The illusionary nature of the present moment of now

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“You got to look at things with the eye in your heart, not with the eye in your head.”

This is a quote from Lame Deer, Medicine Man of the Oglala people.

Whenever we’re thinking, our experience is being filtered through our minds, taking us away from the present moment of now. Stop thinking and be. Be here now. Read on, and it will be revealed just how you can do this.

The idea of there being a present moment within time is not strictly correct

“It is the most beautiful moment in one's life when there is neither confusion nor certainty. One simply is — a mirror reflecting that which is. With no direction to go anywhere, with no idea of doing something, with no future - just utterly in the moment, tremendously in the moment."

This is a quote from a spiritual master who was known as, "Osho"

"Osho" was a controversial person. He died in 1990. He was born in India, where a lot of these types of masters seem to spring out from. Most people would recognise him more by his original name, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

At your first reading of this quote of his, this idea of his might seem right, but on the second reading?

On my second reading of it, this just seems all wrong.

When confusion goes, knowingness steps back in. The certainty of the moment lives only within the moment. Confusion lives outside of the moment.

On my third reading though, I was thinking more like this.

This idea of their being just a present moment is not strictly a correct one. There is no present moment possible in a timed life. The present moment only exists to God.

Outside of all time, God can enter time whenever he wishes and bring you into his moment. When he does this. all other considerations and problems will disappear, and so this will heal you.

When you re-enter time however, you will find that this healing is never permanent for your human body, and you will eventually move out of it having finally completed your life there on the Earth plane of existence.

These three readings were enough for me!

The paradox of the now never being the now within time

All is present time in the moment of now.

Everything intersperses everything else like this, and all affects all else too.

Every moment of life though also represents a beginning from which all else in this life then ensures. The currency of your present life gets its real meaning from each of these beginning stages.

Every new stage begins from this moment of now. It also ends within the same moment of now. What happens in between is up to you though.

It is actually these types of ties though that then create karma for you.

The spiritual cleansing of these karmatic ties allows you to be cleansed from your mind trappings. In this way, you can be reconnected to the love in your heart from the immediate bringing of yourself again into present time, from such a connecting action as this.

Any spiritual healing always returns you into present time. All healing takes place only now, within this moment of now.

This is what happened when Jesus forgave someone of their sins. They would return to present time, and be instantly healed of their ailments, whether they be physical, mental or spiritual ones. Everything within them would then be healed, that needed to be healed.

< Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? >

This was Jesus Christ speaking in reply to some scribes that were questioning in their own minds about what he had just said to this man. This verse comes from Saint Mark's gospel, chapter 2, verse 9.

These scribes were questioning Jesus authority to heal by forgiving sins in this way. They could not understand how he could bring people into present time with him, and where he always lived and dwelled.

Consciousness, unconsciousness, and time

I have seen the opinion somewhere in my reading that consciousness can only live within present time. This writer claimed further then that when you dwell in the past, or lose yourself within the future, you move yourself back into a state of unconsciousness.

Is this right though? Is unconsciousness related to time like this, or not?

Unconsciousness exists both within time, and out of it.

It is the original state of God's oneness.

Unconsciousness turns into consciousness as much as an elemental part of God lives within the now, by allowing God's love to fully use them as that part of God that they are right now.

This happens though only when they stay in this now, and when they do not allow themselves to become lost to their sins, or to their karma.

Only the present moment has purpose. This gives it its meaning. Each moment follows another moment. If you stay within the present moment there is nothing else that you need do.

Everything needed flows into your life, as much as you live within present time. This is what Jesus meant when he said to seek first the kingdom of God, and then you will find all else.

This sentiment comes from Jesus' own words as given to us in Saint Matthew's gospel, chapter 6, verse 33.

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

The moments of time float across the present moment of now. This is what life achieves when the life is lived from the moment that is happening right now.

< Love says "I am everything". Wisdom says "I am nothing". Between the two, my life flows. Since at any point of time and space I can be both the subject and the object of experience, I express it by saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both. >

This beautiful quote is by that great spiritual Indian master, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, (1897 to 1981).

It sums up this article very nicely.

In the present moment everything exists, but in the nothingness of time, we live as nothing. We are neither everything nor nothing though.

We are actually beyond all of this. God is God. All is God. We are merely pawns on God's chessboard, but there is no game being played, unless we decide to play it.


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I have been interested in the spiritual fields for over thirty five years now. My writing is mostly in this area.

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author avatar spirited
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks for taking the time to give this one a star in present time, Steve

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Mar 2014 (#)

To think, that one day believers in the Lord will be eternally in that state of timelessness , and yet very much alive . Wow !
That's out of this world !
God bless you at all time Steve
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Stella,

Eternal timelessness seems like a contradiction in terns.

The concept of time is only known by those in time, I guess, and so you can never really known what timelessness is unless you do believe in God.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Mar 2014 (#)

I couldn't agree more ..
It is the thought of still praising our wonderful God for ever and ever , without even one tiny wrinkle or tear to spoil or sadden , where no more sunstroke or frostbite can cause distress . The list could go on .
More blessings moment by moment
Stella ><

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Good morning, Spirited. This from the article, "Only the present moment has purpose." We are bound by time in this existence. As such, we can only do what we can to be present and accountable. Thank you for a look into your thought process. I appreciate that. ~Marilyn

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author avatar spirited
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Marilyn,

we are bound by time, but if we can stay in the present as much as we can, it will never affect us then at all.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar spirited
21st Mar 2014 (#)

thanks Fern

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author avatar Helen Thomas
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

At first I thought you were trying to confuse us ~ Spirited. But ~ I think I get your point. When we live by faith ~ not by sight, we can enjoy the NOW. Remain blessed in the love of God!

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author avatar spirited
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

Yes, live by faith, not by trying to see into the future, and so wanting it to go in your own way,

Thanks Helen

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