Eckhart Tolle Most Powerful Quotes and 5 Life Lessons to Liberate Yourself
“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” ― Eckhart Tolle
In his late twenties, Eckhart Tolle went through a soul-crushing life crisis which transformed his life forever. He was going through a deep depression and tried to commit suicide.
This dark period brought about powerful transformational life lessons and he’s now widely recognized as one of the greatest spiritual teachers. His book The Power of Now is a New York Bestseller and has been translated into 33 languages worldwide.
The key theme of Eckhart’s teachings is transcending the ego-based consciousness. When we identify with the limiting thoughts of our mind, we become limit our growth and become anxious.
1. Live in the Present Moment
When you aren’t being present you become a slave to time. Your mind is pulled into the past or the future.
Your thoughts are of the past what has been, what could have been, what happened. Or your thoughts are of the future what could happen, what might happen, the variables of different outcomes, are all pulling you from your only reality, the present.
The only moment that truly exists is the present, time is an illusion therefore a person not living in the present could be seen as delusional. We must focus on what is real, the present moment is all that we can experience, interact with with and influence. So we must actively focus living in the present moment.
According to Eckhart Tolle,
“the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.” – Eckhart Tolle Quotes
2. Realize Who You Truly Are
“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” – Eckhart Tolle Quotes
Your consciousness is greater than your thoughts, your thoughts are drops in an ocean, and your consciousness is the ocean itself.
Your ocean is a sum of all the thoughts which becomes your reality, learning to think clearly, presently and positively can revolutionize your existence.
Learn to silence the inner chatter and you’ll realize that a source of inner bliss and joy already exists inside you.
3. Embrace Change
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle Quotes
Change is important to grow and expand your experience of life. According to Tony Robbins, a world renowned life and business coach, it is in human nature to seek constant progress towards ultimate self-realization.
The best way to change and evolve is to create a vision for your life and move towards it even when you are afraid. If you have already strongly envisioned where you are going, you brain will subconciously move in that direction. The stronger your vision the quicker your progress.
4. Observe Keenly to Build Self-Awareness
“Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space.” – Eckhart Tolle Quotes
When we aren’t conscious and aware, we slip into mindless living which is toxic and hampers our spiritual growth. For example, when we live passively, with no conscious intentions, fall into addictions, live a distracted life – we are living mindlessly.
To observe is to become conscious and take charge of your life instead of letting life happen to you and just wishing that someday your dreams will come true. Once you learn to live consciously, you will have more control over your own existence.
5. You Become What You Think About
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.” – Eckhart Tolle Quotes
If you are constantly thinking that you’re lazy, unhappy, or not worthy of happiness and fulfillment, you will become those thoughts. – if you’re constantly complaining, you’ll attract more negativity into your life. The goal is to take full responsibility for your life and shed all the excuses.
Realize the power of your mind. If you focus it on positive things, with positive thoughts and actions, you will create positive results. And if you focus on negativity, you’ll create more negativity.
When you are stuck, don’t ask “why me?”, ask “how can I get through this?” and “what is a step no matter how small, I can take to make progress?” A simple question like this will help you focus on the solution.
In the end, life is too short to spend it in negativity. A being with a negative mindset will never reach their true potential.