.

Eckhart Tolle teaches us about the pursuit of spirituality, character, and intelligence.  I took notes from his book almost three years ago and I honestly don’t remember if the information written here is in Eckhart’s words or mine.

As we study and learn, Spiritual Awakening or Inner Calm may be the result.

Open inquiry and pursuit of truth is what we’re after and when we honestly study, we will find it. There is a fabulous Power of Now.

I don’t claim to have gotten anywhere near the depth of soul that the sage Ekhart Tolle is but I do understand that it all starts with becoming a master observer of ourselves, like a mouse in our pocket.

As we continue to study and practice quieting our minds, Eckhart says we will be shown how to free ourselves from the enslavement of the mind. Toole explains there is “intense conscience presence in the now.”

It’s common to have an inability to stop thinking.  Eckhart talks about this inability as an addiction, an inability to stop.  We attach so much value in thinking, our esteem is connected to it.

The greater part of human pain is non-acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is.

On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment.  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.

Tolle teaches that “The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it.”

Observe pain and that transmutes it.  Just like St. Paul said, “Everything is shown by being exposed.”

The more you accept your thoughts as the truth, the more pain you may be subjecting yourself to.

Learn more about what Eckhart Tolle teaches buy reading his books that can be purchased at Amazon right here: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Are you familiar with Eckhart Tolle? Have you learned from his great teaching? Just reviewing these notes reminds me that it’s time to read The Power of Now again!


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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