As the Present, You Have No History!

The Present’s complete preclusion of time and form makes clear that nothing arises from, or appears in, the Present, Pure Being—and the Present is all that is present, eternally. An arising or appearance would take time, and at no point in Absolute Present-ness does a state of time, non-presence, begin or occur. (Even to say “preclusion of time and form” is inadequate, for even that gives too much status.)

The Infinity that the Present is, is Reality. Reality is not “deep”—Reality (what is real), is simply what really is—and only Present-ness, Infinity, really is. Nothing else is present to be Reality. One “starts here,” as said repeatedly, this is the “premise”—for the Present is all that is present to be a premise. What’s the alternative? To start with what is not present? Non-presence means not existing—so how is it possible to “start with” what doesn’t even exist? Non-existence couldn’t be Reality.

Perhaps the foregoing discussion of what the Present, Infinity, Reality, truly is, seems “too theoretical” because words are being used. As some may argue, “To even use a term ‘the Present’ is implying some sort of ontological ground of being; any conclusion regarding the allness of the Present, too, is merely a product of thought, conceptual, and is not ‘direct experience’.”

Then don’t use such a word as Present. Don’t use any words—just abide as pure un-thinking Awareness, or emptiness—the indescribable, indefinable “something-ness” that is no-thing—yet always now-alive. As the following excerpts show, One still can have a “direct experience” of the only-ness of the Present. But as said earlier, at this point It cannot even be called “experience” for It is the Present directly being Its own sensation-less, thought-less, timeless Pure Presence—which cannot then even be called an experience.

To illustrate what is meant by this, the following are excerpts from Chap 22, Time Never Began.

Present Consciousness. Two words. What do they really mean?

As said repeatedly, the fact that Consciousness is all there is to all Existence, means there never has been a physical, material world—anywhere, ever. If one were to even speak of what is called “the present day” or “all past events,” at most, all so-called events and times always would be only mental, or entirely “made out of” dream-thought.

Yet not even that is fully accurate. The fact that Consciousness’ Changeless Being is the entirety of what is present—as the Un-budging Absolute Present—leaves no possibility of time occurring! So not only has the so-called “past” never been physical—it hasn’t even been!

Only, only, only the Present is present—“everywhere.” As often as that has been said, this irrefutable Truth makes clear another huge point.

When it seems you ignore the Absolute Present You are, what would be happening?

In that instant, that would be creating all time—the entirety of time!

It literally would be creating all time for the very first time ever!

As Pure Conscious Being, as the Absolute Present Itself, You never say there was a past—only a false finite “sense-mind” or dream would try to say so. How does one not get fooled by it? Start from the true premise—that only the Unchanging Present, I-Am-Presence, is.

Now notice that whenever the finite thinking “sense-mind” tries to say there has been a long past, it is always right now when it’s saying that. The thinking would try to make it seem as if there has been this long, long past that stretches “way back there”—one that includes a recent past, and a much older past. Now look very closely where all—every last bit—of that so-called long past is. The entirety of it would be found only right here in that current thinking of it. The entirety of what is mistakenly called “the past” isn’t past at all—all of it is being projected only right now in that bunch of current thinking. That’s the only place you come up with any of it!

Stop reading and see if this is irrefutably true right here, now. Stay with this; keep “noticing” until absolutely certain. There simply is no evidence of a seeming “past” (emphasis on seeming!) apart from what seems to be the current thought of it.

Mistaken human belief would try to say there are both that current thinking of a past and the other “real” past—the one that occurred in a physical world at a previous time. Why is that not true? Because, again, absolutely all there is, is Consciousness—which precludes there being any physical world. And the fact that Consciousness, All, is changelessly Present only, precludes there having been any previous time.

The would-be ignorant “sense-mind” doesn’t realize that its “world” never is a separate physical world, but just its own dream-like thought. So all that the entire so-called past ever could have been “made out of” is thought. And when you examine it closely, you see the shocking truth—that dream-thought never is something that occurred “way back then”—for the entirety of it seems to be mentally projected only just now!

The above was also the subject of the post on 9/29 (Reality Precludes Objects). There never has been a physical objective world, so there can’t have been a “real past” in which physical events occurred. At most there would be only a “thought-past.” And now it’s clear that very seeming “thought-past” isn’t really past at all, but seems to occur only right now for the “first time ever.” Again, don’t just accept this—see right now “within yourself” that it’s irrefutably true.

Go ahead, try as hard as you can to come up with a little bit of a “past,” or a whole lot of it, in some place other than the current thought of it. It’s impossible.

No matter how far one tries to mentally shove a “past” back there—it actually has had no prior existence. The only place all of it would appear to be found is in the very thinking-dreaming of it starting now.

That’s all there would be to all of the so-called “past”—just that one big mental “panorama” or “thought-collage”—all of which begins now. This is clear only from the vantage point of the Absolute Present, wherein no time has been. Otherwise one mistakenly assumes time has some other, prior beginning. It doesn’t.

In the exact same way, the entirety of what is mistakenly called “history”—both “recent past” and “ancient past”—is encapsulated in the one momentary mental snapshot or thought in terms of it. From the vantage point of Absolute Present Awareness, it is clear that the entirety of so-called “history” isn’t history or old at all—it’s all one mental panorama being instantaneously thought or dreamed now. Always, it would be current thinking only imagining there is oldness.

Even though this book has repeatedly referred to the passing of time—from the vantage point of Present Consciousness, one sees that time never is passing. The entirety of time seems to be projected now.

One never, never, never leaves Now, Present Awareness.

This being true, how old is Your Present Being? How old is All?

Look closely. How many prior thoughts in terms of time, or time snapshots have you had before? Do you say billions? The answer is none. Why? Even what would be called all “prior” times and all their snapshots would be found only in this snapshot of time-thought, in the ignoring of the Present that would be going on now. All so-called time is found only in the dream-thought—but that’s not You, Pure Present Consciousness. And not even the dream is “old,” but seemingly began this instant.

What is far more important, in Reality, the Absolute Present Itself, the Totally Aware Being You are, never has any time-snapshots. Not one. And never is there another being present. The Absolute Present never leaves or alters Its Absoluteness. It leaves no past of anything.

From the vantage point of Present Consciousness, Reality, there is no such thing as a past that was. There is only a would-be past, that appears to be projected now in thought. And to even come up with such time-projections would mean first ignoring the Pure Present You are; trying to superimpose that time-thought upon Your Self. In Truth, not even that is possible, for the Present cannot ignore Its Absolute Presence.

Be alert and don’t assume that there has been any prior time—not even a time which you now have seen to be false. Not even that occurred, for only the Present is.

It is one thing for the foregoing to be clear. But more importantly, what is being “done” with It? The above is the same as saying there is no memory. The Present Itself certainly has no memory, and only the Present is present.

So “throughout the day” are you consciously being the Present, as Pure un-thinking Awareness, Alive Nowness?

Or is it a matter of fondly thinking back about what was read here as being true of the Present? If so, that would be merely a memory of the Present–exactly what the Present Itself is not! It would be dreaming–only now you’re dreaming that you’re “being spiritual.”

This does not mean to imply that there is another who sometimes can be, and sometimes not be, the Present. The Present Itself is the Only Self.

So if it “seems” there has been a wandering of attention, just ask Your Self, “Has the Present Itself lost sight of Itself? No–It is fully present NOW and never lapses. Is there another that could lose sight of the Present, and must return its attention to the Present? No. In fact, has there even been a “past” in which attention wandered–and now attention must be returned to the Present? NO!”

From p. 239:

Can the Present Itself ever fall or lapse? Can Being fail to be? One does not keep score, but “stays in,” or is, the unrelenting, un-backdown-able Present. That is the only “job”—staying alert and catching oneself, no matter how often it seems necessary. It’s never that you’ve “fallen” and must “climb back.” It’s staying alert that, as the Absolute Present, You leave no past in which You could have fallen!

11 thoughts on “As the Present, You Have No History!

  1. Greetings Peter,

    I won’t seemingly burden you with praise, surely in Reality it would be misplaced. However you are one exquisite ruthless author appearance, through which the Ruthless Rapture Of Being apparently nurtures Itself.

    If you were a teacher I’d study with you. If you were a Guru I would surely worship you. Since you are neither, all that can be done is to just Be Here, without Guru or disciple, enjoying this blessed offering. Like you said, it’s not deep at all. It just IS!

    Aching With Appreciation,

  2. Dear Peter,

    I would like to unabashedly repeat a hundred, no, a thousand and more times what Julian (whose blogger profile is not available) expressed above so lyrically, so poetically and so romantically!!!


    A curiosity struck ‘me.’

    Are we getting ourselves ‘lost’ being caught up in the maze of ‘concepts’ created by the very peculirities of language – an anthrophic creation? After all, it is known in science (the latest is Dr. S. Lazar of Stanford) that language does influence ‘thought.’

    Well, the long and short of it is, is the usage of the word “Present” and what it conveys in a normal sense.

    So I replaced “Present/Presnece” everywhere in your Post of 16 Oct 2009 with the word “Change.” It fitted very well, read very well and made sense fully. What “Is” is “Change.”

    Time in the ordinary sense of ‘time’ by watch does NOT and cannot enter in “Change” that is ever present because, time can come only when viewed relative to ‘something,’ – say a background, the immediate preceding ‘event’ etc. But all such things will be a ‘thought’ because what is, Is ‘Change’ — no background, no past against which change is happening. The “Change” is like a constant ‘blossoming’ of something like teh nesting Matryoshky Russian dolls – not one giving birth to another but just morphing into ever newer ones. Or better still as the ‘quantum foam’, ever new particles of froth constantly appearing and disappearing (from a human perspective).

    With this connotation, the whole article can be rewritten. I don’t mean to waste space and time here — I am sure one can do it. None of the reasoning, logic or meaning will be endangered. But “Change” suddenly appears in a new Brilliance!

    thanks and regards,

  3. A Post Script to my earlier note:

    If one lets the beauty of “Change” sink in, It stands out as that ‘unchanging’ Movement, very ‘Life’ that never not-exists. Transported to the phenomenal world, it is that “Change” only we see as ‘change’, so obvious, ubiquitous everywhere. “Misery” is when one wants a different change or No-change. So why not call ‘It’ “Change”, a word easily comprehend-able experientially to every one in the ordinary day to day living too?

    Well, I can go on. But I am sure Peter got the point.

    thanks and regards,

  4. A PPS:

    Sorry, am unable to hold myself!

    Replacing Presence with “Change”, …..:

    It is not that the tree in the yard has not arisen at all. Tree is ‘ever’ “Arising”, ever “New.”

    thanks and regards,

  5. The meaning of the two words are entirely different. Replacing Presence with change makes no sense at all. If the previous posts and CIA are read very carefully, you will experience something that is not an experience, but Reality itself!(beyond words, yards and trees) No need to “change” anything, and no change occurring.

  6. Hi Ramesam,

    Sorry for the delay. Definitely agreed that placing too much emphasis on words/concepts could be a “trap.” I think I “get” your examples–but at that point I’m not sure that the word “change” would be appropriate–“ever-New” in your last comment sounds more like it.

    However, the real point here is that Life’s Never-Before-Ness, Pure Infinity, totally precludes the possibility of any and all words–even these! In a sense that would be the biggest joke–that Self could actually need or co-exist with blogs like this to talk about what IT cannot fail to be! Self’s Infinity leaves only Itself, and no others to do any talking–wrong or “right”!

  7. Dear Peter,

    Thanks for the time and thought you bestowed on my ramblings.

    As you said, “….the real point here is that Life’s Never-Before-Ness, Pure Infinity, totally precludes the possibility of any words…” Or saying it in a different way — perhaps any word is equally good particularly when used in Noumenal sense (NOT ‘change’ as Mr. Anonymous put it in his comment of 18th Oct but as Noumenal “Change”).

    Because, perhaps at that point of “arrival” (which I feel I “think” intellectually I ‘get’ It), what exists is not a diaphanous nebulous ‘cloud’ but the same ‘Something’ which we understand as our ‘world’ in the phenomenal “unrealized” state. That is to say, more like a bunch of uninterpreted ‘electricochemical’ signals.

    In this context the 15 odd min. video of Dr. Henry Markram just released by TED on how our brain gives a meaning to the world we perceive is very interesting. (His TED talk in July 2009) The blog design does not let me copy and paste the link!.

    It “edges up on some deep, contentious philosophical questions about the mind.”

    thanks again and warm regards,

  8. This website has what I would consider the clearest statements of Truth possible at the present “time”. What One does with it, is an entirely different matter. I can see there has been great care taken to put the words together like Peter has. It just “seems” to me that there are some who do not “fully” read what is here, due to some of the responses that I have seen. I can only say from here, Peter has delivered the goods. It is all the right words, put together in just the right way, to taste Reality. Not by intellectually getting It, but by being It. When you are busy being the Infinite One, there is no time to think in terms of body, brain, or finite phenomenal world.


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