“The first important step into the NOW is to become aware of whatever surrounds you.” ET
I personally think the second important step into the NOW, is to choose how you react to those surroundings, because it is one thing to comprehend what is happening to you and around you, but it is another thing entirely to remain unaffected by energy-draining surroundings or to fully utilize the energy-enhancing opportunities that they might represent.
So many philosophers have stated that the NOW is the only moment you actually have command of because it is occurring for you in every instant. While the past is long gone and the future is still in the process of becoming, the only control of your life that you actually have is to face the NOW with your highest intentions and the energy to manifest your future as you wish it to be.
No regrets change the past. No anxiety hastens the future.
All you have for your every life decision is the NOW. That’s why it is so important to recognize it as such.
The other consideration for this Tolle quote is in exploring what I think he was more likely referring to, which is that the NOW is the moment that can propel you into infinity. You can energetically expand yourself without boundaries into the NOW and instantly become the ALL. It’s an amazing experience, but one that can be quite disorienting to what we call our consensus reality.
Ah, …a memory just surfaced of an old Carlos Castaneda quote from one of his earlier books pertaining to this same “importance of the NOW” statement:
“Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word is enough to change the course of our lives. If we don’t, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won’t make a damn bit of difference.
Do you know that at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know you can use that eternity, if you so desire? Do you know that you can extend yourself forever in any direction and use it to take the totality of yourself forever in any direction? Do you know that one moment can be eternity? If you had enough personal power, my words alone would serve as a means to round up the totality of yourself and get the crucial part of it out of the boundaries in which it is contained.”
-Spoken to Carlos by his teacher Don Juan Matus, in C.C.’s Tales of Power
(I think for better or worse what amazes me is that after 30-plus years, I am still quoting Carlos Castaneda. 🙂 But I really do recommend reading the entire set of books on his shaman’s tutelage by Don Juan. I think there are around a dozen of them in the set. Whether or not they are truly fact or fiction-based doesn’t make them less important, because the mental constructs that he creates are invaluable to expanding our concept of what our true energetic capabilities might be.)
As I mentioned in the earlier post “The Collective”:
“I think the increased possibilities of our collectively attuning to higher frequencies of existence are extremely important for everyone to at least consider, because you have to know that they do exist to even try to access them.”
That’s what Carlos Castaneda did. He said these other realities existed. He said he’d been there. He described what he saw. And while he used hallucinogens to travel through most of those realms, it is possible and recommended to do so without them.
What I most want you to consider from all of this lengthy verbiage is that NOW is a powerful moment. It can be the first breath into a new life. It can be the first step toward a new perspective—a new way of seeing the world around you and seeing yourself interacting with that world.
NOW can also be the gateway to eternity and infinity—seizing this very moment can propel you into true possibilities that exist far beyond your daily comprehension. It is all a choice in how we view our options and how we seize those precious moments of NOW.
So as Eckhardt Tolle reminded us,
“The first important step into the NOW is to become aware of whatever surrounds you.”
And as I then further mentioned, the rest is up to you to take that moment wherever you wish.