What is Presence as a dimension of consciousness?
Eckhart Tolle explains:
“Presence is the arising of a dimension of consciousness from where you can become aware that there is a voice in the head.
“That awareness is beyond thinking. It’s a space of consciousness where you can be the observer of your own mind—the awareness behind the thought processes.
“For human beings to discover this dimension is extraordinarily important. It is in fact, as I see it, the next step in the evolution of humanity.”
Presence allows a deeper sense of identity and improved living
“When you no longer look to the mind to provide you with your sense of identity — because your sense of identity now comes now from a deeper place — that’s the shift that changes everything, dramatically.
“It is the most important thing that can happen in your lifetime.
“As Presence arises you’ll find in many areas of your life enormous improvements.
“One is that the voice in the head that before created such anguish and unhappiness no longer has that power over you.
“As the mind’s conditioning begins to subside, you can be with people, events, and situations in a non-dysfunctional way, aligned with whatever arises in the present moment.” [From a page by publisher Sounds True.]
The Power of Presence with Eckhart Tolle
An Eight-Week Training Course for Awakening Consciousness and Living in the Now
Includes Live Teachings, Presence Practices, Live Q&As, and Over 16 Hours of Video Teachings
Module 1 – “To Think or Not to Think.”
“Eckhart guides us to step out of identification with the thinking mind to access an intelligence that is far greater than our intellect.
“Here are a few other topics we will be exploring in the first module:
- The sense of aliveness that flows in when we step out of the mind and into stillness
- How thinking of the past or future habitually puts us into negative states
- How to perform tasks in daily life without the interference of thinking
- How your thinking actually becomes more empowered when you transcend conceptualization
Learn more at the course site :
Sounds True comments about one part of his teachings:
“You may have noticed the “voice in your head” — the stream of habitual thought patterns that absorbs the majority of your attention in any given moment.
“When we are continually lost in thoughts, we miss the immediacy and fullness of life in the here and now.”
Here is a video on the topic:
Awakening From Self-Talk
“I would do anything to be anywhere in the vicinity of Eckhart Tolle.” — Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey On Eckhart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth’
“I keep Eckhart’s book at my bedside. I think it’s essential spiritual teaching. It’s one of the most valuable books I’ve ever read.” – Oprah
Gillian Anderson chose The Power of Now as her other book (apart from the Bible) on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
“I think he’s truly exceptional,” says Annie Lennox, who also chose The Power of Now.
From article: Eckhart Tolle: This man could change your life.
Sounds True is the publisher of a number of his programs, including:
Books by Eckhart Tolle