I must confess I love Eckhart.
I first “read” him when I came across his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose some years ago, in a second-hand store.
I’d learned about the ego before, as most of us likely did in high school or first-year university, but this book really made me contemplate it, learn to understand it, and begin to try to tame it.
Contrary to what the uninitiated may think, taming the ego isn’t only reserved for “egotistical” or “over-confidant” people. It can help those with low self-esteem as well.
Another confession: I haven’t yet finished the book. Mainly because I seem to have reading ADD. But perhaps I should finish it, since I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to ego-taming.
Anyway, this is a great vid, curated by Evan Carmichael, and I’ve transcribed the first of Evan’s “Eckhartian” (can I call them that?) “Rules for Success,” for all of us here, since it applies to writing specifically.
Hearing Eckhart speak, years after browsing his book, I can truly appreciate how much he lets the “great consciousness” flow through him (and more specifically, through his writing).
Achieving Something Great, Through One Small Step
“Many people have this idea: ‘I want to achieve something great, or be somebody great…’ and they neglect the step that leads to greatness — they don’t honour this step at this moment, because they have this idea of some future moment where they’re going to be great.
“Some people believe I’m doing great work; I mean, I am — because the consciousness is moving through this form — I don’t feel personally responsible for what I do, as such; but even there — it’s a small step.
“When the writing happens, there’s a notepad and a pen, and there’s the present moment, and there’s the stillness. Very small… There’s not some idea, ‘I’m going to create a work that’s going to change everybody’s consciousness.’ —no. I’m just true to this moment; what this moment requires. It’s a blank sheet of paper, and a pen, and a stillness. It’s a small thing.
“It’s all a sequence of small moments. And by being true to the small moment, something great arises.”
— Eckhart Tolle; Source: OWN via Evan Carmichael
Eckhart Tolle’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Published on Sep 23, 2016 by Evan Carmichael
More from Eckhart at Oprah.com, on the subject of Freeing Yourself From Your Ego Armour