One of the aspects of this production I really enjoy is that often following a deep teaching, there is atmospheric music to give you time to reflect on what you just heard before jumping into the next concept.
Where do our beliefs come from?
I would suggest listening to this preview which provides some background regarding Eckhart Tolle's awakening:
This kind of awakening, this kind of shift from hallucination to simple sanity has been happening for millions of people in the last few years. It indicates a quantum shift, at least the beginnings of a quantum shift in collective consciousness, a shift from collective hallucination to collective awakening.
For example, many people are aware of the story of Eckhart Tolle. He wrote a very popular book, The Power of Now, many people have read, and you may be familiar with what happened to Eckhart Tolle.
He was a graduate student at London University, studying actually literature. But he was extremely depressed. He was living in a one room, bed sitter, that means a room which has the bed and couch and cooking and everything in the same room. That's just like one room. They call it bed sitter in London in an area called Belsize Park. And he was extremely depressed, so depressed, that he told me that at that time, all he could think about was suicide.
Every day, he was just contemplating ways for how he could end his life. One evening, at the absolute pit of his depression, he was alone in his bed sitter didn't really have friends, relationships, no girlfriend, just not much going on, much to live for. And a thought arose for him. A simple thought, I can't live with myself anymore. I can't live with myself anymore.
Now, the myself he was very familiar with it was all these thoughts and feelings of depression and hopelessness and despair. But he asked himself for the first time, what is this 'I'? Who is it, who is aware of the myself but can't live with it?
The way he describes it, is that when the attention shifted for the first time back to the 'I', and really looked for it, it was like falling into an infinite abyss, like falling and falling and falling. He heard some kind of a voice that just said, Don't resist anything. And he kept falling and kept falling into this abyss. Finally, this went on and on.
And finally he went to sleep. In the morning, when he woke up. He looked out of the window, he heard the sound of a bird. And there was only the bird heard. And no thought, interpreting or evaluating that birdsong. He saw the movement of a branch with a blossom, and there was just the movement experienced, seen and no evaluative process interfering with that experience. He went out for a walk. And the way he describes it is that everything was beautiful, because it was no longer interpreted through concept.
That's just one story. I want to start with that story with us in this session, because it's well known, it's a good reference point. But over the last years, I have interviewed and surveyed thousands of people who have passed through exactly the same kind of shift. The shift may produce different kinds of feelings, experiences, body sensations, there may be shifts of energy through the body, there may be feelings of tremendous love or relief, there may be bursting out laughing. But at the essence of this shift is always the same recognition. It is the direct experiential recognition of that to which the 'I' points.
Faulty points of view.
Our points of view are flawed when we ask the question 'Is this true.'
Everything we say or do is an attempt to complete the sentence 'I Am.'
When we 'awaken' to the truth, we discover we are mysterious and undefined. The issue we fall into is one of a fixed mindset where we are unable to separate ourselves from our false points of view.
It's where our personal reality (the hallucination) becomes more sacred the life itself. When end up defending our position because of our belief in who we are.
People will fight to the death to defend their beliefs. We saw it during the pandemic when thousands of otherwise intelligent people refused to get vaccinated, many of whom ended up dying from the very disease the vaccine was developed to fight.
How do you recognize a flawed point of view? It has an opposite. For every point of view we have, there's an opposite.
Like anything cut in half, there's another half.
I am rich. I am poor.
The billion+ dollar industry of personal development is built on the premise that the opposite is true. For you to improve assumes there's a you who is flawed - someone who needs to be corrected. But it's just a point of view, isn't it?
We seek out advice to improve, not worsen ourself.
Is there a decision you made at young age behind every decision you make?
A large majority of my own decisions have been driven by the pain I felt of being excluded as a young child. I decided at some point early in my life that I would do everything within my power to make sure no one is ever excluded.
The beliefs we identify with are actually driven by their opposites which we have pushed into the shadow.
We are driven to earn more money because of a deep hidden belief that there is not enough.
To be free and let yourself go, you must be willing to let go of having any point of view whatsoever. Like Wargames, the only way to win is not to play at all. So begin to recognize your points of view for what they are: hallucinations rooted an experience that happened to you.
At the very least, embrace both ends of the points of view - your view and the opposite of your view. Doing so will allow you to begin the process of letting go.
Do our forgone conclusions predispose us to what ultimately unfolds in our experience?
Does the idea of who we are determine how we show up, and therefore ultimately what happens to us?
I'm reminded of the story from Earl Nightingale about a salesperson who went to Carnegie for referrals. He succeeded because he falsely assumed the referrals were people Carnegie knew, when in fact, the list of 10 references Carnegie gave him came straight from the phonebook!
From the points of view we carry, reality will show up to prove us right. Even the slightest belief in something can cause our overactive minds to find evidence and our RAS amplifies.
I'm drawn to biographies to see evidence of this. It's likely the itch that became my obsession with 50 Interviews. It's that those who achieve success had the mindset of success before it happened for them.
The clearer the vision, the stronger our point of view, the more our lives will reflect our POV.
Levels: * Mental (thinking) - via logic Ex: Enough Money - we will always * Feeling - gets us closer to liberation * Physical - * Pure Energy *
When we see how feelings can just arise in the mind without a catalyst, we can begin to see how easily we can let a feeling go. The problem arises when we create a story around the feeling.
In this lesson Arjuna demonstrates how quickly we can conjure up sadness, anger, pride, grief, excitement and pretty much any emotion we want on cue. We can let the feeling go as easily as we let it arise. Without a story! For now reason at all!
So where did we learn to connect stories to feelings?
This is a very powerful concept to grasp next time you are feeling something you don't want. When we attach a story to that feeling, we have a much harder time letting it go... but when we learn that feelings can arise without reason, we find it's easy to let them go.