Eckhart Tolle says: „ The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind”.
Spiritual teachings are pointers and have to be experienced to be understood. To take them literally, or hold on to them, will never get us beyond the signpost. To realise this is a part of the journey. To be free we have to get comfortable not knowing.
Asking questions is another important aspect. Not to get an answer and add more knowledge, but to help us to understand how the mind works, so we are able to go beyond it.
Thoughts and logical thinking are just a tiny aspect of the mind.
The key to liberation is to be found in the present moment. To me it is the realisation that we are not who we think we are. We are not our beliefs or identifications with our thinking or emotions. Thoughts and emotions are just one aspect of consciousness and there is much more to discover.
The key to liberation is not to stop thinking or feeling, it is to realise I am not who I think I am.
Liberation is finding out that we are safe without holding on to the illusion of an imaginary self living in the past or future. It implies to stop worrying about it and to be free really means to be comfortable with not knowing what is going to happen to me or the world around me. To cease the wish to control and to be completely at ease with not knowing who I am, nor where I am going. It means to get out of the driver’s seat and let Life lead us where Life wants us to be.
Eckhart Tolle says: You cannot find the present moment as long as you ARE your mind. He does not say “as long as you are IN your mind”. What that means is to stop being identified with the content of our mind or to rely solely on our logical thinking to make decisions. As long as we are holding on to what is known, what we have learned and what we believe to be true, we will not experience freedom.
Asking questions is a tool to lead us beyond the mind. Not to obtain answers from knowledge and show how smart we are, but asking questions to tap into our own inner wisdom to guide us into the unknown.
All spiritual teachings are merely pointers. All answers are in us.