During thirty-five-plus years of working with people, individually
and in groups, I have listened as they described the details of their
personal lives—usually in regard to problems or difficulties—and I have
often pointed out that nothing they were describing actually exists in the
present moment, that they were only relating memories and projecting
them to continue into the future.
We unknowingly seal our own fate by projecting the past into the
future. We haven’t yet realized that every new present moment offers a
We will come to see that we are actually limited by our own beliefs
about things, when things actually are as they are, with or without our
descriptions and beliefs. The Truth is real whether we believe it or not.
Mysteriously, we live our lives as though what was true there and
then is also true here and now; we bring our past into our experience of
the present moment whether we actually desire to experience it again or
not (most often we don’t, and even wish it never happened in the first
place). Yet, unknowingly, we continually recreate our own past. In this
way we are slaves to the past.
Freedom includes freedom from the past as well as the future.
can allow ourselves to freefall into the present moment, without having
to hold anything together or control anything or hold onto any position
or stance. In other words, we can relax and let go of all the stress and
tension we create for ourselves trying to control our life and protect our
The average person might be horrified to know the degree to
which he is stuck in the past and unable to experience the truth of the
present. It takes a true and sincere willingness and openness to begin to
perceive the Truth of the existing moment. It takes work to overcome
past conditioning that rules our perception and experience.
Conditioning of mind and ego are the origin of all our automatic
tendencies, including our reactions to things that we later regret and