rachMiel wrote:And what does it add to our human experience if daily life takes on the qualities of awareness
To the degree we are focused on thinking about ourselves we are adding bricks to the wall of our own little prison cell. Some of this is the inevitable price tag for being human. Some of it is necessary. But more is not automatically better.
Where does the problem we are trying to address arise from? Does it arise from the content of thought? Or does it arise from the nature of thought?
If we think the problem arises from the content of thought, then we will seek to replace bad ideas with good ideas. This is the ancient battle of ideology which has been underway for thousands of years. And yet, after all this time, after so much investigation by so many brilliant minds, we still haven't found the thought content which will bring peace to human beings. As example...
Tolle is a very intelligent and articulate person with some excellent thought content to share. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert on these topics. And yet, as you guys keep ignoring
, he still feels a need for money, power and fame. And because he has that need he will experience fear, and because he fears he will suffer, whatever might happen to his money, power and fame. All that great thought content, and Tolle is still human.
The reason is...
The problem we are trying to address arises not from the content of thought, but from the nature of thought. And thought is a non-negotiable necessity of human life.
The reason that endless centuries of investigation in to these topics has not delivered the peace we seek is that the illusion of separation that plagues us is built in to the fabric of what we're made of, thought.
Any idea or insight you may come up with here will be immediately infected by the inherently divisive nature of what that idea is made of. There is no clever little trick by which we can maintain "I", the person who seeks peace, and be finally forever rid of division and conflict too.
We need only read the title of Tolle's best known work, The Power Of Now. The title doesn't read "The Power Of Planning For The Future", which is what all these discussions are all about.
We can escape conflict in the now by taking a break from that which is causing the conflict, thought. That's great news!
But then we will have to return to thought to function as human beings, and when we do, the conflict will return.
Tolle tells us to accept what is.
That is what is.
We are thought.
Thought is inherently divisive.
To think, is to suffer.
We can't fix it. But we can manage it, and we can accept that managing is all we can do. Managing, traveling to the now, can be accomplished with simple mechanical exercises.
If a reader should conclude that the problem they are trying to address arises from the nature of thought itself, they may discover that all this fancy thinking then becomes unnecessary.