|my mom's list of The Four Agreements in the back cover; this copy of A New Earth is hers. I like the noets she took.|
What's in front of me now is Eckhart Tolle's book about ego. I'm actually finally reading it! Although, I'm surprised because he almost lost me at the start with tightly packed sentences with great meaning and short history lessons. I'm used to reading stories lately. I actually couldn't believe I had read six whole pages when I first started and was convinced that the Table of Contents must have been numbered if I was already that far along, but I'm making my way through it: slowly, slowly, and trying to understand each line as much as I can right now.
Since I mentioned some thoughts about ego here, I thought I'd share some of the notes I took from the book so far, in case anyone is interested. Here they are:
-"The human mind is highly intelligent. Yet its very intelligence is tainted by madness."
-"The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science or technology, but the recognition of its own dysfunction, its own madness. "
-"You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness."
-"Words, no matter whether they are vocalized and made into sounds or remain unspoken as thoughts, can cast an almost hypnotic spell upon you. You easily lose yourself in them, become hypnotized into implicitly believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is. The fact is: You don't know what it is. You have only covered up the mystery with a label. Everything, a bird, a tree, even a simple stone, and certainly a human being, is ultimately unknowable. This is because it has unfathomable depth."
-"Of course we have to use words and thoughts. They have their own beauty--but do we need to become imprisoned in them?"
-"The greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self as prior to any words, thoughts, mental labels, and images."
-"Language consists of five basic sounds produced by vocal cords...Do you believe some combination of such basic sounds could ever explain who you are, or the ultimate purpose of the universe, or even what a tree or stone is in its depth?"
p.s. don't let that tree in the picture fool you that the temperatures around here are dropping. It was a high of 93º yesterday. I'm more worried that tree is dying of heat stroke, but I think its leaves are changing and falling prematurely because they came back extra early this year due to excessive winter sun.