Doing, Being, and Forgiveness by Eckhart Tolle

Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is. Since mind and resistance are synonymous, acceptance immediately frees you from mind dominance and thus reconnects you with Being. As a result, the usual ego motivations for “doing” — fear, greed, control, defending or feeding the false sense of self — will cease to operate. An intelligence much greater than the mind is now in charge, and so a different quality of consciousness will flow into your doing.

“Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?” This was written two thousand years ago by Marcus Aurelius, one of those exceedingly rare humans who possessed worldly power as well as wisdom.

It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept — before they will forgive. As soon as they do, one of the greatest miracles happens: the awakening of Being-consciousness through what appears as evil, the transmutation of suffering into inner peace. The ultimate effect of all the evil and suffering in the world is that it will force humans into realizing who they are beyond name and form. Thus, what we perceive as evil from our limited perspective is actually part of the higher good that has no opposite. This, however, does not become true for you except through forgiveness. Until that happens, evil has not been redeemed and therefore remains evil.

Through forgiveness, which essentially means recognizing the insubstantiality of the past and allowing the present moment to be as it is, the miracle of transformation happens not only within but also without. A silent space of intense presence arises both in you and around you. Whoever or whatever enters that field of consciousness will be affected by it, sometimes visibly and immediately, sometimes at deeper levels with visible changes appearing at a later time. You dissolve discord, heal pain, dispel unconsciousness — without doing anything — simply by being and holding that frequency of intense presence.

Excerpted from Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, pages 179-180. For more from this book, click here. To access more of Eckhart’s teachings on discovering the joy in being, click here for this month’s episode of Eckhart Tolle TV.

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From Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Most persons who have been through hell of various kinds—
war, massacre, assault, torture, profound sorrows, will tell that,
even though they still feel sick with the weight of it all, and perhaps
also ill with regrets of one kind or another—they are nevertheless
learning how to swim strong to reach the able raft of the
soul. Though there is something to be said for those rare heroes
and heroines who sit on the undisturbed shore enjoying the intense
beauty of the soulrise, I am more on the side of those who
must swim the torrents while crying out for help. In all, they are
striving hard not to drown before they can reach the safety of
the soul’s arms. And most who have been so deeply harmed will
tell you that, all the while they are swimming, they feel their
own soul is rowing toward them with the strongest, deepest of
strokes that can only come from One who loves without limits.”

Another Matt Licata via FB

At times, answers will come to your questions, and at other times confusion will dawn. Clarity and the confusion are both emissaries of the beloved, sent into this dimension to re-order the fabric of this reality, and to reveal your primordial wholeness. These and all forms co-arise in the vastness that you are, uniquely arranged to show you something important about the wild nature of love.

Please give yourself the gift of rest from the weariness of the conceptual world, and from your spiritual and self-improvement projects. Love yourself enough to set aside your questions, even for a moment, and reconnect with your sacred body and breath, with the natural world, and with the aliveness within you. Nothing is missing and nothing has gone wrong.

In this way you can provide a blessed holding space for your questions to unfold their secret meanings inside your heart, or to vanish forever into the womb of the beloved, recycled as light-particles of wisdom and kindness, seeding this weary world with your unique essence.

What is the Beloved by Matt Licata

What is the beloved? Only you can answer this question from inside your own direct experience. This mystery can never be revealed to you by another.

The beloved is that which reveals to you the inside of your own heart. She can appear as an intimate partner, which is one of her most evocative forms, but she would never limit herself to this expression. She is there as the sunrise, as the golden crystals in the snowflakes, and as the red in the sky that causes you to crumble in the face of the preciousness that is here.

But she is also weaved into the darkness, raging alive in your sadness, wild and dancing in the core of your loneliness, and unfolding herself in the center of your despair. When you are able to provide a home for even that which is unwanted within you, you will know her.

Is she separate from you, dancing with you in union, or has she come as you in disguise? Let us fall into these mysteries together.

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