Here and Now

Most people
spend their lives
within the confines of the thoughts which imprison them,
limiting themselves,
dragging themselves through life
immersed in compulsive thinking.
Such thinking, however,  is not reality:
it is a basic delusion,
for within us
there is a dimension of consciousness
far deeper than thought.
In ancient scripts it was often called the Christ within
one’s Budda nature,  Brahman, the Tao.

If one can go beyond the narrow mindedness
of everyday ‘reality’
and recognize that the thoughts that go through one’s head 
are merely a ‘mind-made’ sense of self,
totally conditioned by past experiences, 
unconsciously designed
to enhance our always deficient sense of ‘self’
through being ‘right’
and making someone or something else ‘wrong’, 
we  see that the human mind
mistakes the constant stream of thinking for reality:
failing to recognize that reality is that timeless inner space
where the content of one’s life unfolds

The human mind,
a powerful tool,
tries to take over our life completely,
forming the egoic ‘I’ 
but though thinking is useful it is also restrictive:
for it has the desire to control  us
and leads us to mistake its  viewpoints for the truth.
It covers up the essence of who we are.
When we dont know who we are,
we create a mind-made ‘self’
as a substitute for our divine being
and cling desperately to this needy ‘self’,
protecting and enhancing it.

The short-lived entity ‘self’ 
is not the essence of who we are.
We find peace
not in the arranging and rearranging
of the structure of our lives.
We find peace
in the deeper sphere of our being 
Reality is not as we judge it to be with our human mind.
It is a unified whole
where nothing exists in and by itself.
Reality is a realm of consciousness
which thought and the human mind
cannot comprehend. 

Spiritual awakening
is an awakening from the deception of thought.
Spiritual awakening is wisdom.
It is the awakening from the delusion of thought.
It is a ‘knowing’.
It is a giving of one’s full attention.
Attention is pure consciousness
which transcends thought:
where there is no separation between perceiver and perceived.
It is a unifying experience and awareness.
But human beings forget who they are.
They lose themselves in the world of thought,
and confusion and conflict arises.

They forget, or have forgotten,
that they them-selves are that deep realm
of pure consciousness.
They forget that they are not the content of life,
but that they are life.
They are consciousness.
In order to give one’s full attention,
one must be in the Here and Now.
Having your attention in the Here and Now
is recognizing what is primary.
With ‘Now’ as the primary focus in life,
life will unfold with ease -
for Past and Future are but mental abstractions.

The Past can only be remembered ‘Now’,
and we remember it ‘Now’.
Also the Future, when it comes, is the ‘Now’.
But when one is engaged in thinking
one is in a conceptual prison,
giving one a false sense of  ‘knowing’.
Life appears to consist
of a thousand moments of ‘knowing’.
Yet, is there ever more than
‘this moment’ ?
Whatever happens,
however much life changes,
it is always in ‘this moment’.

A false sense of ‘knowing’ leads to prejudices,
for the mind is constantly searching for nourishment
for its depleted sense of ‘self’.
When we speak of ‘myself’
what we generally mean is ‘me’.
The ‘me’ that is the ‘I’ of our  likes and dislikes.
It is our mind-made sense of who we are: this fleeting ‘I’.
Prejudice means that we see only our own concept
of ‘self ‘, or of another human being.
It is the giving of attention to our prejudices
and the interpretation of the stories we tell ourselves
which  forms the  self-created pain
that makes us, and others, unhappy.

Iris Linsi
January 2008