Chapter 8 Overview: Being In The Now
Chapter 8: Being In The Now
An excerpt from You Have Chosen to Remember: A Journey of Self-Awareness, Peace of Mind and Joy by James Blanchard Cisneros.
My friend, if we’re not in the now, we are lost. We bring judgments of the past into the present and question why we don’t understand what is really going on. We look at a brother or sister, call him or her a stranger instead of a friend and speculate as to why we live in fear. My friend, we live in fear because we bring all of our past judgments into the present moment.
We extend our past into the present, creating a future like our past, and thus we never really experience the present. Living this way, we can not experience the perfection of the present moment. The present is God’s eternal gift to us. It is when we look at a brother or sister without past judgments and see a friend. When we see our brother or sister as God’s perfect creation, we are experiencing the present moment. It happens when we look into our brothers and sisters’ eyes and see ourselves reflected in them. You need only do this once and you will want no other way. If you see your brother or sister as something other than God’s perfect creation, know that you are exchanging your past judgments for the present moment.
The present moment is perfect. If we see anything other than perfection in the moment or in our brother or sister, it is because we have veiled the present with past judgments. When enough veils are placed on top of each other, they become as thick as a wall and obscure the light of truth. We might add or subtract a veil and thus change our perception of reality, but it is still just that, a perception of reality. The truth is simple, but it can be as complicated as we wish to make it. As long as we bring any judgment into the present, we color the present with the past and thus change the present’s true color. This creates confusion, and ultimate peace cannot be experienced as long as we are confused.
Allow the simplicity and truth of the moment to manifest itself, or choose to replace it with the complexity and confusion of what we think we wish to see. This is the one choice we make in every moment. The present moment simply is. It is free from past judgments or future imaginings. We can find peace by allowing the present moment to be what it is. We can experience peace by simply doing two things:
o Having faith that the moment is perfect.
o Being thankful for however the moment chooses to manifest itself in our minds.
The present moment is perfect and this simple recognition is all that is asked of us in order for us to experience its perfection. It is in allowing the present moment to be what it is that we find peace. And as we recognize the present as God’s gift, we replace our judgment of it with gratitude.
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