The conditioned mind will often create feelings out of fear, and these should not be the guiding force in your life. Eckhart urges us instead to discover the deeper feelings that arise from Presence—the source of true intuition—and to let that guide your actions.
Can you explain more about the "surface" of the present moment? How can we go deeper? The "surface" of the present moment contains the external forms we perceive with the physical senses—any of which can serve as a tool for stepping out of the thought stream.
Eckhart shares that the most important thing to do when confronted with unconsciousness is not to react to it, as that would draw you down to the same level of unconsciousness. Instead, become intensely present so you can see things as they are and act from a place of sanity.