Create Present Reality

We all have a deep psychological drive to keep pace with the impulse of creation. There are needs that can and should be satisfied in the present…Among these is every human being’s central need to express himself – to show himself to the world as he really is – in word, in gesture, in behavior, in every genuine utterance from the baby’s cry to the artist’s creation.

The key to this inspiring affirmation is that life needs to be satisfying in the present. It is not that easy to define “the present,” however. From one perspective the present is the thinnest possible slice of time, the fleeting instant that allows the future to flip-flop into the past.

From the opposite perspective, the present is eternal, because it is ever-renewing, like a river that is never the same twice.

To create paradise could mean nothing more or less than living in the present, enjoying the happiness that is both now and forever – but who can manage that? The boundaries that the human mind lives within are invariably fashioned from the past.

It is yesterday’s hurt that I am defending against today, last year’s glory I want to relive, a bygone love I want to find again. The boundary-maker who wields such enormous power over us is the intellect, the part of the mind that judges and categorizes our experiences.

The number of questions that arise over the tiniest experience is awe inspiring. Once each decision is made, it gets filed away in memory, to serve as a reference point for future experience.

By endless interpreting the world in bits and pieces, we are losing it at every instant, allowing it to slip through our fingers like sand. To have reality that is whole and thus truly real, one must rise above the intellect, discarding its neat slices of experience. Like day-old bread, they only go stale anyway.

Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).


Uma Chernoff
Uma Chernoff5 years ago

.looking at it from a wider perspective lets us analyze the nature of the present forces acting on our pursuits of happiness and re-evaluate situations. Willed breaking away from feeling helpless places us back in the positive mode which alone quickens our vibration, bringing us to the "higher" perspective, as in the more quickly vibrating the instrument the higher the note. Observing and noting the types of awarenesses that quicken and slow our vibration helps us to step aside from being swept away by the sources of the feelings and withdraw from identifying with them. Just being aware that we are different than the currants, the emotions, that they which set things in motion (e-motions) are separate from us and we can choose what forces we want to entertain. It's as simple as reflecting on what "gets us high" and "brings us down" and the awareness that we need to be choosing the desired experience puts us in control , co-creating our realities.. In this Chopra contribution it's the simple presentation that over complicating, becoming caught up in endless detail isn't useful. nor are endless searches for past causes. Our memories depend on our mood and are never reliable. In any situation and challenge the only useful material is what's right there as part of it.

Uma Chernoff
Uma Chernoff5 years ago

I don't see what the big "woo woo" deal is about these simple premises which need not be held under the lens of some other "respected" authority. Our realities are our own projections, seemingly solitary or shared. It's useful to take a look at how they are constructed and projected because knowing and conscious participation in the process are what's needed to have power in our own lives and surely this is desirable. To the naive it seems as if they are swept down a river to the sea. Sometimes seeming faster and slower but wholly dependent on the mass agreement , powerless as leaves in a stream. This is called being of a negative disposition. Always being shaped by the weather and the will of others. When they are at some point so desirous of a special thing that they feel they would do anything to be have it they step out of the currant and move themselves towards their goal. This is called having a positive personality; confidence, the fruit of success, allows for being creative and experimenting with passive and aggressive-modes to see what works best. So it's very useful to examine what behaviors get which results and the examination of how our minds work is part of it.When we sink back into negative mode we seem trapped by the past reinforcing that occurrences are determined by experience out of present control.looking at it from a wider perspective lets us analyze the nature of the present forces acting on our pursuits of happiness and re-evaluate situations. Will

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

The trick is to find the mute button. Not that you wouldn't want to use the brain - it's just that incessant noise, like a TV on all the time. Aaaaagh there's nothing more maddening.

Zee Kallah
.5 years ago

I have already created my present reality from the choices I made in past reality.

I do not choose to be stuck in the now.

If history is not analyzed we are most likely to continue to make the same mistakes.

If the future is not visualized how shall we change it?

Past, present, future, they are all present in our awareness. Start fooling around with
them and you might skip dimensions. And that is COOL!

Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

But don't forget that day-old bread, if honored properly, can be made into great stuffing that, if combined with the proper gravy---not too thin, not too thick---produces an excellent comfort food that can soothe the soul and also bring happiness to the here and now. In fact, you should make some today.

Juliet Defarge
judith sanders5 years ago

I dare you folks to read The Magic of Reality by Rchard Dawkins. It should be at your local library.

Uma Chernoff
Uma Chernoff5 years ago

-coordinate it's hundred legs. It's just the idea of it that's paralyzing in reality it works just fine.

Uma Chernoff
Uma Chernoff5 years ago

The capacity for abstraction is the chosen challenge for our species. We retain the connection with the present just under the surface but it needs to be granted conscious permission to be a distinct feature of our day to day. I notice in my cats that while their great now awareness serves them well, abstraction ability may or not be useful. My most intelligent cat person I've ever met, Lily has it just fitted in her flow. When she first came to us all the others were playing with one of those dangling flies that was attached with a rod to the top level . While all the others were happily swatting the fly she just looked up, followed the cord and knocked it down from the top.My Sasha has lot's of it too but it' works against him since he assumes that what he notices will be bad, he's paranoid, expects the worst. I understand the reasons but it's the same faculty working for or against them. Our capacity works against us by paralyzing action because we can see all the potentials and have to allow the conscious in the moment capacity to rise up and rule. Since our cells are constantly flickering on and off, dying and rising new, the only way they can know what shape to come back in is their ability to straddle the virtual awareness and the linear. It is natural to us to be able to use conscious awareness of both simultaneous realities, we do it all the time without thinking about it but when we become aware of it it's like a centipede wondering how it can coordinate it's hund

Wes Giesbrecht
Past Member 5 years ago

It's not that cut and dried.
Our best and most creative work happens when we are living in the moment,
but without a simultaneous memory from the past and an awareness of the future,
there'd be no creativity.

Time spent, consciously in the now, however you accomplish it, is good for the psyche
But we're much more complicated creatures than to be able to live our lives without memory
or consideration of the future.
Even the less developed ape brains have memory and the ability to project into the future.