just another son of God
Agreed! Try to find the present. If you succeed and find it, it is only for an instant. The PT moment becomes the past so fast it makes one wonder if true present time can ever be truly reached.I think this is just a matter of semantics.
Of course, the past is NOT "now". In no way does the past exist in you. But, a being confuses past moments and experiences with the present by putting (largely unconscious) attention on them, and thereby "brings them to life" via active attention.
When an auditor asks, "find some incident in the past", he or she means to locate some memory or thought about some experiences that existed in the past, that of course, you LOOK AT NOW.
I like the view that that one creates one mind, every bit of it, moment by moment, right now in PT. But, the content of this mind, that exists IN PT, includes various significances and importances that include "time stamps" attached to various images and ideas. But every bit of it exists right now, in this moment called "present time".
There is no actual "past", it is always and only an idea, but the IDEA can very much affect you.
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There is a tree in my front yard. I can have an idea of the tree. I can attach all sorts of meanings, significances, values and importances to this tree. The idea of the tree exists in my mind. But, the tree does NOT exist in my mind. The same is true for "the past".
Though time and the past, as things of the mind, exist in a different ways than most other "ideas".