Staying Conscious in the Face of Adversity | A Special Message From Eckhart Tolle
– I’d like to sharewith you a short passagefrom the Bible. It doesn’t happen very oftenthat I read from the Bibleas part of a teaching. This is from the NewTestament, and it is a parablethat Jesus tells that is very profoundand absolutely relevantto the present time. So, here we go. Everyone who listens to thesewords of mine and does themWill be like a man buildinga house who dug deepand laid the foundation on the rock. The rain fell, the floodscame, and the wind blewand beat against the house,but it did not collapse. It had been set solidly on rock,and everyone who listensto these words of minebut does not do them will be like a foolwho built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floodscame, and the wind blewand beat against the house. And it collapsed andwas completely ruined. So, let’s understand thedeeper meaning of this. Everyone who listens tothese words and does them,means obviously anybodywho listens to the teachingand practices the teaching. And of course Jesus’ teachingis find the Kingdom of Heaventhat is within you, notanywhere else in space or time. Find the transcendentdimension, the Kingdom of Heaventhat is within you, whichis a deeper dimensionor higher dimension of consciousness,accessible to everyone. And the man that’sbuilding the house is you. The house is you. The floods come, the rain comesbeating against the house,obviously means some formof adversity you encounteras you you inevitably will in your life. Some form of fairly extreme adversity,whether it’s at a personal levelor as we’re experiencingnow, on a collective level. Now if you haven’t gone deep enough,because remember you are the house. If you haven’t gone deepenough, you have not foundanything beyond theconceptual thinking mind. Then the floods, the rain,the wind, the adversity,whatever it may be in thiscase, we know what it is,will devastate you. And even if you do not fallill or contract the virus,the fear will consumeyou as it’s consumingmillions of humans at the present time. And why do you fear, what is fear?Fear are certain thoughtforms you project yourselfinto some future moment. And you’re not present. Because if you werepresent, you would realizethat in this momentthere’s nothing to fear. Only when you leave this moment,fear arises as a thought form,which then creates an emotion. So what does it mean thento dig deep and to findthe foundation on the rock?What is that rock?The foundation for the house that you are,you are that house. And I’d like you to takeinto a little meditation nowin order to illustrate and to enable youto experience it firsthandwhat it means to dig deep. For a moment, just becomeaware that you’re breathing. Become aware of yourself. Not the conceptual self,not become aware of your personal historyor become aware of someimagined future moment,but become aware of yourselfas the conscious presence,a field of conscious presence. And thinking does not help you there,thinking is an obstacle. So you go deeper thanthinking, and you can becompletely awake and presentand yet with very little mind activity. And that is the beginningof the realizationof your deep identity. What I sometimes callyour essence identity. And your essence identity is inseparablefrom the present moment. It is the timeless, eternal present. It is a deeper dimension of consciousnessthan the one that youordinarily identify with. And that is the meaning ofdigging deep and findingthat unshakable foundationthat is deep within you, within everyone. Adversity is a wonderful opportunitybecause adversity forces you to go deeper. Adversity forces you toawaken to the deeper dimensionof who you are. Why does adversity force you?Because life becomes almost unbearablewhen you live only on the surface,the surface of sense perceptionsand your conceptual mind. And then you listen to the newscasts,and you read all kinds of things. And everybody’s in state of fear. That is the house built on the sand,that when the floods come, the wind comes,the storms come, the house collapses. Meaning, since you arethe house in this parable,you are devastated, in astate of extreme anxiety,extreme suffering,although nothing actuallyhas happened yet unlessyou contract a disease,and this is something we’lltalk about next time, right?Is the house, your house,the house that you are,are you living on the surface?Is your house built on sand?Or are you able to digand find the foundation within yourselfthat frees you from fear?Now, when things are going well,it’s unlikely that, mosthumans can’t be botheredwith going deeper, what for?If these things out going okay,I’m looking forward to my next vacation,weekend is coming up and whatever it is,a nice meal is waiting for me. Everything, comfort zone,you’re in your comfort zone. I’ve never heard of anybody who awakensin their comfort zone. There’s nothing wrong with comfort. Enjoy them when they arethere, they last for a while,and then some form of adversity arises,either on a personal levelor on a collective level. Minor forms of adversityand occasionally huge formsof adversity, potential calamities. Whether it’s you’re suddenly confrontedwith the fact ofmortality, some great loss,serious illness on a personal levelor on a collective level. War, civil strife, civilwar, financial collapse,invasion of your country, allkinds of things can happen. And at the present time,we are experiencingthe so-called pandemic. Collective adversity, notaffecting just one person,but now affectingmillions at the same time. And this is an invitation to go deeperbecause if you don’t,you suffer unnecessarily. Millions are in a stateof fear and anxiety. But use this as anopportunity to either awakenout of the mind identifiedstate of consciousness,that continuously projectsitself into the future,that you have no control over. It is never present, this mind identifiedstate of consciousness. It’s the house built on the sand. It’s an opportunity tocome to this realizationthat you are much deeperthan you had known before. You’re forced to go deeperbecause you can’t standthe suffering anymore, the unhappiness,or whatever you want tocall it, the anxiety. And so the most vitalthing in any situationis the state of consciousness with whichyou meet the situation. And you should pay more attention to thatthan to the newscasts and whatever it isthat you listen to and watch. Yes, you can do that also. But what is your state of consciousness?That’s something youcan do something about. There’s not very much that you can doabout the external situation. You can take precautions,you can help other people,to the extent which it is possible. All that’s good. You do all the things that you need to do. And perhaps many people arenow forced to stay at home,and they have to, you have to be suddenlyon a private retreat at home. Now that’s an opportunity too. So use this precious time thatis here because it is partof the awakeningconsciousness of humanity. It seems almost paradoxicalto say that somethingthat on the surface looks very negativeand looks like an obstacle tothe well-being of humanity. And, yes, it’s an obstacleto the well-being of humanityon a purely physical level,perhaps temporarily, yes. But something that looks like an obstaclefrom a conventional point of viewis actually an opportunity for youto awaken to a deeper,or we could say higherlevel of consciousness. Humans don’t awaken whenthey’re in their comfort zone. They awaken when they are takenout of their comfort zone. Not everybody does, it’s an opportunity. If you do not awaken when you’re no longerin your comfort zone, you suffer. You’re unhappy, you’reanxious, you’re fearful. You haven’t found the rock. Now, the difference between this parableand actual life is in this parable,the man had already dugdeep, and he had alreadybuilt his house on the rock,and then the floods cameand so on, and the house was unshakable. In real life, often it isthe case that the wind,the floods, the rains, allbeating against the house,which means adversityarising in your life. The adversity forces you,if you haven’t alreadygone deeper, it forces you to go deeper. And so it’s not too lateto start digging nowin the face of adversity. Many of you already inthe process of awakening,probably most of you listening to this. And what’s happening to usnow is a wonderful opportunityfor you to go deeper, a deepening of that,an acceleration of the awakening. So, as much as possible,especially wheneveryou feel yourself driftingoff into a fearfulstate of consciousness anda fearful emotional state. Whenever you realizethat, realize that in thispresent moment, there’s nothing to fear. And you have to verify this for yourself,whether this is true or not. When you fear something,it’s of some imagined future moment. Am I going to catch this disease?Am I going to die?Is a loved one going to catch it?Is a loved one, my child, my parent,are they going to die?You imagine it, it could happen,but right now, it’s not happening. So whenever you feel yourselfdrifting off into fear,realize, okay, I havelost the present moment. And I lost myself in mymind, in the thinking mind. And then the emotionreflects that mind activity. So the moment you notice it,okay, I’ve lost the present moment. I am lost in the mind. Come back into the present moment. A few little things that are helpful:Be aware of your breathing. Be aware of the innerenergy field in your body. The body is alive, and thisenergy, this life energythat pervades the body, feel that. You’re breathing, you feelthe aliveness in the body,you’re aware of sense perceptions. You look around, yeah, present. And then you become aware of that presencethat is inseparable from who you are,that presence that isinseparable from who you are. That’s an amazing realization. There’s more to you than the person. That presence is deeper than the person. And you needed theadversity either to find itor to deepen that whichyou had already found it,but it was not yet a deep realization. So this is a time of great opportunity. Use it, don’t waste it. There’s a saying that goes:When the ego weeps for what it has lost,the spirit rejoices for what it has found. So what looks bad on the surfacehas an essential function. I will speak to you again soon. In the meantime, be here, be present. Don’t lose yourself in the mind. Don’t lose yourself in fear. Find and be rooted in this rockthat is your essence identity. Thank you.