From the Master of Kadosh (June, 2018)

posted Jun 8, 2018, 1:32 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Fraternal greetings!  We will meet at Fibber Magees Irish pub at noon on June 2nd to enjoy the Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival  !  I will be planning a trip to the Rosicrucian museum in the up coming months.

Living in the Present Moment

Last year I had the privilege of reading Eckhart Tolle’s seminal book The Power of Now, and it impacted my life in a very positive way.  The primary premise of the book is to be present, aware, and conscious in the current moment.  Too many times in our lives, we tend to either live in the past or the future.  Fixating on past events.  Thinking about positive or negative events in the past.  Looking forward to our next vacation.  Just counting the minutes till our work day is over and we can finally start living.  The challenge is, that if we live in the past or the future, we are missing the abundant life that’s unfolding in the current moment.  The only thing that truly exists is the current moment.  Time is just a series of moments, and the only true moment that exists is RIGHT NOW.

By viewing our current experiences through the lens of past experience or future possibilities, we often miss the reality of the what’s occurring in the current moment, and as such we lose the essence of reality and are blind to the possibilities the current moment offers.  We are all guilty of going somewhere, say a Scottish Rite stated meeting, and thinking about how previous meetings were in the past.  We often view current events through the lens of the past.  As such if we don’t experience the present moment we might miss great opportunities to have new experiences and interactions.

Being present is also an essential part of relationships.  We view people through the lens of how they acted in the past.  We sometimes predict that someone might exhibit a negative behavior, based on past experience, and as such we actively look for that negative behavior and we don’t notice the positive aspects of that person.  By not giving space to a person, and by viewing them through the lens of the past, we often miss the positive behaviors and attributes of that person.  Additionally, how many times have you had a conversation with someone and they seem to be so distracted from the events of the day or upcoming events that you don’t truly connect and communicate?  People are too consumed by their phone or too distracted in their thoughts to experience the present moment.  How damaging this is to our relationships?  We all have a million responsibilities and things vying for our attention, but if we just put everything aside, focus on the current moment, realize that there is nothing to do except be in this moment with the person you are communicating with, and provide space and non-judgement, based on past events, then how great will our relationships and lives improve? 


Therefore, I encourage each and every one of you to focus on the current moment.  Experience what the current moment in this life has to offer.  Provide space and attention in your relationships, from your close family members to the lady at the supermarket checkout counter and see how your life and those around you improve.  We all have a duty as Mason’s to chip away at the rough and superfluous parts of our rough ashlars, and this is a great way to work toward our smooth and polished ashlars.

Best Fraternal Regards,