Leonard Jacobson wrote:When we are in the world of the thinking mind, we are somewhere in the remembered past or the imagined future. We are in a world of thought, memory, concept, idea, opinion and belief. We are not here now. What we are experiencing is not the truth and reality of the present moment.
The truth and reality of that present moment is that our awareness is exploring the symbolic realm. Here's why...
In the real world, we are incredibly small and reality is incredibly huge. We have to compromise constantly with the environment, our bodies, other people etc.
In the symbolic world, we are like gods. We can order the symbols around in to any order that we wish, and create any "reality" our minds can imagine.
In the real world I am some nerdy old guy wasting time typing pointless sermons on a tiny net forum that almost nobody reads. In my symbolic world I am skinny dipping with Diane Lane under the stars on the beach at Malibu.
The symbolic realm offers a level of control over our experience that will never be possible in the real world. This might interest readers here, given that you are typically ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with controlling your psychological experience.
This is not to disparage the wonder of now, nor disrespect Jacobson's excellent description of it. I know that now is the topic of this forum and that readers (including often myself) feel the now is a "one true way". But to keep us honest someone should ask...
Why are we, you and me, here in the entirely symbolic realm of a net forum instead of meditating?
Leonard Jacobson wrote:In a very real sense, the past is intruding into our experience of the present moment, coloring and distorting it. All those limiting beliefs and painful experiences of the past adversely affect our experience of life.
It's surely true the past and future color and distort our experience of the present moment. But the past and future, the symbolic realm is not accurately described as being only "limiting beliefs" and "painful experiences" which "adversely affect our experience of life". It can be that, and the opposite too.
Everything you know about Tolle and the present moment came from the past. And you are attempting to project this past in to the future. If you are going to discard the past and future, this entire forum needs to be immediately flushed down the toilet.
The present moment becomes the very foundation of your life.
Except that it doesn't. Jacobson and my fellow readers are all projecting the past in to the future simply by discussing any of this, a process which seems to have become the real foundation of their life.
I ask readers yet again, if the present moment becomes the foundation of your life, why does Tolle feel the need for money, power and fame?
The present moment is very clearly a necessary psychic food, but it is ridiculous to propose we will sit at the table all day every day eating it.
As you awaken, your experience of yourself and the world will dramatically change. Fear, anxiety and conflict disappear as you enter into a world of love, peace and abundance.
Future tripping bunkum. This is really the heart of what's wrong with New Age mumbo jumbo, the desire to make the changes permanent, to project them in to the future, instead of being happy with them when they happen in the NOW. Remember now? The Power Of Now? Anybody read that book???
You come to know yourself as LOVE. You encounter the living Presence of God within you and within everything around you. Separation dissolves as you enter into Oneness. This is what is meant by enlightenment. It is what Buddha spoke of. It is what Jesus spoke of. It is what Lao-Tzu and Krishna spoke of. It is what God promised to Abraham.
None of us, repeat none of us, are going to become Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tzu, Krishna, or Abraham. It may indeed be true that such rare individuals have extraordinary insights, but they are so far out at the end of the bell curve as to be irrelevant to us.
What we are is ordinary everyday regular normal little people who are somewhat neurotic and more than a little obsessed with ourselves. Being that way got us in to some kind of trouble and so we went looking for a solution and found Tolle. Tolle can help us manage our very ordinary little situation, and that's great. There's no need for all the dreamy greedy becoming trip stuff, that's the ailment, and NOT the cure.
The first and most essential step is to know, through your own experience, the awakened state of Being. It is a state of profound inner silence, peace, stillness and Oneness...
The first and most essential step is to stop bullshitting ourselves, as it's foolishness to build one's home upon a pile of lies.
The second step is to come into right relationship with certain aspects of yourself including your ego, your thoughts and your feelings. You must bring the energy of love and acceptance to every aspect of yourself. All judgment of yourself and others must end if you are to awaken into the truth of life.
The second step is to face the fact that you are never going to bring love and acceptance in to every aspect of your relationship with yourself and others, and to accept being a human being. Yes we can manage being a human being, no we can't transform who we are at a fundamental level. If you want to wake up, wake up to that. If you want to accept, accept that.
The third step is right understanding.
The third step is to accept that the problem you are trying to solve does not arise from the content of thought (something you can change), but from the nature of thought (something you can't change). Thus, the endless quest for understanding and insight (editing the content of thought) is largely a waste of time, except for it's entertainment value.
Jesus started a religion explicitly about love and peace and bringing people together. And no sooner did people start thinking about this religion than they divided in to factions and started killing each other. If Jesus can't invent a religion (content of thought) that can overturn the nature of thought, I assure you, you can't either. Even Baba Bozo can not do such a thing!
We are souls on an extraordinary journey.
Never mind about this, nobody has a clue why we're here, where we're going, or whether souls even exist.
Once you know the true nature of your journey, you will begin to awaken. Everything that has ever happened in your life will suddenly make sense. You will come to regard the problems and difficulties in your life as nothing more than opportunities to learn your lessons and awaken into Oneness.
And your turds will no longer smell! Incredible!!!
The fourth step is to come into alignment with the universal laws of life. If you are to awaken fully, it is necessary to live in integrity in every aspect of your life.
Yada, yada, yada, yawn....