IS NO TIME
Others write about the Present in other contexts. It is Ed who notices
he trades better in the Present, nurtures this insight and integrates it
with his everyday life. Even more important to the Tribes, he is willing
to undertake the work of sharing this meta-technology and its
So what is he talking about? What is 'the Present'? Everyone, of course,
intellectually grasps that 'now' exists, usually defined within a
memorized construct where 'now' is a measureless speck moving along a
timeline, preceded by an historical past and and succeeded by an
indeterminable future. Schoolteachers enforce belief in this mythical
timeline from childhood. They insist we believe in vast histories of
time. Others insist we believe in beliefs. They train us to think of
'now' as very short, small, fleeting, just an interface between a vast,
unchangeable past and a murky unknowable future. The English language
itself reinforces this view, as describing past and future as real is
easy and sometimes speaking in the present requires an awkward syntax.
With most mental energy thus caught in the past and future, the moment
of now seems to barely exist at all.
We are describing a state of consciousness rather than undertaking a
scientific proof here. If we hypothesize that now is only a fleeting
instant, constantly becoming the past, and constantly fed by the future,
then this defines a flow. Where is this flow? Which direction is the
flow? Can you identify it anywhere? No. You can't, because it is just a
belief, like the flat earth.
Beyond belief, in a perceptive state we call the Present, those beliefs
turns inside-out. In this state, we begin to appreciate that only now
exists. 'Now' is all there is. It is an experience felt in one's
psychosomatic nerve system where one's awareness enters the now zone, a
definite experience, where one sometimes feels emotional knots release
from where they've been tied in past and future, and this energy becomes
more available. One feels more present, unburdened, undistracted,
natural. One feels there is more happening right now than has ever
happened in the past or will happen in the future.
From the perspective of the Present, we see the belief in time
provides people a convenient consensual concept where we can store
feelings we are not quite ready to face. The mental construct we call
the 'past' provides a big closet in which to store mental snapshots and
movies. The mental construct we refer to as the 'future' provides
another big closet in which to put all the hopes and fears we are not
willing to fully experience right now. These are both helpful partitions
of the Present, as long as we recognize them as just that. We invest
much of our emotions in these collections of snapshots and movies. Then
it is we feel controlled by them, we feel a little apprehensive about
that dark closet we call the future, and spend many of our waking and
sleeping hours re-energizing it all. More specifically, we are
controlled by the emotions we've stored behind these mental partitions.
It is one of our basic inner judges who creates and maintains this
partitioning effect. This one governor judge seems to space out
experiences so we can totally experience them at a pace which doesn’t
overwhelm. Some cultures personify this judge. The Hawaiians call him
Lono, for example. The Chinese call him Ho Toi. The Greeks know him as
Chronos, this governor judge, the part of under-Fred responsible for the
persistence of the illusion of time.
In a Tribe, Judge Chronos becomes our friendly magician. At each meeting
we observe more of his sleight-of-mind tricks behind the conscious mind
veil. We notice the strings and mirrors with which he creates his
As we become centered in the Present consciousness, the rate of
experiences tends to speed up. Things happen more quickly in our life.
In the intensity of the Present, we experience a feeling that all is
right with our world, because it usually is. Rarely do people have
trouble 'right now'. What they call 'trouble' is a feeling attached to
some memory patterns, or fear connected to some event we hope won't
happen. You can easily note that most of the now, -- right now -- you
are all right. Things are fine.
From this center, we can make more effective trades. The discipline of
being conscious of the reality of the present tends to keep us out of
the emotions of euphoria and regret from good and bad trades.
Those who haven't tried it may imagine this gets boring, as they likely
spend most of their day worrying about the thoughts in their 'future'
closet, or mulling over the ever-growing collection in their 'past'
closet. Boring it's not, as consciousness in the present awakens to a
great power of observation. You begin to observe within yourself and
others how intention is connected to results. How your energy level is
connected to awareness, and how both are connected to breath.
Yes, breath. There are many entry points into greater awareness, and one
of them is through conscious breathing, as documented by a number of
ancient and modern researchers. One of the ways mankind becomes more
conscious of the sole reality of now is to alter breathing. Most do not
appreciate this connection. Close observation reveals one’s energy,
awareness, will power and breathing are all intimately connected.
A practical application is observing where your will power is invested.
Everyone has plenty of power, usually unconsciously dedicated to holding
past and future beliefs intact. Then they wonder why they have no will
power. Consider: those who say they have no will power always seem to
have plenty of won't power. They have plenty of energy invested in the
judges who decide what they won't do, and they are very, very successful
at this work. They successfully won't do all kinds of things. They are
extremely successful at non-accomplishment. That's where all their power
is, usually modeled to replicate what they have seen in the company they
The Tribe is effective in that we each keep the others in the Present
during the meeting. The hot seat sender gets to discover various ways
his awareness is tangled in thoughts and emotions of past and future, to
realize it is all happening right now, and to choose to completely
experience it and be free of its power. Or he can experience refusing,
which he often ultimately finds laughable in this context. Outside the
tribe meeting, the 'past' and the 'future' are the polite socially
accepted consensual ways he avoids experiencing uncomplimentary
In the Present we become free --- right Now.