Awareness is the greatest agent for change. ~ Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle (1948–) had an unhappy childhood in post-war Germany. He later remarked that pain “was in the energy field of the country.”
“Depression, anxiety and fear” plagued Tolle until one night in 1977, when, at age 29, he had an epiphany: that the mind-made self is false. (Tolle’s sudden realization may be explained by his profound desire for release from his mental torment; in other words, wanting nothing but enlightenment.) An abiding “state of deep bliss” ensued.
Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe, and everything to do with your state of consciousness. ~ Eckhart Tolle
Tolle abandoned his academic career and spent a few years in penury before beginning to teach. Thanks to an endorsement by American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Tolle’s book – The Power of Now (1977) – became a bestseller.
All the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. ~ Eckhart Tolle