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If You Experience an Emptiness Inside Yourself, Here's What It's Really About

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

The question that came to Eckhart Tolle on that night when his life changed irrevocably was, “Are there two of me?

He was responding to the thought that was reverberating in his head, “I cannot live with myself any longer.”

There are, of course, two of us, “I” and “myself”—until like Eckharat we wake up to the fact that one of the two isn’t real but just a construct in our head.

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What Is It that We Are Really Resisting?

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Spiritual Insight from Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Speaks

What is it we are so vehemently in resistance to? What is it that, inside us, we fight the most?

Well, you might think that it’s pain, disappointment, that sort of thing. But these aren’t what we so powerfully resist.

On the contrary, many of us are quite expert at wallowing in our hurt feelings, our sadness, our rage. Instead of resisting these emotions, we are inclined to give such emotions a full venting!

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Why No Mother Can Ever Meet Our Deepest Needs

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

Have you wished for life’s sweetness, yet it seems mostly to escape you?

The reality is that until we discover the well at the center of our own being as the Little Prince and his pilot friend have now done, few things in life prove to be as fulfilling as we hope they will be, anticipate they will be, expect them to be.

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How the Resurrection Stories Point to the Same Reality as the Story of the Little Prince

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

There are no appearances of Jesus after his resurrection in the vicinity of Jerusalem according to Mark—quite unlike Luke and John, which both have appearances in and around Jerusalem. The disciples are told to go to Galilee, and only there will they encounter him.

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What the Resurrection of Jesus Is Really All About

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

If you read the four accounts of the resurrection at the close of each of the four gospels, they are quite different—and mutually exclusive (as I’ll show in the next few days).

It’s not that the writers got the details mixed up or had poor memories. The differences are intentional.

Why would the authors compose very different, conflicting stories of Easter morning, knowing full well that what they were writing couldn’t be reconciled with the other gospels?

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When You're Truly Yourself, You No Longer Insist You've Got to Be You

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Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince

A number plate reads something like “got2beme” or “haf2beme.” I know nothing about the owner, just a car I was behind the other day.

But it set me to questioning: Who is the "me" that we've “got to be?”

I suggest that the "me" many of us believe we have to be is a concept of ourselves we carry around in our head.

It isn't who we actually are in our essence.

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Letting Go of "Doing" and Discover the Energy of BEING

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Spiritual Insight from Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Speaks

When we are trying to grow, the tendency is to get into a lot of “doing.” It may take the form of activity, prayer and meditation, or trying to control our thoughts.

No amount of effort that’s coming from the need to “do something” because we feel inadequate is ever truly transformative.

Oh, you may make some cosmetic changes—effort can accomplish that. But the fulfillment you are seeking will elude you.

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Has Your Ego Been Replaced by Your True Self?

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Spiritual Insight from Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Speaks

Every painful situation that arises in our lives is an opportunity to discover more fully who we really are.

But usually we resist instead of opening ourselves up to the experience of awakening to our authentic self.

Now that he’s at death’s door, the pilot who is stranded with the Little Prince in the middle of the Sahara Desert finally gives up his resistance.

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Bring Stillness in the Lives of the Children in Your Life

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Spiritual Insight from Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Speaks

Little children are capable of great stillness. Though we think of them as noisy and highly active, all of this boisterousness springs from a backdrop of stillness.

Pretty soon, though, as children grow they no longer take time to just sit, ponder, and be. They learn to be anxious in the way adults are. That’s when troublesome behavior tends to arise.

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