Four Years After the Oprah-Eckhart Tolle Web Class, What I Still Can Learn by Meryl Davids Landau

Were you one of the millions of people mesmerized by Oprah’s series of web classes with spiritual master Eckhart Tolle exactly four years ago?

 

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s Confessions of an Over-Giver

My whole life I’ve been an over-giver. My general operating policy has always been, “If it belongs to me, don’t worry: You can have it!” Over the years, I have over-given with my money, my stuff, my opinions, my time, my body, (“I know we’ve only just met, but of course we can make out in your cousin’s car!”) You name it, I have given it forth. I am especially over-giving toward people I just met yesterday afternoon at the gas station.

Now, over-giving is not quite the same thing as generosity. Generosity is neither entangling nor aggressive, because the generous person doesn’t expect anything in return. The over-giver doesn’t expect anything in return either—except to be petted and feted and praised and loved unconditionally for the rest of time (and I was)—so that’s not emotionally loaded. Nothing toxic there!

For most of my life, my over-giving problem was relatively contained, limited by my own resources. But then a few years ago I wrote this book called Eat Pray Love, which sold about a bajillion copies, thus transforming me overnight into a wealthy woman, and presenting me with the amazing newfound opportunity to not merely over-give but toover-over-give. Oh, bliss! I was like an alcoholic locked in a distillery—what wonderful and terrible luck!

So of course I went on a full-octane over-giving bender. I gave to some charities and good causes, but mostly I gave heaps of money to people I knew and loved. I paid off my friends’ credit card bills, caught them up on their mortgages, financed their dream projects, bought them plane tickets, tuition, therapy, gym memberships, vehicles. Sometimes (well, twice), I even bought them houses.

A neighbor dubbed my munificence “hip-hop charity”—because it reminded him of the way rap stars get rich and then buy Mercedes-Benzes for everyone back in the hood—but sharing money with my intimates felt so much more satisfying than sending off checks to some distant organization: I could see (and feel!) the gratitude so personally; it was a drug-like pleasure. Also, my giving bonanza went a long way toward leveling off the apparent karmic imbalance of my own crazy success—an imbalance that had left me feeling profoundly uncomfortable. (Why had I struck it rich while peers of equal or greater talent still struggled? Why not spread the good fortune around willy-nilly?) Finally, it was joyful and empowering: I was a dream-facilitator, an obstacle-banisher, a life-transformer! In short: Giving away money to my friends was so much goddamn fun!

Until suddenly it wasn’t.

Until suddenly I didn’t have some of those friends anymore.

I didn’t lose those friends for the reasons you think, either. It isn’t because “money is the root of all evil” or because “money changes everything.” Listen—of course money changes everything, but so does sunlight, and so does food: These are powerful but neutral energy sources, neither inherently good nor evil but shaped only by the way we use them. When I lost my friends, it was because I had used the power of giving on them recklessly. I swept into their lives with my big fat checkbook, and I erased years of obstacles for them overnight—but sometimes, in the process, I also accidentally erased years of dignity. Sometimes, by interrupting his biographical narrative so jarringly, I denied a friend the opportunity to learn his own vital life lesson at his own pace. In other words, just when I believed I was operating as a dream-facilitator, I was actually turning into a destiny disruptor.

Even worse, sometimes my over-giving left friends feeling shamed and laid bare. Sometimes, for instance, “lack of money” hadn’t been a friend’s problem in the first place: Maybe her real problem had been lack of confidence or organization or motivation. Maybe by erasing her money problems, all I’d done was suddenly expose her other problems. Maybe such rapid exposure is a dreadful thing to do to somebody. (As a great British wit once quipped, “You can always tell people who live for others, by the anguished expressions on the faces of the others.”) All I know is, those friendships withered under a cloud of mutual discomfort, and now we cross the street to avoid running into each other.

Years ago, in India, a monk warned me, “Never give anyone more than they are emotionally capable of receiving, or they will have no choice but to hate you for it.” At the time, the advice sounded cynical, even cruel. It certainly flew in the face of Christianity’s highest charitable ideals, as famously expressed by Mother Teresa: “Give until it hurts.” But these days, I’ve come to believe that when you give heedlessly or with an agenda, you actually can give until it hurts, and that the person who is most gravely injured in the exchange is the other guy.

So I don’t do it anymore.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ll always be a giver. I still see generosity as one of humanity’s great natural watersheds—a place where lives can be cleansed, renewed, filtered back toward grace. But a watershed is a delicate ecosystem, so I’ve learned to watch where I step. I’m more likely to trust the well-established charities nowadays than to practice social engineering within my own circle. Granted, I don’t get the same endorphin rush that I used to get by waving a magic wand in someone’s face…but I do get to keep my friends now, so that’s a boon.

And I try to keep it in scale. The other day I was in a New York subway station, watching a woman I’d never met before struggling to make her outdated MetroCard work in the turnstile. She didn’t speak English, and nobody was helping her out. I wasn’t in a hurry, so I took ten minutes to carefully show her how the whole system worked—how to buy a new MetroCard from the machine, how to add credit to it, how to swipe it. I didn’t give her any money; I just gave her my attention and then went on my way. It was a simple exchange, but I think it made both of us feel good. I was a little tempted to buy her a house, mind you, but I talked myself out of it—because as much as humanly possible these days, I try not to give anymore until it hurts. Instead, I only give until it helps.

After that, not a penny more.

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Avoid-Giving-Too-Much-of-Yourself-Elizabeth-Gilbert/1

Oprah and Eckhart Tolle – The False Power of Ego

The False Power of the Ego

Oprah interviews Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

“I AM life!”

“We forgot who we are! we are not separate!”

“I have compassion for you because you are a part of me!”

“I sat in a silent mind,  sitting in the lap of the Universe, at one with all there was”.

“We are just visiting here”. “Nirvana is just a thought away”.

“The right hemisphere is the bigger picture, intuition, subtle communication.”

“I really need people to take responsibility for the kind of energy they bring to me” 

Stroke Triumphant.

“You SENSE when people mean you well”. “I sat in a silent mind” “I had the ability to honour my own life”

“Thinking takes a lot of energy”. “The willingness to try is everything”. “PEACE is a thought away”. “I lost my pain body.”

“You think of something sad, and sadness has a physiological feeling in your body, and your throat tightens and things happen and inside of you you don’t like how it feels so decide that you don’t want to run this circuitry anymore”.

“Remember that your brain is just a bunch of cells,  just like a bunch of little children, and some little children I wanna play with and some little children I don’t like what they do so I won’t play with. So you don’t go there … you control your  thoughts. YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO FOCUS YOUR MIND ON WHAT YOU WANT IT TO FOCUS ON.  The thing with cells is the more you let them do what they do the more they do it without you having to tell them to do it!”

“What you don’t think about doesn’t exist”.

“When you pay attention to what is going on in your brain and you take responsibility for the circuitry you are running, you make the rules of a new game. As soon as you change the way you interact with other people, the rules have changes and the game has changed: IT DEMANDS CHANGE TO HAPPEN. – IT’S FREEDOM”

Take responsibility for your triggers.

To find inner peace: PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE THINKING and you are NOT  your thoughts. Your thoughts are created by a tiny group of cells, about the size of a peanut,  sitting in your left hemisphere  and many of us let that little peanut rule our lives! And you have to recognise that it is just a group of cells that is DESIGNED to tell stories s owe feel safe in the external world! YOU ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS.: PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE THINKING and then decide if those are thoughts  that are creating the kind of life that you want created! And if it’s not then change your thoughts. It’s really that EASY!

Liberate your own inner peace, joy and sense of magnificence. We are so beautiful! It’s a thought away, it’s a choice, it’s easy and it’s going on all the time and all you have to do is teach yourself when you’re there so you can identify what it feels like inside your body so you can call on it at any time.  SILENCE THE BRAIN CHATTER It doesn’t mean you have to work real hard to do that, it means focus your mind on the other parts, as soon as you think about something, you’ve distracted your mind away from the chatter, so just take responsibility for the thoughts that you’re thinking, and allow yourself to move yourself into the circuitry that brings you peace.

 

Left hemisphere causes judgement and fear.

“My intention is very different and how I live my life, Before I was EGO, now I am aware of my relationship with all the other people on the planet ”

“Attitude of gratitude. All I have is right now. THIS, whatever is in the now is a glorious experience!”

“Do I like what these thoughts feel like in my body?” “If I didn’t like the way anger felt like inside my body,  because I could feel it physiologically running inside of me, or not” it was a choice, it’s just circuitry”

“Where do you focus your attention? Pay attention to how things feel in your body. You know what if feels like in your body when you get angry;  and you have a choice when you get angry of either being angry or PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IT FEELS LIKE IN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY and when you have that kind of physiological response, when you get angry it only takes 90 seconds,  from the moment that you feel that trigger happening and you feel yourself starting to get angry, for the chemicals to flush through your body and then flush completely out of you. If you choose to re-run the loop, the circuitry, you can stay angry for years”

“Language and ego are the prices we pay for storytelling – left hemisphere”

“YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO FOCUS YOUR MIND TO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO FOCUS IT ON”

“If you’re running loops obsessively in your mind, you don’t want to think about then give your mind something else to think about; that’s how easy it is. You can only think one thought at a time. So you have some say in what is actually going on”.

“Children are happy and in the present moment and then we put them into school and educate their left hemisphere and then we re-word the left hemisphere personality for its achievement”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey

http://www.eckharttolletv.com/article/Oprah-Winfrey-On-Spirituality-And-Eckhart-Tolle/