I imagine Tolle standing at the entry to one his retreats, like the minister of a church, greeting the church goers.summer wrote:Eckhart says over and over again, "don't pay much attention to the words that come out of my mouth. Listen to the space between the words. This teaching is not in the words, it is in the SPACE between thoughts.
As each student approaches Tolle takes them aside and asks, "Do you have a portal?"
If the student replies, "What's a portal?" Tolle says, "Come on inside then, and we'll talk a few minutes."
If the student replies, "Yes Eckhart, I have many portals!" then Tolle replies.....
"Time for you to leave here my friend. Return to your life, and whenever you are ready, enter one of your portals. From here out, the teacher and teachings are just one more thing standing between you and the open door."
Tolle says, "don't pay much attention to the words" and I am agreeing.
When do we stop memorizing his words and quoting them back and forth like Bible verses?
Once we have some portal, my words and theories, your words and theories, Tolle's words and theories....
ALL OF IT, just yack.
None of it the actual experience of now. None of it the space.
Now observe how controversial this becomes when someone with no authority agrees with the authority figure.....
When the words and concepts we offer here no longer have any weight, there'll be nothing left for squirrels to chew on. No homemade cages left to rattle.
Then typing will just be music, just fun.