Exactly. Or if you require more explanation to comprehend it.
Between every stimulus (the past) and your response (the present) to it is a space of freedom to choose. That is if you are self-aware, has got imagination, conscience and independent will.
As you know, everything exists in cause-effect scenario, that is why there is no chance, no luck, no chaos, no coincidences, but only one big synchronicity.
The past has NOTHING to do with the present. YOUR CHOICE DOES.
And understand that in the process of making a choice, you could just as well completely ignore the past events as if they didn't happen. If you were in fact self-aware to such degree you could let go of your own reality which imposes emotional strings and attachments to things around you.
answered 21 Aug '12, 02:55
In order to be fully present, we must leave our past behind. I think where people get caught up in words rather than meaning. Yes we are a product of our past, but we don't need to allow our present to be controlled by our past. When we are fully present, we are a product of Now regardless of our past.
Even while reliving the past Now, we are Now a product of Now which is reliving the past. Every moment we have a choice to keep our old beliefs or drop them and what new beliefs we want to accept.
Now is the key to freedom from the prison of our mind.
answered 21 Aug '12, 16:02
i would say if you know the beguinning you will know the end. the pass affect the present and the present affect the future. so only if you are in the present and solve all future event that your decision can make happen over time only then can you truely be in the present: because then your present hold your past and your future. but even then you are not responsible of other people choice that might affect you,example: lose your job because the boss close the company or fire you or the price of things go up because compagny or goverment want to make more profit etc. then you have to be able to include those things in your present moment so they will not affect you to badly. at the worst they will nuke this planet,then the dust will return to the dust and the light to the light. but on a day to day basis do not let darkness affect you let there be light be the light that you can be. experience and enjoy.
answered 20 Aug '12, 20:13
The past has nothing to do with the present???
Does this mean if Hitler won the war today would be no different, our government would be no different? How about if the South won the Civil war, nothing would be different because the past has nothing to do with the present?
How about if Benjamin Franklin never invented electricity, nothing would be different today?
And how about if Edison never invented the light bulb, I guess because the past has nothing to do with the present it would not have mattered to our present if he didn't.
Also if Christopher Columbus never claimed America for Amerigo Vespucci it wouldn't have mattered because the past has nothing to do with the present.
I think the past has everything to do with the present.
Edit After Satori's clarification to me.
@Satori Ahh now that message I agree with. Yes we can never move forwards to our success while always looking backwards to our failures. Learn from it and move on that is how the past matters, to always be learned from so we can move on. But we must never dwell in thoughts of what should have been but in thought of what could be. :-)
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