Friday, November 04, 2005

Living in the Eternal Now

There is a message board where a few of us meet up to discuss the meaning of life, which is usually about nothing in particular. What's interesting about this board is it has a fast turnover of messages. You post a message and before you know it, it has been replaced by new messages.

The advantage of this system is no one can pull you up on something you wrote because there is no evidence you wrote it. The disadvantage is if someone responds to your message and you're not around to read it, it's too late. Once a message is gone, it is gone. The great thing about this system is that it keeps you focused in the here and now.

A while back I watched a documentary about a man called Clive Wearing who has a bad case of amnesia. He can only remember a few minutes at a time before the memories are dissolved into nothingness. He even writes down thoughts and experiences in each moment but when he goes back to them, he can't remember having the experience. There are only two things Clive can remember: his passion for music and his love for his wife.

Clive is literally living each moment as new. Alas, he is not able to function in our world which requires memories. One thing I found baffling was he was still aging. Surely if he was fully living in the Eternal Now he wouldn't experience the passage of time?

Clive Wearing's experience can be compared to the One that is innocence and purity. The One has no concept of forgiveness as forgiveness implies memories of past wrongs. The One is never affected by human experience. The One is always pristine and new. Anyone who realises the One as his real self knows there is no past to have regrets over or that defines you, nor is there any karma; there is only Now.

Does realising the One as your real self mean not having memories of past actions? Memory is a choice. You can live as the One and enjoy the eternal now or you can choose to remember, like Clive Wearing, only what you love.

Is it possible to apply this concept of eternal now in one's life? Well, it depends on what you mean by life? If your ambition is to be a lawyer then your profession is dependent on memories of past errors and the need for retribution. I can't imagine you'll have any interest in being the One who knows nothing of error.

On the other hand, if life means being your true self, then you are only interested in living in the eternal now or only having memories of love.

Back to the message board, it doesn't matter whether I miss out on messages, the most important thing is the love we share.

To my friends at The Promised Land: I love you.