Living in the moment – intentionally

Writer and philosopher Alan Watts had this to say about our fascination with the past and the future:

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between a causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality.

While that’s true and reality can only be experienced in the present moment, what we choose to do with it can, and does, create the physical reality of the future. It does so with varying degrees of certainty, that certainty becoming less the farther into the future we project.

Living ONLY in the present moment is to be like a will-o-the-whisp floating on the random breeze of someone else’s intentions. The causative past is, as Watts says, past and only worth giving head-space to as way to learn which actions are most likely to create the future we desire.

But to create that future, we must approach the present moment intentionally, with a clear understanding of the future we intend to create by the actions we take in the present. Not with fear or greed of what may or may not happen, nor by letting our small human plans become a limitation on the actions we allow ourselves in this current instant of choice.

But with the intention that what we do right now will actualise the possibility that is most in keeping with the energy of the future we have imagined for ourselves. And always knowing that there are possibilities that we could never have conceived in advance, so we hold ourselves open to receiving a future far greater than any we may have intended.

What future is your action in this present moment creating?

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