“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” ~ Lao Tzu, Spiritual Teacher, Paraphrased from the “Tao Te Ching”
We all have a concept of time. While we are in physical form we are using the present moment as a gauge for what has happened in the past and what we are envisioning for the future. But the concept of time is just an illusion. It’s a measurement that is created by physical beings. The reality is that the only thing that exists is what is happening right now. Anything that has happened already did not happen at a point in the past, but also happened in the present moment at that time. What will happen in the future also can’t happen in a future place in time, but only in the present moment. We just haven’t experienced it yet. The future does not exist until it becomes the present. This type of thinking may be a new concept for some people. But every event that has ever happened in history or will happen in the future can only occur in the moment of now. This concept of living only in the moment of now and not in some point of the past or perceived future is the key to having a happier, more peaceful and fulfilling life.
Much of our struggles in life occur because we are not living in the present moment. Think about something that has occurred in the past and is constantly bearing down on you or something that you are expecting at a future point in time that may not be so pleasant. Both of these scenarios puts you mind in a place that does not even exist. This is what it means that time is an illusion. Whatever has happened in the past is already done. It cannot be changed. So dwelling on it is really just wasted energy. And we all could use more energy in our daily lives. Same goes for the future. There are likely scenarios that can occur in the ‘future‘, but nothing is set in stone (even what you planned before you can into a physical body). You have the power to create the future now that you wish. So focusing on something that has not even occurred yet is also a form of wasted energy. The key is acceptance. To be accepting of the present moment and what is occurring in the now is what will create happiness.
“Time isn’t precious at all because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” ~ Eckhart Tolle, Spiritual Teacher, Author, “The Power of Now”
In order to live more in the present moment, you must learn to be more aware. Aware of your surroundings and being inside of your body will bring a more conscious presence. When your mind is in a place that is outside of your body, it is usually focusing in on a past or future point. This is what is going to cause you to struggle. The more you struggle, the less aware you are and the less present you are. When you are aware of the present, you will not be focusing in on what is absent and this will give you acceptance. Thinking about what you don’t have, or want, or need is putting your mind away from the now. You must create a space between your thoughts. The now is all that can exist. This kind of conscious existing is what will bring peace and stillness to your life. It doesn’t matter what is going on around you, if you are truly living in the present moment your mind will be uncluttered and open to making better decisions. This is because you will be able to rely on intuition rather than trying to judge what is occurring by something that happened in the past. This kind of unattachment from past events is what will give you the freedom to grow and evolve. You can still be close to what is important to you, but there will not be an emotion that is created from something that has already occurred, which you cannot change anyway. This is the cause of addictions, which are the covering up of painful experiences in the past and projecting them into the future. Nothing that has ever occurred in the past can keep you from becoming whatever you want in the present moment. Do not use the past to drive what is occurring in the now, use only the now to create whatever existence you wish for yourself. This is also the key for the Law of Attraction.
“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have. Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu, Spiritual Teacher, Paraphrased from the “Tao Te Ching”
All of your perceived ‘problems’ exist only in your mind. To the universe (God), there are no problems. What is happening is neither right nor wrong, it just is. Only when we attach an emotion or importance to an event, a physical object or person do we give it meaning. So when we a perceiving that we are lacking something that is important to us, we are creating stress. And when we have stress, this means we have ‘problems’. And then we create a story around those problems and tell everyone else. This sense of lacking stems from our minds being off somewhere else, dwelling on our issues and never coming up with any solutions. But we do not realize that we already have all the answers. We have just forgotten them. We are so focused in on something other than the present moment that we are not able to let those answers come through. All of your ‘problems’ have a spiritual solution. The physical life that you are living was not meant to be that of suffering, but of discovering. Being truly conscious comes from a state of balance between intellect and emotion, that which lies in being focused in on the now. Living from this perspective will give you all the answers you need. Accept that you do not currently ‘know’ the answer and the knowing will come through you. This is because conscious knowledge is within all of us and connected throughout the universe. You are not lacking anything. Again, you can be close to what is important to you, but allowing it to just be will create much less stress in your life. If something occurs that needs immediate attention, you can give it that attention from a much more focused and clearer head and resolve whatever ‘problem’ is occurring with spiritual presence.
“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” ~ Bruce Lee, Martial Artist, Philosopher
Having spiritual presence is a very powerful tool in creating whatever life you desire. If you are attached to illusions then you are only going to create more unhappiness. The only thing that really exists is love. Living as a being of love means accepting without judgment and letting go. The mind can control your life but only if you allow it. Just by believing in something can you make it a reality. This is how the placebo effect works. If you believe something strong enough, your physical body will react accordingly. You can create your own truth and live however you want. This can only be done by being conscious of your present being. The mind can be a great servant but is a terrible master, which means the ego will try and convince you that you do not have the ability to become a very powerful creator. Do not get in the habit of listening to your ego, as the ego is very comfortable with the ways things already are. Your goal is to evolve. And to evolve all you need to do is be enlightened. It is not something you seek, as is often misunderstood. The key to becoming enlightened is realizing there is nothing you have to do to be enlightened. You already possess the power of the universe (God), which is a state of pure consciousness and love. It all starts with being present. It all starts with living in the now.