The present moment is all there ever is – everything else is only thought, memories of the past and visions of the future. There is a constant dialogue with the past and the future here in the present, with the unfolding future informing what occurs each moment and our ever changing perception of the past affecting our experience of the present moment – all occurring at the same time yet ever changing.

Many sages have told us throughout history that this present moment is all we have. There is no past – only our memories of it. And there’s no future – only our thoughts of what we can imagine it to be. Actual experience only occurs in the present moment. Anything else is only a thought, even if that thought is the memory of an actual event. We can only ever experience the present moment and it is constantly occurring, providing us the opportunity to gain awareness and shift our perception in each moment. As such, we can “re-imagine” the past and give events new meaning in the present.

If we could view our lives from their end, we would see them holistically and understand the logic of the otherwise seemingly random components. By stepping up to a higher level of awareness, the view of our entire lifetime, we step outside of linear time to see everything at once and in so doing gain a clarity and understanding not possible when still looking at the individual events.

In much the same way, universal consciousness does not experience movement from one object or experience to another. It is always the eternal moment of now. Everything that can possibly happen in the universe, the past, the present and the future, are all running simultaneously. All of time is occurring at once. We only experience linear time in order to bring some degree of logic and perception to this timelessness of infinity.

From this view of non-linear time the future can actually reach back to us here in the present to inform the choices we are making that will impact that future ahead of us. Likewise, our choices and actions in the present reach back into the past to influence those before us from the opportunities we are realizing here in the present, making this moment possible. In this manner the present, the future and the past are in a constant dialogue and co-creation of each precious, present moment.

Time is actually circular in nature, revolving around the perfection that is already this present moment. We move from experiencing the linear time of our separate sense of “I”, through a collective experience where the sense of time becomes more fluid, into a place where time stands still, until we reach the eternal moment of “no time” where we merge with the knowledge of what we are becoming. And we realize that everything is always perfect just as it is – in this present moment of now.

Author's Bio: 

Barry Lipscomb is a writer, healer and mentor with a mission to empower people to reach their potential. Through a practice of Focalizing, Chakra Cleansing, Blessings and Rituals, he works with clients to heal what prevents them from realizing their potential, mentor them along their journey to a more meaningful life and explore the possibilities for a successful, prosperous and abundant future, creating a more sustainable life for his clients and our world. For more information visit my website at