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Yeah, I know this sounds a little metaphysical to many.  That’s ok, I don’t expect everyone, or even anyone, to appreciate or understand this post.  I like to blog about things that strike me as interesting and if there is an interested audience – well, then great.  If not, that’s ok too.

 

I’ve recently done a lot of thinking about reality.  Deeply thinking about reality creates many potential problems, since the only reality anyone knows is the one they think they’re experiencing.  However, I’ve come to believe something a little different.

 

I am personally coming to the conclusion that only right now exists.  Not just right now, but ONLY right now.  There is nothing outside of this moment and there never has been.  All our past and all of our future is embedded in a complex mental construction of time dilation while reality itself is laughing at our concept of time and space. 

 

I’ve had no less than 2-3 “déjà vu” experiences per day for my known lifetime.  These experiences feel like hyper-exposed illuminated visions cast on the silver screen of my perceived reality and are nearly indiscernible from the very fabric of our cumulative and accepted perception and experience of reality.  They often come after something big has occurred in life that should be exceptional, but ends up only feeling expected.  No, I’m not on any illegal (or legal for that matter) substances as I’m thinking and writing about this.  These experiences always leave, amongst other things, a feeling of concurrency and congruency in life experience.  It’s as though my linear thinking of time is overlapping with my now thinking/experiencing of time.  In the end, I’ve determined there is no difference excepting my own personally limiting perspective.

 

I have no mathematical basis or even any scientific basis for my beliefs.  They are all based on experiential data collected for 31 years.  Well, at least seemingly for that period of time, but obviously the point being made illustrates that it is really only based on what data is occurring right now.  Because honestly, has there ever really been any time other than RIGHT NOW?  Can you ever truly say it is NOT right now?

 

Posted on Friday, June 3, 2005 7:09 AM | Back to top


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... and then the baby comes... and then you're up all night, every night, appealing to every beck and call of your new boss, wondering how you ever had enough time to consider things like this...

Congrats early btw, I wish you the best, and expect to come back to Wisconsin in a week with one more Tinkler in the world!
Left by Gerry on Jun 03, 2005 4:37 PM

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(oh for the record your post isn't metaphysics per se because metaphysics more often than not deals with the actual Logical premise of existance, not the more esoteric one as you go on to describe)
on a simplistic level your post has two basic philiosophic premises to it. I only tell you this to give you feedback, and to encourage you to investigate further if you so desire.
Now, first -- I will say that I could go quite deep into the ancient greeks particularly the pre-socratics and their thinking and their "playing" with the concepts of the immediate - but I think that is not what is key to your post. there is a smattering of the "cave" alagory there as well, and it is this that I will come back to.
also time is not linear -- keep that in mind, I'm brought to a bit of Nietzche here with his concept of "the eternal reoccurance of the same" which is a fancy schmancy way of saying on a base level time is circular and yet maintains some linear characteristics.
The next on the list would be probably David Hume, and his very simple, but pervasive idea that all we are is a bundle of perceptions, and in turn -- there can be no true construct of time, but only immediacy.
The one that hits home the most though are the existentialists, though they often told their thoughts through story more than anything else. It is with these dudes that I'm forced to go back to the cave allagory because (which also is inherent in Nietzche's concept of the ubermensch-- particularly the path to getting there....this is all so entwined! how exciting!) in the cave alagory the "pain" of life exists after seeing what is the reality vs. what is the image projected on the cave wall(you say reality is laughing in your post, and you mention the silver screen)
the existentialists branched strongly from nietzche in the regard of time, because they almost claimed there is no such thing, but only a series of immediacies within the bounds of human perceptions based on the senses (theres that david hume guy again...). Read "the stranger" by Camus while thinking as you did in your post and you will find that he did the best job he could within the limits of actual languaging to describe the concept of immediacy. The pain of life for the existentialists is a simple one to define -- in order to live in "good faith" one must do what they are compelled to do beyond rationalization. the pain is this: this act has consequences, both from the doing of the act, and from the millions of acts that were NOT done at the same moment, and as humans we must accept these consequences. ..This is that "dread" that kierkeggard speaks of, and "Nausea" that Sartre speaks of and the "sickness" that Dostoyesky speaks of, among others.
you also mention "preceived" reality -- this is a big topic with the existentialists as well as the current deconstructionists (Derrida on a rudimentary level makes the claim that life is painted on a set of vertical blinds. and sometimes, those blinds are cracked open, and you see the negative space, the negation of that which is "real")
now, how does this relate to your post? well --all of these things in some way will go deep er into what it is that you speak of. If you want to dig into it, you most definately can, however I'm not sure what good will come of it...
Those people are all dead. Many of them because they believed that strongly in what they had to say. their ideas to some degree killed them. You're not dead. your immediacy is here. lucky you, use it.

Congrats on your new child, may they be the most immediate joy you have.
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I love the metabloggers.  These are the people that blog about blogging.  I'm going to purposely...
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That was a good read thank you.

I have some questions points I'm not clear on.

How do you acheive becoming aware of the right now moment?

What is the true nature of the right now?

If all there is now is it changes of perception that create the illisuon ?

Now I'm confused...hope your baby is well.

Left by Ranyl on Jun 08, 2006 11:49 AM

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Love the way spirit works. I had a message that told me to JUST BE IN THE MOMENT.
It also means we are not to discuss any problems that happened a hour ago, years ago. That is the past. We are not to look forward to future problems starting with tomorrow. By doing this (and it does work)
you will attain peace. Then your vibrations are higher and you can do anything. For example. Your furnace breaks down. You then call all your friends and they tell you want when wrong in their house. Pretty soon you are afraid that you have to invest in a whole new furnace. Then you really panic and think" where will the money come from" Instead to you go your higher self, your God self...who has all the answers for you only. When you do this simple excercise (meditation) peace comes over you and your are ready for the right decision to make. Like calling the fuel company. You will find out that you do not need a furnace but you need more fuel. And you can handle that. People mean well but instead of helping you, they give you negative feed back because they heard stories similiar to yours and when you beleive what they are saying..it becomes your reality.

Be detached inwardly from whatever happens in your life. Thus you will gradually free yourself from the indentification with the "dream world," and become conscious of your oneness with the Divine.

When you trust in the "Now" you Trust God. You have all the answers in the present moment. Peace and Good Vibrations

Blessings, Rev. Renee Karen, Minister
and Animal Communicator
Left by Rev. Renee Karen on Feb 04, 2007 8:31 AM

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hey, what are u doing? me just doing this.
Left by alison on May 01, 2007 2:39 PM

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I just stumbled upon "The art of living in teh right now moment of evertything" and was stunned that there are actually people talking about these things. I've never came across people who deal with these topics. I see that these posts were done two years ago, but I would love to get into contact with you all because I have a lot of questions and I have no idea where to start reading. If reading will provide the answers...I have recently started to ask questions on the moment of now as well, and although I have tried to discuss this matter with my friends, no one understands or is willing to discuss it with me. Guess I have to make friends who will....My email address is riekert.stephanie@gmail.com. Thank you.
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We have a group for this, and the present now moment is when one breathes and the only one when one is existing, alive, living.
A philosophre (published a number of books) among other things, but also a solitary, a monk. All religiouns have those solitaries or other monastics living consciously only in the present now. Be they Vedanta's with self-realization, Eastern Orthodox xtians with hesychastis practice, zen concentarting on whatever is done in the now: care for the baby, clean the toilet, dishes, gardening, whatever. There is a big forum for discussing the now moment, and we have a small list , with neurologists, biologists, artists and others exploring it at Yahoo http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/realized.

monk
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Forgot to say all contemplatives, monks, nuns, hermits, from all religions (christianity, vedanta, zen, etc) practise this concentrating on the now moment when one breathes; when alone one is alive, living and exist. Buddhism calls it mindfulness of everything that one thinks, feels, does. Secularists or humanists do the same, a friend of mine wrote a book called Spirituality Without God (his website has the same name). For one such community see this link:
http://directory.ic.org/records/?record_id=21574&action=view

monk
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all this subject well explained in works of eckhart tolle
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living the moment , or living the past . one might choose to live the bast for a moment to educate himself , or learn some experience , but beware to sink into the past ...
Left by steve on May 06, 2008 1:37 PM

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Sorry to tell you this but your post is pretty much teenager pseudo-reasoning.
Left by Pedro on Nov 04, 2008 4:25 AM

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These thoughts are covered by Eckhart tolle. I have started reading the book "The power of now" and it is changing my life, give it a go, it makes sense
Left by Michael on Jan 23, 2009 10:59 PM

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You see you only really live in the moment of now no matter what you are doing you are in the moment of now. It all depends how you perceive the moment of now and what you think about in this moment. If you choose to live in the moment of now you will actually become more aware of your surroundings your thoughts and what you are feeling so this is a win/win situation and this will guide you to balance your energy. The awareness of the moment of now is probably one of the most important aspects available to us and it is the connection that allows us to harmonize with the vibration of the universe. It is in this stillness of life where we are truly connected with our true self and connected to the source of oneness.
Left by Jay on Apr 27, 2009 7:03 PM

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like this:" " i.e, without you meddling with thought in your head
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Just on this subject on Living in The Now...

Been reading this book for six weeks and its totally moves you in different questions/answers Mostly Answers, I Now feel that I am the Watcher in my Life, when living in the Now i`m the watcher and Correct myself as I Live my Life! Living in the Now....

Now when i`m totally relaxed I get these Dreams and they are as if its real and i`m not happy unless I`m passing these messages on to the People That matter.

Since Living in the Now People have asked me how i`m more confident ans seems to be trouble free and never lose it when the situation goes wrong.

If anyone can give me an update on these dreams then place a Post on this site and I will read It in the Now

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Yes indeed.
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