Only the present is
From the human perspective we are born, have experiences and then die. It seems to move in one linear direction. One present moment to the next present moment, and the moments continue to come one after the other without so much as asking our opinion about it. This trajectory is ceaseless in its perpetuity of continuousness. We call this perpetuity past, present and future, but this endless moment exists only now without a future or past. At the very core of what we call time is infinite timelessness of now and now and now. This present moment is inescapable as it is the foundation of consciousness and creation.
Due to the way our minds both file memories and visualize potentiality life seems to happen outside of this moment. It seems something is occurring now and some things will occur later and some other things occurred previously, but nothing ever occurred or occurs outside of now. What we view as past or future are really just thoughts bouncing around in our minds and have very little to do with time itself even though we’ve become accustom to calling it past or future. In fact our thinking about these thoughts now brings them into now, which is the prime way that people can feel like they are either “re-living” their past or that things are occurring along a linear progression. This can be seen as us experiencing trauma patterns, identities, relationship dynamics, perspectives and beliefs from our “past” now. It is only your thoughts about them that bring them into now. Essentially you bring that information, patterning and programing to the present over and over and over again. It’s not that you are living your past, because that would be impossible, but instead that you are carrying the same thoughts and perspectives into each present moment.
Could you in one full swoop shift a belief or perspective? Yes anyone could, it is your free will to do so. In fact when you do this it is what we call healing. Healing is really just shifting your perspective from viewing something through a lens that creates pain and suffering to one that creates liberation instead. In this way healing is not process, but simply the moment that you decide to change your lens. From there you create a different present moment that is filled with different information and energy, which to your human self looks and feels like living a different reality. This can be done infinitely. There is no end to it because there is no end to perspectives or the present moment.
TEMPLATES OF POSSIBILITY
Beyond the forward focus
As humans it seems as if we always want to get somewhere. There is always somewhere that we are going, either physically or in thought. This forward focus of attaining our desires and living a purposeful life seems to drive the ship as without it we become listless, depressed or bored. While transformative and action oriented in nature, the focus on where we are going peaks when we’ve shared, lived and expressed all we feel we’ve come to share, live and express in outward ways. Not from a hopeless having given up place, but from a place of having fulfilled our minds ideal of what some might call their destiny. This often comes through the realization that there is no where to arrive to other than where you are. In this way the destination ceases to exist.
What lives beyond the forward focus? A resting into the present now. You welcome the inescapable nature of the present whether it contains what you desire it to contain or not. You realize the power of your thoughts and perspectives in the creation of your experience now. You see that you really are in charge and see through the illusion of disempowerment, which comes from thinking you are the experience/creation rather than the creator of it. Recognizing the power of thoughts and how they bring your present moment experience alive is the key to your creator abilities. This is in fact how you are already creating each moment.
The templates (you could call these beliefs and perspectives) already exist for every single possibility. They are not outside of your reach nor something you need to somehow figure out. There is only the self-investigation of what it is you are believing to be true in this moment and then deciding if you still want to believe it or not. Also seeing how what you currently believe is either compatible or incompatible with what you desire now. Often we want to hold onto certain perspectives so strongly even when they feel bad or creates suffering for ourselves. It can feel like nothing is strong enough to dismantle them, yet you are that strong. In fact your strength alone is the only thing in the entire universe that can dismantle it. No person, thing, or magical fairy can do it for you. It is 100% an inside job.
You cannot live in a past or a future. You can only live now. This is your present moment. All possibilities exist here. Turn inwards to the present rather than outwards to the past or future and see the intricacies of the organization of your own beliefs and perspectives. See how they create your experience. You cannot get anywhere and there is nowhere to go back too. Realize the vastness of that statement. You cannot go back to a previous version of you, nor can you bypass this moment into something other than what it is. What do you desire now? What do you want to feel now? What do you want to see now? This is it. The lure or the dread of the seeming past-future may grab you, but as soon as it does recognize once again what is here now. See how you are creating it. See if it is what you want to be creating. This is the only true fulfillment because inside of it lives all that lives.
Amanda Hessel, Aligned as Love