You know how you can hear the same idea over and over, but suddenly someone says it in a way that you finally go, “Oh! Now I get it!”? This happened to me with one of my favorite Buddhist authors, Rigdzin Shikpo in his book, ‘Never Turn Away.’ In a chapter about the concept of time, he talks about how the past and future can only exist in the present. What I finally understood was the fact that everything is always present. There is nothing but the present. This isn’t to say that the past is irrelevant, or that the future isn’t worth planning. What he was telling me pointed to the fact that thinking about the past or future is happening right now, in this present moment. When I think about that playground fight in grade school, I’m thinking about it now. When I’m planning my next vacation, I’m planning it in the now. It’s always now.
Understanding this gives us a powerful opportunity to shape our relationship to the past, as well as putting us in a position to craft our future. Because thinking about our past is happening now, we can choose how we want to relate to this past. We can choose – right now – if we want to let the past continue to affect our present. We can begin to choose how we want to feel now by changing how we relate to the past – now. Unfortunately, this doesn’t come easy.
We’ve evolved to be very efficient in anticipating what’s going to happen in the future, be it the very next moment, or how events might play out in the near future. The vast majority of our thoughts and emotions are the products of a brain evolved to predict. We’re biologically built to anticipate what a set of events might bring, or how we will feel about a given situation. These predictions can become so efficient and quick, that we don’t even notice they are happening. They feel like reality – like truth – but may not be based on what actually is happening in the moment.
But it’s possible to gain a significant amount of control over this predictive process and begin to shift how we feel now and how we will feel in the future. Neurosculpting gives us tools with which we can gain control of this predictive process and begin to shape our world into the one we want, and it puts us in the driver’s seat to allow our present selves to decide what meaning the past will have for us. A Neurosculpting meditation practice employs the natural biology of our brains to gain control and orchestrate this natural predictive process.
Shikpo says, “Through meditation we undermine the clinging that distorts and twists our experience in such a profound way.” “Past, present, and future come to have a totally different value and meaning, and everything is experienced in a brighter, more vivid, and more truthful way.”
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Spending his life hell-bent on finding real keys to inner peace and a fulfilling life, Travis has finally discovered a few of them. Neurosculpting is one of those keys…a very major key. He’s found Neurosculpting to be fun, easy to do, and definitely effective at clearing hidden blocks that keep us from moving forward.