The Still Point

The Still Point

Living in the Now is all to do with remembering the still point at the centre of the spiral or circle.
Imagine a wheel turning around a still point at its centre.
“The outer circumference of the wheel represents passing time. It includes cycles like those of the seasons and the tides, as well as the natural cycle of everything in the creation: that of birth, growth, decay and death. Most of the time human beings move around the circumference and are not aware of the centre. The centre of the wheel represents eternity, or the eternal moment. Unlike the circumference of the wheel, the centre remains still; yet without it, the wheel could not turn.
There are two ways of accessing the still point at the centre of the wheel or circle. There is the gradual movement towards the centre from the edge of the circle; this may be imagined as a spiral, as the circumference of the circle is always moving. This may be seen as a reflection o f a human being’s gradual movement towards inner stillness and peace as a result of practice and insight.
The second access to the central point may take the form of a straight line from the circumference directly to the centre. This represents a sudden realisation, by grace, of the true nature of things, of the eternal Now. Some of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers have described this experience and how their lives were never the same again. In particular they experienced greater happiness and were bemused by the way people take life so seriously when it is there to be enjoyed!
Remember that this is only a diagram. In those moments of stillness and awe that we have all experienced, we have moved directly into the centre of the wheel, which is always present in the Now, even if it was only for a few minutes. That inner stillness is available to everyone all the time; you don’t have to qualify, you just have to be here.” (Chapt 8: The Delusion of Time : Living in the Now by Jill Jacques – available as an Amazon kindle download now)
Be kind and gentle with yourself always.

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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