Eckhart Tolle Principles

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Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher. He is a German-born resident of Canada best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.”

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”

“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.”

“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”

“Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.”

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

“The past has no power over the present moment.”

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.”

“Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.”

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

“A genuine relationship is one that is not dominated by the ego with its image-making and self-seeking. In a genuine relationship, there is an outward flow of open, alert attention toward the other person in which there is no wanting whatsoever.”

“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.”

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”

“Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.”

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”

“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”

“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”

“Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.”

“All problems are illusions of the mind.”

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”

“Being must be felt. It can’t be thought.”

“This is my secret,” he said. “I don’t mind what happens”.

“If not now, when? If not me, who?”

“What you react to in others, you strengthen in yourself.”

“Humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. … If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.”

“Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.”

“The human condition: lost in thought.”

“Doing is never enough if you neglect being.”

“True Power is within, and it is available now.”

“You are awareness, disguised as a person.”

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