below from A New Earth Webcast with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle,
April 21, 2008.
"There was a film, A Beautiful Mind, some years ago of a
"With Russell Crowe."
"Yes. He became delusional, this scientist, completely absorbed
by his mind and had all kinds of delusions. At some point in the
middle of the film he suddenly realizes that he's insane and also the
viewer at that moment realizes and it's so well done because until that
point even the viewer doesn't know. And at that moment the healing
begins because with the realization that 'I am insane' sanity has
arisen. The observing presence is there and after that he could
"Is observing presence and inner space the same thing?"
"Yes, but observing should not be confused with judging."
"I got it."
"So there's no judgment. It's like a mirror showing you what's
there. The observer is not judging what is being observed. If
the observer begins to judge then the mind has come back in. It just
is. And the observer is timeless. And whatever the observer is
observing, the behavior, the thinking, is conditioned by the past.
So you're bringing the timeless dimension into this world of time."
John Nash, there is also a similar character in the movie, Nim's
Island. Alexandra Rover is a writer who talks with the male
adventurer of her novels, Alex Rover. This writer is played by Jodie
Foster and Alex Rover is played by Gerard Butler.
John Nash didn't realize his mind had taken him over until the middle of
the movie, Alexandra Rover, has
space between herself and Alex Rover, the main character in her best-selling
novels. That is, she is conscious of the fact that Alex Rover is an
imagined hero in her stories and thus, she doesn't completely identify herself with
him. This is easier because in her actual life, she is the total
opposite of Alex Rover. Still, her mind is playing games with her as she
continues to talk with him. She eventually realizes she can let go
of him because she has gone on an actual adventure herself. She no
longer needs to live vicariously through Alex Rover and no
longer needs the adventures Alex Rover represents, so he disappears by diving into the waves.
Nash discovered he was insane when he realized he totally identified with
Rover discovered her mind was making her live "fictionally"
through Alex Rover and this caused her to shut herself in her house away
from the world even though she was consciously aware she wasn't Alex
Rover. She was also consciously aware of her
phobias as she tells Nim this in her email. So while she may be
"consciously aware" of her differences with Alex Rover, her mind
still has control as she lives a
life of being a hermit and at the same time talks and fights with Alex
Rover, as shown in the funny front door scene as
the perplexed taxi driver waits for her.
She, herself, couldn't get herself out of her own
phobias. She, herself, couldn't detach herself from Alex Rover. The realization that she had to help Nim forces her to
overcome her phobias and to explore the fact she can let go of Alex Rover
as her "talking companion."
both John Nash and Alexandra Rover spoke with characters created by their
minds. They go about freeing themselves through
self-realization. John Nash does this as he
consciously pushes away the voices in his head, while Alexandra Rover does
this by going on an adventure to help Nim and along the way finds out
this is something to heed for all of us. It's good to step back and
observe our minds and emotions consciously, accept whatever they bring up
"into the now",
with the realization that these do not make who we truly are.
are we truly? Read the books, A
New Earth and The
Power of Now by Eckhart
Otherwise, like the front door
scene in Nim's Island, there will be a lot of taxi drivers in this world
wondering what's going on.
of a taxi driver in the movies that discovers the insanity of his
passenger: Jamie Foxx as the taxi driver in the movie, Collateral.
can we find "The Power of Now" at work? In the NBA
Playoffs when a player is in "the now" and makes a shot.
Actors and actresses "being now" with their role. You who
are reading this right "now." You who is "in the
now" wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
Island Movie Review.
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