The mind considers this word horrific. The very thing it wants most it can not have, certainty. Yet it is uncertainty that vivifies life. We truly don’t ever know what is going to happen next, who is going to show up, is our strategy for whatever going to work? We cannot predict the future, it is an unfolding mystery and this terrifies the mind who wants everything known.
What can we “do” about this situation? Nothing, absolutely nothing. This is why Being is so much more important than doing. In a state of Being (here/now) there is complete acknowledgement of the mystery. An enlightened person accepts, embraces, the mystery and returns to his/her contemplation of the Now. This is a simple idea, which is why the mind has so much trouble with it. The mind wants it to be complicated. All we know is Now. All we ever have to deal with is Now. In fact, all there is, is Now, an indisputable fact.
Do you have trouble with this ‘fact’? It is said the only universal constant is change, and while this is true, it is also true that Now is also a constant. IT IS ALWAYS NOW!. It is never yesterday or tomorrow, past/future concepts of the mind. To get out of conceptual reality and access actual reality we must give up believing in the existence of anything outside of Now. Conceptual reality is living in your thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow. Actual reality is this very moment.
This is why various Spiritual teachers have counseled being ready. It’s a form of Presence. You may say, ready for what? It’s being ready to meet life’s in-the-moment challenge. Notice the resistance when it arises. The unexpected shows up and we question its very existence. No, we say, this isn’t happening. I didn’t expect this!
Yet, in the end, all we can do is surrender to the moment. The time and energy consumed in denying what is may be critical to the outcome. Resistant attitudes often precede a tragedy. Our history is filled with well reasoned denials of dangerous realities that could have been avoided through present-moment right action (what we knew and didn’t act on prior to the 9/11 attacks is a good instance of this). Consider your own instances of denial and their consequences.
When we apprehend existence from the perspective of Now, we are as prepared as we can be to meet the challenges of life’s uncertainty. Presence is all we need!