All of life's innumerable "shake-ups, breakups, and wake-ups" take place within what we call the "present moment." This ever-open window into life--through which we see the newness of life unfolding before us--is something much, much greater than all of the individual events that pass through it to reveal it.
The events of our life constantly flow down to us from someplace "upriver" that seems guarded by a bend beyond which we can't see--a time we think of as the "future." And what we call the "present" is that all too brief moment of playing in these gleaming waters just before they disappear downriver--beyond yet another bend we call the "past." But if we could climb the mountain around which this river flows--rise high enough to see beyond its twin bends--everything about our relationship with life would be changed in the twinkling of an eye.
We would see from where these waters come, and to where they flow; and we would know, accordingly, that they have neither beginning nor end because they belong to a boundless ocean of timeless energy from which they came and will return--a single and celestial Life whose living waters are infinitely aware of themselves... forever. What we call the present moment is really our momentary awareness of an ocean of consciousness, a self-aware Presence of immeasurable power, and more.
Our present level of self--with its accumulated fears, compulsions, and doubts--knows only one way to deal with the disturbances that upset its precarious balance. It thinks about them. It calls on the body of its collected past experiences, compares them to its current situation, and then concludes both the nature of the problem and what must be done to "deal" with it. But this much should be clear to us by now: Looking to the past for guidance on how to make a new beginning is like asking an echo to show you where it got started. Which brings us to an important point: We do not need to think in order to know the right thing to do in the moment for ourselves, or for others! In fact, quite the opposite is true.
The amazing possibilities that appear with each present moment are literally beyond thought. After all, the best moments in our lives--those priceless times when we feel most alive--unfold without our taking a single thought about them. That unforgettable sunrise we shared with someone we love; some deep heartache released and our soul refreshed on the heels of some unexpected insight; a beauty beyond words when we turned a corner to find a field of yellow flowers flowing alongside a stream... in moments like these, our sense-dominated mind comes to a full stop, because it stands in the presence of a delight beyond its capacity to contain or otherwise restrain by thought. At times like these, we are left, gratefully, in the living presence of a peace we cannot create.
This special feature of our consciousness--that allows us to be in relationship with the Presence moment--has many names. For now, let's call it "conscious awareness." When we are within the field of its active light, everything we are aware of is within us in the same moment. Moreover, our awareness of the present moment is one and the same as the Presence within us that grants us that awareness.
The awareness of our living relationship with the present moment--our willingness to consciously practice its presence--empowers us to know what's best for us without having to think about it. This level of awareness sees what is real and what is not. Its power to command challenging moments derives from its complete innocence. Higher consciousness doesn't "try" to control events, because its timeless nature is already a partner in guiding creation itself, so what has it to fear? And the more we place ourselves in the presence of this indwelling light, the more we will see small miracles take place before our very eyes. Quiet command over all that unfolds becomes as effortless for us as it is for the spreading light of dawn to chase away morning shadows. An upwelling confidence in the secret goodness of life replaces conflict and self-doubt. After all, how can we fail to find the fearless life we seek when reality itself points the way! When we choose to wake up and practice living in the Presence moment, we place ourselves in the presence of a power that ensures our perfect safety.
Remember what is true, act on it, and you will realize the greatest and most priceless gift any human being can ever hope to know--a conscious relationship with that innermost Presence whose celestial nature is fearlessness itself.