ILLUSION OF TIME

“Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.”~Eckhart Tolle

When we adopt an identity of a  “make believe” separate self or ego we also need to “make believe” in an orientation of  time where we pretend to live out a personal story with a past and future… this includes the belief we should be in control of our story…and it becomes the meaning of our life.

The simple fact is that there is no such thing as future or past. There is only the “present” which is just in front of our nose. The truth is the ‘past’ is a “present” idea only in our mind. We call it a ‘memory’, and imagine that it refers to a real event in the ‘past’….but it is only imagination

The same is true for the future. We call our “present” thoughts of the future as ‘dreams’ or ‘plans’, and feel sure that they are really drawing ever closer. But our dreams and plans are nothing more than the “present” thoughts about “present” thoughts.

We can’t escape from the “present”. We’re there all the time, and no matter what we think, we’re stuck in the “present”. If we’d stop a moment and take a look at the situation, it would actually be pretty awesome. But instead, we usually spend all our present time thinking about the future and past

If we re-discover the “now”, everything changes. We don’t lose anything – we retain our motivation, our ability to make plans, our ability to dream and remember and accomplish things. What changes is our ability to realize that past and future are “make believe”, and thus it’s not likely for us to experience anxiety, stress, or frustration of what we think happened or will happen.

We all had this sense of “now” when we were very young, but lost it as we adopted our belief in a “story” time. Some people break out of this illusion and re-discover the “now”, and find that life is just as amazing as when we were young seeing the world as marvelous and magical. And that all of the problems of adulthood – all the issues that we spend our entire lives trying to resolve – aren’t real, solid problems. They are problems we are constantly creating out of our deep beliefs regarding how the world works.. And find the meaning of life exists in the timeless “now” which most of us are so busy ignoring.

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do. ~Jean de la Bruyere

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