Unlocking the Now in Manifestation

Happiness exists right now, but what is ‘now’ defined as? This poses larger and more complicated questions: What is time? Does it even exist? How real is it? All of us have had experiences where time slows down or speeds up depending on our perception of it. When working at a boring, soul-sucking job, time comes to a standstill; the clock ticks ever so slowly, each moment feels as though an eternity is passing us by.

When having a lot of fun, time literally flies. The problem is that our world is built around the concept of time and this causes a ton of conflict because time in and of itself is deluded and is against the nature of reality. This illusion will affect how we approach the idea of manifestation.

The Only Reality

Science has created wonders within our world, however we take a lot of it for granted such as the medium through which you are consuming this information: iPads, smart phones, ebook readers. None of these would have come to fruition without scientific advances. Science suffers from a peculiar condition: Despite the numerous strengths it possesses, there is one particular weakness which far outweighs all its strengths.

As a result, whenever this problem rears its head, scientific principles breakdown completely and what we’re left with is simply inexplicable. This weakness is time and science’s definition and treatment of it. For any real-world problem to be understood better and solved effectively, it is necessary to develop what is called a model.

A model is an idealized situation that ignores certain real-world technicalities in order to arrive at a passable solution. This approach works wonders almost always. When adapting the model solution to the real world, the solution is tweaked to account for the practicalities that were ignored and hence helping us organize our lives.

However, a huge problem occurs as this approach gains maturity. Quite simply, we forget that the model has weaknesses and start assuming that the model is an accurate reflection of reality. Scientific treatment of time has suffered from this exact problem, which has resulted in us now living in a world where things are built to an imperfect understanding of it. There is no accountability built in for non-scientific, intangible outcomes.

Model and Reality

The scientific model of time presumes it to be a straight line that always moves forward. The current moment, or the present, is simply a dot along this line. This works brilliantly as a model, but our practical experience with time shows that this is simply not true. The weaknesses of this model is proved by the fact that traditional physics breaks down when talking of quantum level phenomena, where time does not exist.

Traditional physics also breaks down when time becomes warped and Albert Einstein’s musings on this confirm the fact that he clearly recognized the limitations of modeling time as a straight line. The reality is that time simply does not exist. It is a made-up construct that was created to bring order into our lives.

The current time is always ‘now’ and now is the only moment we have to manifest. We cannot change our past, but our lives from here on out are directly affected by what we do in this very moment to get to where we want to be. If we reject the present moment, we are rejecting reality, and rejecting reality is rejecting the possibilities of manifesting anything you desire.

Our brains work in a relative manner. This is to say that we learn better when comparing things to one another. Thus, it becomes easier to understand time by creating contrasts. That happened, this is happening, and this will happen — the past, present, and future. While contrast was originally used to bring order into our lives, we have lost sight of this. Instead, we have adopted it in a manner that causes us to be stuck, fixated, and feel chaotic at all times.

You see, time is not something that can be felt or touched. It is experienced and is thus a metaphysical reality. Time is not linear; it is constant. It never changes. It is always here and now. Science has begun realizing this and highlights the importance of the present moment in the writings of eminent physicists such as Stephen Hawking, Einstein, and David Bohm.

Dr. Bohm even went so far as to suggest that physics was wrong to assume time was a straight line; his opinions line up with much of what is taught in Zen Buddhism. One of the more insidious creations of this time as a line model is the creation of the ego. So let’s take a deeper look at this.

The Ego

In order to understand the nature of manifestation it is imperative to know that time is fertile ground for the ego to grow rooted into. You see, the ego depends on this poor understanding because it needs the construct of time. Using the events of the past, it either props itself up to reject reality, or it exaggerates the importance of such events to create a hellish present. In other words, the ego can influence the direction of our lives, if we allow it to.

The ego peeks into the future and projects similar positive or negative images, all of them wildly exaggerated in order to build itself up. It is not the positivity or negativity that feeds it. Instead, it sustains itself through drama and pure emotional turmoil.

The present moment that is simply focusing on the right here/right now, lacks any drama whatsoever. This is because when you simply align yourself with presence, there is no room for drama or emotional turmoil. You simply execute what needs to be done in order to achieve your goals. It is the ego that needs to hop back and forth in time in order to build constructs.

The present moment doesn’t need past and future events to propagate itself. It

simply exists continuously and always, no matter what you do. Thus, when challenged in this manner, you can bet that the ego will throw all sorts of obstacles in your path which will snap you out of the present moment and plunge you into an unreal dimension of time.

Ego Dissolution

Examining the nature of the ego is the first step to overcoming it because you cannot dissolve something you don’t understand. Aside from an emotional attachment to time, the ego loves judging and labeling all sorts of things. This sort of judgment usually results in the ego placing itself as inferior or superior to the object being judged. Whenever you find yourself in this frame of mind, remember that it is the ego asserting itself and you need to snap out of it. Otherwise, this will perpetuate you into a life where your ego takes control.

Another marker of the ego is its insistence on identifying with and attaching itself to objects and events. Remember that the ego loves drama. The way it uses these events is to paint itself an identity that is superior or inferior. An example of this is when the ego paints itself as the victim of unfortunate circumstances and complains about how nothing ever goes right. Victim behavior is food for the ego since by focusing on the so-called wrongdoing, it gets you to direct your energy toward it and thus, you end up having a perception of the obstacle being bigger than it actually is. You bring into play the disruptive equilibrium forces which will only intensify the strength of the obstacle, and the ego manages to prolong its control.

As you can imagine, when someone tries to come along and tell you that whatever you want is possible, thanks to the complex structure of human psychology, the ego is massively challenged. It will react in the only way it knows: by creating drama.

Focusing on the now and continuing to be incomplete presence is the best way to defeat the ego’s attempts to divert you from your goals. You don’t need time since time doesn’t exist. It is a collection of nows. Even if you extend the field of view, every year is but a collection of todays. The present moment is the only moment that exists fully, so devote yourself to it wholeheartedly and let the ego keep making noise in the background.

The key to overcoming the ego is the same as you would any obstacle. Simply don’t focus on its existence; no, this doesn’t mean to pretend it doesn’t exist. Instead, observe its existence with passive acceptance. Then, focus on how to get past it by focusing on the present. Do this, and you’ll find the ego dissolving itself.

Psychological Time

One of the key concepts that prop up the ego is the notion of psychological time, as Eckhart Tolle calls it. In fact, he goes as far as saying that the only thing preventing us from seeing the light is time and anything that is attached to time. Thus, putting time limits on relationships or any aspect of our lives ultimately dooms it.

Psychological time is contrasted with clock time. Clock time is exactly what it means. It is a mechanical thing that we use to divide our day into manageable pieces and use to be productive. However, psychological time is a fully different beast. It is fluid and is non-linear. It jumps back and forth from the past and into the future and is never in the present. It is the ego’s greatest fuel source.

Psychological time aims to transport us to the past or the future and keeps us stuck there. I mention this because it is perfectly fine to decide to finish something by say four o’clock. This is the usage of clock time. However, to travel there and always be there instead of getting the job done is to use psychological time. It almost certainly ensures we’ll be unhappy.

By projecting into the future or traveling to the past, we affirm to ourselves that the present moment isn’t good enough for us. In short, we’re rejecting reality. By doing this, we continue to build certain structures and beliefs in our minds — which we think will comfort us and reassure us — but instead, they are merely creating obstacles on our journey to achieving our best lives.

Hence, you end up trapping yourself in your own mind and strengthening the stronghold your problems have over you. Combating the grip of psychological time can be tough since it is easy to be misled. Much like how not focusing on your obstacles can be misinterpreted to mean that you “don’t care about them,” not paying heed to psychological time can be construed as though you are in denial and choosing to ignore your problems.

Of course, this is not the right way to go about it. Instead, focus on the existence of solutions and give your emotions the space they need to coexist with each other comfortably. A lot of time traveling occurs because we reject the validity of our emotions, especially negative ones, instead of fully feeling each emotion. Remember that everything has a reason to exist, whether you understand it or not. Feelings of sadness and anxiety exist for a reason. Problems only occur when our emotions are imbalanced, where the negative outweighs the positive and vice versa.

If you are currently in a tough situation and if the present moment is extremely painful, allow yourself to express the negative emotions that are surfacing within you. Do not think that it is wrong to feel such emotions or that they are invalid, since doing so will cause you to travel back into the past or future to seek solace. Focus on what you can do to make the situation better, right in this moment.

If there isn’t anything you can do to remedy the situation in the moment, that’s okay, simply acknowledge its existence. Know that since there is nothing to be done right now, except wait for the right moment. At first, this will be quite a struggle, but over time, you’ll find yourself getting better at it.

There are some techniques you can use to loosen the grip of psychological time and the ego over your life and live fully in the present moment. Remember it will be tough at first if you’re used to time-traveling quite a lot. Your ego will vehemently reject these, but with persistence, you’ll find yourself living more and more in the ‘now.’

Technique #1: Sticky Thoughts Technique

The first practice you can implement takes advantage of the fact that your thoughts have a sticky quality to it. What I mean is that once a thought snowballs, it perpetuates itself, and once it gets rolling, it can be extremely difficult to snap out of. Those who have experience with anxious thoughts and fear know what I’m referring to. Once those thoughts start spinning rampantly in your mind, no matter what you do, it seems as if they keep pulling you back under their spell.

Well, the objective is to use this stickiness to your advantage. If your thoughts have to be sticky, why not make them positive? Why not adopt thought patterns that make you feel good and self-perpetuate on those instead? Well, this is easier said than done. The negative spiral will eventually draw you back in, even if it needs to take long detours.

One way to combat this is advance preparation. When you’re feeling calm and at peace or simply not negative, take the time to visualize a mental frame of what you want to manifest. This frame should be four to ten seconds long. Fill it with all the things you want and things that bring you peace. Draw from memory or from fantasy, it doesn’t matter. Through more practice, it will become more vivid and detailed. Make this frame as real as possible to pull it into the present moment.

Whenever you find your negative thoughts becoming excessively sticky, recall your happy place within your memory and use the momentum that has been built to perpetuate the positive thought. You’ll find yourself feeling lighter and your mind calming down. Your level of awareness determines how early you can nip the negative thought process in the bud. The more aware you are, the quicker you can deploy your happy place thoughts and make them stick.

Technique #2: Observing the Ego

Developing your awareness is the objective of the second practice. Call it mindfulness or meditation or whatever you want, learning to simply observe and not interact with your thoughts emotionally will help you detach yourself from the ministrations of the ego. Allowing you to make the decisions necessary to guide you towards your desires. The best way to carry this out is to build up your strength.

Start by setting aside a few minutes daily to observe your breath. You’ll find that your mind will wander and it is impossible to maintain focus, even for a few seconds. This is fine and is completely normal. The objective here isn’t to achieve divinity or some absurd notion but to simply observe and not judge. Every time your mind wanders off, bring it back gently and focus on your breath. Think of it as a child who doesn’t know what they are doing.

As you go about your day, put as much focus as possible onto what you’re experiencing and thinking, without judgment. For example, if you’re washing your dishes, feel the water on your fingers, the dish soap, etc. Notice what is running through your mind and do not judge or label anything.

If you find yourself in an egoistic frame of mind, then accept it and simply move on, continuing to observe what you’re experiencing. Pay special heed to what your senses are communicating to you and feel them. Paying attention to what you’re feeling in the moment via your senses is the best way of getting your mind to live in the present moment.

This is a powerful act, which, when done repeatedly, deactivates the ego and brings about a sense of peace and calm. As you’ve already learned, one of the key supporters of the ego is the notion of psychological time. The best way to undermine your reliance on psychological time is to use clock time and to stay present while you use it.

Technique #3: Using Clock Time

For example, set long term goals and visualize them when you’re free.

However, when the time comes to work on them, focus solely on the present. Use clock time to enforce this focus by setting work and rest periods according to your mind’s needs. This builds discipline and also helps you gain mental clarity on its next action steps. Clock time has immense power in helping us become productive. A loss or lack of productivity usually results from a lack of goals or a lack of purpose. Defining a goal that is true to you will be discussed in a later module.

So for now, use clock time to your advantage by building a work structure that will help you achieve your goals. This is the originally intended use of time after all, so use it and see what wonders it will work for you.

Ultimately, remember that everything exists in the present moment, and no other moment exists outside of this one. Reinforce this idea into your mind and simply observe the ego doing what it does without judgment. Soon, you’ll find your mind naturally focusing on the present and letting go of the need for the ego.

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