What if being in the moment or in the now is the worst thing we can do. Not to contradict Eckhart Tolle, but can being in the now do more harm than good? Let’s examine what most people think living in the now means. Generally speaking, many of us take living in the moment to mean forgetting the past, not worrying about the future and getting the most out of today. All of which are true. However, if we want to function the in the world we have to temper that with a touch of practicality. When Tolle and other teachers talk about being in the now, it is from a point of acceptance. What it means to be in the now is to accept where you are, what you are doing and be present with it, don’t resist that moment. It doesn’t mean throw caution to the wind and do whatever you want in that moment. Many bad decisions have been made by people who only live in the now, with no thought about tomorrow. Drinking too much, eating too much, spending too much, saying too much and doing other things too much. The impulse to act spontaneously without constraint is a marvelous feeling, but it can have severe consequences.
When we live in the moment, we still have to be practical because we live in a world that has constraints. Most of us have yet to evolve to that state where we can go beyond our physical constraints and truly manifest a life that we want. Our conditioning is so entrench that even when we are aware of it; it takes work to undo a lifetime of concepts and beliefs that no longer serve us. For the most part we can affect the outcomes, but within certain parameters. There is great freedom, when we can just live completely in the now. It is important that we understand what that statement really means.
Physicists tell us that everything is energy. Matter is energy at a very low vibration hence its density. Let’s now add to this the law of attraction. The law of attraction basically says like attracts like. Therefore, if we believe the physicists, then we are all just vibrating energy and if the law of attraction is true, then it means we are constantly sending out vibrations and thus attracting that type of vibrations to us. This brings us to an important point. When we crave for things we don’t have, we energetically send the message of lack and thus get more of the same because energy is neutral, it just links up like with like. If you take a moment you to think about this, I am sure you can find numerous examples in your own life. For instance, you may find that you get into the same circumstances over and over again, especially ones that you are desperately trying to get out off. The reason for this is that you are resonating at that frequency and so you keep getting more of the same. If we want to change anything, we first have to accept it. When we live in the moment, when we accept where we are and things start to change. Being in the now takes us to the neutral zone, and from there we can start to turn things around.
What this boils down to is that when you keep complaining and wanting things to change it doesn’t because energetically your vibration is one limitation or resistance and that is what you attract. It applies to all aspects of your life, to relationships, to health, to circumstances, to parking spots, everything. Acceptance changes the frequency to one that is closer to where you want to be. Things start to move in the right direction. Every day we see numerous motivational quotes on social media, many of them are more than motivational they are instructional. Fake it until you make it for instance, this may sound cool, even cliché but couched in this phrase is the key to success. It is not just about faking it with words, but with the feeling because it is the feeling that has the energetic property to resonate and attract what you desire.
By now you might be wondering what this has to do with finance. In one word, everything! When you go shopping and the impulse is to buy something that is not on your list or on the budget, being in the now means accepting that fact. It doesn’t mean, forgetting everything else and satisfying your desire in the moment. It means letting it go without resentment and moving on. When this is done again and again, your savings start growing and you arrive at a place where you COULD afford the get something that is not on your list or that wasn’t on your budget previously. At that point, you would have realized that you could live without it and actually you don’t need it. Then you will really be in control of your financial destiny because at that point you have the power and freedom to choose.
I encourage you to take a moment and figure out what signal you are sending out today. Pay attention to your state of mind, and see what is energetically emanating from you. There is no time like the present to start making a change!