Eckhart Tolle and the silent space of stillness.
Although it takes a while to get going his book A New Earth is wonderful.
In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.
It comes from Hass’ book The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa.
We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not.
Love this. Carl Jung explains death as being beyond time and space:
I know that you say death is psychologically just as important as birth and like it is an integral part of life, but surely, it can’t be like birth if it is an end. Can it?
Yes. If it is an end and there we are not quite certain about this end because we know that there are these peculiar faculties of the psyche: that it isn’t entirely confined to space and time. You can have dreams or visions of the future. You can see around corners and such things. Only ignorants deny these facts (yes: ja – german). It’s quite evident that they do exist and have existed always. Now these facts show that the psyche- in part, at least- is not dependent on these confinements. And then what? When the psyche is not under that obligation to….live in time and space alone- and obviously, it doesn’t. Then, in .. to that extent, the psyche is not submitted to those laws and that means a..a practical continuation of life of a sort of psychical existence beyond time and space.
Do you yourself believe that death is probably the end or do you believe –
Well, I can’t say you see. The word “believe” is a difficult thing for me. I don’t “believe.” I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and when I know it, I don’t need to believe it. If I… I don’t allow myself, for instance, to believe a thing just for the sake of believing it. I can’t believe it! But when there are sufficient reasons for a certain hypothesis, I shall accept these reasons naturally. And to say “We have to reconnect with the possibility of… You know?
Well, now you told us that we should regard death as being a goal and to stray away from it is to evade life and life’s purpose. What advice would you give to people in their later life to enable them to do this when most of them must, in fact, believe that death is the end of everything?
Well, you see I have treated many old people and its quite interesting to watch what their conscious doing with the fact that it is apparently threatened with the complete end. It disregards it. Life behaves as if it were going on and so I think it is better for old people to live on, to look forward to the next day, as if he had to spend centuries and then he lives happily, but when he is afraid and he doesn’t looks forward. He looks back. He petrifies. He gets stiff and he dies before his time, but when he’s living on, looking forward to the great adventure that is ahead, then he lives. And that is about what your conscious is intending to do. Of course it is quite obvious that we’re all going to die and this is the sad finale of everything, but never-the-less, there is something in us that doesn’t believe it, apparently, but this is merely a fact, a psychological fact. Doesn’t mean to me that it proves something. It is simply so. For instance, I may not know why we need salt, but we prefer to eat salt too because we feel better. And so when you think in a certain way, you may feel considerably better. And I think if you think along the lines of nature, then you think properly.
Don’t really understand the comments Marianne Williamson got on her blog about her Department of Peace post. How bizarre?
One would think that with such a well known and read writer that more people would write comments, and that they would give over-whelming support for the US congress bill she helped to initiate.
Did people actually write the comments? I can only assume they’re spam?
Her first book, A Return to Love, is great, as is this famous quote from it:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.