SOS BOOK (Chapter 4.8) Navigating the Now moment – a strategy for success
MAKE BEST USE OF EVERY MOMENT.
An essential part of achieving success in any field is to make the best use of our time. We should also try to make the best use of each moment! In personal transformation we can even learn to engage the ‘Now moment’! We can optimally navigate our life using this strategy.
YOU CAN START BY GETTING ‘IN THE ZONE’.
Athletes and champions from different fields get to sample this NOW state when they are ‘IN THE ZONE’. Getting into that ‘space’ or ‘zone’ helps them succeed and win! This is a state where we are in tune with our body and connected to our whole being. It’s where we can access our inner strength & hidden talent. This is also where we find inner peace and can download more joy into our life.
BEING IN THE NOW MOMENT PROVIDES CLARITY.
In the Now moment we also get an accurate glimpse of our true life-situation! We can have a heart-felt knowing of what is best for us. From this ‘space’, taking the right course of action somehow feels inevitable & spontaneous. Let’s further discuss this important concept of ‘the NOW MOMENT’, right now!
EVERY NOW MOMENT REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT LIFE CHOICE.
Each ‘Now moment’ represents a precious opportunity where we personally decide our own destiny. Every ‘Now’ represents a snapshot of a significant event in our life. These are also moments where we realize that joy, inner-peace and unconditional love is our true nature. This process requires being fully conscious & aware. This occurs when our Ego-mind is still or distracted. Normally the Ego-mind actively discourages us from connecting to the Now moment. Connection can occur with deep meditation or spontaneously, especially while we are absorbed in Nature or something of beauty.
THE NOW MOMENT CONNECTS US TO INNER PEACE & JOY.
In the Now moment we feel alert, engaged & empowered. We feel powerfully connected to everything and to who we really are. We can simply enjoy the joy or bliss of the experience or make powerful heart-felt changes from that space. The Now moment becomes a life-affirming confirmation of our own freedom & sovereignty. It brings more inner peace, contentment & joy into our experience of life.
SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS BECOME CLEARER IN THE NOW.
A Now moment can also allow powerful and life changing realizations. This is because in the Now moment we gain a deeper appreciation & understanding of our true situation. A choice or way forward can become obvious. These realisations will have a life changing effect. This experience can be a powerful & wonderous confirmation that we’re right on track. It helps validate our passion & purpose in life!
THE ONLY TIME WE CAN CHANGE IS IN THE NOW.
The Now moment is really the only opportunity we have for significant self-directed change in our life. That’s contrary to what most people think! Significant personal change only ever happens in a series of Now moments. Let’s explain this in a little more detail.
DON’T HAND OVER YOUR AUTONOMY TO EXTERNAL INFLUENCES.
Most will agree that we can’t change the past, and the future hasn’t yet happened. So, we can’t change all that! The only chance we have to change our path as a sovereign being, is in the NOW. If we put off personal decision making in this moment, then external influences will determine what happens to us. This situation lasts till the next ‘Now moment’ where we again choose to engage. In the meantime, we have usually unknowingly ‘chosen’ to give away our autonomy! We have abdicated our sovereignty and relinquished true personal control. Other external forces therefore direct our life.
This situation applies whether we understand what we have done or not! This occurs whether we understand this mechanism or not! We are still technically responsible for our ignorance and the consequences.
DISTRACTIONS ALSO DISEMPOWER US.
The same situation applies if we choose an ‘external distraction’ or some ‘compulsive behaviour’ in our daily life. For example, if we choose to fantasize or daydream in some detached state, this avoids the Now moment. While distracted, we might even maintain a vague notion or hope that things will change. We might have some romantic expectation or fantasy of a better future. But we can’t make the necessary changes while distracted from the Now.
BUSYNESS BLOCKS US FROM TRUE EXPERIENCE.
Many people get caught up in the torrent of the external world. This ‘flood’ of events is what carries them along, but not in the direction that is optimal for them. That’s why each Now moment is so significant and precious! It should be treasured.
This avoidance or denial of the Now is much like a trance or hypnotic state. We become entranced by our materialist society. We then compulsively pursue the illusion of material success. It’s all just another addiction or diversion. It’s again avoids the Now moment!
DON’T LET THE PAST KEEP YOU FROM THE NOW.
Other people remain trapped by perceived past injustices or old glories. They dramatize or romanticize events from the past and dwell on those! All this similarly avoids being in the Now moment, so self-directed positive transformation cannot occur.
ARE YOU LIVING UNCONSCIOUSLY?
All these examples represent an altered or ‘unconscious’ state that prevents us from being present in the Now. This means we not fully awake or aware of our true personal reality. We avoid making important inner decisions. This can apply even while we are making million-dollar business decisions in the external world! We can still however be living our personal life unconsciously! Without a conscious awareness of our deep inner needs, we have abandoned our true path. We are avoiding our inner quest for meaning & purpose. We are denying our true destiny!
THE NOW MOMENT TRANSCENDS THE TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF TIME.
The Now Moment represents a ‘vertical’ or ‘permanent’ aspect of time. It’s a timeless state or zone! That is contrary to the ‘linear & progressive’ notion of time progressing, as we currently understand it.
The ‘Now’ could be thought of as successive ‘instant snapshots’ placed into a timeless realm. Each snapshot does overlap the previous one in a progressive sequence. But all snapshots still co-exist and are all valuable! They each represent an important lesson learnt or hurdle that is overcome. Each registers a major or significant change in our life direction. There is a spatial difference between snapshots, in that they are separate events, but there is no notion of separation in time. These significant ‘snapshots of our life’ and their order can only be viewed in retrospect.
ARE YOU REALLY MAKING THE BEST USE OF YOUR LIFE?
An analogy would be like flicking back pages of a photo album. This is similar to the sequence of NOW moments that were most memorable or significant in our life. They record our success in personal transformation. What will you look back on, from a future or higher perspective?
DECISIONS MADE IN THE NOW HAVE AN INCREDIBLE POWER.
The life choices we make in every Now moment also have a remarkable transformative effect on our life. That is because they are consciously intended and personally invoked. They are empowered by our sovereign free will and Universal energy. This quality has an immense power which we don’t yet fully appreciate or realize! We can however become more aware of this through experiencing its dramatic effect. We can learn to utilize this creative power as part of our sovereign birthright. This is part of our role in deliberately manifesting our desired destiny. We have just forgotten how to do this!
How else can we mange each moment of time for optimal functioning? Is there another way to maximize and enhance our experience of each moment? We discuss this new strategy next in Chapter 4.9