Theres also some queries i have with the book I was wondering if anyone had any comments -
Eckhart tends to assert that mere observation and awareness of unhelpful patterns of thinking are enough to transmute the thought patterns. Well, if a person practices this - observing and realising the pattern, and wishes to stop engaging in the behaviour/thoughts, I am convinced this is often not enough. What I mean is that sometimes a behaviour/thought pattern is so ingrained, that even with conscious awareness and observation, an individual may still find him/herself unable to disidentify with that pattern.
It may help to understand what a "thought pattern" actually is
A "thought pattern" is a complex of thoughts that tend to group together because they vibrate on the same energetic frequency.
These thoughts are, to all intents and purposes, living entities rather than inert objects.
Thoughts have certain things in common with all living entities.
They possess intelligence and they have an agenda, which is to acquire as much energy as possible in order to gain power and prolong their existence for as long as possible.
The only place they can get that energy is from your mind.
You give them energy every time a thought or situation triggers the repetitive "thought pattern" and it successfully pulls you into the stream of thought that corresponds to its nature.
That means if the thought-pattern is to do with financial insecurity, say, you start worrying about money and fantasizing about bankruptcy, eviction, etc.
Thinking on this frequency of fear will enable the "thought pattern" to feed off the energy and gain power.
When it has enough energy, it will disappear back into your subconscious mind until it begins to get a little low on energy (or until you trigger it again), at which point it will re-emerge, ready for another feed.
The more you feed it, the stronger and more difficult to resist the thought-form will become.
If, on the other hand, you manage to maintain enough consciousness to be aware when it surfaces and simply observe it instead of getting sucked into a negative thought-stream that will feed it, then you win that round and it gets no energy from your mind.
But it won't like that at all.
That's not what it's used to.
Normally, the slightest trigger is enough to get you fantasizing wildly and providing it with a sumptuous energy-banquet.
The next time it surfaces, it will do so with considerably more force and urgency. You'll have to be very
sharp indeed to catch it this time and not get dragged into negative imaginings.
But, so far as the thought-form is concerned, this is a strategy of desperation.
It's already low on energy so an all-out, full-strength attack is very risky if you still refuse to bite.
So this apparent increase in power is really nothing of the sort, in fact, it's a sure sign that you're doing exactly the right thing.
I've dissolved many of these complexes and they all behaved in exactly the manner I've described.
So don't think you're not making progress just because that attacks initially seem to get worse.
If you can keep a cool head and still not get sucked into negative thinking, rather than simply observing the thought-complex without judgment or mental comment, I can promise that you will eventually succeed in de-energising it.
There can be no other outcome, as the thought-complex can only obtain energy from one place - your mind when it's thinking on the same negative frequency as the thought-form.
Starved of energy it will eventually wither up and cease to be a problem.
This is inevitable.
What may seem a vague, intuitive process (de-energising a problematic thought-complex), is actually quite logical, precise and empirical.
Follow a certain procedure (disinterested observation without judgment) and the same result will always
follow eventually (the thought-form becomes disenergised).
Hope that helps.