This morning at work I experienced technical difficulties with the projector. It was the last day of class, centered around the movie “Lilo and Stitch,” and the projector had always worked fine before. After several minutes of unsuccessful troubleshooting, and with class about to begin, I felt reaction rising up inside of me. I was frustrated and about to freak out.
The reaction I experienced was brief and subsided as I made the decision to have an enjoyable last day, and ask for assistance. Yet, however brief, the pull of reaction was strong, and it was to an inanimate object in a low-pressure situation. How strongly can egoic reaction pull a person in when the unfavorable situation is caused by another person? When other people act in a way that causes the voice in our heads to start condemning, we experience the beginnings of a reaction caused by the ego. Some people manage to live mainly through egoic reaction, and over time it deadens all of life, leaving the person unable to enjoy any situation and experience their true nature.
I love this video because it is so clear, and beautifully manages to snap me out of the voice in my head. The truth to which Eckhart Tolle speaks here, can have the power to completely change any life that has been taken over by reaction.