Along my travels I have barely read at all. With so much beauty and wonder to see and experience in every place I visit my mind runs wild with inspiration. I spend whats left of my free time alone writing, photographing and strengthening my yoga practice.
I never enrolled into university, my teachings came from travel. And now more than ever I feel the expanse of wisdom I have gained is greater and more substantial than that of which I learnt in any government educational system.
I feel alive and in love. With life, with Mother Earth and with the oneness that resides in us all.
2 weeks ago I changed my travel itinerary (this happens a lot) and I found myself sleeping for a few nights in a tent on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. On my last day I took an evening stroll and found myself staring at a copy of Eckhart Tolle’s novel ‘A New Earth’ in a small guesthouse on the lake front. I recently became aware of this author through an inspiring friend I met 7 years ago in Costa Rica - Joe Metcalfe. Without hesitation I took the book, and 2 weeks later I began reading.
Although I have only read a fraction of the book so far, I cannot recommend it enough.
It is more important to human growth than any text book you will read in school.
This is one of the mind blowing sub-chapters;
Ego: The Current State Of Humanity
Words, no matter whether they are vocalised and made into sounds or remain unspoken as thoughts, can cast an almost hypnotic spell upon you. You easily lose yourself in them, become hypnotised into simplicity believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is it. 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. All we can perceive, experience, think about is the surface layer of reality, less than the tip of an iceberg.
Underneath the surface appearance, everything I not only connected Sith everything else, but also with the source of all life out of which it came. Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to god, to the source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. This is what great artists sense and succeed in conveying in their art. Van Gogh didn’t say: “thats just an old chair.” He looked, and looked, and looked. He sensed the Beingness of the chair. Then he sat in front of the canvas and took up the brush. The chair itself would have sold for the equivalent of a few dollars. The painting of that same chair today would fetch in excess of $25 million.
When you don’t cover up the world with words and label, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought. A depth returns to your life. Things regain their newness, their freshness. And the greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self as prior to any words, thoughts, mental labels, and images. For this to happen, you need to disentangle your sense of I, of Beingness, from all the things it has become mixed up with, that is to say, identified with.
The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you. In this way, cleverness may be gained, but wisdom is lost, and so are joy, love, creativity, and aliveness. They are concealed in the still gap between the perception and the interpretation. Of course we have to use words and thoughts. They have their own beauty - but do we need to become imprisoned in them?
Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. Language consists of five basic sounds produced by the vocal chords. They are the vowels a, e, I, o, u. The other sounds are consonants produced by air pressure: s, f, g, and so forth. 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 a stone is in its depth?
~ Eckhart Tolle
Taken from the book ’A New Earth. Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose’
Love & Light,