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Monday, August 28, 2006

War is a mind-set

Just read about another bomb in Antalya, Turkey. So I'm going to share what I read this morning:

"In certain cases, you may need to protect yourself or someone else from being harmed by another, but beware of making it your mission to 'eradicate evil,' as you are likely to turn into the very thing you are fighting against. Fighting unconsciousness will draw you into unconcsciousness yourself. Unconsciousness, dysfuntional egoic behavior, can never be defeated by attacking it. Even if you defeat your opponent, the unconsciousness will simply have moved into you, or the opponent reappears in a new disquise. Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists." [my bold]

- Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, page 74-75, Penguin Books, 2005

11 comments:

Ginnie said...

That's the book from Donica I've been reading since Christmas--a long read. Have to take it in little bites. Like this one!

Ruth said...

Oh, man, I forgot, or didn't know, you had it! I just got it recently. I agree that small chunks, then integration, is the way to go. I gave this to Inge on CD for her birthday (then proceeded to lose the first 4 CDs when she loaned them to me; I guess I was supposed to READ, not LISTEN). Do you find it helpful? Had you read Power of Now first?

Amy said...

I really like this, Ruth. Thanks for sharing!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Amy.

Ginnie said...

Actually, my copy is in Hannover, so I'll have it there to continue reading when we go back in September. I really like the way he thinks (and writes). No, ironically, I have NOT read the Power of Now. I will some day!

rachel said...

I enjoyed those words very much!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Rachel. Glad to see you!!

Rauf said...

good has not been able to defeat evil in four million years Ruth, Evil either destroys utself or destroyed by a new emerging evil.

rachel said...

Good point Rauf!

Rauf said...

Hello Rachel, How are you ? Good to see you here.

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