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Mr. Tolle speaks of an “inherited dysfunction”. This he says is an underlying madness of the human spirit. In Hinduism, it is called “maya” or a veil of delusion. In Buddhism, the human mind has “dukkha” or suffering, and misery. In Christianity, it is called “sin”. Sin is actually Greek which mean to miss the mark, or to miss the point to human existence.Again we see a connection here…. A thread that binds the purpose of all religions; and that purpose is to overcome that innate human dysfunction.

The basis of all dysfunction he says is “ego”. We as a human population have an attachment to things. We tend to consider the things that we have as an expression of who we are. The more we have, the more we stand out and are “better” than everyone else.

When we as humans have something good, we want more and more. This need for wanting more feeds our ego. Wanting something is the drive, which is much greater than having something. We can never have enough. We are always in search of something more. He illustrates this by giving the example of teenagers and how they have an intense wanting of something, but they don’t know what they want. They are in a “permanent state of negativity and dissatisfaction”. Another example he gives are the corporations, where the only aim is profit.

Tolle tells us to think about not having something very important to us, and then asking ourselves the question, “Has who I am become diminished” by not having the thing that is most important to me? Once you realize that the person you are is not changed by having or not having “things”, then you will feel your “AM-NESS” as Tolle says.

He says that the way to let go of our attachment to things is when “you no longer seek to find yourself in them.” He says to be aware when you do get upset when you loose something. This awareness of your feeling of attachment is the first step in the “transformation of consciousness”.

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