Katie, Tolle & the Secret
With Oprah’s coverage of Eckhart Tolle’s material, the popularity of the Secret and the natural success of Byron Katie’s Work (also soon on Oprah), some folks are scratching their heads wondering how and whether it all fits together.
The questions I typically get go something like:
“Eckhart teaches us to be present; that this moment is all we ever have. We should stop needing things to be different, because that’s where suffering lies. Katie advises it’s our thoughts that create our suffering, and once we question those thoughts we can be free from the torture chamber of the mind. Abraham says our thoughts create reality (not suffering), and that we should manage our thoughts in order to create the future we want. What’s the deal?”
My response is always that we each find our own truth within. Pay attention to whatever resonates with you, and go with that.
But what to do when it all resonates, and it’s hard to see how it joins up?
Byron Katie shared a few words at weekend workshop I thought helped clear up potential confusion about material from various popular gurus.
In Katie’s (perhaps not-so-humble) opinion, she said Eckhart Tolle is the “what” and the Work is the “how.” Meaning, Eckhart embodies what’s possible for us when we step into pure allowing, and that her Work delivers the process for achieving that state. She went on to say that once you’re free from judgment, the mind is free to create.
Katie elaborated that since we create our own reality, and we create what we believe, having a method for questioning beliefs that don’t serve us is incredibly liberating.
I’m inclined to agree.
In my opinion, Katie’s Work and Eckhart’s material offer us excellent springboards for effortless deliberate creation. Which is where Abraham and the Secret and many other LOA resources come in.
I’ve personally found incorporating Katie and Eckhart with Abraham (and P’taah and Gregg Braden and Martha Beck and Mike Dooley and other favorites) helps me re-work and re-lease some of the thoughts that had my vibe stuck, allowing a natural alignment with desires and intentions.
For that reason I incorporate Katie’s Inquiry Process with my work with clients, and recommend Eckhart’s books to those who can get through them. That’s certainly not where it all ends, though. At least not for me.
If I were answering the age old hypothetical question: “you’re on a desert island and you can only pick ONE thing to take with you” – I’m taking Abraham. (In fact, click the link to check out Abe’s latest work of art on Money.)
What are you taking? I’d love to hear what your favorite resources are and how they’ve helped you.
(In fact, it was exactly that kind of sharing that led me to my recent read that I’m loving and definitely writing a future post on: Florence Scovel Shinn’s writings!)