I have decided to participate in a 10 week program that Oprah is offering on her website it was developed in part by Eckhart Tolle a writer whose teachings have always resonated with me. An although what he has written has been written and taught before the way he describes it makes it very understand-able even to someone who has never studied Eastern philosophy. I was not going to take the class because I was not impressed with Oprah when she got behind a Moive, book, website called, “The Secret” because I saw it for what it was a long time before she had it on her show and I blogged about this before, so I won’t go into it again, but Eckhart Tolle I believe is offering a different message, a message we could all benefit from. He teaches us about the ego and he teaches us how to forgo it, to work around it, to notice when it is ruling us. The book we are using in the class is called, “A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”:
The book is not about finding the right job, it is about finding who you are, really. Below is part of what stuck me about the information he is delivering and it is taken directly from pages 54 and 55:
FROM DESCARTES’S ERROR TO SARTRE’S INSIGHT:
“The seventeenth-century philosopher Descartes, regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, gave expression to this primary error with his famous dictum ( which he saw as primary truth): “I think, therefore I am.” This was the answer he found to the question “Is there anything I can know with absolute certainty?” He realized that the fact that he was always thinking was beyond doubt, and so eh equated thinking with Being, this is to say, identity – I am – with thinking. Instead of the ultimate truth, he had found the root of the ego, but he didn’t know that.
It took almost three hundred years before another famous philosopher saw something in that statement thatDescartes, as well as everybody else, had overlooked. His name was Jean-Paul Sartre. He looked at Descartes’s statement, “I think, therefore I am” very deeply and suddenly realized, in his own words, “The consciousness that says, “I am” is not the consciousness that thinks.” What did he mean by that? When you are aware that you are thinking, that awareness is not part of thinking. It is a different dimension of consciousness. And it is that awareness that say, “I am.” If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. You would be like a dreamer who doesn’t know he is dreaming. You would be as identified with every thought as the dreamer is with every image in the dream. Many people still live like that, like sleepwalkers, trapped in old dysfunctional mind-sets that continuously re-create the same nightmarish reality. When you know you are dreaming, you are awake within the dream. Another consciousness has come in.”
The class starts tomorrow at 9pm Est and lasts for 90 minutes it is web-based and can be viewed on the computer. I was told by my friend that over 600,000 people have signed up. I am very interested to see what this is all about and will report next Serenity Sunday. There is still time to sign up if you are interested and more info can be found at the website.