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Hello from California
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:44 am
My name is Evan. I live in Santa Cruz, California and am originally form the New York City area. I've been checking out this discussion forum for a few days and I wanted to say hello.
I read The Power of Now in the winter of 2000 and saw Echart speak in NYC that same year. I had not been on a spiritual path at the time, but I had been reading books by Wayne Dyer, Ken Burns and Albert Ellis. All of those authors' books were somewhat helpful, but Eckhart's book was exactly what I needed to read. The Power of Now altered the course of my life because it pinpointed what was missing from my life; The present moment.
During the past few years, I've been living on the central coast of California and have been studying with a spiritual teacher named Leonard Jacobson, who teaches along the same lines as ET.
It's good to be here. I'm looking forward to meeting you,
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:57 pm
Welcome Evan, good to have you with us. Santa Cruz huh? I wrecked my motorcycle in Santa Cruz back in 1982. At least I'm here to tell the tale. Enjoy the forum.
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:11 pm
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:30 pm
I read The Power of Now in the winter of 2000 and saw Echart speak in NYC that same year.
Huh! That seems such a long time back. Where was I in 2000 ?
WWW was just beginning to explode and the administrator of this site must have been in a school grade then.
I often kick myself as to why I met ET so late (2005).
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:39 pm
Welcome to this wonderful community evB (evan)
indeed you are fortunate to have found e.t all that time ago,
your input will bring something special to us all.
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:38 pm
Thanks for the warm welcomes, everyone. I do feel lucky to have to have gotten to see Eckhart at a pretty early time in his journey as a teacher. What I remember from that experience is that I spent the full day in the conference center of the Sheraton Hotel on W57th street in NYC. There were less than 200 people in attendance and I got there early enough to get a front row seat. Eckhart was escorted in and out by two men in suits. Ram Dass was sitting in the audience. He had recently recovered from having a stroke. I believe this was right after Oprah mentioned TPON on her show. Maybe that explains why there were nearly 200 people there. ET was a very sweet and soft presence and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with him.
Seeing Eckhart "early on" is relative, I guess. I know someone who was with him back when he was speaking to a handful of people and was answering questions and guiding students into presence on an individual basis. I believe he was giving private sessions back then, as well. I know a couple of people who knew Byron Katie at this stage in her career. It would have been immensely valuable to have seen these teachers on a regular basis. That is why I am very grateful to have been working with Leonard for the past few years, because the one thing I really needed at that time and could not get from Eckhart was personal attention.
The truth is, that I picked up Eckhart's book by chance before I had any idea of who he was. I read his book very slowly and thoroughly. I took each and every sentence in with great care because I knew what I was reading had value beyond anything I had ever read before. It took me a month to completely go through it. Then I spent a couple of years listening over and over again to his tapes and his cds, when his book and publications like, "Even the Sun Will Die," were released. I feel really lucky to have found this teaching because nothing is more important.
Thanks again for making me feel welcome. I'm very happy to be here.