Conscious Suffering

In his book “A new earth. Awakening to your life´s purpose”, Eckhart Tolle talks about the many faces of the ego and about conscious suffering: “If there is awareness in you, you no longer need to believe in every thought you think. It´s an old thought, no more. Awareness means Presence, and only Presence can dissolve the unconscious past in you.” He further says: “Suffering drives you deeper … A lot of it is caused by the ego, although eventually suffering destroys the ego – but not until you suffer consciously…. Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego…. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.”

How many of us identify our suffering from this profound truth? How many times we have gone through this process feeling miserable? And, how many times we try to evade the problem so as not to “suffer” inside? As Eckhart Tolle says, if we suffer consciously and we learn from it, we will be destroying our ego.


Awareness means Presence
Accepting the “pain” as part of our transformation process with awareness is key.


Clinging into thoughts of the past, creating a story that lowers our emotions and generating a downward spiral movement, only damages our self-worth even more. The key to coming out of it is becoming aware of our thought patterns when they originate, observing them and not identifying with them. This is just the beginning.


Accepting the “pain” as part of our transformation process with awareness is key. Do not identify with negative emotions as they may take you to lower thought patterns. Listen within for guidance and get strength without attaching to non-loving thoughts.  Connect with higher realms of consciousness and elevate your intelligence.


Bindu Dadlani

27th July, 2013