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''if you have ever been in a life or death emergency situation, you will know that it wasn't a problem. The mind didnt have time to fool around and make it into a problem. In a true emergency, the mind stops; you become totally present in the Now, and something infinately more powerful takes over. This is why there are many reports of ordinary people suddenly becoming capable of incredibly courageous deeds. In any emergency, either you survive or you don't. either way, it is not a problem.

Some people get angry when they hear me say that problems are illusions. I am threatening to take away their sense of who they are. They have invested much time in a false sense of self. For many years they have unconsciously denied their whole identity in terms of their problems or their suffering. who would they be without it?

A great deal of what people say, think or do is actually motivated by fear, which of course is always linked with having your focus on the future and being out of touch with the Now. As there are no problems in the Now, there is no fear either.

Should a situation arise that you need to deal with now, your action will be clear and incisive if it arises out of present-moment awareness. It is also more likely to be effective.It will not be a reaction coming from the past conditioning of your mind but an intuitive response to the situation. In other instances, when the time-bound mind would have reacted, you will find it more effective to do nothing- just stay centred in the Now'

Extract from The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle

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