“The Path to Nowhere…” is not only half of the title of today’s talk, it’s only half the story. The full title is “The Path to Nowhere is the Path to Now Here,” and the full story is there is nowhere for us to go, nowhere we can go, to find God. God is everywhere right now including right where we are, and God is Love. God lives in us and we live in God right here, right now.

That space within the word “nowhere” (between the “w” and the “h”) is important to the meaning of the talk, just as space is important on every level of our life experience. For instance, a space between words makes them readable. Space is important to our physical, mental and emotional comfort in this human environment. As far as our body is concerned, none of us likes to feel crowded where we can’t freely move around or to have our personal space invaded. Like a newborn baby, we like to stretch and feel our own free-space. And, mentally and emotionally, we all want and need the space to be who are without the opinions of others, or our own self-doubt, impinging upon our freedom of self-expression.

As spiritual beings, space is vital to our ever-expanding awareness of who we are and what life is. And it is the space between our thoughts that offers us just that—greater and greater awareness of the Love that is Life and the Life that is the Love that we are one with forever. As we talked about last Sunday, there is a space between human thoughts that emanates a Love that is “not of this world.” It also emanates a Peace, a Joy, a Knowing, an Awareness, and a Freedom that is not of this world and not dependent upon It.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event—through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you—ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from Consciousness Itself, and thus is one with who you are.” We become aware of that space of Conscious Joy that is one with who we are (that we are one with) when our mind is quiet. That silent space is like a blue, blue sky. It seems empty because It doesn’t contain the clouds of any thoughts we’ve thought before. Yet, it is infinitely full of the silent possibilities for new thoughts to be thought by us—new thoughts about our self and new thoughts about this life we’re living.

William Butler Yeats wrote, “The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” When we’re not fully focused on, or distracted by, thoughts we’ve thought before (i.e., habits of thought, repetitive thoughts), when we’re not full of our opinions about the world around us, in those moments when we just let our self feel free to Be with no other goal or agenda but to be fully Present and appreciative right where we are, a more expansive beauty within our surroundings shows up, and a greater awareness of the preciousness of life arises in our perception of it. Life appears as the Magical Miracle of Creation that It Is.

That space is the space of “Now” where Unlimited Life is freely and joyously occurring in every realm of Creation, including this Earth Realm and our life in It. Now is where the Yet-to-Be-Known awaits our knowing of It. Now is where our power lies because it’s where All Power Is. Our spiritual power, our power to choose, and our power to experience a life we enjoy living moment-to-moment won’t come along someday. It’s here TODAY.

Sometimes we think of “Now” as a position on the clock, like high noon or midnight, a minute we can point to. But there’s a difference between a minute in time and the moment that is NOW. Now is the immeasurable space between our human thoughts. It’s the space between our last opinion and our next thought. It is where Awareness is always fresh, new and spontaneous. There is only one time that truly exists in our life, and It is beyond time. It is the Present Moment in which we have the opportunity to decide something. Yesterday has already been decided and tomorrow’s decisions can’t be made yet. It’s where we can change our mind just by allowing our self the mental free-space to see things differently than we have before.

All of us can do it. The challenge is that most of us think we’re fully present when we’re actually locked in the recycle mode of old thoughts. We’re thinking about where we’ve been or where we’re going, often regretting what was or worrying about what might happen. Or, we’re thinking about what we’ve said or what we’re going to say when the other person stops talking. When we’re not fully Present where we are, Now (the only space where Life is actually happening) is covered in a fog of thoughts from there to here and here to there. It’s murky with memories of years gone by, and clouded with our need each day to get from morning to night and accomplish what we believe needs to get done in between. We miss the Life that is ours to experience NOW.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself. Yet people live as if the opposite were true and treat the present moment as a stepping stone to the next moment, a means to an end.” Because we are Eternal Beings there is no end goal to our life journey. There’s no place we need to get to, no place our path stops, so there’s no end for us to need a means for.

We don’t need to do whatever we’re doing at any time in order to get anywhere else spiritually. Even though we see form, and have a form, we’ve never left the formless dimension that creates form (including our own). The Unlimited Consciousness that is one with who we are, because It is the One we are, doesn’t go away even while we’re here in time and space having the time of our life.

We live in a world that thrives on achieving goals, accomplishing tasks, and reaching destinations. We’re taught at an early age that if we’re not striving to get somewhere in our life, if we don’t have goals to reach, if we don’t have a cause we’re fighting for, we’ll never make anything of our self (and some of us may believe we haven’t yet).

But we’re already made, drawn since before time with the ever-lasting Love of our Maker, Whose Power rests in the Eternal Space of Now with all of us. Our true Self hasn’t gone anywhere and isn’t going anywhere. Its here now. We just need to own It, and live It here now. We’re here to express as much of It as we can. We’re not here to effort, strive, struggle, or suffer for any reason. That doesn’t get us anywhere, especially not a better place we’ve earned in heaven!

There’ s no final exam for us to pass, no ultimate accomplishment that’s required, for us to enter the Infinite depth and breadth of the endless expansion of our own Eternal Existence. All we need to do is to stop arguing for our limitations. Ours is a never-ending path of Self-Discovery, and we are perfect just as we are with each step. We don’t have to work at being our Self. We just need to let our Self Be.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You’re not here as inferior beings trying to catch up with this heavenly God–you are this heavenly God in this heavenly body here on planet Earth in this Leading Edge time-space reality.” We’re on a Journey without distance and without end, and we are exactly where we’re meant to be right now. We are perfectly placed along our path to Nowhere. So we might as well enjoy the Journey, and rest here (rather than hereafter) in the Peace of Now.

You might be thinking, “If I don’t worry about the world and try to fix it, who will?” The answer is there are lots of people worrying about the world and trying to fix it, and making it worse with every worried thought and every angry action.

We could choose to look at our Earth Journey like taking a walk along a beautiful path where we have no particular destination in mind and nothing weighing on our mind—no worries about the seriousness of Life; no worries about a time frame for when our walk might end; no concerns that there’s somewhere else we should be or need to be—just enjoying the journey as we look around us with appreciation for where we are and what’s possible to see, and yet still feeling excited about what’s next.

Kahlil Gibran wrote, “The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in things while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.” When we’re happy right where we are, we see magic and beauty everywhere along our path. Happiness allows the timeless presence of Now to arise in our awareness and we are conscious of the fresh, new and spontaneous Nature of Life. We’re able to rest in the Infinite Space of Peace and the indescribable wisdom and goodness of our own mind. Then we are able to look at the world with fresh eyes and hear things with fresh ears.

Emily Dickinson wrote, “Forever is composed of Nows.” If we want to live happily-ever-after, we better do it Now because we can only do it one happy moment at a time.