My first favorite passage from this chapter is about the discovery of inner space. I like this ancient Sufi story, and I think it has significant meaning. King embodies modern people to me. They are always looking for some magical cure that will instantly solve all their problems. For that, they are ready to spend their money and time on doubtful healers with no success. Nevertheless, the more eagerly they try to get rid of their problems, the worse they become. Average individuals as they are, they usually exaggerate the size of their troubles and pay to much attention to them. Though, what should be encouraging them is that same phrase “This too, will pass.” When people become aware of transience of the world, their detachment to it lessens. It makes people free from addictions of the world and changes their values. It reminds me of the Rumi’s Guest House. He encourages people to appreciate a depression, meanness, sorrows, dark thought, shame, and malice. No matter how strange it sounds, but is does make sense. By transient things, people can learn something of eternity. My second favorite passage is about perceiving without naming. It speaks much to me for usually, I notice things other people do not. Some of them hurry to do a career, some of them hurry to take everything from their life, and some of them always have some activities to do. Most of them do not notice the beauty around them. They do not see the trees, the birds, and flowers. Sometimes, I call them just to ask about the color of the sky above them. I want them to be alive and to be present. Unfortunately, the majority has standard thinking. They see what they want to see; and the color of the sky is something ridiculous for them. I wish they all read Buddha In Glory by Rainer Maria Rilke. This poem tells about noticing the beauty in everything. The world is penetrated with beauty, harmony, and peace. Through it, one can see God Himself.

Chapter Nine

My first favorite passage is about awakening. It means a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. Awakening is another word for presence; hence awakened people realize their presence in every moment of their existence. After awakening people perceive the world with a clear mind. They do not put unnecessary thoughts, worrying, and prejudices into their heads. They became able to perceive the world as it is. Thus, I would call awakening a “clear mindedness.” By the way, such awakening is usually suggested in books about meditation and positive thinking. When one can get rid of his/her harmful or unproductive thoughts, it will clear the way to productive thoughts. At some point, this awakening is similar to enlightenment. After people had once reached it, they became different and can never be the same. Unfortunately, according to the book, people can do nothing to achieve it. All they can do is to create space for it. Theodore Roethke described the difficulties of awakening in his poem The Waking. He “wakes to sleep” in a circle repentance, but the purpose of his actions is to know where is he going. The solution of his doubts is the waking, and he is close to that. I wish I could be close as that.

I also like the passage about success. It tells that the world leads people into delusion. It claims false values and false idea of success. It is all about achieving what one set out to do, winning and finding recognition or prosperity. In fact, these are not success. The real success is about inner freedom and inner feeling of well being. When people do find it, they use different substitutes instead. Sometimes, people have no idea that they can be successful and happy with little. Often, they do not realize that their treasure in their soul, as in the story about A Beggar By The Side Of The Road. Eckhart Tolle demonstrates by that beggar common human mistake: to strive for more. However, there is no need to strive for more; the quality of actions depends on the Presence, being here and now.

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