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A New Earth-Chapter 10 The Final Webcast

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Each person’s life-each life form, in fact-represents a world, a unique way in which the universe expresses itself.

Yes, this has taken a while to post. It sat in draft form for several days and before that in my head for a couple of weeks. This last installment has been one of the harder webcast posts to write. Perhaps because it represents the end of a remarkable series of webcasts. Perhaps because it only marks the beginning of a journey that many of us are traveling.

Throughout these webcasts with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey there ran several consistent themes: to live without the ego, to live in awareness of life around us, to become comfortable with change, to realize that the first step to awakening is to reflect on our inner selves, for we are the ones who hold “the key” to our fullest potential.

Eckhart refers to this awakening as a return to consciousness and a move away from form (ego). In our society, this awakening of consciousness typically happens as we approach death or when faced with a tragedy, illness or loss. At times it is only when these issues confront us that we become conscious and experience a spiritual awakening. In our society, we are more focused on the DOING, not BEING. And in our often frenetic DOING, we tend to avoid BEING because we fear a return to our spiritual nature.

This does not mean that DOING doesn’t have its place. It does have its place. And we can honor the DOING aspects of our lives if we are present while DOING them. And when we are present when engaging in the activities in our lives, we step into BEING. (Does this sound circular?)

As we increase our awareness, ego begins to drop away. Unfortunately, it is our collective egos that have contributed to so many problems in our history as human beings. We are intelligent beings. However, as Eckhart states, our intelligence is often very stupid. That is, on the one hand we are very intelligent but on the other hand we are very stupid with our intelligence.

There are three ways in which to bring awareness, or presence, or consciousness into the DOING:

Acceptance: While we may not enjoy what we have to do, we can accept that this is what we have to do. In this sense acceptance means that for now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires us to do and we do it willingly. Performing an action in the state of acceptance means you are at peace doing it.

Enjoyment: Sometimes, when we accept that we have to do something that we don’t enjoy, we may actually find ourselves enjoying it. When we make the present moment, (not the past or the future), the focal point of our lives, our ability to enjoy what we do, and the quality of our life, increases.

Enthusiasm: This is highest level of vibration or energy in increasing awareness. Enthusiasm means there is a deep enjoyment in what we do. This may also include goals or visions that we work toward. However, if we become more focused on arriving at the goal rather than enjoying the process, then we become stressed.

So after reading the book and watching the webcasts, what did I get out of it?

I’ve learned that spirituality can be separate from religion. One does not need to be religious to be spiritual.

I’ve learned that God-like or Goddess-like qualities are found within ourselves. One does not have to look outward to find the goodness within.

I’ve learned that if I can clear my mind of that internal voice, even for a brief period of time, I can better focus on the task at hand. And when that voice pops up, I don’t have to listen to it.

I’ve learned that if I pause and take one deep breath during the day, I can return to stillness and feel centered.

And I’ve learned that this is a process that doesn’t happen over night. I work on it every day. And some days are definitely easier than others.

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5 thoughts on “A New Earth-Chapter 10 The Final Webcast

  1. Amy, I have thoroughly enjoyed your succinct revision of Eckharts message, as you highlight the jewels of his teachings. Thank you so much for your contribution in raising awareness through your blog.

    Mel

  2. Hi Amy,

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post about the last webcast, especially the part about what you got out of this whole experience. You have a wonderful way with words, my dear friend. I never got a chance to go back to watching the webcasts but I feel that just by reading the book and discussing it with you and some other friends, it has greatly influenced my way of being in this world.

    As I was reading the part where you talked about acceptance of something that you really don’t want to do, I thought of all of the times that I resisted these tasks and that it was the resistance that affected my enjoyment of those moments. Once I let go of the resistance and just allowed the moment to be what it was, everything changed.

    -Karen

  3. Amy, I second what Karen said, you do indeed have a wonderful way with words ! I am currently reading A New Earth, and have had a lot of ‘ah-ha moments’….. brief episodes of ‘conscious awareness’, as Eckhart calls it…I am just trying to read through the book without doing too much analysis or trying to make complete sense of concepts such as ‘the pain-body’. If I try to do that, I’ll slip into my ‘scientist role’!

  4. Hi Melanie,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    -Amy

  5. Hi Karen and Dora,

    Thank you for your compliments.

    Karen, yes, we’ve had many wonderful conversations about this book and the message it promotes. I, too, feel it has helped my way of living and being in this world.

    Dora, I’m glad to hear you’re working your way through the book. I agree; if you try to analyze the content, you may not get the gist of it. (And wouldn’t that be the ego trying to get in the way?) Even the smallest “ah-ha” moment is important.

    -Amy

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