Consciousness: The way out of Pain

Excerpt from the book ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle (chapter 2).


The pain that you create now is always some form of noacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. 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. The mind always seeks to deny the now and to escape from it.


Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now?  Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.


The oak tree or the eagle would be bemused by such question. “What time?” they would ask. “Well, of course, it’s now. The time is now. What else is there?”

The mind, to ensure that it remains in control, seeks continuously to cover to cover up the present movement with past and future, an increasingly heavy burden of time has been accumulating in the human mind.


How to stop creating time? Realize deeply that the present movement is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Whereas before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the now, have your dwelling place in the now and pay brief visits to past future when required to deal with the practical aspects of your life situation.  Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already? What could be more instance than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life –and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.


The present movement is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant, or awful. It is as it is. Observe how the mind labels it and how this labels it and how this labeling process, this continuous sitting in judgment, creates pain and unhappiness. By watching the mechanics of the mind, you step out of its resistance patterns and you can then allow the present moment to be.


Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it not against it.