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Other teachings combined with Eckhart's teachings

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:28 am
by Lianna
Hey there everyone,
I was wondering what kind of other teachings you combine (if you do that at all) with Eckhart's teachings? Are there other things you practice?

I find I sometimes have some trouble with other teachings, as soon as I dive into Eckhart's.
Because, most of them are very based on (strict) mind idea's about how things works and are, and seem to strengthen ego, and make you go into thought instead of consciousness. For example: I have been very interested in the chakra system for a long time, but believing in that is a concept of the mind, a picture, an idea about how it looks and works.
I have also been very interested in practicing tantra, but it is full of concepts and thoughts. It confuses me.
I hope I explain my problem well enough.
Do other teachings suddenly seem irrelevant when you go into Eckhart's teachings?

I am definitely a beginner here, so forgive me if my question is a bit silly. I am very interested in what other peoples understanding of these things is.

Re: Other teachings combined with Eckhart's teachings

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:12 am
by painBody
Hi, this is a great question. Not silly at all.

I understand what you're saying. Different sets of teachings can often (seem to) contradict each other and confuse the hell out of you.

My approach generally is to not take any set of teachings at face value. Let's say you have Eckhart on one hand and Vedanta on the other (just an example) ... there may be some things from Eckhart's teachings that really speak to you and prove to be true in your experience/life, while other things from Vedanta also ring true to you.

Ultimately, it is not important to be loyal to any one set of teachings. What is most important is for you to take what is presented to you, i.e. the teachings, and apply it in your life to determine for yourself what is true for you and what isn't.

Nothing that anyone says is absolutely true. No set of teachings is inherently superior to any other. Find out what is true for you, through applying it and living it. There are people out there who have never been exposed to any formal teachings, but have simply acquired wisdom from many years of hard life experience, and they are far more enlightened than people who have been studying spiritual teachings for decades. In their case, their life experience is their teacher.

So, when "combining" multiple teachings, try not to get too attached to anything. Stay open and find out what is true for you.

Re: Other teachings combined with Eckhart's teachings

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:16 am
by Lianna
Thank you for your reply :)

Not getting attached to any teaching makes sense, it's actually pretty much what he teaches as well. Not getting attached to anything.
I was thinking just now that most of those different teachings are created to help a person to be with consciousness instead of ego/thought. I know Yoga does that, tantra should as well, meditation techniques do that, and so on. The way Eckhart teaches it is just very straight forward, you need almost nothing for it. You can just sit where you are and be conscious. While with other teachings use techniques, yoga poses, retreats and so on.
But the goal is very similar.
Your reply made me realise that, which is very helpful because then I can enjoy all of them, while simply trying to be conscious. I can know that I do not need them, and merely do it because I enjoy the experience that is built around it (like being in a group and doing the yoga).
That seems like a fun and lighthearted way to 'use life'.

Interesting :)