“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” writes the biblical prophet. The foundation for a new earth is a new heaven — the awakened consciousness. The earth — external reality — is only its outer reflection.
The arising of a new heaven and by implication a new earth are not future events that are going to make us free. Nothing is ‘going’ to make us free because only the present moment can make us free. That realization is the awakening.
Awakening as a future event has no meaning because awakening is the realization of Presence. So the new heaven, the awakened consciousness, is not a future state to be achieved.
A new heaven and a new earth are arising within you at this moment, and if they are not arising at this moment, they are no more than a thought in your head and therefore not arising at all.
As the new earth, spoken of in the scriptures, dawns among us, those led by Inner Light will endow the seemingly insignificant with profound meaning. Their task is to bring spacious stillness into this world by being absolutely present in whatever they do. There’s a certain ‘Christ-consciousness’ and therefore quality in what they do, even in the simplest task. Their purpose is to do everything in a sacred manner.
~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle www.eckharttolle.com