When we are in the world of the thinking mind, we are somewhere in the remembered past or the imagined future. We are in a world of thought, memory, concept, idea, opinion and belief. We are not here now. What we are experiencing is not the truth and reality of the present moment.
That is wrong. Though these sentences might help to get into the state of feeling yourself more intensively, they are ultimately not pointing to the real truth. It is impossible to experience something else than the now. Otherwise, the person who is NOW completely identified wouldn't be identified with his thoughts. Whatever I experience, I am in the Now. It is impossible to lose that state of the now. That's why thoughts, identification with thoughts and the imagined past and future are completely a part of the power of now. The power of now isn't somewhere else and we are our thoughts ulimately. Though that is not helpful to say, (it is more helpful to say that we are not our thoughts because we can then let go from identification) it is however true, because All is one, all is energy, and thoughts are energy, so if I am energy I am also my thoughts.
IF you are free from thoughts, you are not "more" in the now. Everyone is at the same level in the now. The only difference is, if our mind is able to give something else than thoughts attention or if it is not. And remember: our mind is insane, because thoughts are drugs and no living beings experiences more of them than we do. Everyone is imagining his self in the head all the time, but that so-called "self" IS NOT really a problem because it doesn't exist ulimately. It just means that you think and think and think, without the possiblity of feeling much of something else.
Ultimately no concept of enlightenment points to a reality that really exists. Or in other words: there is no enlightenment. A person that is free from thoughts is not "more enlightened" than another person and a comepletely with thoughts identified person is not "less enlightened" than the so called "spiritual" people who believe to be better than unspiritual persons. The concept of enlightenment says that a enlightened person has stopped in having a false identity. But no one has a false identity. We may use it as an excuse("I am unhappy because I have the ego"), but their is no ego. All of those concepts were only made in trying to help you to let go from identification. Only this purpose is important, as this is at least the only real truth you experience while perceiving those concepts. Nothing else matters at all, as all of these concepts including my whole text are at least wrong. Only that I have thought them and the purposes which made me writing them are important.
I am not knowing from where I have those thoughts. I am ultimately a person who had some years ago the idea, I might be able to solve my problems through reading those special books. No one I knew had such belief systems, as they were in the books I read. No one I knew behaved as it was told to be necessary to behave, if you want to be happy. I thought all others may just not be smart enough to read those and so it may be my exclusivity to feel better than the others. It may be a way of solving my problems, that is what I thought. But that is Bullshit. And that is why I don't feel better. It is impossible to solve my problems and no one ever could. I unfortunately wasn't able to put attention into something else than thoughts nearly all the time I can remind. And the reason is not spectacular: I just believed the way of "feeling better through reaching a goal with thinking" to be the best if I want to feel better one day.
What I actually want to say is, that if Eckhart dies, no one has lost anything at least. I anticipate the strong negative emotions I might trigger with saying this, but if that is the case at your conciousness, it means that you are trying to skill your character, by defending so-called "others" you identified with. No one should BELIEVE what is said in all those spiritual books as every claim there is written has at least nothing to do with the reality.