Excerpt from the book ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle (chapter 1).
For example, an attack thought or a hostile thought will create a build-up of energy in the body that we call anger .The body is getting ready to fight .The thought that you are being threatened, physically or psychologically, causes the physical side of what we call fear.
It wants to take you over, and it usually succeeds-unless there is enough presence in you. If you are pulled in to unconscious identification with the emotion through lack of presence, which is normal, the emotion temporarily become “you.” Thinking and the emotion: they feed each other.
By dwelling mentally on the situation, event, or person that is the perceived cause of the emotion, which in turn energizes the thought pattern, and so on.
In fact, the harder the mind struggles to get rid of the pain, the grater the pain. The mind can never find the solution, nor can it afford to allow you to fond the solution, because it is itself an intrinsic part of “problem.”
Such gaps happen rarely and only accidentally, in moments when the mind is rendered “speechless,” sometime triggered by great beauty, extreme physical exertion, or even great danger. Suddenly there is inner stillness. And within that stillness there is a subtle but intense joy, there is love there is peace.
But they are not what I call emotion .they lie beyond the emotion, on a much deeper level. Feel “disturbance.”
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within. The very thing that gives you pleasure today will give you pain tomorrow, or it will leave you, so its absence will gives you pain. And what is often referred to as love may be pleasurable and exciting for a while, but it is an addictive clinging an extremely needy condition that can turn into its opposite at the flick of a switch. Many “love” relationships, after the initial euphoria has passed, actually oscillate between “love” and hate, attraction and attack.
It may then seem that you had something very precious and lost it, or your mind may convince you that it was all an illusion anyway. The truth is that.it wasn’t an illusion and you cannot lose it. It is part of natural state, which can be obscured but can never be by destroyed by the mind. Even when the sky is heavily overcast, the sun hasn’t disappeared. It’s still there on the other side of the clouds.
All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of being.
In that state, even my desire to become free enlightened is just another craving for fulfillment or completion in the future. So don’t seek to become free of desire or “achieve” enlightenment. Become present. Be there as the observer of the mind. Instead of quoting the Buddha, be the Buddha, be “the awakened one,” Which is what the word Buddha means.
And every pleasure or emotional high contains within itself the seed of pain: its inseparable opposite, which will manifest in time. Drugs negative and the positive polarities are faces of the same coin.
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