Member 2455
13 entries

Immortal since Jan 15, 2010
Uplinks: 0, Generation 3
  • Affiliated
  •  /  
  • Invited
  •  /  
  • Descended
  • Recently commented on
    From Wildcat
    Longevity? It's for...
    From Mariana Soffer
    Buddhist roots and...
    From marianne
    Arthur C. Clark...
    From Claire L. Evans
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    From shiftctrlesc's personal cargo

    The present is a gift // part II
    Our relationship to the Now touches the core of what it means to be alive and ultimately defines how we relate to everything in our world including ourselves. Strip away the religion from the teachings and Presence is what everyone from the Buddha to Jesus is preaching. Enlightenment, salvation, awakening … these are all just labels for being fully in touch with the present moment.

    Our literate culture detached us from the present by tearing our body and mind away from the world and burying them in the printed page. Our senses were “short-circuited”(David Abraham), severing our participation with the here and now.

    “The most important, the primordial relationship in your life is your relationship with the Now … If your relationship with the Now is dysfunctional, that dysfunction will be reflected in every relationship and every situation you encounter.” E. Tolle.

    As we began to wrap the globe in an electric web of instant information, we felt a shared urgency to shift our awareness back to the present moment. Unconsciously we recognized that our lack of presence was incompatible with the “all-at-onceness” of our new electric environment.

    The counter cultures of the 20th century were all experiments in realigning ourselves with this new electric Now. We found old paths to the present in music, drugs, meditation, yoga and eastern religion - all tools for retuning our awareness towards the Now.

    But the satellite surround that turned us on in the sixties was still in its infancy. It’s one-way broadcast never fully penetrated our consciousness. The real time web that is emerging today is ready to burrow into the very essence of our being.

    The real time web is our new awareness.
    We live inside it.
    We are inseparable from its flux and flow.

    The meaning of Now is changing. The next generation of tools that we build to hook us into the real time web will fundamentally alter our understanding of presence. We are, without knowing it, laying the foundation for a new kind of spirituality.

    Who should we get to build this new Now? Programmers? preachers? Drop outs? Drug heads? Artists? Architects? Maybe we should get some kids on the job. Little children have an effortless way of touching the present that most of us lose as we get older.

    Add comment
      Promote (2)
      Add to favorites (1)
    Synapses (1)