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Jeff Hutner

On Becoming a "Nowie"
by Jeff Hutner

In the sixties there were Hippies. In the 80's, Yuppies and in the new millennium, a new mutation of humans gained momentum--The Nowies. Rooted in the present, these individuals are easily identified by their unwillingness to become attached to thoughts, people, or things. They simply live in the moment. Easier said than done.

We live in a culture of distractions designed to alleviate the psychic pain and stress most people are assaulted by each day. Many of us have become trapped by past events projected onto the blank canvas of the present. People and events that have negatively impacted our lives continue to be replayed over and over in new forms until we learn how to break that cycle. Fear of things to come is also a projection on our white screen of the moment. This future worry is also associated with the past since it hasn't happened yet and, therefore, must relate to something we have taken in that might lead to a dangerous situation sometime or somewhere. In either event, past or future projections on the present tend to deaden the moment and make it and us a shadow of true potential.

Being totally absorbed in the present moment--now and now--is the source of our aliveness, joy and creativity. It is the place in which manifestation takes place. The cost of not being present in the moment is our aliveness. Artists and athletes are great examples of individuals who enjoy the openness and potentiality of the now. Artists create their most powerful work when they transcend past and future and become totally absorbed in the moment. Athletes speak of being in the flow and of accomplishing things they normally couldn't do.

Living in the moment is largely about getting out of the way and allowing our intelligence, intuition and the flow of life to intersect. In the wonderful film, Amazing Grace and Chuck, Amazing Grace is a professional basketball player and Chuck is a young baseball player who befriends Amazing, when he refuses to play anymore baseball until there are no more missiles. In their initial meeting Chuck asks Amazing how he makes three point shots. Amazing tells him that he dribbles the ball towards the basket, stops, lines up the shot, and "then I disappear." Getting out of the way and "disappearing" are part of being present. Total absorption in the moment can be seen in children playing, that is, until they are told that they must put away their toys and prepare for the "real" world. We all suffer in varying degrees from this intuitive space of play in the moment and the outer world's imposition of its rules, dogma, and peer pressure that fills our heads with a paradigm that is anything by present oriented.

Television, wristwatches, and schedules all impose an order that traps us in time. Yes there is much useful information to be learned and it is critical that we don't lose our connection to the moment. In The Nowie handbook, I've attempted to provide reminders of the sacred nature of the moment, for without it, I believe we are lost. As reality appears to be speeding up, with more and more happening in less and less time, our sense of spaciousness, in which we can immerse ourselves, is disappearing for many.

The wide use of meditation and yoga practices are indicators of a deep need for connection with the now, free from the past and future. My "Nowie" handbook is designed to remind us that power, creativity and expression all live in the moment. and the quotes are reminders we can use to return to that place through conscious attention.

May you enjoy your journey to the now.

© Copyright Jeff Hutner 2002.  All Rights Reserved.

The following quotes reflect the now in history and provide an insight into the evolution of now consciousness:

The now in which God created the first man and the Now in which the last man will disappear and the Now in which I am speaking—all are the same in God, and there is only one Now. —Meister Eckhart

Be Here Now, which was the title of one of my books, is a spiritual method. When you are in the moment, the moment is...it’s like baklava....it’s got planes of consciousness...just this moment … this moment… this moment. Just take the moment and go into it and you go into a place in your own being where you are God....not the only one...we are all God. It’s in the Hindu religion, we say that is the atman, and you go fully into the atman, when you go into the moment. You know life is full of moments...the birds singing, the traffic moving….atman. -- Ram Dass

The future is a concept--it doesn't exist! There is no such thing as tomorrow! There never will be because time is always now. That's one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now. -- Alan Watts

When we are quiet, a Presence can be felt. It is the single soul of all people. It seems to be from within, but it is equally without. This Presence has character, and the words we might use to describe that character include loving, generous, peaceful, clear, caring, respectful. To the degree that our behavior reflects these qualities is the degree to which that Presence is alive within us. --Robert Rabbin

To act as a superior man, a samurai of relationship, you must feel the entire situation with your whole body. A closed body is unable to sense subtle cues and signals, and therefore unable to act with mastery in the moment. -- David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man

The purpose of life is to be in the present moment and enjoy each step you make. -- Thich Nhat Hanh, poet

Staying in the present prevents my getting stuck in the fear of the past or future. -- Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. & Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D., Simple Thoughts That Can Change Your Life

The world is new to us every morning—this is God’s gift, and every person should believe he is reborn every day. -- Ba’al Shem Tov

Jeff Hutner
Jeff Hutner is an Ojai, California based evolutionary business writer and consultant, master networker, musician, and the founding editor of New Paradigm Digest, a window on emerging culture. He is currently completing two books, one on living in the moment from which these quotes are taken and a second of evolutionary wisdom for business. In April 2002, he embarked on a trip around the US to conduct video interviews with "Practical Visionaries" from many disciplines. Email:



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