My American namesake, Wayne Dyer, is famous for many things.
However, two things impact most deeply upon me. The first is his uncanny choice of the same hair style as myself (if nothing else, proving his exceptionally good sense of fashion) – and secondly his remark that “we are either now here – or nowhere”.
This second item is especially remarkable because the two phrases – ‘now here’ and ‘nowhere’ – are identical, save for a gap between the ‘w’ and ‘h’.
And yet it is that gap, that very space, which metaphysically leads us to true consciousness.
That gap is the space between the past and the future. We know it more commonly as the present, as now. As every mystic can attest, that gap is the very entryway into the Divine Presence, the doorway through which we must pass if we are to live authentically, in total awareness, here and now. This is not a hypothetical state of being but one we must all ultimately come to accept as the normal, ordinary, common, everyday state of being. When we do we’ll find it leads to extraordinary empowerment.
Let me share a couple of real life examples with you.
Let me tell you the story of a man who had a small but very busy empire – he was an advertising big-wig with offices in the heart of Sydney. He had many full-time staff and had been responsible for producing over 2,500 TV commercials, 100 jingles, over 10,000 radio and over 20,000 press ads. He was an important man – at least in his corner of his industry (and certainly in his own eyes).
One Monday morning he arrived at his offices to find them virtually empty. No desks, no chairs, no carpets, no filing cabinets, no files, no records, no computers, no recording equipment, no cameras, no art tables, no nothing – except all his staff wandering aimlessly around wondering what was going on.
You see, he’d been totally cleaned out over the weekend by one disgruntled ex-employee who took everything except the floorboards and the phones – and then went into hiding.
It was just nine days before Christmas, the busiest time of the year for the business …
What would you have done? What did this boss do? Commit suicide? Commit murder after he found out the name and address of the man who had sold or destroyed all his records and equipment and thus destroyed his business?
No, after the police had been called the boss calmly paid everyone off, arranged new service providers for all his clients – and then went on holidays to Port Macquarie. He relaxed on the beach and simply soaked up the sun for a month or so …
Choose to be in the now
Our worth is never what we have – but rather what we are. And what we are is always whole and entire and spirit. We are complete within ourselves – in truth, nothing external can ever complete us. It can, at best, only validate us. Truth says “I am that I am – it is enough that I be it fully”. This is the natural power of now.
You and I know that all we have to do is be all that we already are right now – and stop bothering trying to be something different. All our troubles are over the moment we choose to be in the now and just be, consciously and with awareness, that which we truly are.
The story continues
That man who lost his business, also lost all of his personal possessions since they were, at the time of the theft, being temporarily stored in the building while the man was finalising his new home. They went on the trucks to an unknown destination with all the office equipment, almost never to be seen again. Clothes, furniture, books, paintings, personal photos, momentos garnered over a lifetime …
The man was kindly taken in by a friend and his wife. The friend had actually worked for him. He was given a room on the first floor of the friend’s house and told to treat the place as if it were his own. Just one room – the attic – was out of bounds, a private room for the owner of the house.
The man lived with his friend for some months.
One day, while he was taking a bath, he casually noticed that the radio in the bathroom was the same kind as he’d once owned – it was so alike that it was even damaged in the same place as the one he’d once called his own.
A little later that day, he looked more closely at a light in the lounge room. It had often intrigued him as it seemed identical to one that he had once owned, before everything went missing. Now, on closer inspection, he discovered the similarities even greater – for his own light had once been repaired – and he found this light had undergone an identical repair.
Intrigued beyond integrity, he found the keys and climbed the stairs to the attic – and there he found more than a hundred items that he had once owned – cameras, light boxes, books, chairs, furniture, boxes of personal belongings of every kind.
He suddenly realised that his host had an intimate knowledge of the heist!
What would you have said and done?
I’m sure the same as he did …
This man said nothing; and did nothing.
He locked the door – and then he returned the keys to their hook. For a whole year he continued to share food and drink, the company and the friendship of his friend. He listened to his own radio when he took a bath; and he read the paper by the light of his own lamp.
But he made no mention of these things to anyone.
After a full year had passed, he arranged a special Friday night out for the three of them; and after they had feasted he turned to them and said: “I thank you so much for everything you have taught me. You have allowed me to truly understand who I am, to find my own feet again – and to grow. You have allowed me to learn the true meaning of selfless love – and now I can say that I truly love you. Thus, my lesson ends – and I can leave you. I shall not return: I have no need to. Thank you for everything – goodbye”.
With that, he gave back their front door key, then turned and left the restaurant. He made his way to the bus station where he picked up his suitcases from a locker and boarded a bus for Brisbane. He left everything behind.
Intolerance says: “It’s my way or no way. That’s the only way I can overcome my sense of inadequacy”.
Yet truth says: “I’m totally adequate just as I am in this moment. I don’t need to be right by anyone else’s standard. I just need to be me. And I can only be me here, now”.
You and I know that all we need, we have deep within us this very moment. Things are just things. The past is no more – and tomorrow never arrives. Only this moment, only now, is real. Only now, in this moment, can we truly own our awesome being; and accept the truth that we are truly a dearly loved child of God.
Taking up running
There was a man who had tuberculosis so badly that his lungs couldn’t work. It was the second time he’d had the disease. The second time he’d tried to kill himself. You see, he had no family and he didn’t feel loved. So he saw no reason to live. One day he went to the clinic and the doctor came to the door and called for him: “The late Mr Smith, please ….?”
Mr Smith objected to being told he was late – although he often was – but the good doctor assured him his description had nothing to do with his usual tardiness but rather referred to his recent x-rays which showed his lungs had totally calcified and he was thus incapable of breathing.
“How do you do it?” asked the good doctor.
“Do what?” wheezed Mr Smith.
“Breathe”, replied the doctor. “According to us you should be dead” he added.
Now Mr Smith had already realised that he had rather a serious problem – and he didn’t need the doctor to be so condescending about the imminent possibility of death.
“According to me” wheezed Mr Smith “with statements like that you’re the one who’s really sick”.
And with that he left the good doctor and went home, never to return again. He healed himself by recognising that most obvious of facts: you’re not dead until you give up – and no-one need ever give up until God gently asks them to do so.
So Mr Smith healed himself by taking up running. He couldn’t breathe. He couldn’t walk more than a few steps without coughing up blood – but he took up running.
Admittedly, it was very slow at first – and his throat ached with the coughing and throbbed with the bleeding – but he kept having faith in the only thing he could ever have faith in – the indomitable will of the eternal being who lived within him.
He did so, wholeheartedly accepting the help of the Divine that never believed he needed to be sick in the first place.
He made gratitude his attitude; don’t we all, every minute of every day? Of course we do.
Gratitude is the act of living appreciatively in the now – and, as I wrote at the beginning, we can only do so in that infinite space of boundless opportunities between ‘now’ and ‘here’ that separates us from the delusion of ‘nowhere’.
When you live in the now, every moment is a gift, every person you meet is an incarnation of the divine, every situation you face is an opportunity for growth.
Living in the now is awesomely challenging every moment of every day – but it is equally boundlessly satisfying and fulfilling.
Nothing can upset us – unless we let it.
No-one can demean us – unless we let them.
No event can destroy our self-worth or sense of boundless adventure – unless we choose to give it the power to do so.
It has always been so for that man whose stories I have shared with you.
How can I be so sure? Because that man is me.
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