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by viking55803
Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: How to watch the emotions and thoughts.
Replies: 8
Views: 1235

Re: How to watch the emotions and thoughts.

I would offer a simpler notion: conscious awareness is attention. It's not important whether or not this is a function of mind. Thoughts, feelings, sensations are the "forms" as Tolle likes to say that attention or focus can be directed to, but it is the attention itself that is consciousness. Thoug...
by viking55803
Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Too young to be conscious?
Replies: 6
Views: 973

Re: Too young to be conscious?

Elkhart often says that suffering is a great teacher, and I have to say that the experience of suffering (physical pain, emotional pain, loss of loved ones, failure, disappointment etc.) seems to go along with living longer. That being said, it is also my experience that the learning, discipline, an...
by viking55803
Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Is happiness a choice or something to aim for?
Replies: 7
Views: 931

Re: Is happiness a choice or something to aim for?

I really appreciate the references to Victor Frankl - there is so much wisdom there. Like him, I've always felt that happiness was a byproduct of living a life that is true to my nature, not a goal. Perhaps it would be easier to grasp if we called happiness a form of joy - joy being the undiluted fo...
by viking55803
Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Is it really an illusion
Replies: 31
Views: 5542

Re: Is it really an illusion

As Einstein once said, "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Our sense perceptions are so very limited - even our ability to see light is limited to a very narrow range of frequencies. Even Plato's allegory of the cave teaches the same lesson. I sometimes hear people talking...
by viking55803
Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:27 am
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Eckhart Tolle question? opinions needded
Replies: 18
Views: 3114

Re: Eckhart Tolle question? opinions needded

I've read Frankl's work a number of times during the past 50 years, but what I took from it was a bit different I believe. It was really quite simple: we cannot always choose our circumstances, but we can ALWAYS choose our attitude toward those circumstances. In Eckhart's teaching, he says this in a...
by viking55803
Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: studying Eckhart and being an Atheist
Replies: 7
Views: 2060

Re: studying Eckhart and being an Atheist

A-theism is not the lack of belief, just the lack of belief in theistic memes. Strong atheism is, in fact, an affirmative belief that there are NO gods, period. We don't choose our beliefs, they simply are what they are - based on experience, custom, habit or whatever. Beliefs can change, of course,...
by viking55803
Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:35 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Possessed by the Ego / Pain Body, yet Being Present
Replies: 8
Views: 1341

Re: Possessed by the Ego / Pain Body, yet Being Present

Eckhart Tolle's description of our pain bodies is very helpful with exactly what you experience. The activation of the pain body can indeed seem like being possessed by an "entity." The pain body is made up of all mental-emotion complexes (to use a word from psychoanalysis.) These are like sense mem...
by viking55803
Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Personality
Replies: 12
Views: 1665

Re: Personality

I would like to add that in my view the ego/emotional complex is what most of us think of as our "selves." It is how we chiefly distinguish ourselves from others in our species, the "false" sense of of duality that is necessary to survive as a social species. What is more interesting to me is that t...
by viking55803
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: What is Perception?
Replies: 8
Views: 1545

Re: What is Perception?

I think in the limited domain of human sensory perception, this computer analogy is a reasonable analogy. You might add the output of the programming languages: like a graphical user interface. It's obviously a neuro-chemical process, that is ultimately interpreted in our sphere of consciousness. It...
by viking55803
Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Problems with "Not Having Problems"
Replies: 72
Views: 5940

Re: Problems with "Not Having Problems"

If you live long enough, life will challenge you in ways you can scarcely imagine. The earlier poster asked the right questions - are these "problems" or challenges? Death of loved ones, serious health issues, loss of status, conflict at home or at work - all part of life. I've been through deep emo...
by viking55803
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: HOW DO I REACT? TO THIS
Replies: 11
Views: 1104

Re: HOW DO I REACT? TO THIS

Both action and inaction have consequences and both involve a choice. There is a moral guide that might help - the Golden Rule: do to others what you would have others do to you. Another way to look at is to simplify the question: if a child is being abused and another is present and fails to act to...
by viking55803
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Abundance and poverty
Replies: 10
Views: 1496

Re: Abundance and poverty

I am reminded of the words of Victor Frankl, the psychiatrist and Auschwitz survivor. He was the author of "Man's Search for Meaning" published in the year of my birth: 1948. In a nutshell, Frankl pointed out, based on his own dreadful experience in a death camp, that though we cannot always control...
by viking55803
Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Alcohol and its reaction to histamine production
Replies: 6
Views: 1552

Re: Alcohol and its reaction to histamine production

Lest I sound too judgmental, I should point out that tinkering with our own brain chemistry - particularly the limbic system - has been part of human culture and experience for tens of thousands of years. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, video games, computers, food, sex, gambling, even compulsive read...
by viking55803
Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Alcohol and its reaction to histamine production
Replies: 6
Views: 1552

Re: Alcohol and its reaction to histamine production

Alcohol consumption always causes a certain level of "anxiety" but it usually not noticed because of the intoxication. It is however, suspected as the reason after a couple of drinks the desire for more arises. Alcohol is toxic and the extent of damage it causes is dose-dependent. Unlike opioid-like...
by viking55803
Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?
Replies: 37
Views: 4442

Re: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?

I would just like to add that believing something does not make it true - no matter how much one believes it to be. Do you also apply this 'belief' to the following quote as well? The notion that consciousness somehow exists apart from the material universe is demonstrably false and a dualistic con...