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Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:44 am
by be-lank
Eckhart Tolle gives various portals, and recommends that we practice them.

What portals do you practice, and how much do you practice them?

Specifics would be great!

And what have you received from them?

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:53 pm
by heidi
Doing art is my best portal. Time doesn't exist in the act of creation. The ego falls away. I am creation. The joy is huge. Art as a verb (that's what I call one of the classes I teach) :)

Running on the beach is also a goody. Sex is good, too! :)

And in everyday mundane mindstuff - to pull into now, I consider whether what's going through my head is a thought or feeling, and then thoughts just wander off and the feeling is there in a pure state. When mind stuff comes along, there's this one japanese word honto that means is that so. It cuts right through the mind mire leaving presence in its wake.

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:50 pm
by prospero
Like Heidi I am artistically/visually driven. Sometimes just observing a physical object, be it a passing car or an ashtray, as it actually is, moment to moment, is enough to lock me into presence.

just physically observing 'what is that?' with no internal dialogue, is a portal into 'i am that' :D

A big thing for me now is not to use portals just when I am feeling uncomfortable but in all moments nomatter 'happy' or 'sad'. Our reaction is often to want to fix things and turn presence into another spiritual bandaid if you see what I mean?

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:16 am
by dancer
I had an experience once where the inner dimension opened up, during this event I learned to surrender totally to the now. Another way of putting that of course is to be totally aligned with the present moment. This is my portal.


Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:57 am
by onelovecandy
I enter the now several times a day, I focus on my breathing. Deep breaths in and out.

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:49 pm
by phil
heidi wrote:Doing art is my best portal. Time doesn't exist in the act of creation.
An interesting conumdrum exists when one's art is words, a media so closely related to thought.

Animals. In our case squirrels, cats and deer.

Lay down on the floor with a cat and rub their belly. I get sucked in to the wonderful now space they live in.

Enter the squirrel cage, and let 4 squirrels race around on me like I was the Daytona Speedway. They are so enthusiastically committed to this moment, I can't escape the now field they create around me.

Walking in the woods, encountering a deer, or herd of deer. They turn towards me. For 10 minutes we each stand still regarding each other with such focused alert curiousity. It's as if I've encountered a herd of Tolles in the woods.

We don't have a dog, but I'd guess they would work great as a now portal also.

I love the lack of discipline involved in these kind of practises. Purely mechanical. If I open the door to the squirrel cage, and walk in, I enter a now zone.

Reach for handle, pull weight of door towards me, take 5 steps.

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:46 pm
by spatialbean
I want to go in the squirrel cage! :D


Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:31 pm
by michellem
just admitting to myself that i am "asleep" is a portal for me. As a beginner i am learning to become aware of "now" and how little i am in :)

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:35 am
by be-lank
"just admitting to myself that i am "asleep" is a portal for me."

Good one, Michelle. And beginning to watch your thoughts will be a portal
as well. Like when you have a thought and you look at that thought. Just noticing the thought.

Glad you're here!

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:31 pm
by dee
Going into the inner body.

Observing a thought.

being with my dog

Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:36 am
by weopposedeception
A moment of silence. A vision of beauty. A feeling of gratitude.

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:26 pm
by chaz
I become so aware at times how much I am not in the now...I then smile.

Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:38 am
by L. Bryson
Yippee! :D I am back in the now! ( duh-ed out on my password, Thank- you Erict. )

Being in the now for me involves much of what you all have mentioned.
Focus on breathing, attention to objects, nature and yes.... animals.

In the " now " " housegoose " is enjoying wonderful moment of presence.

Marwyn, upside down on my lap as I type, basking in having his flappy feet massaged. Head resting on silk pillow.... Aaaah..... can't get any better than this!

Infusing him with compliments on the brilliance of his vibrant orange feet! Aaaah... perfect.


Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:07 am
by heidi
Hi Laurie - Glad you got your password straightened out.

Canada geese are coming through these days. They graze on the thawing fields and honk in chrous in their chevron flight. Geese know how to cooperate instinctively; they use the uplift from the goose ahead; they encourage each other, they take turns being head goose; ego free and flying high! Ah, just watching them fly over is an exhilerating portal!

Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:51 am
by summer
In my neck of the woods we often see pelicans flying in formation. The first bird takes all of the head winds, and when they get tired another bird takes their place.

The ones in the tail of the formation have an easy ride, because the first birds create a thermal of energy that supports them all.

They work as a team. And play so gracefully together, that it is delightful just to watch them.