Look at a
flower. We see it now. We behold its form now. We
are aware of the flower, right here, right now; but
suppose we think about something else while looking
at the flower. Think about that big bill that is
past due and worry a little. What seems to happen
to the awareness of the flower? We are not as aware
of it as before, are we? We are looking at it with
eyes that hardly see. It seems fuzzy, hardly
noticed, but the same rose is there; the same
beauty, the same form, the same grace and
magnificent delicacy is right before us to be
beheld and enjoyed, but we hardly see it. We are
too busy worrying about the bill. We are too busy
The bill is not now. All that is now is the
awareness of the rose. The rose in all its
loveliness is now. The bill is nothing more than a
memory that is not in this now-awareness unless we
choose to put it there.
We see that thinking is like a a film spread over
the eyes; like a mist that covers the whole face of
the land; like a veil; like looking at the flower
and everything else through a glass
the rose again. It is here, within Awareness which
is aware now. The time of Awareness is always now.
Right now, Awareness includes a rose. Look at it
closely. See it with rapt and undivided attention.
behold with enthusiasm! This is beauty here and
now! While so aware, can we be aware of worry, fear
or grief in the same now? Are we? Absolutely not!
the "return" to "now" is an automatic departure
from the not-now, past and future.
As we shall point out in the coming pages, now is
always all right! it is filled with beauty, grace
and magnificence, containing no sight, sound nor
sensation that is not absolutely harmless and
altogether perfect. You shall very soon see and
understand even before you finish this
volume now is filled with peace, serenity,
sassy and sparkling happiness. It is filled to
running over with everything one thinks he
So, as we turn from the memory of the past and
dreams of the future as we turn from
thinking we are neither ignoring Reality
[as the world contends] nor burying our
heads in the sand to escape the "press of
circumstances". Contrariwise, we find ourselves
returning to the perfection at hand, to discover
anew that now is all that is real and all we ever
need to be concerned with!
Here "troubles" are not ignored, nor is a home or
business neglected. Here we see with the clarity
with which the rose is seen when we are not
weighted down with fear and with consternation.
here we see things as they are, and accordingly,
know better what to do.
Have you heard these words?: "Behold, now! Now is
the time. Now is the day of salvation. Now I am
with you always. The kingdom is here and now. You
can tell the signs in the sky but you do not know
to test this now. Now are we the sons of God. Now!
Now! Here and now! I will never leave you nor
Reader, this now, here and now, is a basic fact of
Isness, God, Reality. There is no need to be
over-concerned with a past or future when the
transcendent NOW exists to enjoy and be.
. . . ? "
have just begun to hear about and ponder the
transcendent nature of now are ever anxious to
create hypothetical situations and present them to
us in the gravest tones to see how "this new way of
looking at things" will take care of it. "But, what
if such and so...?" they ask, picturing something
they think most awful. "Suppose you should see this
or that horrible mess, what would you do then?"
they ask, to see how we will rationalise or explain
away a situation that is not even a part of this
now in the first place except as a harmless
Over-concern with the not-now is a portion of the
farcical foolishness that has us in the habit of
overlooking the beauty, wonder and perfection of
the moment. Jesus admonished those who questioned
Him along these lines to "look on the living One
[the now-awareness] as long as you live
..." He likened their concern about the not-now to
Reader, before I found Tranquility, I had to
concede honestly that I was ever concerned with the
present now-awareness, alone and only. I had to see
that all speculation about a not-now was a silly
waste, tending to hide the beauty of the moment. It
is the business of dreaming, wondering and
worrying, so to speak, that appears to present a
confused now in need of correction. To stick to the
now is to find it perfect, without need of
perfection and containing nothing to
When these hypothetical situations are tossed into
my lap, I can only ask where is any of it happening
in this here-and-now? To those who persist in
struggling with the not-now, I say again as it was
said before, "You have dismissed the living One-Now
that is before you and have spoken about a corpse."
[Thomas, Log. 52]