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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Are you ready to unravel yourself , and be free of all of the illusions that you think are “You ” !
Do you ever tire of playing the game , playing the part, keeping up with the maintenance of being you, being a personality is much like being an actor , with roles to play , lines to remember , proper makeup and clothing , it’s a lot of work.
However as we become more expanded during our awakening, one of the by products , or one of the effects is that you actually start to become less identified with your human persona , you start to unravel yourself from the bonds of beliefs , in other words you are in the world but not of it.
You no longer think of your self as Bob the electrician , or Mary the nurse , or an American or a Californian , or the million other little ways in which humans categorize themselves , each one creates a layer, wrapping source consciousness in an ever increasing tangle of symbolic rope, until one day all you see is rope and you can barely move, a prisoner in your own self created matrix.
And these layers keep building up over time until we really have no idea ” WHAT “we are, however we ” think ” we know ” WHO ” we are , we are Bob the electrician , who lives in Colorado, in the city of Denver, who likes football, votes Democrat, drives a Ford, Likes to hunt , likes rock music , is ex military , currently divorced , has 2.3 children , is against abortion , yet is pro gay marriage ( OK, I’m just making this up ) but you get the idea , and on and on the layers build up .
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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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As we expand and grow in awareness we are entering a period where we will gradually shift from a slightly more negative environment to a slightly more positive environment.
Of course this too depends on which version of earth you decide to experience.
For now we are talking about the most resonate versions “WE” are detecting ,for those of us who want positive change and are willing to take total and complete responsibility in our co creative participation.
For those that resonate more , with a doom and gloom ending of things and believe that they are victims of negative forces, the outcome and experience will be entirely different .
And that’s OK too, we are so loved , “all things” are allowed expression , the universe , all that is, first source , is infinite !
This shift , for many humans will likely be imperceptible. Even for those that are more sensitive and aware of the finer grains of life , will only be able to perceive the shift as subtle changes within their own personal reality, their own “State of Being”.
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Are you stressed out ! I hope not , however billions of humans on this planet right now are in stress mode, so it’s no shock if you are part of the club.
We are given so many things to “worry ” about , here in this drama , play , this virtual reality game we call life !
So many believe this is it , all there is , they have their houses , their cars, their bank accounts, their careers ,big frowns on their foreheads , and families to take care of , and many “believe” everything is in jeopardy … of being … lost , and many have lost quite a bit already , it is happening !
This is the mind set , the ” state of being ” for many on earth and it is perpetuated every single moment of each day by all the fear based programs , the latest big one , (besides money issues which everyone has to deal with lately , because of the collapse of the economic systems ) , is the health care issue , people are loosing their health care , or will end up paying more for their health care , or will be fined if they don’t get health care … jeeze , more problem, reaction solution ad nausea from the powerless that be , and for those that buy into the control mechanisms… unfortunately !
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Living in the Moment is perhaps one of the most important lessons of the Apocalypse . With all the fear being generated about the Economy and Wars and Natural Disasters its easy to get caught up in the drama to the extent that you become a prisoner of the future.
In this environment it becomes difficult to enjoy your life because you are worried that you may loose your job if you still have one, or that you wont be able to feed and house yourself. Or you may have money and live in fear of loosing it becasue of the global economic meltdown.
This fear based paradigm we live in is the social engineer’s masterpiece of madness and its running at full steam right now to the point many people are actually starting to learn to live in the moment out of survival. You see how universe uses everything.
When we have no idea what will happen tomorrow, when things are completely out of control and we fear the future , then we see the value of living in the moment , this is our gift from the Apocalypse .
In this way the Apocalypse is showing us the folly of Linear Time , or the false reality of a Continuous Flow of Time .
Of course this paradigm , this belief in a Continuous Flow of Time is perpetuated here in this reality which makes it easy to manipulate us , so we are constantly having to plan for future events , while missing the only “Real Event” , the moment.
One could argue that these seemingly disastrous events are just what the doctor ordered to wake us up , out of our stupor of working and career building and buying houses and sending kids to college so we can all have a good “Future”.
It’s what we have been taught our whole life by society so our love affair with the future is a hard habit to break and seems downright dangerous when you consider all the planning that goes on just to survive each day.
Consider this , living in the future or the past is completely imaginary, not saying its good or bad , I’m just saying that in the moment is where our power comes from. If we take anything from the Apocalypse , it should be to live in the moment , with your loved ones , and that which you love and live in appreciation for this wondrous experience we are having as universe personified.
Don’t let the false reality of the future rob you of your joy. It is a hard habit to break , but it seems universe is giving us a kick start, whether we want it or not .