The Future is Now

by Mayuri on November 11, 2009

Are  Being Spiritual and Not Debting for the Future Contradictory?

I received this email last week:

“In an excellent post last April on credit card debt, you stated bluntly, ‘Debt steals from the future.’

I’m in full agreement, but I fear this line of reasoning falls on deaf ears to many debt-laden people who’ve imbibed spiritual literature over the years that emphasizes “present-moment awareness.”  They don’t want to hear about the future, don’t want to think about it.  For them, that 60s song by The Grass Roots, ‘Let’s Live for Today’ has been a lifelong mantra.

Do you have any thoughts on how to overcome this resistance to the notion of focusing on the future?  You hint at this when you write, ‘You will become more present, and not living in the bondage of your future’ by avoiding debt… but what exactly should someone tell himself or herself while climbing out of debt to ‘become more present’?”

This is an excellent question, but not a simple one to answer. There are many levels on which to answer this question. I am going to approach it for the purposes of this post from two perspectives.

Firstly from the perspective of Right Action.

We are where spirit has materialized, so you cannot separate yourself from that which is physical or material. So being in the moment, in the now of our experience, does not negate the laws of relative reality, of physical manifestation. And there are patterns that manifest regarding money just as there are other patterns we have learned to see and understand. One of those patterns is the effect of debt on our present experience.

To be spiritual is not contradictory to material well-being. In fact, to bring our spiritual realization into the world is part of the spiritual journey.  There is realization of your true nature which  you could call vertical realization, and then there is the movement of this realization into the world. You could call this the horizontal integration of our realization, whatever state or level that is. That is bringing our realization into our lives.

This implies right action. If we don’t attend to impeccability and right action, then there is an insincerity on the path.

So we  need to become more aware of the actions we take. We need to know what is RIGHT action. The more we live our lives in a “correct” way, the more we integrate being/ our true nature into our lives.

It is an ethical question: when we align ourselves with  an ethical response, that is right action. And ethical responses are in alignment with being. If truth does not enter into our relationships with money, then it cannot enter into our lives.

This requires both integrity and responsibility.

The more mature a human being we are, the  more we have a feeling sense of integrity, the  more we have self respect and also respect reality. The less mature we are, the less able we are to consider the totality of any situation.

And when you are more able to see the totality of the situation with money, you will recognize the implications of debt. When I talk about debt, I am not just talking about money, but also talking about consciousness and waking up to the reality of your situation in the now. That is why I call this work I do  “money as a spiritual practice”.

The second perspective is that of Future Orientation.

The NOW is without the future in our experience of the present moment.

If you have an appointment tomorrow, or if you need to make travel plans, or if you need to consider the impact of debt, you do need to consider the future in that sense.  We do need to consider it for practical matters. But what does that have to do with the experience of yourself in the moment? Your experience of yourself can be in the now, even as you are making plans.

So we can be efficient and intelligent about the future, even as we reside in the present moment.

The problem is that we believe we have to jump into the future in order to plan. We can plan in the now. Our consciousness does not have to jump into the future, but for most of us that is what happens.

Most of us live in hope for a better future and we attempt to alter our experience to make a better future.  That means we believe in a future and we end up living for that future. So we end up in a future orientation missing the now. But what is there other than now?

So it is a paradox. The nowness of our experience is where our being, our essence, our true nature is. So we don’t want to live in a future orientation.

But that doesn’t negate the recognition and needs of manifest reality.We are human beings afterall.

Where there is paradox there is also truth. There is always both sides of any coin.

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