At home in the world of Now
April 15, 2010, 11:01 am
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To be awake means to be truly present, and every fiber in your body, every cell in your body, can embrace at the very deepest level, the recognition that the present moment is the truth of life, and it is the truth of life that I choose to honor, above all. From this moment forward, I will choose presence, remember presence—not as a practice, but as a gentle remembering. I’m in my mind, I subtly correct it, now I’m here again with what’s here. It’s a deep, deep embrace within you of the intention to be present, of the remembering of presence, and of the commitment to bring consciousness to all the movements of your mind and ego that pull you out of presence. A deep commitment to being in right relationship with every aspect of yourself, in a way that brings you into presence.

You see, awakening is kind of an abstract thing. What does that mean? If I say, “Be present with that which is present,” what is abstract about that? It’s not abstract. It’s simple. Be present with his glass. It’s here. You can either be present with it, or you can stay in your mind, thinking—about what might happen next, tomorrow, or what would happen if you become present with it. You see, you become present with this for no reason other than, this is in this moment and so it’s the truth of life. There’s no hidden agenda. It’s not about me, me, me anymore.

To be present is a transcendence of me, me, me. You’re not being present for you. There’s nothing in it for you. You can’t use it, You can’t take advantage of it, You can’t do anything with it. You’re just in it, you are present. You are choosing to be present with this glass simply and only because this glass is of the truth of life, it is actually here, now. And you choose to honor the truth of life by being present with it. That’s all. That’s your only motivation.

There’s nothing in it for you! Not even enlightenment! When you truly are enlightened you’ll know that enlightenment is not for you. When you’re truly awake, you know it’s not for you. Why? Because you’re not here anymore—in the way you used to be. You’re not here, or identified, in the way that you used to be. . . with that mind that is basically looking, the mind/ego that is basically looking for “What’s in it for me?” That’s the basic position of the ego, and ourselves at the level of ego: “What’s in it for me?” Isn’t that true? “Me, me, me… what’s in it for me?”

Even, I would say 97% of people on a spiritual path, are being motivated by the ego and that statement, “What’s in it for me?” And there’s all sorts of things that the ego imagines is in it for you. Well, you might become a master and sit in this chair and everyone will listen to you and think you’re fantastic. Or, maybe if you’re really awakened, you’ll escape from all the pain that you’ve been trying to escape from. Maybe that’s the ultimate accomplishment, isn’t it? Of enlightenment. Isn’t that even better than being a multi-millionaire? I don’t know, is it? If you’ve got no hope of being a multi-millionaire, enlightenment is a good option. [laughter] You can walk up to Bill Gates and say, “Unconscious. You are unconscious, sir. You are wealthy, but unconscious, whereas I am conscious, I am enlightened. I am enlightened.” [said with East Indian accent] You usually turn – become a little bit Indian when you become enlightened. “Very good, it is very good to be awake, to be enlightened.” [said with accent]

Question: So you make the choice to be present, and then when you forget, you make the choice again.”

Answer: That’s all that’s going on. Pretty simple.

But you have to get past the idea of spiritual practice and future outcome. You’re just remembering the present moment. Ah. Remembering what’s in the present moment. It’s a continual re-tuning in, becoming present again with what’s here. It’s just a continual, gentle thing.

Now if that’s all it was, this would be really easy. You’d only need to come here a couple of times, it would be done. But that’s not all it is. Because we humans are so lost. So hopelessly lost—we have been for a long, long time. The ego is so powerful in the overall scheme of things that it doesn’t allow us to remain present. And there are certain factors which must be attended to if you are to become truly established in presence.

What can happen on the spiritual journey of awakening, is that there can be a shift. At the moment, most people live in the world of mind—that is their home. Basically, we live up here. We’re identified with it, this is where we live, we experience life from here. We have occasional moments in presence, but we come straight back to the world of the mind as our home, right? Is that a fair comment? Thoughts never stop. It’s only a matter of moments, or minutes, or maybe a half an hour, before that mind has you right back there. Like there’s a rubber band attached to you, that pulls you straight back into the world of the mind.

Now if you follow what’s going on here, if you really embrace “the Way” (capital W), so that you are so deeply immersed in remembering presence—being present—it is your first choice. Being present is the first priority in your life. And at the same time, you’re bringing consciousness to the mind/ego when it manipulates and tricks you out of presence; you’re bringing consciousness to who you are at the level of mind/ego; you’re allowing all those repressed emotions to surface into conscious expression; you’re bringing consciousness to the hooks that pull you out of presence; you’re bringing all of that into loving, accepting consciousness. And so something is very subtly happening as this process occurs, as you embrace “the Way” as I’m describing it.

What’s happening is [that] the mind/ego is getting to relax it’s strangle hold on you. It’s beginning to trust, more, the dimension of the present moment. It’s not going to happen all at once, but it happens gradually. And then presence begins to become fuller and fuller in you. And then more healing occurs. More consciousness is occurring as you’re going along this path of deepening into presence. And then something else will be triggered, and you bring that to consciousness for healing and release. And then there’s more room for presence. And so it’s just a continual relaxation of the mind’s hold on you as you arise and awaken and open into presence.

And then one day something happens. You hardly notice it happened, because it’s been so gradual. Your home has shifted. Now your home is the world of the present moment. You live Here, you are established Here. And of course at times you go into the world of the mind, because it’s appropriate to—you live in the world of time, of course you do. But you are no longer identified with that, you’re no longer believing in that—although you are enjoying it, and you are allowed to go into the world of the mind. There’s an elastic band still attached all right, but now it’s pulling you back the other way. You just naturally move back to presence. This is where you live. You have a new home.

And then you can say, “It is accomplished! God, it is accomplished. Presence is established within me. Jacob has become Israel. That’s what ‘Jacob has become Israel’ means. It is accomplished. I am at home.”

~Leonard Jacobson

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