Today’s Eckhart Tolle quote for our meditation: “Not all unhappiness is of the pain-body. Some of it is new unhappiness, created. whenever you are out of alignment with the present moment, when the Now is denied in one way of another.”
Okay, leaving the “pain-body” aside for another day, lets talk about alignment with the Now. Zen calls the Now Dharma, of you could say the Tao, or if a Star Wars fan, the Force. All religions has their own word for it. Obeying God’s Word is close for me if I understand the Word as this Creative Present Moment. The Cosmos or God is speaking me as the Word. And when I’m in alignment with the Now, Dharma, the Tao, or God (in this sense) the Now is speaking me.
You are in alignment with something when you ARE that something, In order to understand Tolle and non-dual wisdom we have to get past the idea that everything is dual…we have to transcend the dual in order to Speak the One, to be the Word.
We know our bike is out of alignment when there is a wobble. We get the wobble fixed. I know I’m out of alignment with the Present Moment or Now when I have a negative rub. The pain of a wobble is my clue that I’m out of alignment with Life. I must be curious about that rub, like I’m curious when the wheel of my bike or car has a wobble. When my car has a wobble I don’t blame the car in front of me. I don’t blame the people on the street. And if I’m on a flat road, I don’t blame the road. And if the wobble just appears, I don’t blame the car maker, unless I find that he intentionally built the wobble into the car. Nature does not build wobbles into the cosmos. When a wobble appears in nature, nature restores balance or unity. Alignment and Unity are the same.
So Jesus says I and the Father are One. No wobbles. Now is the Father. some old guy in the sky, or is the Father a metaphor for the Now, the Dharma or the Word. If the Father is God immanent as the Present Moment, then why do I have wobbles? Ah…here’s the real rub.
We cannot be conscious of the Present Moment as form, but we think we are. Therefore, the forms or the Now that we get in alignment with has already passed. By the trick of our consciousness we are always trying to balance or. get in unity with (which is balance) the objects of our consciousness. Now this is the key. All is change. All is I permanent, says the Buddha, which is the same thing. There are no things that change. Things ARE change.
As in quantum mechanics, electrons, sub-atomic particles are waves as well as particles (things). Waves are not things. A wave is a field of energy. How can you get in alignment with a wave? A surfer knows. A mountain biker knows. And we know if we look in a different way.
When we learn how to balance on a bike, we do not balance on what we are conscious of because when you are moving, if you balance on the moment of form that is what we are conscious of, that moment is moving under us. The trial and error of learning to balance is to balance on the moment that is upstream of Now, that is transcendent of Now. The Now, the Word is transcendent of experience because conscious experience has already passed when we experience it. The Now is not going to stand still.
Balance is a surrender. One surrenders to balance. One lets go of clinging to form that is conscious in order to balance. This is Zen. This is mysticism. This is creativity. The Creative Act is an aspect of balance that restores unity through transcendence, or the creation of a new single Idea or form that restores balance and removes the wobble.