Question: What must I do to awaken and be free? Where is the moment from asleep to awake?
Answer: To awaken requires a deep intention on your part to be present. Every moment you have a choice. Will you be present with what is actually here now, or will you allow yourself to be absorbed into the world of the thinking mind, which is an illusory world of thought, memory and imagination. The present moment is always available, but you have to choose it.
The more you choose Presence, the more grounded you will become in the truth and reality of the present moment and the more you will experience the sacred and the divine. If your commitment is to being present, there will come a time when being present becomes your home – and even though you will have occasional or even frequent excursions into the world of the mind, you never go so far into the mind that you get lost there.
You ask where is the moment from asleep to awake. You cannot awaken in the future. You can only awaken now. And when you awaken, you will find yourself here, in this moment, utterly present with what is here in the moment with you.
In truth, there is nothing but the present moment. In truth, you can never be anywhere else. The experience of being somewhere other than in the present moment is an illusion which is created when you enter the world of the mind, and become identified with the story that is unfolding there. If you believe in your thoughts, memories, imaginings, ideas, concepts and beliefs as being somehow true, you will find yourself imprisoned within the mind and disconnected from the present moment.
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