Regarding my quote about the archer, you said, "OK. That's a keeper." I think you said that, because it resonates with you. Something deep inside you, something eternal, knows this to be true. I think most of us on this site feel that way about what Eckhart Tolle says in The Power of Now.
I read the quote about the archer in an Anthony DeMello book, "Awareness" which I recommend. How I remembered it in my post above, isn't quite what DeMello said but carries the same message.
DeMello actually quoted a Chinese sage, Tranxu, "When the archer shoots for no particular prize, he has all his skills; when he shoots to win a brass buckle, he is already nervous; when he shoots for a gold prize, he goes blind, sees two targets, and is out of his mind. His skill has not changed but the prize divides him. He cares! He thinks more of winning than of shooting, and the need to win drains him of power."
He had been speaking of the discovery of who "I" is as mini-me discovered in shappy's opening topic.
Leading up to the archer quote, DeMello said, "If you're lucky and the gods are gracious or if you are gifted with divine grace (use any theological expression you want) you might suddenly understand who I is and you'll never be the same again, never. Nothing will ever be able to touch you again.
You will fear no one and you will fear nothing. Isn't that extraordinary? You'll live like a king, like a queen. This is what it means to live like royalty. Not rubbish like getting your picture in the newspapers or having a lot of money. That's a lot of rot. You fear no one because your perfectly content to be nobody. You don't give a damn about success or failure. Honor, disgrace, they mean nothing! If you make a fool of yourself that means nothing either."
I think Tolle and others like him are highly focused archers and a change is happening throughout humanity as evidenced by this site. I think mini-mes are starting to realize who I is, and that who we thought we were, for all of our lives, were only planted concepts of ourselves; planted by our parents, priests, Rabbis, Mullahs and many, many others. All of these planted concepts, with all the "good intentions" passed down through the ages, resulted only in a thicket of brush and bramble that we need to see through to discover the lotus, the eternal I of which we all are.
I think, when we realize that everything, including us, is the manifestation of the eternal Self, we bring into the world only love, compassion and kindness. We don't care about riches. We don't care about anything hurting us. And our arrows fly straight and true, like those pointers from the quiver of Eckhart Tolle.
I don't think Tolle wrote The Power of Now for the "gold" it might bring with the market as a target. If he had that target as his priority, we would have found the book to be perhaps, interesting, very clever, even exciting. The book might have rose on the charts quickly if he had been market oriented. It wouldn't have risen slowly as it did. But it ultimately would have been just more pap for the masses. It simply wouldn't resound the way it does.
I think he had only one target, to bring awareness to the world in very readable form. It came from that eternal source; we recognize it, we know it to be true. He helped us part the brush and bramble. We see through it, we see the lotus. And we remember our true Self.
Suzanne, I guess ya ask a person a simple question and apparently ya gotta get dragged through all this brush and bramble with arrows flyin' all over the place.
I wish you peace,
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