Then there are the Tony Parsons, the John Wheelers, the David Carses. They're saying stop. There's nothing to do. It's all false. All seeking is. There is only this.
For example David Carse says in his book 'Perfect, Brilliant, Stillness' the following, and it seems hugely contradictory to me:
And then he takes this quote from the Bible:When you step out of what you are not, what remains is not something you have to become, but what you always already are. That is why there is nothing you have to do, or become, or learn, or practice, or work at, or purify. It is completely effortless to be in your natural state. What is full of difficult, constant effort is maintaining this false and unnatural idea of being somebody, of being an individual, a separate something. You are a non-entity! Let it go! When it is let go of, you rest in the effortlessness of All That Is, of what could be called your natural state.
Effortlessness is not something that can be attained by effort. No-mind is not a state that can be achieved by the mind. Peace cannot be achieved by striving. Trying to be aware of 'just being in the present moment' is a contradiction in terms; being 'self-consciously' aware of it takes you out of it. Trying to be awareof "I Am' is a similar contradiction, and for the same reason. You can't try to be happy any more than you can try to go to sleep or try to act naturally. You only act naturally when you're not trying, not thinking, but simply going about life
From what I can gather, here on this forum, there appears to be a search. But one day the story is seen through and all illusions drop away. And peace reigns. Hurrah! Perhaps Carse and others have so fully seen through the veil that they can now only describe the ultimate truth. Whereas Tolle is giving us gentle pointers to the truth...."Whoever discovers the true meaningof these sayings will never die:Let the seeker not stop seeking until he finds.And when he finds, he will be greatly troubled.And after he has been troubled,he will be astonished,and he will reign over the All."
- Jesus of Nazareth (The Gospel of Thomas)
So what's the deal here? Do I throw away my list of reminders about how to come back to the present moment? Or do I practice diligently until the truth is seen and then laugh about all those wasted years of seeking?
Carse's words touch me in a deep place but the only way I can see to 'let go and rest in effortlessness' would be to drop my physical reality and go sit in a cave.