Entering the Now: The Timeless State of Consciousness
When every cell of your body is so present that it feels vibrant with life, and when you can feel that life every moment is a joy of Being, then it can be said that you are free of time. To be free of time is to be free of psychological need of the past for your identity and the future for your fulfillment. It represents the most profound transformation of consciousness that you can imagine.
When you have had your first few glimpses of the timeless state of consciousness, you begin to move back and forth between the dimensions of time and presence. First you become aware of just how rarely your attention is truly in the Now. But to know that you are not present is a great success: That knowing is presence - even if initially it only lasts for a couple of seconds of clock time before it is lost again.
Then, with increasing frequency, you choose to have the focus of your consciousness in the present moment rather than in the past or future, and whenever you realize that you had lost the Now, you are able to stay in it not just for a couple of seconds, but for longer periods as perceived from the external perspective of the clock time.
So before you are firmly established in the state of presence, which is to say, before you are fully conscious, you shift back and forth for a while between consciousness and unconsciousness between the state of presence and the state of mind identification. You lose the Now, and you return to it, again and again. Eventually presence becomes your predominant state.
– Eckhart Tolle