Below you will find an excerpt from Eckhart Tolle’s landmark book ‘The Power of Now’…
If our species survives into the next era his two books will be seen as two of the most important written for our time.
Currently we are witnessing the apparent death of Osama Bin Laden as justice and ‘we’ rejoice in an eye for an eye philosophy.
Currently we witnessed a majority government in the Canadian ‘Conservatives’ supposedly elected democratically.
Upon understanding the egoic mind, it becomes apparent that this ‘Conservative’ or ‘Republican’ approach to governing is the ego full throttle without any governor (government without government). It is fear based. To look at it through the buddhist lens is to see all three poisons are drunk in this political elixir: fear (which translates to anger/hatred), greed (which translates to capitalism and promotion of jobs over the environment that props up these jobs), and ignorance (which translates to not being conscious of any of this or in the twilight zone of transition and experiencing the fear based emotion of denial ignited by the greed of continuing a path of blind consumption leading to suicide of the species).
The ‘Liberals’, ‘New Democrats’, and ‘Democrats’ are similar versions of this unconsciousness. The ‘Green’ party may represent a non-egoic framework from which to govern, however this remains to be seen as power corrupts so long as the ego is involved.
The egoic mind is now on the ropes, its days are numbered, and it is reacting to this shift in consciousness.
Very interesting times we live in.
Anyways, the chapter below will better explain this:
ORDINARY UNCONSCIOUSNESS AND DEEP UNCONSCIOUSNESS
What do you mean by different levels of unconsciousness?
As you probably know, in sleep you constantly move between the phases of dreamless sleep and
the dream state. Similarly, in wakefulness most people only shift between ordinary
unconsciousness and deep unconsciousness. What I call ordinary unconsciousness means being
identified with your thought processes and emotions, your reactions, desires, and aversions. It is
most people’s normal state. In that state, you are run by the egoic mind, and you are unaware of
Being. It is a state not of acute pain or unhappiness but of an almost continuous low level of
unease, discontent, boredom, or nervousness – a kind of background static. You may not realize
this because it is so much a part of “normal” living, just as you are not aware of a continuous low
background noise, such as the hum of an air conditioner, until it stops. When it suddenly does
stop, there is a sense of relief. Many people use alcohol, drugs, sex, food, work, television, or
even shopping as anesthetics in an unconscious attempt to remove the basic unease. When this
happens, an activity that might be very enjoyable if used in moderation becomes imbued with a
compulsive or addictive quality, and all that is ever achieved through it is extremely short-lived
The unease of ordinary unconsciousness turns into the pain of deep unconsciousness – a state
of more acute and more obvious suffering or unhappiness – when things “go wrong,” when the
ego is threatened or there is a major challenge, threat, or loss, real or imagined, in your life
situation or conflict in a relationship. It is an intensified version of ordinary unconsciousness,
different from it not in kind but in degree.
In ordinary unconsciousness, habitual resistance to or denial of what is creates the unease
and discontent that most people accept as normal living. When this resistance becomes
intensified through some challenge or threat to the ego, it brings up intense negativity such as
anger, acute fear, aggression, depression, and so on. Deep unconsciousness often means that the
pain-body has been triggered and that you have become identified with it. Physical violence
would be impossible without deep unconsciousness. It can also occur easily whenever and
wherever a crowd of people or even an entire nation generates a negative collective energy field.
The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when
they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more
deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a
challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you into even deeper sleep. The dream
of ordinary unconsciousness then turns into a nightmare.
If you cannot be present even in normal circumstances, such as when you are sitting
alone in a room, walking in the woods, or listening to someone, then you certainly won’t be
able to stay conscious when something “goes wrong” or you are faced with difficult people or
situations, with loss or the threat of loss. You will be taken over by a reaction, which
ultimately is always some form of fear, and pulled into deep unconsciousness. Those
challenges are your tests. Only the way in which you deal with them will show you and
others where you are at as far as your state of consciousness is concerned, not how long you
can sit with your eyes closed or what visions you see.
So it is essential to bring more consciousness into your life in ordinary situations when
everything is going relatively smoothly. In this way, you grow in presence power. It generates
an energy field in you and around you of a high vibrational frequency. No unconsciousness,
no negativity, no discord or violence can enter that field and survive, just as darkness cannot
survive in the presence of light.
When you learn to be the witness of your thoughts and emotions, which is an essential
part of being present, you may be surprised when you first become aware of the background
“static” of ordinary unconsciousness and realize how rarely, if ever, you are truly at ease
within yourself. On the level of your thinking, you will find a great deal of resistance in the
form of judgment, discontent, and mental projection away from the Now. On the emotional
level, there will be an undercurrent of unease, tension, boredom, or nervousness. Both are
aspects of the mind in its habitual resistance mode.
From ‘The Power of Now’, Eckhart Tolle