Section One, Entry 7: Moment Point/Present
By Lynda Madden Dahl:
As you know, everything being discussed in Seth Talk is very specific in its purpose. And that purpose is to lead us past the haphazard and unenlightened constructions we seem to stumble into, the ones that reflect back to us an unsafe, not consciously directed, personal reality. And to do that we really need to understand how creation happens. How else can we possibly expect to consciously direct our existence if we don’t even have a handle on all aspects of the creative process, not just the few highlighted in pop metaphysical culture?
We’re not talking here about just consciously creating a goal now and then through focused thought, which many of us have done. We’re talking about creating a continuous reality that is safe and trustworthy. Not one without challenges, but one where the challenges aren’t driven into existence because of one or more fears, or because of a belief in a lack of safety and an inherently uncontrollable pattern of cause and effect.
And the only way to do that, according to Seth, is to change our understandings and beliefs about the nature of time. It always gets back to time. Living a safe universe consistently and consciously cannot happen without accepting, and then using, a uniquely fuller definition of time. Here in Seth Talk we’ve been working on that issue, and will continue to, ad infinitum. And today’s subject, the moment point, will catapult us right smack into that central premise of Seth’s. You know, the one where linear time/cause and effect is a non-starter?
So, first let’s take a look at how Seth defines the moment point for himself and his colleagues. He says, “Our work, development and experience all take place within what I term the moment point. The moment point is the framework within which we have our psychological experience.” And what should fully rivet our attention is this nugget from Seth about our realities: “Here, within the moment point, the smallest thought is brought to fruition, the slightest possibility explored, the probabilities thoroughly examined, the least or the most forceful feeling entertained.”
Seth uses the moment point exactly like we do. Remember, as discussed in a previous Seth Talk or two, creation isn’t different for consciousnesses focused in different realities. In fact, the pieces, if you will, are identical for all consciousness – and “all” obviously includes us. So, like Seth, we work in the moment point. It’s the framework within which we explore our psychological potential. All choices are made here. All significances are selected here. All suggestion is applied here. All action happens here. Therefore, all reality is created and met here.
The unassailable fact is that we are personalities which reside in the spacious present, always using the moment point for our immediate focus, which is our only focus. There really is no place to reside in linear time because it quite literally does not exist other than in camouflage form in the spacious present. That’s why pandering to linear time is self-limiting. Linear time is an hallucinated circumstance, which, when bought into without question or attempts to see and act beyond it, limits our comprehension of ourselves, which limits our experience. As Richard Bach so aptly put it, “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”
Given the importance of the moment point, let’s take a closer look at it and what it means to creating a safe universe.
Seth says, “As I have said that the walls of your house do not actually exist as such, so the time divisions that you have placed within the spacious present (that represent past and future) do not exist.” And, “The moment point is the creative framework through which you constantly form corporeal reality; and through that window into earthly existence you form both its future and its past.”
To help us grasp the significance of the moment point, a quick review. Action is the creative force of All That Is, from which all materializations come. Action only happens in the spacious present, which is the only time there is. Action is directed through suggestion, the pointer, if you will, to our significances, or what is significant to us.
Now let’s wrap in the moment point. It is the window in which we frame our mental acts, the ones that compose our suggestions. What happens in the moment point determines the end result of the creative process. That is, mental acts in the moment point become suggestions which direct action, which lead to our materializations. You might say the moment point is our window of opportunity, if used properly. Actually, you might say the moment point is the only window of opportunity we’ll ever get. It’s also the window of inopportunity, if used sloppily. Think haphazard and unenlightened constructions, think an unsafe universe.
So, what do we create in the moment point? How about everything? Take the past, for instance. Seth says what we give significance to in the moment point quite literally reorganizes what we think of as our past, thereby constantly changing it. See, the supposed past is created in the spacious present in the moment point, just like the future is, because the spacious present is the only time there is, and because creation is never stagnant or over, thanks to action.
Remember, each action terminates the previous action, it doesn’t build on it. If it built on it, then we’d be talking linear time. But the fact is that each action is a fresh creation, completely different than the previous one. That is, each action is a whole new reality. And that new reality has a new past and a new future, because the past and future are determined by the present action, which creates that whole new reality.
And also remember that our subjectivity is what brings continuity to our experiences, not a time sequence (Seth Talk #4). To explain it from a practical perspective, think about a present belief in victimization. A belief is subjective, as are all mental acts, so a present belief in victimization sets up the supposed past with events that mirror the belief. And, oh so helpfully, it also sets up our future to reflect that belief. That’s called, by Seth, subjective continuity.
So, break the continuity, change the past. That’s quite literally how spontaneous faith healings occur. To explain, Seth says, “A sudden or intense belief in health can indeed ‘reverse’ a disease, but in a very practical way it is a reversal in terms of time.” A new belief in the present breaks the composite of subjective continuity of moment-point thinking, and voilà, a new past emerges. It has to, because the new belief is action, and action terminates the previous action, creating a whole new reality, with it’s own past and future.
As Seth tells us, “It should appear obvious from what I am saying that neither future nor past is predetermined. From your platform of poised now-experience, you alter both the past and the future, and that alteration, that change, that action, causes your point of immediate sense life.” And that’s why Seth consistently calls the present the point of power. He says, among other things, “The truth is this: You form your reality now, through the intersection of soul in flesh, and the present is your point of power.”
Although you’ve read them in other Seth Talk entries, both of the following quotes fit in perfectly with the subject of the moment point, and are an exclamation point way of emphasizing the awesome power of our mental acts and how, when used wisely and well, can lead us to living a safe universe. They are also a nice way to end today’s session: ”You must become consciously aware of what you tell yourself is true every moment of the day, for that is the reality that you project outward.” And, “You must understand that each mental act is a reality for which you are responsible.”
Okay, on to some of Seth’s quotes on the moment point and present, which explain so much more than I did here. And see you next time when we’ll talk about probabilities and how they play into the moment point, which plays into expanding our notion and definition of the self, which plays into living a safe universe.
Seth on the Moment Point/Present
- In your terms, the moment point, the present, is the point of interaction between all existences and reality. All probabilities flow through it.
- The moment point is the creative framework through which you constantly form corporeal reality; and through that window into earthly existence you form both its future and its past.
- Your past, present and future are all compressed in any given moment point of your experience. Any such moment is therefore a gateway into all of your existence.
- (Seth) Our work, development and experience all take place within what I term the moment point.
- (Seth) The moment point is the framework within which we have our psychological experience.
- Here, within the moment point, the smallest thought is brought to fruition, the slightest possibility explored, the probabilities thoroughly examined, the least or the most forceful feeling entertained.
- The present as you think of it, and in practical working terms, is that point at which you select your physical experience from all those events that could be materialized.
- You must understand that your present is the point at which flesh and matter meet with the spirit. Therefore the present is your point of power in your current lifetime.
- The truth is this: You form your reality now, through the intersection of soul in flesh, and the present is your point of power.
- The present is your point of action, focus and power, and from that point of volition you form both your future and past.
- It should appear obvious from what I am saying that neither future nor past is predetermined. From your platform of poised now-experience, you alter both the past and the future...
- You rule your experiences from the focal point of your present, where your beliefs directly intersect with the invisible world from which you draw your energy and strength.
- Your present beliefs are like the directions given to the entire personality, simultaneously organizing and reorganizing past and future experience according to your current concepts of reality.
- Your physical circumstances change automatically as your beliefs do. The point of power is in the present, and from that moment you choose which you, and which world.
- At any point that an individual realizes his point of power in the present, he will not need a barrier to test himself against, or to focus him in what he thinks of as the proper direction.
- From the present you have hypnotized yourself, viewing the past not as it was to your experience, but as it appears now in the light of your current beliefs. You have reconstructed it. So when I tell you to restructure your past, I am not telling you to do something that you have not already done
- Past events do not intrude (into the present) unless they are beckoned by the conscious expectations and thoughts that exist within your mind.
- The point of power is not in the past unless you abjectly decide to acquiesce to worn-out beliefs that no longer serve you.
- By changing the past in your mind, now, in your present, you can change not only its nature but its effect, and not only upon yourself but others.
- The fact is that there are probable past events that "can still happen" within your personal previous experience. A new event can literally be born in the past—now.
- Whatever your circumstances, you use the past as a rich source, looking through it for your successes, restructuring it.
- When you search the past looking for what is wrong, then you become blind to what was right, so that the past only mirrors the shortcomings that now face you. Since basically past and future exist at once, you are at the same time dangerously constructing your future along the same lines.
- Cellular memory can be changed at any point. Present beliefs can insert into the past new memory, both psychologically and physically.
- It is truer to say that heredity operates from the future backward into the past, than it is to say that it operates from the past into the future.
- A sudden or intense belief in health can indeed "reverse" a disease, but in a very practical way it is a reversal in terms of time. New memories are inserted in place of the old ones, as far as cells are concerned under such conditions.
- …a strong belief in a particular ability generated in the present will reach into the past and effect whatever changes would have had to occur there in order to now make the ability apparent.
- You may say, "I was born in a house on a certain street in a certain town, and no present belief to the contrary will change that fact." If, in the present, one past event can be altered within your neuronal structure, however, then basically no event is safe from such change.
- To rid yourself of annoying restrictions then…you re-pattern your past from the present.
- Your desire or belief will literally be reaching back into time, teaching the nerves new tricks. Definite reorganizations in that past will occur in your present, allowing you to behave in entirely new fashions.
- It should appear obvious from what I am saying that neither future nor past is predetermined. From your platform of poised now-experience, you alter both the past and the future, and that alteration, that change, that action, causes your point of immediate sense life.