Staying Conscious in the Face of Adversity | A Special Message From Eckhart Tolle (2023)


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Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author, born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of 29 a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. He devoted the next several years to understanding, integrating, and deepening that transformation. With his international bestsellers, The Power of Now and A New Earth—translated into over 52 languages—he has introduced millions to the joy and freedom of living life in the present moment. The New York Times has described him as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”, and Watkins Review has named him “the most spiritually influential person in the world.”

Eckhart’s profound, yet simple teachings have helped countless people around the globe experience a state of vibrantly alive inner peace in their daily lives. His teachings focus on awakening consciousness, which transcends ego and discursive thinking, and can be seen as the next step in human evolution. In the awakened state of presence, we discover what Eckhart describes as our essential identity—who we are beneath the surface—and its power for transforming our selves and our world.


- I'd like to share with you a short passage from the Bible.

It, doesn't happen very often that I read from the Bible as part of a teaching.

This is from the New Testament, and it is a parable that Jesus tells that is very profound and absolutely relevant to the present time.


Here we go.

Everyone, who listens to these words of mine and does them Will be like a man building a house who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.

The rain fell, the floods, came, and the wind blew and beat against the house, but it did not.


It had been set solidly on rock, and everyone who listens to these words of mine, but does not do them, will be like a fool who built his house on sand.

The rain, fell, the floods, came, and the wind blew and beat against the house.


It collapsed and was completely ruined.


Let's understand the deeper meaning of this.

Everyone who listens to these words and does them, means.

Obviously anybody who listens to the teaching and practices the teaching.


Of course, Jesus' teaching is find the Kingdom of Heaven that is within you, not anywhere else in space or time.

Find, the transcendent dimension, the Kingdom of Heaven, that is within you, which is a deeper dimension or higher dimension of consciousness, accessible to everyone.

And, the man that's building the house is you.

The house is you., The floods, come, the rain comes beating against the house, obviously means some form of adversity.

You encounter as you.

You inevitably will in your life.

Some form of fairly extreme adversity, whether it's at a personal level or as we're experiencing now, on a collective level.


If you haven't gone deep enough, because remember you are the house.

If, you haven't gone deep enough.

You have not found anything beyond the conceptual thinking: mind.

Then, the floods, the rain, the wind, the adversity, whatever it may be in this case.

We know what it is, will devastate you.


Even if you do not fall ill or contract, the virus, the fear will consume you as it's consuming millions of humans at the present time.


Why do you fear,? What is fear? Fear are certain thought forms you project yourself into some future moment.

And you're, not present.


If you were present, you would realize that in this moment, there's nothing to fear.


When you leave this moment, fear arises as a thought form, which then creates an emotion.


What does it mean, then, to dig deep and to find the foundation on the rock? What? Is that rock? The foundation for the house that you are, you are that house.

And I'd like you to take into a little meditation now in order to illustrate and to enable you to experience it firsthand what it means to dig deep.

For a moment, just become aware that you're breathing.

Become, aware of yourself.

Not the conceptual self, not become aware of your personal history or become aware of some imagined future moment, but become aware of yourself as the conscious presence, a field of conscious, presence.

And thinking does not help you there, thinking is an obstacle.


You go deeper than thinking, and you can be completely awake and present and yet, with very little mind activity.


That is the beginning of the realization of your deep identity.

What I sometimes call your essence: identity.

And, your essence.

Identity is inseparable from the present moment.

It is the timeless, eternal present.

It is a deeper dimension of consciousness than the one that you, ordinarily identify with.

And, that is the meaning of digging deep and finding that unshakable foundation.

That is deep within you, within everyone.

Adversity is a wonderful opportunity, because adversity forces you to go deeper.

Adversity forces you to awaken to the deeper dimension of who you are.

Why does adversity force.

You? Because life becomes almost unbearable when you live only on the surface, the surface of sense perceptions and your conceptual mind.

And, then you listen to the newscasts, and you read all kinds of things.

And everybody's in state of fear.


Is the house built on the sand, that when the floods come, the wind comes, the storms come, the house collapses.

Meaning,? Since you are the house.

In this parable.

You are devastated, in a state of extreme anxiety, extreme suffering, although nothing actually has happened.

Yet unless you contract a disease, and this is something we'll talk about next time, right? Is the house, your house, the house that you are, are you living on the surface? Is your house built on sand? Or are you able to dig and find the foundation within yourself that frees you from fear? Now, when things are going well, it's unlikely that, most humans can't be bothered with going deeper, what for? If these things out going okay, I'm looking forward to my next vacation, weekend is coming up and whatever it is, a nice meal is waiting for me.

Everything, comfort zone, you're in your comfort zone.

I've never heard of anybody who awakens in their comfort zone.

There's nothing wrong with comfort.

Enjoy them when they are there.

They last for a while, and then some form of adversity.

Arises, either on a personal level or on a collective level.

Minor forms of adversity and occasionally huge forms of adversity, potential.


Whether, it's you're.

Suddenly, confronted with the fact of mortality, some great loss, serious illness on a personal level or on a collective level., War, civil strife, civil war, financial, collapse, invasion of your country, all kinds of things can happen.

And at the present time, we are experiencing the so-called pandemic.

Collective adversity, not affecting just one person, but now affecting millions at the same time.


This is an invitation to go deeper, because if you don't, you suffer unnecessarily.

Millions are in a state of fear and anxiety.

But use this as an opportunity to either awaken out of the mind identified state of consciousness, that continuously projects itself into the future, that you have no control.


It is never present.

This mind identified state of consciousness.


The house built on the sand.

It's an opportunity to come to this realization that you are much deeper than you had known, before.

You're forced to go deeper because you can't stand the suffering anymore, the unhappiness, or whatever.

You want to call it, the anxiety.


So the most vital thing in any situation is the state of consciousness with which you meet the situation.


You should pay more attention to that than to the newscasts and whatever it is that you listen to and watch.


You can do that also.


What is your state of consciousness? That's, something you can do something about.

There's, not very much that you can do about the external situation.

You can take precautions.

You can help other people, to the extent which it is possible.

All, that's good.

You do all the things that you need to do.


Perhaps many people are now forced to stay at home, and they have to.

You have to be suddenly on a private retreat at home.

Now, that's an opportunity.


So use this precious time.

That is here because it is part of the awakening consciousness of humanity.

It seems almost paradoxical to say that something that, on the surface, looks very negative and looks like an obstacle to the well-being of humanity.

And, yes.

It's an obstacle to the well-being of humanity on a purely physical level, perhaps temporarily, yes.

But, something that looks like an obstacle from a conventional point of view is actually an opportunity for you to awaken to a deeper, or we could say higher level of consciousness.

Humans, don't awaken when they're in their comfort, zone.

They awaken when they are taken out of their comfort, zone.

Not everybody does, it's an opportunity.


You do not awaken when you're no longer in your comfort, zone, you suffer., You're, unhappy, you're, anxious, you're, fearful.

You haven't found the rock.


The difference between this parable and actual life is in this parable.

The man had already dug deep, and he had already built his house on the rock, and then the floods came and so on, and the house was unshakable.

In real life.

Often it is the case that the wind, the floods, the rains, all beating against the house, which means adversity arising in your life.

The adversity forces you.

If you haven't already gone deeper, it forces you to go deeper.


So it's not too late to start digging.

Now, in the face of adversity.

Many of you already in the process of awakening, probably most of you listening to this.

And, what's happening to us now is a wonderful opportunity for you to go deeper, a deepening of that, an acceleration of the awakening.

So, as much as possible, especially whenever you feel yourself, drifting off into a fearful state of consciousness and a fearful emotional state.


You realize that, realize that in this present moment, there's nothing to fear.


You have to verify this for yourself, whether this is true or not.


You fear something.

It's of some imagined future moment.

Am I, going to catch this disease? Am I, going to die? Is a loved one going to catch it?, Is, a loved one, my child, my parent,! Are they going to die? You? Imagine it,! It could happen, but right now.

It's not happening.


Whenever you feel yourself, drifting off into fear, realize, okay, I have lost the present moment.

And I lost myself in my mind, in the thinking, mind.

And, then the emotion reflects that mind.


So the moment you notice, it, okay, I've lost the present moment.

I am lost in the mind.

Come back into the present moment.

A few little things that are helpful: Be, aware of your breathing.

Be, aware of the inner energy field in your body.

The body is alive, and this energy, this life energy that pervades the body, feel that.

You're breathing.

You feel the aliveness in the body, you're aware of sense, perceptions.

You, look around, yeah, present.


Then you become aware of that presence.

That is inseparable from who you are.

That presence that is inseparable from who you are.

That's, an amazing realization., There's more to you than the person.

That presence is deeper than the person.


You needed the adversity either to find it or to deepen that which you had already found it, but it was not yet a deep realization.


This is a time of great opportunity.

Use it, don't waste it.

There's a saying that goes: When, the ego weeps for what it has lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found.


What looks bad on the surface has an essential function.

I will speak to you again: soon.

In, the meantime, be here, be present.

Don't lose yourself in the mind.

Don't lose yourself in fear.

Find and be rooted in this rock.

That is your essence.


Thank you.


What was Eckhart Tolle's inspirational quote? ›

On the Present Moment
  • “The past has no power over the present moment.” ...
  • “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” ...
  • “Always say “yes” to the present moment. ...
  • “It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”
Dec 2, 2018

What does Eckhart say about suffering? ›

To be human is to suffer. Whether it is brief annoyance or a life-altering cataclysm, everyone will encounter suffering—and yet, according to Eckhart Tolle, all of these painful moments contain an opportunity for awakening.

What is Eckhart Tolle's main message? ›

His teachings focus on the significance and power of Presence, the awakened state of consciousness, which transcends ego and discursive thinking. Eckhart sees this awakening as the essential next step in human evolution.

What is the most famous motivational quote? ›

Road to Success Quotes
  • Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. - ...
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. - ...
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - ...
  • If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. -
Apr 6, 2023

What is the famous quote the power of now? ›

The Power of Now Quotes
  • “Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.” ...
  • “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.” ...
  • “It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept - before they will forgive.”

What is 1 verse about suffering? ›

1 Peter 5:10

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

What is a famous quote on human suffering? ›

More Quotes on Suffering
  • We must learn to suffer what we cannot evade; our life, like the harmony of the world, is composed of contrary things, and one part is no less necessary than the other. ...
  • To make sacrifices in big things is easy, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom capable of.

How can I stop suffering in life? ›

Tips for relieving suffering
  1. Make a commitment to yourself to accept the reality of a certain situation. Try not to judge yourself for not being able to accept your reality. ...
  2. Refocus on acceptance. ...
  3. Make your own list of things you'd like to accept. ...
  4. Break the situation down. ...
  5. Focus on the present. ...
  6. Don't try to accept judgments.

What does Eckhart Tolle say about the pandemic? ›

Eckhart explains how the current global pandemic, which is a time of chaos and disruption, is an invitation to accept the present moment for what it is. Eckhart shares how he believes we can suffer less during the pandemic and how Covid-19 might lead us all to a new spiritual awakening.

What religion is Eckhart Tolle? ›

Eckhart is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition.

What celebrities follow Eckhart Tolle? ›

Eckhart Tolle's guides to living 'In The Now' and dealing with your 'pain-body' are a publishing phenomenon, beloved of Paris Hilton, Annie Lennox and a host of other celebrity names.

What is Eckhart Tolle's ego? ›

According to Eckhart Tolle, ego is your “I,” or self—how you distinguish yourself from others. The ego creates your identity from your social status, job, possessions, education, appearance, relationships, personal and family history, beliefs, and membership in political, national, racial, and religious groups.

What is the main lesson of The Power of Now? ›

1-Sentence-Summary: The Power of Now shows you that every minute you spend worrying about the future or regretting the past is a minute lost, because the only place you can truly live in is the present, the now, which is why the book offers actionable strategies to start living every minute as it occurs and becoming ...

What is the spiritual meaning of The Power of Now? ›

“The Power of Now” is a spiritual self-help guide to help us discover our true Being, release our pain and find deep inner peace. When we are intensely present in the Now, we respond from deep consciousness and flow with ease and joy in life.

What is the most meaningful part of life? ›

Family & Friendship. Our relationships are our foundation. They are truly the things that make our lives richer and more complete. We must prioritize time with friends, family and loved ones to foster our relationships.

What are the three most important things in your life? ›

What are the 3 most important things in your life?
  • Family.
  • Home.
  • Health.
  • Money.

What are the three important in our life? ›

Occasionally the applicant gets those answers right. What are the right answers? Without hesitation my top three important things in life are faith, health, and family. The list goes on from there with friends, happiness, hope, a positive attitude, security, comfort, and compassion.

What are 3 powerful motivational words? ›

Short motivational quotes
  • “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” — ...
  • “Opportunities don't happen, you create them.” — ...
  • “Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.” — ...
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —
Dec 1, 2022

What is a good short positive message? ›

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.

What are the most iconic quotes of all time? ›

Famous quotes in English
That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.Neil ArmstrongEnglish
The love of money is the root of all evil.the BibleGreek
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.Franklin D. RooseveltEnglish
The truth will set you free.the BibleGreek
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What is considered the most famous quote? ›

A jury consisting of 1,500 film artists, critics, and historians selected "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn", spoken by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in the 1939 American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind, as the most memorable American movie quotation of all time.

What is a deep meaningful quote about strength? ›

Short Quotes About Strength
  • "Where there is no struggle, there is no strength." – Oprah Winfrey.
  • "Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life." – J.K. Rowling.
  • “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” - ...
  • "We will either find a way, or make one." – Anibal Barca.

What is a good strength message? ›

I hope you feel your inner strength building day by day.” “This is tough, but you're tougher.” “I'm proud of you for walking this road, for doing what's right for you.” “You're making a big change, and that's a really big deal.”

What is a simple quote about strength? ›

Mahatma Gandhi. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

What verse is strength in suffering? ›

Romans 5:3-5 says, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” 2.

What does the Bible say about overcoming suffering? ›

Romans 5:3-5

3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Where is God in the midst of suffering? ›

When we are suffering, God is right beside us. Nothing can separate us from His love. He wants to show us His love through His church, and give us a purpose through His Word!

What is the life biggest tragedy quote? ›

The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.

What is the root of suffering quote? ›

The Root of Suffering is Attachment” is a commonly cited quote from the Buddha. When the Buddha used attachment multiple times in the same composition he often substituted the word acquisition in its place. Becoming attached the things we acquire is pretty easy to understand, especially in our materialistic culture.

How do you overcome adversity quotes? ›

10 Quotes on Overcoming Obstacles That Will Motivate You
  1. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford.
  2. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière.
  3. “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” – Roger Crawford.

Why do I suffer so much in life? ›

We evolved to suffer in certain circumstances (e.g., deprivation of food, water, air, warmth, social rejection, loss of loved ones). Our suffering motivates us to change our behavior, when possible, in ways that enhance our chances of survival.

What is the cure of suffering? ›

Cessation of suffering (Nirodha)

The Buddha taught that the way to extinguish desire, which causes suffering, is to liberate oneself from attachment. This is the third Noble Truth - the possibility of liberation.

Why does suffering make us stronger? ›

Nietzsche, a wise man himself, famously remarked that what does not kill us, makes us stronger. Suffering can make us more resilient, better able to endure hardships. Just as a muscle, in order to build up, must endure some pain, so our emotions must endure pain in order to strengthen.

Why does Tolle believe being present in the now moment is so important? ›

When you're present, everything feels more intense, you are more aware of what's happening around you, and your sense of self is stronger than ever. You see things as they are rather than through the lens of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences from the past.

What has COVID done to people mentally? ›

If you get COVID-19, you may experience a number of symptoms related to brain and mental health, including: Cognitive and attention deficits (brain fog) Anxiety and depression. Psychosis.

Does Eckhart Tolle believe Jesus is God? ›

Dan Harris: Do you believe that Jesus is the son of God? Eckhart Tolle: I believe that Jesus realized his oneness with God and he showed, what he attemped to do was show the way to all of us, how to realize our own onenes with God also, so he's a precursor.

Does Eckhart Tolle believe that Jesus is the Son of God? ›

Eckhart Tolle Quotes. Was Jesus the son of God? Yes. But so are you.

What is spirituality according to Eckhart Tolle? ›

10- Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle Quotes. Being a spiritual person means taking responsibility for who you are, and for the energy you put out into the world.

What are the best quotes from A New Earth Eckhart Tolle? ›

A New Earth Quotes
  • “If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace. ...
  • “Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.” ” ...
  • “There is the dream, and there is the dreamer of the dream.

Is The Power of Now religious? ›

Philosophical outlook. The book draws from a variety of spiritual traditions, and one reviewer described it as "Buddhism mixed with mysticism and a few references to Jesus Christ, a sort of New Age re-working of Zen." It uses these traditions to describe a "belief system based on living in the present moment".

What is the main message of The Power of Now? ›

Its core message is that people's emotional problems are rooted in their identification with their minds. The author writes that an individual should be aware of their present moment instead of losing themselves in worry and anxiety about the past or future.

What is the famous quote The Power of Now? ›

The Power of Now Quotes. “Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.” “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.” “It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept - before they will forgive. ...

What you have learned about the meaning of power? ›

Someone with power has physical strength or they're in control of things. So a weakling who's in charge of a business still has a lot of power. Power comes from the Latin word potere, which means "to be able." But things with power are much more than able — they're able to exert a lot of force.

What is the summary of The Power of One More? ›

The premise of The Power of One More is simple: you are closer to living your best life than you may think. In 19 turbo-charged chapters, Ed lays out dozens of practical strategies that show how you're only one more thought and action away from transforming your life from average to extraordinary.

Why is The Power of Now important? ›

The Power of Now Review

It teaches the importance of living in the present moment to achieve a more fulfilling life. The book provides practical techniques for transcending the ego and finding inner peace.

What are the three options of The Power of Now? ›

If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.

What is Enlightenment according to Eckhart Tolle? ›

According to Eckhart Tolle, enlightenment is not something you strive to achieve: You do not reach enlightenment by gaining anything, only by stripping away the ego's unnecessary thoughts and negative energy. Enlightenment comes only through being in the Now and keeping the ego at bay.

What is the most powerful quote of all time? ›

  1. 21 Of The World's Most Powerful Quotes, Updated For Today. ...
  2. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ...
  3. “Everybody is a genius. ...
  4. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ...
  5. “He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.”

What is the most inspirational quote of all time? ›

What is the most inspiring quote ever?
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” – Confucius.
  • “Magic is believing in yourself. ...
  • “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney.
  • “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure…
Aug 19, 2021

What is the No 1 quote in the world? ›

"I have a dream." - Martin Luther King Jr.

What is the inspirational quote of New Path life? ›

life path Quotes
  • “No there's no way not to suffer. ...
  • “Believe in the integrity and value of the jagged path. ...
  • “I take a good long look at her. ...
  • “I think it is more like what you are willin to become. ...
  • “We alternate choosing places to go, but we also have to be willing to go where the road takes us.

What is the Awakening quotes Eckhart Tolle? ›

Only by awakening can you know the true meaning of that word. Even if you achieve your outer purpose, it will never satisfy you if you haven't found your inner purpose, which is awakening, being present, being in alignment with life. True power comes out of the presence; it is the presence.

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