"Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth" Chapter 2 guest Victoria

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Victoria from Maui, Hawaii
Victoria was diagnosed with systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis 10 years before the original 2008 A New Earth webcast. Up to the point of her diagnosis, she had been a very active person, she said. But as her health began deteriorating, she had an aha! moment. She realized she had unconsciously held on to her illness as the most important part of her self-identity.

She asked Eckhart and Oprah how she could shed this identity and find peace.

"The most important thing has already happened," Eckhart said. "You have become aware that up to now, you had been identified with the idea of 'I am a sufferer of such and such an illness.' So, the illness had become thought forms in your head, and you identified with the thought forms, and you took them to be who you are."

Eckhart also advised Victoria to talk about her illness no more than she had to. By not focusing on her illness in conversation, she would, Eckhart said, gradually refrain from thinking of herself as a sick person and focus her attention on well-being.

That doesn't mean the pain goes away. Eckhart said she should still seek treatment and do what she could to take care of herself. Pretending the pain isn't happening, he said, would add psychological pain on top of the physical pain.

Find out how Victoria is doing today...