Past, Present, Future and their Mutual Connection

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Past, Present, Future and their Mutual Connection

To properly grasp the concept of mutual connection between past, present and future, first, we will need to think beyond the existing dimensions and peripheries of existence.
Till the moment you don’t understand the connection between mind, body and soul you won’t be able to understand the mutual connection between past, present and future.

Like a battery, the human mind and body must be fully discharged
to stretch their capacity.” – Preeti Shashank

We will do this in steps, the first step will be to differentiate you’re being from your mind.


What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say “you are not your mind”?
Well, the answer to this question is very tricky, because the first thing that will come will come into your mind and I say you are not your mind. There is no definite explanation to this, one can only experience it individually.

Just to give you an insight of this, we all hear voices in the head all time, where is it coming from? That’s your mind bombarding thoughts to you (sometimes relevant) and when you listen to it, you listen impartially. So, when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in. As you keep listening and go deeper in the voice, sooner or later the voice seems to face away and your thoughts subside making you experiencing a discontinuity of the mental stream and you feel like being in a “no-mind” state. 

This state is also called the pure consciousness state. And at this point, you break away from the realm of thoughts and mind and you just be.

The second step to understand the mutual connection between past, present and future is to  

“Time is an illusion. Time exists only when we think about the past and future. Time does not exist in the present here and now.” – Preeti Shashank


Time and mind are inseparable. Remove time from the mind and it stops unless you chose to use it as we discussed it in the above section.

To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time, the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory. This created an endless preoccupation with past and future and the unwillingness to honour and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds promise. Both are illusions.

But without time how would you function in this world. You can’t hold the record of events and even your identity without the time and hence you think the time is very precious. But in fact, time isn’t precious at all, the only precious thing is one point out of time; the NOW.

The more you are focused on time, the more you are focussed in the past and present and the more you miss the NOW.

There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Secondly, NOW is the only point that can take you beyond the limited confines of the mind. It is your only door to step into the timeless and formless realm of being, only then it will be possible for you to understand the mutual connection between past, present and future.

The past is filled with pain, the present with opportunities and the future
with uncertainty.” – Preeti Shashank


Aren’t the past and future just as real, sometimes even more real than the present? After all the past determines our identity and future determines our action to achieve our goals.

If you think this way, then it is okay because it is natural. But to grasp the essence of what I have been saying about the NOW you need to step away from the mental realm. The mind cannot understand this, only YOU can.

Nothing ever happened in the past, it happened in the NOW and in the present moment you have ahead of that NOW and hence it seems in the past. And nothing will happen in future, it will happen in the NOW which you will experience in the coming time.

“Practicing contentment doesn’t mean that you stop striving, but rather you live with more acceptance of the good in the moment.” – Preeti Shashank


Be present as the watcher of your mind, of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Notice how often your attention is in the past and future ignoring the now.

Intense presence is needed when certain situations trigger a reaction with a strong emotional charge for not being carried away by it. In those moments the tendency for you is to become extremely conscious and have a hawk-eye over it.


The only moment where you can experience the flow of life is the NOW, so accept the present moment unconditionally without any reservation. Accepting the present moment does not mean to surrender implying defeat, giving up, failing to rise. Instead of accepting the moment unconditionally means to relinquish the inner resistance to the natural flow of life.


From beginning to end, we went over a lot of mind-boggling stuff. I feel that much of the above facts would have been a bouncer for your mind. And in this case, I request you to read it once again and you will surely extract the essence of my words.

In a nutshell, it can be said that to understand the mutual connection between past, present and future, you need to break away from your mind and end the delusion of time. After this what you will get is NOW and that is the connection between past, present and future.

“Your body can stand almost everything. It is your mind that you have to
convince.” – Preeti Shashank

Thank you for reading.

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In writing this article, the main reference was the book by Eckart Tolle – “The Power of Now”

I will highly recommend this book, click on the link and get a copy for yourself.

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