I wrote about a point where I suddenly “saw” myself, almost as if I were observing someone else, and in that moment got some clarity about the situation.
In retrospect, I see that something else subtle but important also happened in that moment, a split-second before the new insight.
I knew myself as other than the thinker. Other than the feeler.
To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
~ Eckhart Tolle Practicing the Power of Now
The Being Underneath the Thinker
Ever since then, not only have I been practicing the helpful new way of regarding myself (of which I wrote), but I’ve also continued to watch the thoughts that appear.
With each passing day, I’ve become more and more free of being the hostage of them. Of being hostage to the emotions that resulted from them. And from being subject to the almost crippling results of those emotions.
It’s been true freedom!
So if and when you find yourself going through a difficult time, take a moment to notice your thoughts.
Know they are not you.
You are the magnificent “Being underneath the thinker”.
Let’s marvel and rejoice in that!
Know that you do not have to be at their mercy.
And then enjoy being … and being free!
Claim Your Freedom
Happy Independence Day to fellow Americans! And to those of you in other countries: May you enjoy your own “independence day” today!
And may the light of our spirits shine, shine, shine!
What do you do when you’re in the clutches of difficult emotions? Do you ever practice presence as taught by Tolle? How consistently are you aware of your thoughts? I’d love to hear …