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TWO WORLDS 25…
THOUGHT gives the illusion of time. In reality everything is happening now, in the present moment. All experience and learning is accomplished now. God’s ultimate plan is unfolding now, not yesterday, not tomorrow but now. In the spiritual world – in the absence of time – there is only now. The reason for our sense of time changing so much depending on our activity and age is our ego.
Time and the ego are both part and parcel of the dream of a physical world. Neither of them is real. The ego lives in time – the remembered past, the anticipated future. This is accomplished by thinking – in fact, the ego does not exist out of time or thought.
The ego cannot exist in the present moment, where there is no thought. That is why it is so hard to stop thinking. The ego does not want that, for it means its end, its death – and because we are under the delusion that we are our ego, we are fearful of our own death if we stop thinking.
The message of time’s illusory nature has been passed down to us through the ages, including in such recent books as Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power Of Now’. Time is a hurdle that we must learn to clear as we progress up the pathway of enlightenment.
As Eckhart Tolle so aptly puts it at the end of ‘The Power Of Now’: “And how do I get to that point of realization? When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore.
Presence is the key. The Now is the key. How will I know when I have surrendered? When you no longer need to ask that question! We must learn to put our ego back in its proper place as subordinate to the soul (our true self). The way to do that is simply to ‘think’ less and ‘be’ more – to be here, present in the now.
The ego can only exert its muscle in the past or future by thinking – not now. The present moment is the reality of life because really that is all there is.”…
Dan’s Quote: “All this worldly wisdom was once the un-namable heresy
_____________of some wise man.”-Henry David Thoreau
Inspiration for this article came from the writings of Eckhart Tolle, Joel Kramer, Vernon Howard, ACM, CWG, Abraham, Many others and life itself.