NOTHING HAPPENS NEXT
This profound Buddhist teacher shares a great truth with all of us.
There is no next because every happening can only take place in the present moment. And in this moment all that we need is here!
When anything happens it is NOW. Not the next minute.
So what is your attitude right now, in this moment? Whatever it is, it is determining the quality of your life.
Your attitude in the present moment is the seed that is being planted in the living field of your life. It will grow.
Are you anxious about the future?
Are you eager for something to happen? Afraid it won’t happen?
Well, in this moment there is something skillful you can do right now. Not in the next moment, because the next cannot be lived in.
It’s all NOW.
If you are still breathing, there is something worthwhile for you to be — your Beingness calls you NOW.
Being comes before doing. You are a human being, not a human doing.
So what’s available for you, as a human being, this moment?
Why not start with the breath. It’s always with you. And it’s a great place from which to begin.
And the “breath” actually is defined as “spirit” in Webster’s dictionary, from the Latin spiritus, “to breathe.”
Learning to live in this moment, this breath, this very instant, not the next or wishing you had or hadn’t done something in the past, brings satisfaction and serenity.
Just as we can’t breathe in the past or the future, but only in this moment, we really can only live in this moment.
And this is not a problem, because everything our soul needs is here right now, this moment.
Perhaps the ego doesn’t agree with this, but the ego knows so very little. After all, the personal ego believes itself separate and independent. That shows how little it knows!
Let’s not depend on ego knowledge! It wavers, wobbles is prejudiced and basically unreliable, for it can only see itself, which is a delusion.
But by returning to the awareness of this moment, now, we can do what is appropriate. This is skillful action.
It may mean planning for, or considering the future, or reflecting on past actions. But we need to do this while firmly grounded in this moment, and not worrying about what might happen next.
For instance, the writing I’m engaged right now will be posted on my blog in a few days. I’m presently engaged in something the results of which will take place when the imagined future becomes the present moment.
For when this blog gets posted, it will actually be the present moment.
Seem confusing? Or too complicated? If so, just breathe and let your awareness rest in the current breath.
Conscious breathing automatically brings you into the present, and into your power. For you can only breathe in the NOW.
I continually remind myself the great truth that all of God, Primordial Beingness is here now. And this divinity is enough!
Thus, everything my soul needs is here and now, as is true for you. When the next moment becomes the present moment, it will continue to be true.
For Beingness, Divine Creative Energy, is all that exists and it’s here and now. This Essence is our real nature and it is always enough. It is totally reliable, contains a multitude of hidden resources that are available just when needed.
The small illusionary self knows nothing about this. The greatness of God is too large for a small self to handle.
As someone has said, “This moment, wisely lived, will take care of the future.
Futurizing is a debilitating and destructive habit. It wears one out.
At this moment I am facing surgery which is scheduled two days from now. Each time I find myself drawn into that anxious, fearful energy of the unknown, I tell myself: NOTHING HAPPENS NEXT
I can almost see these words painted on my soul.
All the resources I need are contained in the present moment.
And there are so many resources available. For we all live in the Great Mind of God. This is our identity, our Real Nature.
God is always NOW, present. God is not a “I’ll do it later” energy.
Energy, vibrations, currents, flow are always now.
Love is the single energy of the world, and love is always for us, never against us.
So, my preparation for the upcoming surgery, and everything else in my life, is the continual reminder to myself that Nothing Happens Next!
This moment is enough.
In this moment we are reborn, refreshed, for the past has already been. And anything we truly need from the past is here with us now!
We never lose anything vital for our soul.
When I begin to think how free or happy I will be when………(whatever I think should happen)………..takes place, I experience delusion.
For there is no next that I can get hold of. Happiness is here and now.
As Rumi has said, “Ever since happiness heard your name it’s been running through the streets trying to find you.”
So let’s stop and let happiness find us!
It is now several days after the surgery. I’m rereading and editing this writing now, in this present moment. The surgery went very well.
Gratitude flows through me. And not just because it was a successful surgery, but because God is always living me each moment, and this is enough!
This moment is so precious, so filled with all the resources of God. And I still live in the same great truth:
NOTHING HAPPENS NEXT!
The seeds I am planting now create my life. And the growth will always be in the present moment.
In enormous gratitude,