Fight Club vs. Tolle--Omega and Alpha of RSD

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INTODUCTION:

This will be long, but it's worth it. Tolle has said that consciousness is "using" him as a guide for transforming the consciousness of mankind to a higher level. We are dying to a false sense of self. With what I've seen happening in me and many of you people on this forum and other places, that seems to be accurate.


In addition to starting daily Vipassana meditation (thanks to FoodBuddha) about 5 days ago, I started Tolle Blitzkrieg 2 days ago (thanks for the idea, Ciaran) and the first clear "result" that happened is that one sentence from Tolle changed my mood from sadness to happiness instantly and I started jumping around laughing and then went to sleep peacefully. The impact of listening to Tolle's voice feels like 10X more than reading words on a screen or page. You - dear reader - must experience this to know it.

Yesterday an idea came to me: I want to make a connection between Fight Club and Tolle's teachings, because there's a lot of similarities. I feel this is like connecting the Alpha to the Omega, as Fight Club is obviously what inspired Owen (in the beginning) with the name (TD) plus many ideas and actions, and now with the arrival of Blueprint we reached "the end of pick-up"; Omega. A healthy dose of Blueprint+Tolle will mark the END of you being the puppet of social conditioning and will help you discover your authentic real self.


Fight Club quotes are mixed from the book and the movie, Tolle's words are from PoN and the audiobook "Living a Life of Inner Peace". I made a few modifications here and there.


MEAT OF THE POST:

Fight Club: you're not how much money you've got in the bank. You're not your job. You're not your family, and you're not who you tell yourself.... You're not your name.... You're not your problems.... You're not your age.... You are not your hopes.

Tolle: "You are not your future/past, you are not your story, you are not your emotions or thoughts, you are not your form/body"


Fight Club: This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.

Tolle: Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.


Fight Club: Maybe self-improvement isn't the answer.... Maybe self-destruction is the answer.

Tolle: I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten. Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance


Fight Club: "You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you."

Tolle: We can feel glimpses of real joy and well-being when the movement of needing the next thing momentarily subsides. And we think the reason we feel so good in the moment is because we got that thing. That's not true. Why they feel so good is because the movement of needing the next moment desperately to fulfill me for a little while isn't there. You just bought the BMW and it stands there and you're looking at it saying "it's mine" and for a moment you don't need anything anymore because you've got it. And you feel good. You think you feel good because of the BMW. It's nothing to do with it. Where's the goodness? In that piece of metal? No, it's in you. You feel it in here (Ecky puts hand on chest) because for a moment, the movement of wanting the next thing subsided. And it doesn't last very long because it has an illusion attached to it. The illusion is: it's there. And then comes wanting again.

"Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within"

"Nothing out there will ever satisfy you except temporarily and superficially, but you may need to experience many disappointments before you realize that truth"


Fight Club: We don't have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.

Tolle: You must have failed deeply on some level or experienced some deep loss or pain to be drawn to the spiritual dimension. Or perhaps your very success became empty and meaningless and so turned out to be a failure.

Thinking, or more precisely identification with thinking, gives rise to and maintains the ego, which, in our Western society in particular, is out of control. It believes it is real and tries hard to maintain its supremacy. Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego.

Humanity is under great pressure to evolve because it is our only chance of survival as a race. This will affect every aspect of your life and close relationships in particular. For those who hold to the old patterns, there will be increasing pain, violence, confusion, and madness.


Fight Club: After a night in fight club, everything in the real world gets the volume turned down. Nothing can piss you off. Your word is law, and if other people break that law or question you, even that doesn't piss you off.

Tolle: In Zen they have koans and it's almost as if a koan spontaneously appeared in my mind. And then, beyond thought, there was a recognition of the "unhappy me," as I later called it, as being something completely non-substantial and fictional. At that moment the whole structure of the "unhappy me" and its pain collapsed because the withdrawal of identification was so complete. What was left was simply beingness or presence.

The next morning I woke up and even before opening my eyes I heard the sounds of birds and it was so precious; everything was so precious. Then I opened my eyes and everything was alive and new and fresh as if I had never seen it before. And I walked around and picked up things and looked at them. I was amazed at everything. There was no understanding of it. I was not even trying to understand anything. It was just so beautiful. Then I walked around the city in the same state, even in the midst of traffic. I was in a state of amazement and it was all so beautiful.


Fight Club: You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.


Tolle: At the deepest level you are one with the One. And what is the One/the "I am"-ness/that which never leaves you/that which always and eternally is? We could say...it's the essence of all life. Before life becomes a form of life. All forms come out of one life: there's life, and what you see around you are (all) forms of life. The one life, the one consciousness. The primal, primordial intelligence that permeates the entire universe, your body, everything. The one intelligence, the one consciousness is that.


Fight Club: God's got this all wrong. We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens.

Tolle: Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship. It comes between you and yourself, between you and your fellow man and woman, between you and nature, between you and God. It is this screen of thought that creates the illusion of separateness, the illusion that there is you and a totally separate "other." You then forget the essential fact that, underneath the level of physical appearances and separate forms, you are one with all that is.


Fight Club: Hitting bottom isn't a weekend retreat. It's not a goddamn seminar. Stop trying to control everything and just let go! LET GO!

Tolle: The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind.


Fight Club: No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.

Tolle: When you live in surrender, something comes through you into the world of duality that is not of this world.


Fight Club: How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?

Tolle: When your life is threatened, thought suddenly collapses. And fear also goes. People have reported after their lives were threatened after some imminent accident, for example, or they were hanging on a cliff wall... what is there to think about? You can't think. And no right action is going to come out of thought at that critical emergency situation.

Thought subsides...gets out of the way and an intense alertness or aliveness takes over. It is a stillness too but there's an intensity to that stillness. And out of that - which is the unconditioned intelligence in you - emerges the "I am"-ness. Out of that, right action happens. There's no decision-making, it is spontaneous.

When the emergency is over, the old though-dominated state of consciousness comes back. And the next thing is you begin to remember your problems again. But then you remember also for that moment you lived in a state of blissful clarity. In this state, you may sense an aliveness running though your entire energy field. Every cell is alive with life; aliveness. So what this sense of aliveness ultimately is, who you are beyond the mind-made story of who you are that is never enough.

(Could you extend the idea of life-threatening or dangerous situations which trigger our fight-or-flight response as a portal to the NOW to approaching a HB?)


Fight Club: At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.

Tolle: (speaking to a crowd): No matter what happened in your history, it has taken you to this moment. It's taken you here... all the mistakes, without the mistakes you probably wouldn't be sitting here, you'd be watching TV. You must have suffered enough... to have come here... and it's GREAT! [audience breaks out laughing and clapping]


Fight Club: Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.

Tolle: Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion.


Fight Club: If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned- Tyler

Tolle: The insanity of the collective egoic mind, amplified by science and technology, is rapidly taking our species to the brink of disaster. Evolve or die: that is our only choice now.


The fate of our species is in our hands.


FINAL WORDS:

All these words are nothing but pointers. And they are pointing at . . .

Find out for yourself: What is the . . . they are pointing at?

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