Eckart Tolle is one the leading spiritual teachers in the world today. Born in Germany, educated in England & now residing in Canada. Eckhart Tolle is a #1 New York Times bestseller, The Power of Now having sold over 5 million copies, teaches us how to leave the analytical mind and recognise our false sense of self, which we believe to be the ultimate controller of our lives.
Eckhart teaches us “You are not your thoughts.“
Having suffered from crippling anxiety for many years. It wasn’t until the age of 29, that Eckhart Tolle experienced a spiritual breakthrough in the middle of the night, which was the catalyst for his spiritual journey to begin.
Eckhart Tolle has spent decades studying and deepening the understanding of his own breakthrough, Eckhart uses simple language to explain complicated shifts of perspective and thought process, which when utilised has the potential to improve our lives dramatically.
Listen closely as Eckart Tolle explains a simple process for becoming present to calm your racing thoughts.
Transcript | Eckhart Tolle – How To Silence Voices In Your Head
When we told you Eckhart would be coming on Super Soul Sunday. We heard the collective digital cheer online, you told us you had questions for Eckhart and he happily agreed to take a few. Laura one of our Facebook followers, wanted to know, how to calm the voice in her head. She writes “I feel like my mind is racing an enormous speed and at night it’s even worse.”
“How can I stop the constant stream of consciousness in my mind.”
Good question, many people will be thankful for that question. So first of all the question implies that you know that your mind won’t stop. If you are totally immersed you’re so identified with your mind, even the thought that your mind won’t stop, doesn’t even occur to you because you become your mind. You don’t know that it is your mind, that won’t stop. So Laura that’s a big, that’s.. you’re ahead of the game. The fact that Laura knows that her mind won’t stop is a good thing.
It’s a good start, so when you hear the thought “Why can’t I stop my mind.”
Don’t believe it, because you can stop your mind.
You can choose to take your attention away from thinking, and the first thing you do as you lie there in bed, you ask yourself, can I feel the energy inside my hands? In other words, can I feel that my hands are there without touching anything, can I feel that there’s an energy inside my hands and after a little while most people can.
There’s a slight tingling or liveness that you can feel when the energy goes in there and that’s an enormous step that you’ve already taken, because immediately thinking will slow down. Because it no longer has your whole attention. Got it. Then see, can you incorporate the whole body. Can you sense your legs and arms? So why does that work and not just, Laura saying to herself, let me think about something else.
There’s no anchor then for presence and the mind has such momentum that you won’t be able to stop it.
You need an anchor for presence
And the inner body as I call it is a wonderful anchor for the state of presence. Laura I hope you got that too, that’s why you just can’t say, “Okay I’m gonna think about something else.”
Yes, and then.. You have to actively choose. Not about something else, just go into the body and then thinking slows down, you might even stop completely for a while, and the amazing thing is what before was an unpleasant dreadful sleepless night, within a few minutes can actually be transformed into a very pleasant experience of feeling the inherent and aliveness in your whole body, and you lie there..
Because, and then you recognize “Oh I have slowed down.”
You have slowed down
The mind will do very little when you’re really in the body, there’s not much thinking anymore.
So another Facebooker wanted to know, this is closely related to what Laura said, “How does one clear one’s mind of bad memories?” Can you clear your mind of bad memories?
Well not as such, but you can recognize that bad memories are thoughts that are rising in your mind and when you recognize that these are thoughts arising in your mind.
You don’t need to identify with the thoughts any longer. So memories for example, of something bad that happened to you. Yes.
It’s not happening here and now
It’s already happened. Yes. It’s done. Yes, so memories are thoughts that arise. They are not realities.
Only when you believe that they are real, then they have the power over you. But when you realize it’s just another thought arising about the past then you can you find a space.. A spacious relationship with thought, so thought no longer has you in its grip.
I call it sometimes.. I hope if people really get that. Yes. That would be a gift for somebody whose tortured by the past. Yes, another aspect of that of course is guilt, which has to do with something one did to someone or something that they failed to do, but should have done. And so guilt arises.
But of course, who you were then..
No human being can act beyond their level of consciousness.
At that time, you acted like that..
The awareness was not there, to act differently. Now the awareness is there, and the awareness is who you truly are.
Well I think a lot of the reasons.. Anytime I’ve ever felt guilty it’s because I kind of knew better, I knew better and didn’t do it.
You know there’s nothing worse I think than being upset with yourself and you’re upset with yourself, not when you make a mistake for me. I’m upset with myself when I make a mistake that I could have prevented.
But you didn’t.. [Laughter] But you didn’t so live with it.