What are YOU putting into YOUR head?
A long time ago I realized the power of what we put into our brains. You know why? What goes in, comes out. For instance, if you spend all your time gossiping & listening to others complain, say at work and at home with your family… that truly is all you will know, all you will do. Gossip & complain. Sound familiar? Know people like that? I sure do.
What about people who fill their minds with the anger & hatred & violence of certain genres of music & also graphic video games & movies? Think those people are more likely to commit acts of anger & violence… to care a lot less about their planet & their fellow humankind? You bet!
So I decided WAAAAAY back to fill my mind with positive, uplifting material. I actually rarely even listen to the radio. I always have a good audio book playing while driving, or I’m found listening to my mp3 player filled with positive music & messages. At home on my downtime I can be seen reading… nearly always non-fiction, self-empowerment type stuff.
Eckhart Tolle is a grand example. If you’ve never heard him speak… go here: Youtube & check him out. Listening to an audio book of his is a hypnotic experience in itself. I am a HUGE fan. My favorite book so far is, A New Earth. I thought I might share a few “hotpoints” from this book here:
- STORY vs. FACTS. Here’s an example: A young man has been left by his girlfriend. His story suddenly is: “She left me, my life is over!” The fact of the matter is: “I have just experienced a big life change.” The situation is neutral, if you learn to become the observer of the circumstances in your life. Don’t BE your thoughts & emotions; be the AWARENESS behind them.
- IDENTITY vs. ROLES. We often believe we are defined by what we do. For instance, someone says: “So tell me about you.” You reply, “Well, I’m a father, a boss, a little league coach…” When in fact, those are simply the roles we play in life. Who we are, our identity, actually has nothing to do with such things. When we define ourselves by our roles, we are in EGO. As Eckhart so beautifully puts it: “Isn’t it enough just that YOU ARE. Let go of the belief that you should or need to know who you are. This is where peace comes from.” ♥
- Find the balance between Human and Being (human being). Human: our functions, roles, achievements, possessions, etc. The FORM. Being: the still, alert presence of consciousness itself. The FORMLESS. Find the balance between the two, they are interwoven.
- Happiness is a choice. It is simply a role to play. But we must choose it, consciously. Each day, even. Unhappiness, as Eckhart phrases it, “is an ego-created mental/emotional disease, the internal pollution of our planet.” The conditions in & of themselves are not dreadful; they simply are. It is our reaction to them–or our inner resistance to them–that is ‘dreadful’.” As Shakespeare so eloquently points out: “There is nothing either good or bad. But thinking makes it so.”
I hope you have enjoyed these little “snippets” from Eckhart Tolle’s classic, A New Earth. If so, please feel free to share my blog. You may also check out my new web venture here at: www.ManifestingLife.info.
Until next time… Bright Blessings!!