Who Ignores the Present? Is It Even Possible?

Sorry for the delay in posting–I’ve been busy with several new projects. One involves an audiobook version of Consciousness Is All, to be available as an MP3 audio file, downloadable from this website. It will be called “Consciousness Is All, PLUS.” The PLUS means that in addition to the reading of the text, there will be spontaneous commentary on various key points in each chapter–sort of like, “Okay, this is what the words on the page say…now what does it REALLY mean?” Still quite a long ways to go, but I want to have it available as soon as possible. Thanks for looking in! Peter

For clarity’s sake, several of the previous posts have been about “thought-watching.” These discussions have not been a matter of functioning as, or being Pure Present-ness, Unthinking Awareness. It has been a lot of thought about the nature of so-called thought itself. And for this to even occur, hasn’t all this “thought about thought” actually also been a so-called “ignoring” of the Pure Present Itself? Yes. The Present Itself simply is silently being.

Notice closely again. In order for any seeming thought to “arise,” get noticed, or to get attention as such—what first has to happen?

It seems there first has to be an “ignoring” of, or a wandering of attention away from, the Timeless Present that changelessly IS. (Most emphatically, not even this is really possible to the Present Itself!)

The instant this ignore-ance seems to occur, in that very instant there seems to be a “second self.” Now there also seems to be an assumed state of thought, one that seems to be present in addition to, or superimposed upon, Present Awareness which changelessly is all-present. It would be only this so-called “superimposed ignore-ant one” that seems to experience time—not Real You, Pure Present-ness.

See for yourself. The moment there seems to be an ignoring of Present-ness, there seems to be this arising of a personal “I,” an arising of time—and an arising of an entire world that goes with it. In fact, this “ignore-ant superimposition” would be all there is of seeming time and the world itself. This ignore-ant state of thought doesn’t know about time and an arising world—it would be time and a world. The seeming ignoring of Present-ness would be its very “creation” and its only “duration.”

This so-called superimposed time-world and the superimposed “secondary self” or “personal I” that supposedly experiences all finite limitations would be opposite sides of the same coin, the coin of ignore-ance or ignorance of changelessly Present Infinity.

The point is, the one to whom thoughts seem to arise is this would-be state of ignore-ance. Thoughts do not arise to this ignorance, but literally as this ignorance. To Pure Present-ness, nothing besides Itself, no thoughts, ever arise—because, as said repeatedly, in Pure Presence there is no time in which arising could occur. If this sounds theoretical or intellectual, be aware as Awareness only, be 100% consciously Present only, and see if anything can arise.

Never assume that “you” are the one that ignores (or doesn’t ignore) the Present, because it’s not true. For this to be clear, “stand back” from the whole spiritual scene for a moment and look at it with no investment in any of it. Look at “both sides of the fence”—the unchanging Absolute Present, and the seeming ignore-ant realm of time, with no stake in either side. (Of course there really are NOT two sides, but it is put this way for purposes of clarity). Certainly the timeless, all-present Present is not personal. In Its unchanging total Present-ness, no time passes in which anything personal could develop or occur.

Equally, on “the other side of the fence,” in the seeming relative realm of ignore-ance and time, there really is nothing personal either; nothing that “you” are doing. Why? Because if one were to mention it at all, this ignore-ant time state seems to be one of entirely impersonal reacting energy or vibration. No person invented energy or makes it operate or vibrate. It would be this ignore-ant energy that produces its own sense of an “I” or the personal “me.” There is no “you” that produces energy and a universe—it seems to produce its sense of a self which seems to be a “you.”

Said another way, it’s like a dream. The act of dreaming (being asleep to reality) is what dreams up the “you” in the dream. But this “you” is entirely a product of the dream. The “you” in the dream did not dream up the dream—it is a product of the dream, just another part of dream’s landscape. So in this way, the actions of this “you,” and its tendency to be ignore-ant, are not personal, because this “you” would be entirely the dream’s puppet.

The only Self, Life, Awareness, there is, is the Infallible Present, and again, It, too is entirely impersonal. But that happens to be this Alive Present Awareness aware here, now. The fact that It is entirely impersonal doesn’t make It one bit less PRESENT.

So…standing back from all this, it’s clear that what seems to be a tendency to ignore the Present or “flit in and out” with attention—is entirely impersonal. Don’t entertain any sense of a “personal you” that could have such a struggle. Don’t take on any sense of a “personal you” to be a “middle man”—sometimes standing firmly in the Pure Present, and sometimes being ignore-ant.

The Present Itself (the ONLY Life, Awareness) has no secondary state with which It co-exists—so IT definitely is not struggling with ignore-ant tendencies. What may seem to be these tendencies would belong entirely to this would-be ignore-ant state itself (which can’t really even happen!).

If one looks from the side of time and ignore-ance, it may still seem that there are occasional “waves of ignore-ance” lapping against the shore of the Infallible Present. But when “looking out as” the Present Itself—there is ONLY Present-ness, unchanged and un-co-existed-with, eternally.

If it seems there’s been some ignoring—don’t claim it—it doesn’t belong to the Self being aware here, now. Just ask, “Can the Present Itself ignore Itself? No. Is there really anything present besides the Present Itself that could make it even seem as if there can be an ignoring? No.” And abide as Pure Present-ness, wherein there never is a battle or struggle.

And again, why would all this be called ignore-ance? Because it would attempt to ignore the Fact that the Present never lapses from being all-present. It would be an ignore-ant assumption that the Changeless Present is not all-present, but can be absent where “time” or ignorance supposedly is operating. But it simply never, never happens that the Present is not present, all Presence.

All so-called finite time-experience, and all so-called problems in the apparent human scene seem to stem from this one, simple, would-be ignore-ant and impossible assumption—that there could be a lack of the Present. All of so-called mortality and time, and all its would-be limitations would require there being a lack of the Present (thus time) for such problems to arise and occur. And of course, that’s the very point: Never is a lack of the Present possible! Never!

This Truth of the Allness of the Present has been stated here logically, with words. But it is worthless if it stays on the “level” of words or thinking about the Present—for thinking would be exactly what the Present Itself is not! The point is, is the Present Itself, this very Pure Now-Awareness, capable of merely saying or thinking words about Its Presence? No! Is there another? No! The Present has no choice but to fully, all-out be the Presence It now is silently, un-thinkingly being.

In the same way, it’s one thing to say no thought, no ignore-ance, has existed before—but does one merely stop there, and have a big empty void? Is not Life, Being, now vitally present? In terms of “direct experience” can it be said that anything else besides Present Life is present? No. Is not NOW, the Pure Present, all that is present? Yes.

In this Utterly Present Life alive here, now, the fact that there has been no past means All That Is, is absolutely un-aged. As This, You have NO accumulation—not even the thought that there is no accumulation—just utterly thought-free Purity.

6 thoughts on “Who Ignores the Present? Is It Even Possible?

  1. Hey Peter!
    Nice to hear from you. I’ve been hanging out with Nisargadatta between posts. Most nourishing, and, it’s always a blessing to have fresh baked goods. Thank You!

    Hymns To Being

  2. Hi Peter,

    Jumping into the thought-stream here to say “thanks” for the excerpt from “So Be It”. Wonderful-look forward/outward to the finished book..sent the link to your site to James Corrigan, author of “An Introduction to Awareness”. You and he are two peas is a pod….his site is also the name of his book, if you want to see how he expresses what he calls the “surjective”. Also, love the Reality Check!
    Peter Jones

  3. Hi Peter, Thanks for your comments. I’ve heard of James Corrigan’s work, and seen an excerpt or two. I’ll check out his site also. Thanks for mentioning it, and for sending him the link!

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