The Shock Of Not Knowing Now

If we are not in the moment now,
then where are we?

It takes milli-seconds* to react.
And so, it takes milli-seconds to be distracted.

Our spiritual progress is dependent on the time it takes to recover from distractions that take us away from now. Knowing-nowness is prior to perception. Knowingness is ever now. Whatver is known is created from the past, even a milli-moment ago.

Spirituality is nowness which cannot be found or speculated upon: it is pure, empty, instantaneous recognition of awareness. Rather like watching a train go by, in an instant we see its past, present and future in the now.

Even though pure consciousness is ever present, we gain no benefit if it is not recognised. We are constantly being distracted via the senses: distraction, diversion, interruption, disturbance, intrusion, interference, obstruction, hindrance happen so fast that we are unaware of our imprisonment.

But we can be aware, as perception and realisation are simultaneous when recognised. Our spiritual progress is dependent on the time it takes to recover from distractions.

In this electronic age, we are bombarded with fake news, spin, propaganda and social gossip. Why we do you think so many people are stressed, so many people are on antidepressants, and so many people are suffering from the side effects of antidepressants? How often do we find time during the day to recognise just being aware, now?

*Data varies: The average reaction time for humans is 0.25 seconds to a visual stimulus, 0.17 for an audio stimulus, and 0.15 seconds for a touch stimulus.

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  1. larryzb says:

    The practice of zen can help. Be in the moment. Perhaps it is interpretation-free experience. Immediate experience. The state of no mind.

  2. maybe the difference between knowing and understanding………….

    • tony says:

      Hello Joe,
      Yes, on an ultimate level, knowing or rather knowingness is the immediate, spontaneous moment now. It is synonymous with pure consciousness.

      Understanding is on the relative level, is being able to recognise and comprehend what is going on.

      Much depends on the context. On a relative level, we say we know something when we understand it.

      However, the unity of the two truths is that recognition and pure consciousness is simultaneous -in touching water there is knowingness and understanding.

      Nice to meet you.


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