Saturday, January 30, 2010

On Acceptance

"Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can't argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer." - Page 184 (Eckhart Tolle "A New Earth")

Acceptance is this allowing of all things, people and situations, including those one has a personal dislike or aversion to. It is also letting go of the attachment to more pleasing emotional state along with everything the self is identified with or invested in... in short, freedom from wanting and having by simply letting it all go. In letting go of what is inessential, including any resistance to the present moment, there is full acceptance of what is now.

"There is the dream, and there is the dreamer of the dream. The dream is a short-lived play of forms. It is the world – relatively real but not absolutely real. Then there is the dreamer, the absolute reality in which the forms come and go. The dreamer is not the person. The person is part of the dream. The dreamer is the substratum in which the dream appears, that which makes the dream possible. It is the absolute behind the relative, the timeless behind time, the consciousness in and behind form. The dreamer is consciousness itself – who you are." - Page 209

Knowing I am the dreamer I fear not what happens, I become attached nothing in this world knowing my life is ultimately dream-like insubstantial and illusory. I am also free to enjoy the universe of transient forms and formations, both mental and material. Allowing all things to be and to pass away with ease and gentle conviction. The dreamer is outside the realm of birth and death, though the person exists within earthly bounds. The dreamer is revealed upon awakening to his/her true self nature, not by self-expansion but by elimination of the excesses of ego


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