Awakening - Presence Beyond Mind

Awakening - Presence Beyond Mind

"You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyound thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence.  You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind.  You begin to awaken"
-Chapter 1, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Emptiness. I first caught a glimpse while reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. After twenty years of studying books on Zen, Tao, and native american spirituality I was confused about emptiness. Not to say I fully understand now (they say it cannot be understood ), but I get it. I see the finger pointing at the moon now. Thank you Eckhart Tolle for putting it into words a westerner can comprehend. 

Tao Te Ching

The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders

 Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths in 2006 

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