book represents the essence of my work, as far
as it can be conveyed in words, with individuals
and small groups of spiritual seekers during
the past ten years. In deep love and appreciation,
They belong to what is as yet a small but fortunately
growing minority of spiritual pioneers: people
who are reaching a point where they become capable
of breaking out of inherited collective mind-patterns
that have kept humans in bondage to suffering
cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep
within you don't know already.
I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten.
Living knowledge, ancient and yet ever new,
is then activated and released from within you.
I occasionally quote the words of Jesus or the
Buddha, from A Course in Miracles or
from other teachings, I do so not in order to
compare, but to draw your attention to the fact
that in essence there is and always has been
only one spiritual teaching, although it comes
in many forms. Some of these forms, such as
the ancient religions, have become so overlaid
with extraneous matter that their spiritual
essence has become almost completely obscured
by it. To a large extent, therefore, their deeper
meaning is no longer recognized and their transformative
I quote from the ancient religions or other
teachings, it is to reveal their deeper meaning
and thereby restore their transformative power—particularly
for those readers who are followers of these
religions or teachings.
say to them:
there is no need to go elsewhere for the truth.
Let me show you how to go more deeply into what
you already have.
however, I have endeavored to use terminology
that is as neutral as possible in order to reach
a wide range of people.
book can be seen as a restatement for our time
of that one timeless spiritual teaching, the
essence of all religions. I speak from inner
experience, and if at times I speak forcefully,
it is to cut through heavy layers of mental
resistance and to reach that place within you
where you already know, just as I know,
and where the truth is recognized when it is
heard. There is then a feeling of exaltation
and heightened aliveness, as something within
you says: "Yes. I know this is true."
You used the word Being. Can you explain what
you mean by that?
is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond
the myriad forms of life that are subject to
birth and death. However,
Being is not only beyond but also deep
within every form as its innermost invisible
and indestructible essence. This means that
it is accessible to you now as your own deepest
Self, your true nature. But don't seek to grasp
it with your ego mind.
When you say Being, are you talking about God?
If you are, then why don't you say it?
word God has become empty of meaning through
thousands of years of misuse. I use it sometimes,
but I do so sparingly. By
misuse, I mean that people who have never glimpsed
the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness
behind that word, use it with great conviction,
as if they knew what they are talking about.
they argue against it, as if they knew what
it is that they are denying. This misuse gives
rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic
delusions, such as
or our God is the only true God, and your
God is false," or Nietzsche's famous
statement "God is dead."
word God has become a closed concept. The moment
the word is uttered, a mental image is created,
no longer, perhaps, of an old man with a white
beard, but still a mental representation of
someone or something outside you, and, yes almost
inevitably a male someone or something. Neither
God nor Being nor any word can define or explain
the ineffable reality behind the word, so the
only important question is whether the word
is a help or a hindrance in enabling you to
experience That toward which it points.
it point beyond itself to that transcendental
reality, or does it lend itself too easily to
becoming no more than an idea in your head that
you believe in, a mental idol?
word Being explains nothing, but nor
does God. Being, however, has the advantage
that it is an open concept. It does not reduce
the infinite invisible to a finite entity. It
is impossible to form a mental image of it.
can claim exclusive possession of Being.
It is your very essence, and it is immediately
accessible to you as the feeling of your own
presence, the realization I AM that is prior
to I am this or I am that. So it is only a small
step from the word Being to the experience
Enlightenment - What is that?
who have not found their true wealth, which
is the radiant joy of Being and the
deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are
beggars, even if they have great material wealth.
are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or
fulfillment, for validation, security, or love,
while they have a treasure within that not only
includes all those things but is infinitely
greater than anything the world can offer.
word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some
superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes
to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural
state of felt oneness with Being.
is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable
and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically,
is essentially you and yet is much greater than
love the Buddha's simple definition of enlightenment
as "the end of suffering."
is nothing superhuman in that, is there?
course, as a definition, it is incomplete. It
only tells you what enlightenment is not: no
what's left when there is no more suffering?
Buddha is silent on that, and his silence implies
that you'll have to find out for yourself. He
uses a negative definition so that the ego mind
cannot make it into something to believe in
or into a superhuman accomplishment, a goal
that is impossible for you to attain. Despite
this precaution, the majority of Buddhists still
believe that enlightenment is for the Buddha,
not for them, at least not in this lifetime.
The Power of Now by Eckhart
make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave
our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego,
behind. Many of us will
find that our biggest obstacle is our relationships. But
we are in new territory and all is not what it seems. We
come to see that our relationships are yet another doorway
into spiritual enlightenment, if we use them to become more
conscious and therefore more loving human beings.