CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT AND ECKHART TOLLE 

This handout is for a session to explore what insights arise via comparing quotations from Cynthia Bourgeault with arguably the most important 822 words from Eckhart Tolle.

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Cynthia Bourgeault & Thomas Keating – HERE

“Beginning in infancy (or even before) each of us, in response to perceived threats to our well-being, develops a false self: a set of protective behaviors driven at root by a sense of need and lack. The essence of the false self is driven, addictive energy, consisting of tremendous emotional investment in compensatory “emotional programs for happiness,” as Keating calls them.” – Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

“RESIST no thought; RETAIN no thought; REACT to no thought; RETURN to the sacred word.”

“All will come of its own accord in good time and with abundant fullness, so long as one does not attempt to hoard or cling.”

The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Christ and His Message

“It’s not about right belief; it’s about right practice.” –  The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on

“A sophiological Christianity focuses on the path.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Chris

“Kingdom of Heaven is really a metaphor for a state of consciousness.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New

“To mourn is to touch directly the substance of divine compassion.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New

“Blessed are the ones who have become spiritually “domesticated”; the ones who have tamed the wild animal energy within them, the passions and compulsions of our lower nature.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Chr

“As we enter the path of transformation, the most valuable thing we have working in our favor is our yearning.” The Wisdom Jesus

“Somehow when the heart becomes single, the rest will follow.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind

“When the field of vision has been unified, the inner being comes to rest, and that inner peaceableness flows into the outer world is harmony and compassion.”  – The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Christ and His Messag

“As we actually taste the flavor of what he’s teaching, we begin to see that it’s not proverbs for daily living, or ways of being virtuous. He’s proposing a total meltdown and recasting of human consciousness, bursting through the tiny acorn-selfhood that we arrived on the planet with into the oak tree of our fully realized personhood. He pushes us toward it, teases us, taunts us, encourages us, and ultimately walks us there.”  The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Christ

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Eckhart Tolle

STILLNESS SPEAKS Eckhart Tolle (Chapter 1 – the first 800 words ) – “The human condition: lost in thought.”

Chapter 1: Silence & Stillness

1) Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world. -0-

2) When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.

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3) Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.

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4) Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world. -0-

5) You are that awareness, disguised as a person.

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6) The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.

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7) Whenever there is some silence around you listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.

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8) See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking. You are aware, but not thinking.

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9) When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.

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10) Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.

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11) When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness. Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love.

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12) Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to nd stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness itself.

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13) You can become aware of awareness as the background to all your sense perceptions, all your thinking. Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner stillness.

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14) Any disturbing noise can be as helpful as silence. How? By dropping your inner resistance to the noise, by allowing it to be as it is, this acceptance also takes you into that realm of inner peace that is stillness.

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15) Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is no matter what form it takes you are still, you are at peace.

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16) Pay attention to the gap the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and out-breath.

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17) When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of “something” becomes just awareness. The formless dimension of pure consciousness arises from within you and replaces identification with form.

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18) True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.

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19) Is stillness just the absence of noise and content? No, it is intelligence itself the underlying consciousness out of which every form is born. And how could that be separate from who you are? The form that you think you are came out of that and is being sustained by it.

20) It is the essence of all galaxies and blades of grass; of all flowers, trees, birds, and all other forms.

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21) Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.

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22) When you look at a tree or a human being in stillness, who is looking?  Something deeper than the person.  Consciousness is looking at its creation. -0-

23) In the Bible, it says that God created the world and saw that it was good. That is what you see when you look from stillness without thought.

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24) Do you need more knowledge? Is more information going to save the world, or faster computers, more scientific or intellectual analysis? Is it not wisdom that humanity needs most at this time?

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25) But what is wisdom and where is it to be found? Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. -0-     822 words

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