Chapter 2 – Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain

If you are following along, I am reading Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. I am reading it aloud and recording myself as I go so that I can share this awesome book with my DH Joe.

Chapter 2, you will be happy to know is much shorter than Chapter 1. The recording was somewhere around 17 minutes, so a much quicker ‘listen’ as well.

In this chapter, Eckhart Tolle introduces the concept of the emotional Pain-Body. Tolle explains that “…, every emotional pain that you experience leaves behind a residue of pain that lives on in you. It merges with the pain you suffered as a child, caused by the unconsciousness of the world into which you were born.”

Tolle is saying that the emotional scars we carry truly are negative energy created by our ego that demand to be fed more pain in order so that it can survive. To kill it, to allow presence to awaken (the power of Now) we must again choose to observe it. Watch it and refuse to identify with it so we can free the life-energy that is trapped. This is the process of transmutation, the process of being aware of our emotional pain while also being the observer, the watcher. So long as we can do this without thinking about or identifying with the pain, we can free ourselves from it.

In the chapter, we learn that the origin of fear is the ego because it is constantly under threat of survival. Our “unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on,” (Tolle) are all forms of fear and they are all based on something that might happen in the future (because the ego does not live in the Now). “Tolle said, “The mind 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.”

We also learn about how the egoic mind is unfulfilled, how allowing ourselves to identify with our minds, we become slaves to the need for constant temporary gratification with the external ego-gratifying things like possessions, our work, social status (and many other things that are not true representations of who we are, things that will not make us feel whole).

Letting go of pain requires living in the Now, in the state of Being where we are connected to our true power and deeper self. Stay alert. Disidentify. Become the Watcher.

I hope you enjoy this reading. Let me know your thoughts on this chapter.



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