Inner Purpose: aligning with the present moment

Chapter 9 of a A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle is entitled “Inner Purpose”.  We’ve brought our reflection on pain bodies and time and flowers and ego and roles to this chapter . Our inner purpose is all the same, according to Tolle:  “to align to the present moment”, “say yes to life”, “say yes to now.” How has your awareness changed with your reflections? Do you find more moments of presence among your everydayness? Has the process been gradual or startling for you?

“You can only be successful.” (270) How does it feel to read this?

What do you know when you are still?

Do you have an outer purpose? Does it bring you joy? How aligned are your outer purpose and inner purpose? What do you do to bring inner purpose into everything you do?

“Whenever you become anxious or stressed, outer purpose has taken over, and you lost sight of your inner purpose. You have forgotten that your state of consciusness is primary, all else is secondary” (p. 266). What do you do that reminds you that you are awareness, to “say yes to now” and align to the present moment?

How does it feel when you give people your 100 percent full attention? “Am I total in what I do?” Eckhart urges us to ask. Do you notice the activity – the buying or selling or caretaking – takes a secondary seat? Do you enjoy surrendering yourself to each interaction?

“…the most significant thing that can happen to a human being has already happened within you: the beginning of the separation process of thinking and awareness.” (p. 262)

Join us at at 7pm EDT (that’s 5 MDT) for discussion!

A New Earth Chapter 6 Discussion – Noon Eastern Today!

A New Earth Chapter 6 Discussion – Noon Eastern Today!
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You are invited to join in a live discussion today at, just one in a weekly series in conjunction with Oprah’s sponsorship of Eckhart Tolle’s webinar on his recent book. We’re up to chapter 6, a pivotal moment in the book during which he discusses the role of the pain body in awakening.

Whether you caught the webcast last night, are looking forward to catching up on it later, are reading at your own pace or are interested in new discussions of energy for transformation, we’d love to have you join our discussion.

Topics in this chapter include pain-body as fuel for consciousness, presence, the pain-body in children, breaking identification with the pain-body, triggers and awakening.

“Now, inseted of wanting this moment to be different from the way it is, which adds more pain to the pain that is already there, is it possible for you to completely accept that this is what you feel right now?” (p165)

What is your experience with acceptance and presence? What makes us want this moment to be different than it is? What have you experienced as a result of times you have been able to practice this accepting presence? What blocks arise for you?

I hope to see you on at 12 noon ET for the live chat. To jump in, all you need to do is type your question in the comment box below the featured article. To see others’ questions and responses in real time, simply hit the refresh button on your browser. Remember to refresh your page continuously to see each new comment. If you are unable to make it, but have a comment, observation, or question, please leave it in the comment thread below. Thank you for your presence!