Overcoming the Urgent Present
Updated: Feb 7
“Dress me slowly, I’m in a hurry.”
This concept comes from Don Quixote de La Mancha when he is asking his esquire, Sancho Panza, to put on his armor slowly, because he is in a hurry to get to battle. Given the mantra of a slowing down significance, anytime you are rushing and trying to do too much in too little time, you are late, or you are in some kind of urgency, then you intuitively slow down. Why? When you are in the urgent present you become accident prone and defocused from the objective at hand by the anxiety that you emanate. By slowing down and paying attention to the present, you focus on the moment and paradoxically become more efficient.
The urgent present has to be explained with the future present grammatical tense which is not used very often in language. So, this is really talking about something that is going to happen in the future that you are considering in the present. So for example, grammatically, the future present tense is, “I will have finished the job by Wednesday.” By using that concept, we can create a state of mind as if we were in the future, while we are in the present. That’s what I call the future present, from the grammar to the actual brain dimension that I am trying to create.
So knowing that the brain functions “as if”, based on the reality that you present, you can create that condition allowing the brain to function as if we were in the future. The reason for the ‘as if’ is that the cognition knows if we are in the past, present, or future, but the brain reaction functions ‘as if’ based on the timespace that you create. For example, you can go back to the past of a bad memory and you will have the physiology as if it were happening now. Or you can anticipate something in the future that is pleasant and your physiology will respond as if it were happening now. So in the stage of the present, you can bring the ‘as if’ past or the ‘as if’ future.
The value of doing this in the future is that you have no experience of how the condition should be. If you go to the past you have a history and context that will interfere if you wanted to change something that has already happened. But in the future present, you are creating the experience and the physiology to accompany the experience. From here, in a meditative or contemplative state, we can create an as if future and then create the scenario that we want whether it is related to health, relationships, or any challenge you have in your life. As you create that scenario in the future present, your physiology will respond to it and now you have a template of something that has not yet happened. You have a psychoneuroimmunological (PNI) reaction of something that has not happened.
Then you bring that experience to the present and you act as if it already happened in the present. You have PNI that goes along with it, but you need to create evidence so the neuromaps will grow. One of the questions would be “How would this future present be different than wishful thinking or manifestation?” Wishful thinking is hoping for something that has not been embodied. Manifestation is expecting something that has not been brought into the felt meaning needed to enact change.
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