"Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth" Chapter 5 guest Judy Ison

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Judy Provided This Update:
Where to begin? At the time in my life when I discovered Eckhart Tolle, I was desperately trying to find the ground with my feet. I was seriously disoriented after being suddenly ejected from a 30-year marriage in favor of someone our daughter's age. ... My world was upside down and inside out, and I was in need of a compass and someone or something I could trust. My self-worth and self-image were demolished.

Eckhart helped me to see that even though the big picture was grim, the moment, the tiny unit of time in which I actually lived, was fine. Worry, dread, memories—all products of the mind: thought forms.

I listened to his CDs in my car. I read The Power of Now. I meditated and learned how little value there actually is in "things." They have only the value that we give them. Their importance lies in the memories that we attach to them. ... Our happiness lies in our acceptance of what is. There is nothing that is either all good or all bad, and even that is a value judgment based upon what we think should happen or should not happen.

Today, 10 years later, I still listen to my CDs and practice stepping out of time and looking at things from a Tolle perspective. If I find that I can't sleep because I am worrying about something that may or may not happen, I make myself aware of now. Now I am fine; now I am healthy; now I am comfortable; now is good. It's always now.

Now, I have a smart, beautiful, artistic, loving granddaughter who lives 2 miles away with my amazing daughter and her husband. I would not be here if things had not gone as they did. ... There is now another man in my life, who is exactly right, trustworthy, honest, warm and caring. Life is good.

Eckhart taught me to accept and move on. Imagination/thought forms/pain-bodies are all very powerful, but they only have the power that we give them. Fear fuels all manner of destructive forces. Acceptance of the present moment and awareness of that opening as the only portal through which it is possible to change our story make all the difference.