If you’re attracted to both these teachings you may be having trouble seeing how they fit together…
On the one hand Eckhart Tolle teaches that the source of all your troubles is your own ego. You’re lost in thought. You lack awareness or consciousness of your true, essential nature.
This is in line with the majority of spiritual teaching…
On the other hand, Abraham-Hicks and The Secret teach “You can have whatever you want.” “The universe is abundant.” “Place your order by putting yourself in the vibration of already having it, and it will be yours.”
At first it seems as though the two teachings are so different that there’s no reconciling them. One seems altruistic and the other, kind of selfish…
But in fact, the two teachings can be reconciled and both Jesus and Buddha taught that both these things are true.
In other words, we are both creative beings, who create primarily with thought and our essential nature is love — or the “one-life” that is the source of everything.
After all, if you think about it, nothing happens in life without it first happening as a thought. Or as Einstein put it “Nothing happens until something moves.” A great line.
So why doesn’t Eckhart Tolle also tell us how to get what we want?
Well, since the main problem really is the ego, and since we’re all creating anyway, the question is “Are you creating from the ego level, or from a higher level of awareness?” “Are you creating consciously, deliberately, or randomly?”
That’s very important as you can imagine. Spiritual teachings don’t deny that we have to create in this life. Nothing happens until something moves. They are just saying that the important thing is your state of consciousness.
The current state of the world is caused by ego consciousness, and the end result isn’t, by and large, very pretty — many, many problems and much suffering.
So, “Seek first the kingdom of God,” — deal with your ego, but also be aware that you create your life by what you think. Both are true.
Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.
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