1. Set right yourself before seeking to set right the world.
2. Explore everything but cling to nothing.
3. Hold truth above personal preferences.
4. Realize that you are not seeking to get away or change but rather to no longer need to get away or change. The path is here and now, wherever you are."
I don’t see problems anywhere, ever. Everything really is absolutely perfect and it can’t possibly be any other way.
Illusion is not bad, incorrect, evil, wrong or a problem. Duality is not a mistake. Everything is absolutely perfect.
Think of it like this. In Shawshank Redemption, the men are in prison. It’s a fact, within the relative context of the movie. However, it’s just a movie and it’s not True. From the absolute perspective, all those men are just actors and they’re all free. Nobody really needs to save them and they don’t need to save themselves, because it’s just a movie.
That’s how it is in real life. Nobody is actually imprisoned, people are just acting like they are and because they have forgotten that they are acting, they suffer. Tolle’s teachings are not so much to free people from prison, but to get them to remember that they are just acting like they are in prison. Upon recognizing the act, it is dropped.
So if people are just acting, is it a problem? Not at all. They’re just acting, after all. Let them act. That’s why you see Tolle smiling all the time, rather than desperately trying to wake up the world. He knows everything is perfect and he’s just playing his own role, inviting those who want to stop acting to come along.
For certain few people, they are ready to drop the act of being in prison. For these people, it is necessary that they hear the message that they are in prison. Only upon becoming aware of their imprisonment, can they break free of it. Once they break free, once they wake up, they see that there was never, ever anything wrong with being asleep. That’s the paradox. That’s the cosmic joke.
Meditate on the Self.
One without two,
Give up the illusion
Of the separate self.
Give up the feeling,
Within or without,
That you are this or that.
Because you think you are the body,
For a long time you have been bound.
Know you are pure awareness.
With this knowledge as your sword
Cut through your chains.
And be happy!"
You are enlightenment itself. You’re just pretending you’re not and that’s why you’re asking such a silly question.
It’s easy to be enlightened, because that’s who you really are. It can be difficult to stop pretending though.
To stop pretending, you have to essentially slam the breaks on the act, on the false self, on the lie. You won’t come to an instant stop, but you’ll eventually slow down and drop the act completely.
How you stop pretending that you’re not enlightened is quite simple. Acknowledge that everything you think you are is a lie and examine your beliefs, ideas, fears, hopes and other conditioning. Upon critical examination, you will see that none of those things are who you really are and none of them are true. They will naturally fall away.
When everything you are not has fallen away, when you come to a complete stop, when you finally drop the act and stop pretending, all that will remain is the Truth of your being - enlightenment itself.