At the time of writing, I have to say it is probably the best book of its kind, I have read for a long time. Ego can be a DIRTY WORD.
I have not even finished Chapter 3 and am completely blown away by the content. Mr Tolle has taken me and given me the biggest shake.
There is soooo much here already that explains a lot about my life and why I am like I am.
Believe me I am going to change. I am not going to be ruled by ego any-more.
One very small example that stuck with me.
When he was a counsellor, Eckhart was working with a woman who had cancer and was told she had only 2 months to live.
She was raving, this particular day, about a belief that her carer had stolen her grandmother's engagement ring. “It has so much sentimental value,” she wailed.
Eckhart asked her what was she going to remember about this ring in 10 weeks time? She thought for a moment and then said, “They think I'll be dead by then.”
“Yep,” he said.
“And while it is not right that it might have been stolen, why are you wasting the little time you have left getting so excited about it? This is your ego talking. Someone has to be wrong. You are the one in the right. It is YOUR ring. 'Oh My God,' you are crying, 'what have they done to me?'
But it won't matter to you in two months. So let it go now. Live today. Enjoy. Don't fret. Be happy. All that good stuff.”
Think about it:
How many times have we all worried about something like this? Something where we complain and fret just to make a silly point? To be right? To be better than someone else? To be richer, happier, more moral, more beautiful? Ego. I am.
Let it go.
More soon. I am going to finish this wonderful book and take as much of it on board as I possibly can.