The Present Moment , Living in the moment, Being Present . These popular catch phrases, these ideas are hot topics in the awakening discussion , and when understood and “Lived” are vital to staying sane in an insane world , but what does it actually mean to be present, to live in the moment .
All of the great teachers out there talk about being in the present moment as perhaps the most important aspect of awakening , why … because the present moment is all that really exists, past and future or just ideas, constructs, thoughts coming from the world of form.
The key to actually living in the moment is really about understanding the “Human Condition”. So what is the human condition , well the general connotation is that of … suffering, although there is so much more to “Being” human, much of it is quite wonderful , joyous and exciting !
So … what is causing the suffering part ? Well … all I can share is my own personal experience , although from what I hear from others out there , we are all very similar , we are experiencing very similar challenges when it comes to trying to stay present and live in the moment .
It appears much of the challenge comes from our “over identification” with form , which includes our thoughts generated by the conditioned mind , our ego , our persona , most of which we inherited through our culture via indoctrination.
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Identification Equals Suffering …OK , what does that mean. It means the more identified you are with physicality, your life story, material things, relationships,sensations , feelings , thoughts , the more suffering you will encounter during your stay on “Hotel Earth” !
Yes its a hotel, your a guest , you check in and you check out ! But while your here , it seems the more you derive your self worth in “things” , the more difficult it will be to find what you are looking for , which is ultimately , to be complete , whole , satiated , with out “need” of any “Thing” .. our true nature outside the world of form!
True unconditional love does not “need” anything ! Suffering is always a resistance to what is !
If in fact ” life is but a dream” it seems obvious that trying to fulfill yourself from something that is so fleeting will only lead to disappointment , suffering, fear … so why do most of keep doing it ?
Programming , conditioning , we are all born into a highly programmed and conditioned construct called the human race, a grand experiment , a wonderful experience , perhaps unprecedented in the cosmos , fractals of “all that is ” lost in the mind created world .
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WE … are the witnessing presence ! That is the best definition , the cleanest definition , with the least connotations that we can use to describe …what we are !
From this perspective , within present moment awareness we can navigate the Apocalypse with greater ease , discernment and power !
There is so much information coming to us , about who we are , where we came from , where we are going . At some point it becomes very difficult to know what is real and what is not.
At some point it actually becomes …irrelevant ! The witnessing presence starts to see all of our external and internal experiences as simply the content that … presence … witnesses.
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Experience Versus Perception , a rambling exploration of words and their meanings .
Perception acts like a filter , through which we manifest our outer world , and our perception is colored by our beliefs and definitions , so our perception to some degree determines what we experience , no matter what experiential realities we find our selves in , whether its physical reality , non physical , quasi physical or anything in between.
Experience is the same as knowledge , it has its roots in the past , so anything we call knowledge is experience , and both have already happened .
So perception is first , it determines what we experience , so one could say perception is happening in the present moment creating the template for the next experience , or perhaps a more accurate way of describing it is , perception is not unlike our resonance, our vibratory frequency , which determines , what version of reality we experience , in the near infinite choices that are available within all that is . As we shift from reality to reality , our perception actually steers us towards the realities our perception is most in resonance with.
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Present Moment Awareness is where it’s at baby ! Don’t let any one tell you differently , they are just trying to suck you into the past or future , which is where the scared little ego is running around trying to make a life for itself .
Present Moment Awareness is about living in the moment , in a state of no mind , Zen like , yet still managing to keep the mind in a holding pattern so to speak .
Your mind is a useful tool no doubt about it , and you can learn to use it “just” when you need it , no sooner , no later, you keep it on short leash , so it doesn’t go off on tangents.
You see there is a real addiction to thinking , in fact thinking is probably the most wide spread addition on the planet . Perhaps I’m being a little bit silly here , but not really , yes there is constructive thinking , analytical thinking , all types of thinking that are useful in the creation process.
However much of the thinking going in peoples minds is not constructive at all , in fact it’s counter productive , because most of it is negative or dis empowering , all these old programs running in the back ground , much of it is from the conditioning we get from society or the group mind , there not even our own original thoughts … ouch !
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People these days are struggling to find themselves , they are going through what is commonly called an ” Identity Crisis ” , kind of a funny term , but you know the story , we have all been there.
You see Mom lost her job a while back , this economy is a killer of identities , of course she’s been taking care of grandma all this time too, and she was spending more than she was making.
Finally she lost her house to foreclosure a few months ago and now she has to move in with the kids , she just feels like she has lost her “Identity” lost her freedom.
Jim was a very successful sales person for a large tech manufacture, made a good living and had the America dream all wrapped up , then came the crash , the economy tanked , margins shrunk to nothing , and one day he wakes up and his profession for the last 20 years is gone, he’s a dinosaur, his chosen occupation … no longer exists !
This is happening all around the country and all over the world , maybe it’s universe’s way of giving us a slap in the face, a cold bucket of water over the head to wake us up, becasue when everything is going good and your ” Fat and Happy ” not much changes , at least not from a spiritual , self analysis perspective.
Nope ..when the cash is rolling in and your shopping for that new car, new house or the next electronic gizmo that you just have to have , you don’t have time to concern yourself with such nonsense.
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Exploring the darkness is how we can see the light. When it comes to looking at the outer world as a reflection of our inner state of being , we have to look at the dark stuff, the negative stuff , so that we learn from it , otherwise we are not getting the full picture.
Many of today’s New Age Philosophies tend to shy away from dealing with our dark aspects as some kinda of abnormality , or dysfunction.
However keeping our head in the sand about who and what we are is probably how we got here , few people want to take responsibility and do the shadow work on themselves, you know , where you go deep within and really take a hard look at yourself and what your contributing to the collective, it’s always much easier to blame someone else for all our personal and collective woes.
While the alternative media is doing it’s job in exposing the ones who are outwardly creating much of the worlds problems , you know the politicians , the elite banking oligarchy , the heads of corporations, the alphabet agencies and so on , ultimately from a greater perspective they are us , there is no separating them from us , we are all collectively the Human Race.
Now … some will argue, and there is evidence to suggest , that there may be elements on the planet that are not entirely human , and they may play a leading role in creating chaos for their own agenda ,perhaps even feeding on our fear , to manipulate us in ways that keep us in the dark and them in control , which is exaclty the reason we should be familiar with the darkness , not afraid of it.
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