The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you into even deeper sleep. –Eckhart Tolle
I’d like to pick a bone with this quote today. I agree that, in general, what Tolle says is true, but I also think that it’s important to be optimistic. This is a time of great challenge for many people, and a time of great awakening. I also think that this time in human history is perhaps different from others, and that anything is possible. It makes sense not to count anyone out. Here’s why.
You can never measure some one else’s state of grace.
–Annie Kagan, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers
Some people seem like they’re “asleep,” going by their life choices and the way they deal with things, but we can never know that for sure. Billy Fingers explains to his sister, Annie, that although he was a drug addict and heavily involved in some very shady business at the end of his life, he had the life experience that he had signed up for. He needed those experiences. Given that he seems like a very highly-evolved Soul, my guess is that Billy needed to burn off some final karma before moving on to other things in the afterlife. (He makes it clear in the book that he is no longer planning on coming back to physical life.)
Basically, the lesson here is not to judge others. Some people who congratulate themselves that they are spiritually awake are surprised to find that they don’t always deal with challenges the way they wish they had, while others who don’t seem to be very “with it” spiritually transcend their programming to reach new heights of consciousness.
You just never know. Moral: Sit on the edge of your seat and stay awake. Don’t worry about anyone else. 🙂