SOS BOOK Chapter 73: Strategy #9. Navigating between ‘now moments’.



MAKE THE BEST USE OF EVERY MOMENT.

An important part of achieving success in any field is to make efficient use of our time. Ideally, we make the best use of each moment! In personal transformation we go one step further. We learn to engage the ‘now moment’. This involves engaging the vertical dimension of time. It's like entering another dimension, where time is perceived differently. It seems to expand or slow down! Engaging the ‘now moment’ expands the amount of time we have available for us to experience. This strategy is preferable to just trying to squeeze more into our limited time. Unfortunately, this cramming strategy is what so many people do now. Instead, by ‘expanding’ time itself, we can better appreciate & enjoy life. We can also achieve more with less stress.

…Does the possibility of expanding time excite you?

START BY GETTING IN THE ZONE.

Top athletes and champions in different fields are experts in this ‘now state’. They often call this ‘being in the zone’. Getting into that zone helps them succeed and win! This is a state of being where we are more in tune with our body. We feel connected to our whole being. So, we can better access our full ability and our hidden talent.

…Have you experienced ‘being in the zone’ before?

In personal development this zone is also where we tap into an inner peace & security. It acts like a reservoir of unconditional love! From this zone we can tap into more loving kindness, compassion & joy into our daily life.

BEING IN THE ‘NOW MOMENT’ INCREASES CLARITY.

We need more clarity to help our decision making. In the ‘now moment’ we get a more accurate view of our life situation! We also get a heartfelt knowing of what is best for us. So, taking the right course of action is spontaneous and feels inevitable. Our best course of action becomes very clear. Let’s continue to discuss the ‘Now moment’ right now!

…Would you welcome more clarity in your life?


EVERY NOW MOMENT ALLOWS A LIFE CHANGE.

Each ‘now moment’ represents an opportunity for intervening in our own destiny. Every ‘now’ represents a personal snapshot of our life at that time. Each ‘life segment’ is separated by a ‘now moment’. These are the specific moments where we can shift our life. We can for example choose inner peace & unconditional love. That choice aligns with our true nature. Or we resist that and follow our ego on another path. It's our choice in every ‘now moment’.

DISTRACT YOUR EGO TO ACCESS ‘THE NOW’.

To access the ‘now moment’ we must be fully conscious & aware. This usually occurs when our ego mind is quiet or distracted. Normally the ego will actively work to discourage us from this deeper connection to the ‘now’. One way to connect with our inner world is through meditation. But this can also occur spontaneously when our mind is at peace. Often this occurs when we are absorbed in nature, creative endeavors or engaged with something of beauty.

THE ‘NOW’ CONNECTS US TO INNER PEACE & JOY.

In the ‘now moment’ we feel connected to everything around us and to our true nature. We feel alert, engaged & empowered. We can simply enjoy the joy or bliss of that experience. Or we can make powerful heartfelt changes from that space. The ‘now moment’ becomes a life affirming confirmation of our own freedom & sovereignty. It's here that we choose the direction of our life. This conduit allows inner peace, contentment & joy into our life. But we must choose to access these resources!

…When was the last time you felt connected to your true nature?

INSIGHTS CAN BE ACCESSED IN THE ‘NOW’.

The ‘now moment’ also allows powerful and life changing realizations. A higher level of insight can be accessed here. In the ‘now’ we have a deeper appreciation of our true situation. Then the answer or way forward becomes more obvious. These realizations in the ‘now moment’ can have a life changing effect. This can be a powerful confirmation of the right path. This helps validate our role in life!

…Can you see the many benefits of being in the ‘now moment’?


THE ONLY TIME FOR REAL CHANGE IS THE ‘NOW’.

The ‘now moment’ is really the only opportunity we have for significant self-directed change in our life. This is contrary to what most people think! Significant personal change in life happens through a series of ‘now moments’. Only in the ‘now’ can we personally intervene to make a deliberate life choice. Let’s explain this a little further. Most will agree that we can’t change the past. And since the future hasn’t yet happened, we can’t change that either! So, the only opportunity we have to change our path as a sovereign being, is in the ‘now moment’.

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR AUTONOMY.

When we put off making a sovereign decision in the now, we have unknowingly chosen to give away our autonomy! This means we relinquish full control over our life. Our ego and other external forces then determine our path. This situation applies whether we are aware of this process or not! It doesn’t matter whether we understand this mechanism or not! We are still technically responsible for our ignorance of this process. And we bear the consequences. Our personal autonomy is given away until the next ‘now moment’ when we again choose to re-engage.

…Can you see the link between your autonomy and the ‘now moment’?


DISTRACTIONS & BAD HABITS DISEMPOWER US.

When we are distracted by the external world, we are not in the ‘now moment’. If we constantly fantasize or daydream, this also avoids the ‘now’. Just having some romantic expectation of a better future is not sufficient. It’s powerful to briefly visualize a positive future. But then you must bring that positive vibe back to the present ‘now moment’. Change comes from connecting to the present moment, not dreaming about the future. We can’t make the changes required while we are disengaged from the ‘now’.

…Can you see how getting stuck in dreams prevents action in the ‘now’?

BEING TOO BUSY BLOCKS ACCESS TO THE ‘NOW’.

Many people get caught up in the flood of daily events. They get swept away by the torrent of the external world. They are carried along by the momentum of their life! But they are not carried in the direction that is optimal for them. That’s why each ‘now moment’ is so significant and precious! They help select your path. So don’t waste your ‘now moments’ on unproductive busyness. Instead, treasure each ‘now moment’ by engaging with them carefully. We can become hypnotically entranced by our materialistic society. But this is not our true reality. Fantasy, busyness or materialism avoids the ‘now’. This avoidance becomes a trance or altered state. That’s a false state of needing to do more, have more, and be constantly busy. By pursuing the illusion of material success, it becomes harder to break free from this trance. This trance promotes more addictive behavior. It avoids the ‘now moment’!


AVOID DWELLING ON THE PAST OR FUTURE.

Some people become trapped in perceived past injustices. They dramatize or romanticize events from the past and then dwell on those! They can become stuck in the guilt or shame attached to past traumas. Or they become trapped in the narrative surrounding those events. All this detracts from engaging with the ‘now moment’. The same avoidance occurs if we try too hard in planning the future. We can't be fully engaged in the ‘now’ when we are fearful of some future outcome. Or if we are trying to micromanage and control the outcome. It doesn’t matter if you are ruminating on past or the future. This blocks us from living in the ‘now’.

…Do you ruminate on the past or try to control the future?


ARE YOU STILL LIVING UNCONSCIOUSLY?

Avoiding the ‘now’ creates an altered or suboptimal mental state. We are not fully present. We are not aware of our choices. Instead, our ego is driving our life on autopilot. We are not fully conscious or aware of our true reality. Therefore, we do not make the best personal decisions. Just because you are making a big decision doesn’t mean you are doing it consciously. Some people make million-dollar decisions from an ‘unconscious’ ego-driven, trance state! Without conscious awareness, we have abandoned our true path. We are avoiding our inner needs and our quest for meaning & purpose. We are denying our true destiny!

…Can you see the importance of consciously making major life decisions?

THE ‘NOW MOMENT’ TRANSCENDS TIME.

Let’s explain how ‘now moments’ are linked together with another analogy. Imagine a table with a collection of photos spread out on top. Each photo represents a particular ‘now moment’ snapshot from our life. Each ‘now moment’ marks a major change in our life. These are moments of significant opportunity or a key life experience. They might be an important milestone, a lesson learnt or a hurdle to overcome. As you look down at the table, it’s easy to view any of these photos in any order you wish. When you enter into any ‘now moment’ you gain access to the whole table. You can easily change your focus to any particular moment. On the table in front of you, they all reside in a timeless realm. But the snapshots do have a particular order, which represents the sequence of choices we have made in our life.

EACH ‘NOW’ IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE WHOLE.

When you are in the ‘now’ we see the entire table as a whole. From this higher perspective, we can see any and all moments together as one. We can start to understand the patterns and connections between these ‘now moments’. Wisdom is gained by considering all the ‘now moments’ together as one. Understanding the full collection of photos is more important than focusing on any individual experience. The order of the events does not matter. Insight or wisdom is gained from appreciating the bigger picture.

…Can you see how any ‘now moment’ is a portal to access all others?

ACCESS A TIMELESS STATE THROUGH THE ‘NOW’.

People most often think of time as a strict, horizontal line. By contrast, the ‘now moment’ can be thought of as the ‘vertical aspect’ of time. When you experience the ‘now moment’ you transcend the limitations of ‘linear & progressive’ time. Instead, you are accessing a permanent and timeless state! From this expanded and higher level of awareness, you are able to navigate your life with much more clarity. It’s easier to access wisdom and truth from this timeless, panoramic view.

SOVEREIGN DECISIONS ARE MADE IN THE ‘NOW’.

The life choices we make in every ‘now moment’ have a transformative effect on our life. That is because these decisions are consciously intended and personally invoked. They are empowered by our sovereign free-will and universal energy. This has an immense power which we don’t yet fully appreciate! We can become more aware of this by being in the ‘now’ and observing our ability to manifest change. We all have the ability to deliberately manifest our desired destiny. We have just forgotten how to do this to our full potential! We can learn to utilize this creative power as part of our sovereign birthright. How else can we manage each moment of time for optimal functioning? Is there another way to maximize and enhance our experience of each moment? We will discuss this next.


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