How popular is the teaching of Eckhart toll

All our happiness lies in the present moment. Eckhart Tolle represents a doctrine without rules and dogmas and enjoys great popularity. His books are bestsellers, and his lectures are always booked out in advance. What makes this great cult?

"There is no Buddha and no Jesus, just the consciousness that shines through some people and sometimes takes the form of words," explains Eckhart Tolle. And sometimes, he muses, someone has become translucent enough that they have become completely insignificant as a person.

The well-known book author and seminar leader does not announce a certain religion or belief. Instead, in his world, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian and mystical elements peacefully join hands and join in the tone that is their own, the tone of the All-One, of being behind the veil of illusions. Faith is not a spiritual quality for him. "Every belief is a structure of thought," he emphasizes, and is only a matter of the mind, an attachment to form. For him, spirituality is the formless dimension in people, pure consciousness.

Great statements are so simple and clear that it is always astonishing how one can speak of that profound truth on which all spiritual teachings are based. And yet this truth is actually not at all complicated or only attainable through practice. It is what is always there, beyond all thoughts: the eternal now, the silence. The impulse to achieve already overshoots the goal, since achievement always lies in the future, which according to Tolle is only a thought form.

That is why his formula is: Be perfect in the here and now! Presence interrupts the uninterrupted stream of thoughts of the mind that obscures our true selves - a self that knows no dualism, no separation into opposites. "You are not your mind," stresses Tolle again and again. We are much more than that. We are the infinite moment that knows nothing but being. We are the sea, not just the wave.

To be completely in the here and now sounds easy. But in practice you can quickly see how much our mind has taken command. All too often, through the constant chatter of our inner voice, we all too often miss the present moment. No matter what our life situation looks like, noticing the thought film in our head leads straight to an aha experience.

“The situation is what it is. Your thoughts on it turn them into something negative or positive, ”says Tolle. The mind itself is not the problem, but our identification with it. If we only consciously observe what is going on without judging and evaluating, then we have overridden this identification. If, on the other hand, we identify with our thoughts and feelings, resistance and often illness arise. Surrendering to the moment, accepting the circumstances is the first step. An effective method that Tolle recommends to get into the present is to “feel your inner body”. You focus your attention entirely on the body and feel its energies. “The more I am aware of the inner body, the less I think,” he says.

Originally, Eckhart Tolle fared no differently than many of us. He spent the first thirteen years of his life in Germany. He then went to Spain for some time, later moved to England, where he studied at the University of London and finally worked at Cambridge University. Outwardly a successful life story. But inside Eckhart Tolle it looked very different. He writes that up to the age of 29, feelings of fear and depression dominated his everyday life.

One night he felt so dominated by his negative thoughts that he "no longer wanted to live with himself." And it was precisely this peculiar thought that opened his consciousness. He realized how divided our “selves” are. The foundation stone for his teaching was laid. That night Tolle experienced a complete transformation. Something happened to him that he couldn't explain to himself at the time, but which he recognized as an enlightenment in retrospect: an infinite peace had settled in him, a calm and serenity that have not left him to this day.

Eckhart Tolle says that the so-called pain body was particularly pronounced in him. This is basically the sum of our accumulated pain experiences. This invisible negative field occupies our body and mind almost like a separate entity. Since the pain body wants to survive, it always uses tricks to get new "food". And for him food is suffering in the form of depression, drama, arguments and even illness. Once active, the pain body will do everything in its power to either create or suffer suffering.

But according to Tolle, the pain body is “afraid of the light of our awareness”. It shrinks the moment we look directly at it consciously. Nevertheless, suffering also has a completely different meaning for Tolle: awakening itself. "Every person has a spiritual teacher and that is called suffering," he emphasizes. Suffering is caused by the ego, the mind, but paradoxically, it ultimately also destroys the ego when we give up identification with suffering. "And the nice thing about a spiritual teaching is that it accelerates this process in which people no longer need suffering as a spiritual teacher," adds Tolle.

Whether you experience Eckhart Tolle live, hear his voice on CD or read in his books, you always experience this relief, this joy. You come to yourself, become calm and take part in this miracle of the now. He himself thinks that it is not the words that are important, but the silence. That's why his fans keep reading his books. “By reading you enter the state of awareness of the present,” explains Tolle. Because the words also work on an energetic level: "If someone opens the book and the inner openness is there, it can have the effect that it evokes the same state of consciousness in the reader from which the book was written."

And Eckhart Tolle always writes and speaks out of silence. So he keeps his lectures completely free, without a concept and with a pinch of this fine English humor and in the end gets thunderous applause and standing ovations. No wonder, Tolle lets us participate in his lightness of being!

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