Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: The Egoic Mind
Chapter 2: Understand
Chapter 3: What’s Important
Chapter 4: Experience Self
Chapter 5: How To Live In The Here and Now
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When we’re simply present to what we are going through, we observe all types of sensory details that are commonly overlooked. The surprising thing is the amount of pleasure that may be felt in experiencing the simplest of matters totally.
The heat of the sun, the softness of cloth against the body, the brilliancy of the wild blue yonder, the squishiness of the planet below our feet, the fragrance of a pine tree, the buzz of something in the distance are all things to be experienced in the here and now. The ego isn’t satisfied with these experiences as it isn’t fulfilled with anything.
We aren’t fulfilled with such things either when we are identified with the ego as identification with the brain keeps us from totally experiencing them.
But what is life but the experience of these childlike things? The pleasure of being in the here and now goes beyond the delight of the senses. To go deeper into our heart and soul, there is a different really crucial step, once we are totally sensing without the blocking of the mind’s comments, and that is to totally experience the essence that sensory experience has on our self.
When you look at that pretty flower or hear the songs of a bird, what affect does it have on your inner energetic experience? What is your self going through? Or a different way of asking this is, what is your heart and soul experiencing of this minute? What makes the selection of being in the here and now hard is that you have to surrender your need to understand.
The ego provides you a fake sense of understanding, which is soothing, even though the ego doesn’t truly understand where life is going or what will occur next. So all you truly have to give up is the pretense of understanding, not actual understanding. The reality is you don’t understand what the next minute holds.
That is both the challenge of being in the here and now and, really, the true pleasure of it. To be in the moment, you have to be willing to simply be and to react by nature to what arises out of the flow, without pretending to understand what to accomplish next or what will occur.
The thing is, you have never recognized what was going to occur or what to accomplish next.
Accepting that you don’t understand lets you move out of your egoic mind and into the here and now, where real happiness, peace, and alignment with true self and its intentions are conceivable.
The great news is that just about all of our thoughts are unneeded, not merely a couple of them. That makes discriminating between them much simpler.
We don’t have to go sorting through our ideas for the correct ones. We simply have to realize that egoic thought belongs to the false self and is consequently false and undeserving of our attention.
We may disregard all the thoughts that associate to me and my story and all the other chattering, judgments, thoughts, memories, illusions, dreams, wants, likes, dislikes, doubts, fears, complaints, and additional negativity of the ego.
What we are left with is a working mind that still recognizes how to read, calculate, utilize a computer, drive a car, abide by a map or instructions, and do all the additional things the brain was designed for. What a relief it is to recognize that the voice in our head may be ignored!
May you believe this? Simply begin noticing how you don’t require any of your thoughts to experience the here and now and accomplish what you need to accomplish. See for yourself.
When you truly take in the beauty and anything else you’re experiencing through your senses, you feel how your inner self is rejoicing and celebrating this instant and you receive this energetically.
This subtle energetic experience is the experience of the heart and soul, of your true inner self. This subtle joy, expansion, relaxation, yes to life is the radical happiness that comes from going through life as heart and soul experiences it.
That subtle experiencing is in progress and ever-present, but it frequently isn’t noticed as thinking is more obvious and compelling, even though thinking is really less rewarding. The more accustomed we get to being present, the more we start to live as our true self, which is a free and jubilant experience.
The here and now isn’t simply a place of sensory experience, though that’s sufficiently rich, but where life comes out of. If we aren’t paying attention to the here and now, we may miss what life is attempting to bring about through us.
We may abide by the egoic mind’s plans and thoughts for our life if we wish to, but something else right here and now has a plan, and that plan will be much more substantial than anything the ego has to provide. Surrendering to life isn’t difficult in the least. It occurs simply and naturally whenever we quit paying attention to our brains version of life and begin paying attention to life, itself, as it’s coming out of the here and now.
There’s something else to do besides think! And that’s to notice, to be aware of what is occurring now. Observe, look, feel, hear, sense, and give yourself fully to the experience you’re having, and you’ll drop into the here and now. For the most part, ideas are stabs at reality and tell us little about how to live in the here and now.
Rather, they keep us at some distance from the moment. They keep us living in a mentally fabricated reality, the land of ideas, rather than the here and now. They interfere with life instead of enhance it.
This is contrary to our deeply held notion that ideas are crucial, relevant, and meaningful. In some way, we have been convinced of this instead of the opposite—that they keep us from reality and facts. But that’s what we’re here to discover! Ideas are the structure of the ego and what holds it in place.
Without them, the ego wouldn’t live. This belief— that ideas are crucial, valuable, and meaningful—is the anchor that, when removed, causes the whole game to come apart. And where we land is smack dab in reality, in this live moment.