From the Editor: Living in the Now


It’s not an easy undertaking, what spiritual leader Christine Day is asking us to do.

Her guidance, revealed in the interview in this issue (also listen to Christine Day on the free Edge Talk Radio podcast on “Inner Views” with Cathryn Taylor on September 10), suggests that our task at hand is to stay present, in this moment, and to let go of all actions that have become so routine in our lives that we do them on automatic pilot mode — including our spiritual rituals.

She also says our focus is to be on ourselves, being present, so we are no longer spinning our wheels trying to change our external world to suit our view of how things should be.

That, she says, is the foundation for self-mastery in this time, being called The Great Shift, as the Earth’s vibrational energy transforms from the third dimension to the fourth and fifth dimensions.

Christine Day’s message reflects the evolution of human consciousness, from a collective slumber, or sleepwalking through life, to an awakening in which the past is nothing more than a story we continue to tell ourselves, and the future is just an imagining of the mind. That leaves us in the still, peaceful place where true life exists, in the present moment.

This message is not new. As noted author and speaker Eckhart Tolle shared in an interview, “the word Buddha comes from the Sanskrit word Budh, meaning, ‘to be awake.'”

“So Buddha,” Tolle says, “is not a name and ultimately not a person, but a state of consciousness. All this implies that humans are potentially capable of living in a state of consciousness compared to which normal wakefulness is like sleeping or dreaming.”

A growing focus on presence is occurring naturally in all walks of life, and we are experiencing this in the Twin Cities. Internationally known author Leonard Jacobson spent time in residence at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, teaching simple steps on how to be present. And coming October 5 is “Presence: Summit,” a daylong experience at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in which a variety of speakers, including Joan Steffend and Cyndi Dale, will assist participants in embodying authenticity and presence (see Happenings Events and read more about the event in the September Edge).

Christine Day’s focus, however, melds being present with what many describe as the ascension process — the transformation of human beings into awakened ones who are able to operate in multiple dimensions simultaneously.

That’s why those who teach psychic development are important. Regular use of intuitive skills helps move us out of the “automatic pilot” way of sleepwalking through life and into a more active way of engaging experiences in the present moment. We find new ways of coping that do not involve falling into past emotional patterns that prove destructive to ourselves and others.

A wealth of opportunity exists to learn more about the changing energetics of the planet and how they are affecting the body. Teachers like Jeannie Hamm with Ascension Spirit (listen to the free Edge Talk Radio podcast at are assisting people in experiencing higher dimensional living.

Personally, I meet all of this change one step at a time. I focus during my daily walks as I learned from the venerable monk Thich Nhat Hanh: We are present with each step.

“Look around,” he says, “and see how vast life is, the trees, the white clouds, the limitless sky. Listen to the birds. Feel the fresh breeze. Life is all around and we are alive and healthy and capable of walking in peace.”


  1. Hello Tim!

    Well, let me toss another thought in here. What I gather from what others and you are saying is: To Be Present, Be Awake, Choose from the present moment….live in the present moment, and awaken to the possibilities, and sense all that is around you.

    Let me tell you about the next step in the evolutionary process of consciousness, both human and spirit.

    To be so in tune to Self, that the trees and the birds and the animals and others, shift their energy and become focused on the powerful Energy of Self, I AM. To go so deep into Self, and maintain the constancy of that deep energy level no matter what I do or where I go, energy is drawn to me!! Fortunately I can handle the energy that flows to me no matter how out of balance it is. The number of individuals that can handle being a magnet, or kind of like a black hole drawing energy into it’s Self are very few. Yet, that is on a smaller scale exactly what happens everyday!

    Take for instance if you have ever been in the company of another person or people, and cannot wait to get out of that environment, you are essentially drawing energy to your Self. When you are choosing to be in the present moment of every moment, you begin to awaken to sense the uncomfortableness. There are many that are so asleep, that they are unable to sense the imbalance of the energy around them. Yet beyond the awakening of Self in the present moment, is the awareness of what type of energy is coming forward and from whom it is flowing also is possible.

    I am so awake and aware within My Self, I can tell you the type of energy and each person is caring with them and whom it is connected to and how long it has been there.

    I can walk into a building and I can tell you how many inbetweener’s/earthbound individuals are in that building, how many men and women there are and their ages and names too.

    The deeper into Self one goes, the more one becomes totally aware of his/her surroundings because the energy in that environment does not hide what it holds. It just begins to flow to me when I invite it to, it shares everything it is.

    Awakening to Self and BEing in the present moment is truly a direction to choose to know. But the Present Moment is layered with levels from which to connect to and become Awake and Aware of many energies of the Universe.

    Ah My Friend, this is just the beginning.
    I AM Ricki Lee Schuster


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