In my last post I stated that I would share the steps necessary to awaken from our dream world. This dream world is comprised of our unconscious activities that prevent us from being fully present in the moment. The following biblical verse from Isaiah is an excellent reference text.
18Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isa. 45: 18,19.
In this text, the Israelites are admonished not to spend time thinking about how God saved them in the past but to focus their awareness on the present in order to recognize Gods limitless power. It’s like they’re being told: “If you thought what I did in the past was great, wait until you see what else I have up my sleeve”. We will never “see” the new things if we are asleep (i.e. focused only on finding solutions that have worked in the past).
How often do we find ourselves in a familiar difficult circumstance or situation while searching for salvation in the form of past solutions? While this approach works for many, I like to allow God to be God. I like to stay focused on the moment and watch what surprise solutions are in store for me today.
For example, the same solution to a physical issue that worked for me 25 years ago may not work now. I am older, more mature and have experienced mental as well as physical growth/change. I will need a solution that is “tailored” to my present situation. We cannot find a new solution with a mind focused on the past? It is impossible. Our mind must be focused on the present moment to recognize “a new thing”. Nothing of this physical universe ever remains the same.
You may ask: “What do you mean and how do you focus on the present moment?” We focus on the present moment by becoming aware of everything occurring in and around us. This takes our minds off the past while requiring that we have the faith to recognize a “new thing” when it comes along and to totally accept “what is”.
It is through our resistance to existing circumstances and situations that we acquire “tunnel vision” which is an inability to view obstacles in our life from a different perspective. Albert Einstein said: "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." Therefore we must deal with our problems from a solution-focused consciousness that considers all possibilities.
If you have a problem focusing on the present moment, just concentrate on feeling (or imagining) your breath go into and out of your body as you breathe. Feel it as it inflates your abdomen on the inhalation and flattens the abdomen upon exhalation. This exercise will awaken you from your “dream world” as well as allow you to consider various courses of action. Another benefit of living in the present moment (or being awake) is that you allow your body to heal itself.
I’ll provide more on this subject in my next post. Until then, here’s hoping that you live today and every day, passionately and with purpose. Thank You & God Bless!