Focusing on Now
By PETER and ANNE SELBY
Published in the August 2012 issue of The LENS – a quarterly E-Newsletter/Journal of the Center for Empowered Leadership www.cfel.org
What makes “Now” so interesting? You hear a lot of talk about being “in the Now,” and readily come across titles containing the word Now, such as Be Here Now by Ram Dass or The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It gets so much attention it must be a good thing, this Now, but why does it get so much press? A lot of people still choose to live in the past while others are hopelessly lost in the future, so there must be some appeal to placing one’s focus on these other places too.
Let’s think for the moment about ancient Druid holy places where people would gather on special occasions like the summer or winter solstice, when time would temporarily reach an apex and stand still between two worlds: the expanding Spring and the decline of Summer. The day of the solstice is truly pregnant with possibilities because it is a nexus point, a point of ignition that releases an energy derived from the fusion of polar opposites. Ancient people intuitively felt the power of this pregnant pause and created rituals to direct the new energy that was forming up, so fresh and unspoken for, through their conscious intent.
The Now is a similar nexus point—an apex of the energy that derives from the past, from what has been and, in the same moment, the latent energy of all future possibilities. Only when one is in the present moment, the Now, can that energy be directed to manifest itself in a particular form. That is the true power in the Now. We would even go so far as to say that true conscious awareness can only be found in the Now because the Now is alive with possibilities and the energy at this apex eclipses the awareness and the power found solely in the past or in the future. Powerful creative awareness derives from the dialogue between two different and possibly opposing points of view. If only one side speaks, if you consider only the past and neglect the possibilities for change in the future, it is a one-sided conversation that leaves one unchanged in one’s awareness or creative power to shift away from the past and create a different outcome.
To be sure, the energy of the Now will, in the absence of particular human conscious intent, continue to move, to evolve. Whether you choose to shape it with your mind or not, you will have to go with the flow because the energy of Now will manifest the overall conscious and unconscious forces shaping it. It is just that conscious intent can effectively create a desired outcome whereas unconscious intent will appear to be more chaotic and random. Your mind can’t change what has already come to be, nor can it exactly speak for the future, because the future has yet to manifest itself and remains unknown. But, like the phenomenon in quantum physics that collapses a wave of probability into a particle through the act of observation, the Now is the sweet spot for manifestation; all the energies, from both the past and the future, come together here. Your focus and creative intent, if sufficiently focused, can make something particular happen, e.g., manifest a particle from a mere possibility.
So, creative potential occurs when polar opposites merge. Do you want to increase the power available in the Now so that you can create like God itself does? Raw awareness is latent with choice, and merging the polarities of consciousness creates new choices—if not this or that, then what? To increase your creative power, consider merging the other polarities that assemble in the Now. Merge into the sweet spot of Now awareness what you are feeling and what you are thinking and what you are believing and what you are doing. This can be visualized as a triaxial graph, with the union of these three planes of consciousness being the Now, the creative potentiality waiting to be shaped by all the forces being expressed. If you have a thought but you have no passion in the thought, it will not be easily manifested. If you have an idea or an ideal, but there are no practical expressions of it, it will tend to remain in the ethers no matter how much you think it or believe it. If you have lots of emotions but no idea what is stirring them into their pitched-up state, if you are busy as a beaver but there is no focused mind behind your busy-ness, prepare to fail in your attempt to make something intelligent happen. Most likely you will just be swept along by the forces that make history and the Now will catch you by surprise. But blend your thoughts and feelings—your beliefs, practices, and actions—with the awareness of what has come to be out of past thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and practices, and you will have a magic wand to create your future!
We have a transformative practice called Clairvoyant Angelic Healing; through it, we watch people integrate their healing in diverse ways. Everyone manifests their healing uniquely, but there are some common trends with somewhat predictable outcomes.
The ones who seem to do best learn from their past and react to the information about past patterns and past contributing factors to their health challenges by thoroughly digesting the information and then letting the past go and focusing on new outcomes. They don’t dwell on or remain stuck in the past. They eschew guilt and “should haves” in favor of what they intend to do differently so as to produce a different result. They let go of old beliefs and change old behavior patterns. Angels inspire them to reconnect to Source and re-integrate themselves, to let go of dysfunctional consciousness and negativity and realign with their higher Soul nature. Their commitment to the healing intention is an unequivocal yes! They feel differently, think differently, believe differently, and act differently. The healing that results from this commitment is often radical and truly life-changing and transformative at the Soul level.
As the saying goes, it takes two to tango—and this adage is certainly true for the dance of life. The more effectively you can merge the polarities associated with the three axes of your conscious awareness—awareness of the past and the future, mental and emotional perspectives, along with abstract and pragmatic points of view—the more successfully you can manifest your chosen Now.