The “Non-New Agey” Power of Now.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Jun 16, 2011
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All we have is right now. We will never have anything more. That is the power of now.

“When I rest as the pure and simple Witness, I notice that I am not caught in the world of time. The Witness exists only in the timeless present. Yet again, this is not a state that is difficult to achieve but impossible to avoid. The Witness sees only the timeless present because only the timeless present is actually real. When I think of the past, those past thoughts exist right now, in the present. When I think of the future, those future thoughts exist right now, in this present. Past and future thoughts both arise right now, in simple ever present awareness.

And when the past actually occurred, it occurred right now. When the future actually occurs, it will occur right now. There is only right now, there is only this ever-present present: that is all I ever directly know. Thus, the timeless present is not hard to contact but impossible to avoid, and this becomes obvious when I rest as the pure and simple Witness, and watch the past and future float by in simple ever-present awareness…

The Witness is a huge step forward, and it is a necessary and important step in meditation, but it is not the ultimate. When the Witness or the soul is finally undone, then the Witness dissolves into everything that is witnessed. The subject/object duality collapses and there is only pure nondual awareness, which is very simple, very obvious…

It {nondual awareness} was never born, it will never die. It never enters that temporal stream. This vast Freedom is the great unborn, of which the Buddha said: “There is an unborn, an unmade, an uncreated. Were it not for this unborn, unmade, uncreated, there would be no release from the born, the made, the created.” Resting in this vast expanse of Freedom is resting in this great Unborn, this vast emptiness.” ~The Simple Feeling Of Being by Ken Wilber

This is my favorite youtube video. In it, two of my favorite teachers explain the unavoidable power of now!

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


4 Responses to “The “Non-New Agey” Power of Now.”

  1. dan says:

    How are these “non-New Agey”? Imagining a sarcastic Jim Carey reading that Wilbur (laugh track gratis), or anyone beside Watts and Trungpa Rimpoche saying the same things in that video (maybe to some Yani with images of rainbows and glowing beings), it seems pretty new agey to me. I can understand why the new agey is distasteful, being often more scammy than honest possibility, but why is it a pejorative, when most any endeavor is rife with scams and dishonesty?
    And thanks for the post, it’s always very strange that we need reminders to breathe and be.

  2. Dace says:

    Power is only now…

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