31 Eckhart Tolle Quotes That Remind Us We Are Spiritual Beings Having A Human Experience

Eckhart Tolle is possibly the most spiritual thought-leader of our generation. He took the simple concept of “being in the present moment” to great lengths, to discover that living in the “now” is the only way to be truly blissful, truly content, and truly happy. In Eckhart Tolle’s perspective, all suffering, all fear is in the future, all regret, and all sadness is from the past, and therefore happiness lies within this very moment. He states that life is a string of moments, that if we’re “in our heads” or attached to something that’s constantly changing (to our thoughts/feelings/circumstances) then we’ll never be content, but to be content we must be that which is behind our thoughts, behind our feelings, behind our circumstances, which he calls our consciousness. Our consciousness is the one thing he says, that doesn’t change, that is eternal it’s the part of us that can witness our own thoughts without acting on them. Here are 50 of the greatest Eckhart Tolle quotes that will prove we are “spiritual beings having a human experience.”

“Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.”



“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”



“At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is”



“To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for you inner state at any given moment. That means now.”



“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”



“If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me”



“Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have?”



“Instead of asking “what do I want from life?,” a more powerful question is, “what does life want from me?””



“People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.”



“If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. You would be like a dreamer who doesn’t know he is dreaming. When you know you are dreaming, you are awake within the dream.”



“For what you do to others, you do to yourself.”



“You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.”



“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.”



“All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind.”



“Whenever an answer, a solution, or a creative idea is needed, stop thinking for a moment by focusing attention on your inner energy field. … When you resume thinking, it will be fresh and creative.”



“Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.”



“Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.”



“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”



“Not all thinking and all emotion are of the ego. They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become “I.””



“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”



“Space has no “existence.” “To exist” literally means “to stand out.” You cannot understand space because it doesn’t stand out. Although in itself it has no existence, it enables everything else to exist. Silence has no existence either, nor does the Unmanifested.”



“Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.”



““How” is always more important that “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.”



“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”



“Being must be felt. It can’t be thought.”



“The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.”



“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.”



“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”



“Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.”



“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly — you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.”



“Humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. … If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.””


Eckhart Tolle made way for a conscious shift in the world, awakening people that their mind is just a “tool” to be used, that their mind is ultimately not who they are. These quotes are great reminders by Tolle that we need to learn to use our mind only for what it’s meant for (which includes many things such as setting out positive intentions, problem solving, abstract thinking, creativity, and imagination) and then put it down to live in the “here and now” to truly enjoy what’s in front of us.

Eckhart Tolle’s philosophy rids people of worry, fear, boredom, and even unhappiness since being completely in the present, being aware of everything that’s going on around you and how magnificent the intelligent design of the world truly is, makes it impossible for one to be unhappy.




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