Existence was born when we fell in love with emptiness.
A candle was made to turn into flameIn one moment of destruction that leaves no shadow.
With a single note, the nightingale makes me notice the rose,
Falling into that place where everything is music.
We almost never fall in love with what is actually there, with the way that it is, with the present moment. Yet, why not?
Most of us want nothing more than to fall in love, not with the way that it is, but with our dream, the way we wish it was. We fall in love with the man or woman who gives us a second glance, but who is very far from grasp. We want to restore the magic of childhood, when every tree was a Christmas tree, and every household light a Christmas star.
If we think of one who mastered joy, peace and bliss, we must think of the ancient crown prince who left his kingdom in search of deeper fulfillment than court life could ever provide him. “Buddha” means “the one who woke up,” from the illusion of separation to the supreme presence that brings it all together.
Buddha determined that the problem in his generation was a habitual clinging to ever changing conditions, leading to constant frustration. We never seem to quite get what we want, and when we do get it, we instantly fear that we will lose it. To find enlightenment, simply give up every single attachment. If tides are forever shifting, the best you can do is to surf the waves.
We never seem to quite get what we want, and when we do get it, we instantly fear that we will lose it.
Today, most of us get caught up with smart phones, social networks and media that keep our mind continuously agitated. We maintain an inner dialogue on a 24 x 7 basis, always on. The pace of global society today is orders of magnitude faster than that of Buddha’s agrarian society.
The next time someone asks you, “What time is it?” turn to them and remind them, “NOW!” The time is always the present moment. The hands on our watch that keep moving around simply demonstrate perpetual change. We are always in the flow.
Yet when we probe the deeper question, “What is time?”, none of us has an easy answer. We think we know it, but can define neither past nor future. We have perceptions, memories and dreams in the present moment, combined with verbal chatter.
What if time is just the perpetual pulse of the present moment, the eternal flow of our consciousness. We assume the world is entirely “out there.” But is it? The world is an extension of ourselves, and it is entirely possible that what is within contains what is without. If we leave words out, we truly enter the present only to meet eternity.
As homo sapiens sapiens, we take great pride in our intelligence, most easily identified with our language, spoken or written. Behind language is our thought process, and behind the thought process is a collection of symbols that we learned growing up. We all come to take the symbols for what they represent, the menu for the meal. We regret more losing the $20 bill we give the grocer than we rejoice in gaining the actual nourishing food.
We feel that it is the normal human condition to think constantly. We maintain a Voice Over under every circumstance, continually judging and evaluating every single thing that occurs. We constantly compare and contrast, usually to make wrong what is right in front of us. When others speak to us, most often we edit what they say before their words reach our eardrums.
We can eventually accept, after a major operation or loss of a loved one, that we are not our bodies. However, we are utterly convinced that we are our minds. If we have a soul, then certainly that soul must be our mind. What else could it be? Is there another part of us that we don’t own up to?
In our early childhood, especially the ages of three or four, we are totally awake and alive. We soaking up new experiences in every possible moment, learning most of what we know as adults. Our perceptions and intuitions are keen. When we speak, we do so candidly, not worrying about hurting anyone’s feelings.
Early in the history of humanity, we lived as hunters and gatherers, as well as doing horticulture in small plots of land. Like Native Americans, we could move effortlessly without snapping a twig. We were in harmony with the flow of creation. Words and conversation were a new invention, and kept very basic and simple. What you said, you meant. Nothing else occurred to us.
In the pre-rational period, we are deeply in touch with the mystical. Life itself seems magical. We take nothing for granted. When we cry, we cry all out, and then suddenly stop. When we laugh, we laugh all out, and then suddenly stop. We live in the moment. Our language is clear and crisp. We are not our words, and our words don’t own us.
As we grow into adolescence, we enter a very awkward period when our brainpower grows, and our cognitive functions grow stronger. We are more comfortable with abstract thought, and our vocabulary rapidly expands. We are still in touch with what it feels like to be a child, but we are aspiring for something more. At this point, we are neither children nor adults.
As humanity moved into the great river valleys of Egypt, India and China, a more complex agricultural civilization emerged with specialization of labor. People enjoyed more stable supplies of food and water. Coins and currency began to replace bartering, and large cities emerged under a king, or emperor. Written language evolved, and the great religions became codified.
In the late rational period, we saw the emergence of printing, the scientific method, steam engines and the industrial revolution. Increasingly, our lives were dominated by machinery, which outperformed slaves, so that the standard of living for ever larger groups of people steadily progressed. In the process, much of humanity lost touch with its spiritual foundations. Universities replaced cathedrals, and thought became increasingly secular. The sacred was sidelines, and with it, magic and miracles.
As we matured in midlife, we began to question the establishment and probe the meaning of life. We may have picked up yoga and meditation. We came to distrust intellectuality, as life doesn’t often come out the same way as books say it should. We may be a baby boomer, or cultural creative, who looks at reality in a different light. We may even come to question our very thought process, itself.
As humanity moved into the post-industrial period, and computers began replacing television, people enjoyed a more mobile life. A high percentage of the population is now educated. Because of digital devices and the proliferation of media in every form, people are much better informed, and actively seek options.
In the trans-rational period, humanity is gradually growing beyond thought, where it no longer regards thought as its highest achievement. Digital technology can do much of that faster and cheaper. We have intuition, awareness and consciousness. We are beginning to appreciate our brains as being magnificent instruments, not our masters. We increasingly sense our divinity, and are coming to a whole new appreciation of Who and What we call “God.”
If we can stop our stream of thinking for more than a second or two, we will discover a type of enchantment that we long forgot after we left our playpen and wandered out of the forest. Heaven is more than another word for the sky. It is a state of being. Everything is as it is, and everything is as it should be. It’s all perfect!
Rarely are we in physical danger, where our heart is pounding, and a cougar is about to jump out of the foliage and devour us. Most of our dis-ease and apprehension is self-created. Thoughts crowd our heads, and we continually drink caffeine to keep them flowing. We are terrified to just be still. To simply be.
When you are totally present, relaxed without a thought in your head for a whole hour, you feel born again, years melt away. The trip to Paris, the vacation in Bali, who needs them. Right where you live, the local park, is just perfect, lacking nothing. Home is heaven, and heaven is now.
When you insist on life on exactly your terms, regardless of the consequences, you will find yourself digging a hole. Master healers always work with what they have got. They start where they are. When you refuse to be where you are, when your mind goes racing towards any other possibility, you will find yourself in hell.
The difference between hell and heaven is razor thin. It lies in your choosing conditions to be just the way they are, and working with them to create what you want. When you fall in love with the present moment, you find yourself free. Nelson Mandela learned to love his prison cell. In the end, the entire world was his.
If you choose to play victim, you will come to the point of realizing that no satisfaction is possible. You can then begin to own your world and discover your destiny.
If we think of the contemporary person most like Buddha, we must consider Eckhart Tolle, a former German scholar. Eckhart went to the University of London and the University of Cambridge only to find himself utterly miserable. His thoughts ran at an insane tempo. He couldn’t do a thing to stop them. At some point, he decided to take his life in his own hands.
Suddenly, Eckhart’s whole system crashed! He woke up realizing the thoughts that were spinning him like a top were not at all him. He had those self-destructive thoughts, but he wasn’t those thoughts. The silent witness that had observed his crazy musings stood forth and mounted the throne of his life. Suddenly, there was perfect stillness. Eckhart was born again, a brand new person.
Eckhart then, at 29 years of age, devoted his entire life to sharing the insights that came out of that experience to others just like him, who can’t control their thoughts. Eckhart has a way of mocking our insanity in such a way that we can effortless recognize it for what it is. Countless people have awoken just by reading his book, The Power of Now, which sold six million copies. Now, Eckhart will train you via video in a most affordable course. Why not take a look in this present moment?
All There Is IS the Present Moment!
Like Deepak Chopra, you can fall in love with emptiness, that emptiness which contains everything. You can gaze at the candle, smell the rose and dance to the music. It is all so simple. Stop your wild thoughts …NOW… and NOW… and NOW!