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The Nature of Time
by Aja
Time is said to consist of the past, the present and the future. But who has ever experienced these? The past is only a memory and the future is an idea. Even the present is only a concept. There is only the eternal now. Any thought of the past is only a thought that occurs in the Now. Any idea of the future is only a thought that occurs in the Now. No one has ever experienced the past. No one will ever experience the future. All that is, is the eternal Now.

It is only the thoughts that break up this single infinite moment. As you let go of the ideas of past and future, and even of the present, you can surrender into the Now. This now is infinite and eternal. It is the Reality of what is. You will find that the moment is perfect and complete.

Nothing is needed in this Now.

Nothing is missing in this Now.

Everything is included in this Now.

Whatever happens is only occuring in this Now.

Past, Present and Future are only arising in this Now.

You have never left this Now.

You ARE this infinite, eternal Now.

If you are unsure of this, try to find when the past changes into the Now, or when the Now changes into the future. Recognize that your entire life has been one eternal Now. It is the one constant. The body changes and the thoughts of the mind have changed. But Now has ever been constant. Surrender into the Awareness of this Now and all is perfect. For the Now is free from limitations. It is free from sorrow. It is the nature of perfect peace and freedom. Be open to the totality of the now and it opens into infinite awareness.

As the Ashtavakra Samhita says, “When you let go of the body idea, and remain in and as Awareness, even NOW (or only NOW), then you are peaceful, happy, and free from bondage!”

Love & Blessings,


Aja is a teacher of non-duality living in Portland. He may be reached at the ATMA Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the direct recognition of Absolute Awareness, Tel. (503) 690-9513. To receive Aja's regular email teachings, email: or visit their website at