The Present Moment, The Present You

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I see only the past.

Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about it. Yet that is precisely why you need new ideas about time. This first time idea is not really so strange as it may sound at first.
Look at a cup, for example. Do you see a cup, or are you merely reviewing your past experiences of picking up a cup, being thirsty, drinking from a cup, feeling the rim of a cup against your lips, having breakfast and so on? Are not your aesthetic reactions to the cup, too, based on past experiences? How else would you know whether or not this kind of cup will break if you drop it? What do you know about this cup except what you learned in the past? You would have no idea what this cup is, except for your past learning. Do you, then, really see it?
(From A Course in Miracles)

Applying this concept to the idea of living in the present moment (at least in terms understood by mainstream practitioners of “new age” thought), not only does it become unbeneficial, for if one tries to live out their lives seeing the world outside of memory then nothing can be done for this person would have no ground foundation to do anything upon, one would also be unable to function in the everyday world.  For to truly “be in the present” rooted outside of memory would mean that one would no longer be able to recognize anyone, one would be unable to even know where they lived.  Essentially, all that would be operating would be the base functions to keep the body alive. Continue reading “The Present Moment, The Present You”