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.