The Eternal Now

Quotation from Alan Watts (one of the greatest 20th century mystics) on the “Eternal Now”

(This blog is an excerpt from the last section of our website, the page titled “Take a NOW Break.” I do not know exactly how many site visitors have actually visited the particular page and have bothered to take in the rich, profound, enduring final message written there. Here it is once more.)

Take a break from your spiritual journey to find time to smell the flowers, to look at nature and enjoy the universe, and, most of all, to smile and laugh.  Don’t worry over lost or wasted time, because at the heart of true mysticism lies a PARADOX waiting to swallow you up in its mystery like a hungry black hole.  It is the secret of transcendence along the mystical path.

Here is the great paradox of the mystical path: Utterly strange yet astoundingly true, you have already arrived at your journey’s end!  You’ve reached the destination and you’re there already, right here and right now, this very moment, in fact, even before the journey began.  To realize this paradoxical truth right here, right now, makes it so. Otherwise, the destination, the enlightenment, will always elude you, and it will always be just beyond your reach.

The only God you can relate to is the one with you, within you, at this very moment, in the timeless state referred to as the eternal NOW — not in the yesterdays of the past or in the tomorrows of the future, nor in that fleeting in-between moment of transition as the future turns into the past. The eternal NOW does not exist as a moment in time framed between the past and the future; otherwise, it is merely another mental construct of time without the transcendental quality of existing beyond time and space.

When you are going through your day in the conscious awareness of God-presence or living in the conscious awareness of the Truth principles, you are living in the eternal NOW. Live, therefore, in the fullness and completeness of this ever-present moment of the eternal NOW…  and you will always be living NOW.

A Zen Thinking poster in a blog dated April 01, 2016, titled The Eternal Now by Brian Thompson.

And there you have it: A message from us about the “Eternal Now” which is perhaps the greatest secret you can carry along with you on the journey of spiritual awakening.

I’ll be seeing you in the Eternal Now, friend.   Smiley Emoticon

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Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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