June 16, 2011

The “Non-New Agey” Power of Now.

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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