Questioner: What about Eckhart Tolle’s sudden, very powerful awakening ? Obviously something happened.
Bentinho: Sure… so he had a moment of relaxation, and for him it was very powerful, because the contrast was very strong — he was about to kill himself, everything felt completely alien and so on. So he had this intense suffering… and then all of it relaxed. And so in retrospect the memory stores it as an awakening. But it wasn’t happening in any new space. The same space of direct experience shifted from being really tense, to the point where the bow is about to snap, to it actually snapping, or relaxing. And so that’s a powerful contrast. That’s a sudden relaxation of everything. And then he describes that he had years of deepening.