Excerpt About Presence
Presence in the Present is the Meaning of Being... the totality of the cosmos is pure existence, pure Being. This means recognizing not only that presence is essence inside of you, but recognizing that everything is presence. This is what is meant by stating that reality is existence, is Being, is presence. Presence is directly experiential; this presence in the present, in the now, is the meaning of Being. This presence in the now is not the juncture between the past and future; the present moment is the entry into the presence of Being, but it is not time. Presence exists only in the moment and not in the past or the future. Even physical reality is presence, but we do not ordinarily perceive this because we are looking only at the surface without perceiving its other levels. It is like perceiving only the skin of an onion and eliminating the rest of it, so you can take an onion to be brittle and stiff and believe that it has no soft and juicy part.