The essential ingredient of development.

by Dr Patrick Quanten MD

The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called "the present".

We live in a world where people are constantly searching for security. The fear for the future makes people turn to what they know in order to secure the future. The truth of course is that nobody knows what is going to happen next and therefore nobody can secure your future. No wealth, job, social status or anything else will ensure your future to be an easy one.

What we know is our past. The known is nothing other than the prison of past conditioning. Just like Pavlov's dog learned that he was going to be fed when the bell was ringing, and therefore he started to salivate whenever the bell rang irrespective whether or not food appeared. Everything we know we have learned in that same way. Relying on the known for our security is believing that the future will be exactly the same as the past. However, we say "life goes on". Things change all the time, nothing stays the same. Then why is it that we rely on the past to tell us what is good for us in the future?

Whether you like it or not, everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you've made in the past. Unfortunately, a lot of us make choices unconsciously, and therefore we don't think they are choices - and yet, they are. If I were to insult you, you would most likely make the choice to be offended. If I were to pay you a complement, you would most likely make the choice of being pleased or flattered. However, I could offend you and insult you, and you could make the choice of not being offended. I could pay you a complement and you could make the choice of not letting that flatter you either. But most of us have become bundles of conditioned reflexes that are constantly being triggered by people and circumstances into predictable outcomes of behaviour. It is to these conditioned reflexes that we turn for security. Our reactions have become automatic, and we have forgotten that these are still choices that we make every moment of our existence. When we rely on these reflexes, the outcome is predictable; this renders our future a fair copy of our past, with the same difficulties and the same known memories. Although the future presents us with new exciting challenges all the time, for most of us our lives are nothing more than a stale repetition of outworn memories.

Relinquish your attachment to the known, step into the unknown and a whole new field of possibilities will open up for you. You don't need to have a complete idea of what you'll be doing next week or next year, because if you have a very clear idea of what's going to happen and you get rigidly attached to it, then you shut out a whole range of possibilities. Simply start to realise that it is you who is making all the choices in your life and ask yourself: "What are the consequences of this choice that I'm making?" Then listen to your heart for the answer, not to your brain! If you feel comfortable with your choice, it is definitely the right one for you at that time, in spite of what your brain might tell you. Your brain has a full library of all reflex answers you have learned; it has no idea whether something is right or wrong for you at any given time. Only the heart knows the correct answer. The heart is intuitive. At times it may not even seem rational, but the heart has a computing ability that is far more accurate and far superior to anything within the limits of rational thought.

Become consciously aware that your future is generated by the choices you are making in every moment of your life.

These choices can either connect you with your past, or free you from it. Being free from having to re-experience your past over and over again, allows you to step into the field of all possibilities, with all the excitement, adventure and mystery that holds. Listen to your heart to make the choices that allow you to seize the opportunities. Every single problem you have in your life is the seed of an opportunity for some greater benefit. Being prepared to nurture this seed will show you the solution to the problem. What comes out of that is often called "good luck".

Accept things as they are, not as you wish them to be; accept this moment in its totality and completeness. Take responsibility for your own life, for how you feel and to change it. Stop blaming anyone or anything for your mishaps, including yourself. Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to have a creative response to the situation as it is now. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing.

Evolution can only take place when we break out of the prison of our past conditioning, when we de-tach from the know. And when there is no evolution, there is stagnation, disorder and decay.

February 1997.


Patrick Quanten has been a general practitioner since 1983. The combination of medical insight and extensive studies of Complementary Therapies have opened new perspectives on health care, all of which came to fruition when it blended with Yogic and Ayurvedic principles. Patrick gave up his medical licence in November 2001.
Patrick also holds qualifications in Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Reiki, Ozon Therapy and Thai Massage. He is an expert on Ear Candling and he is also well-read in the field of other hard sciences. His life's work involves finding similarities between the Ancient Knowledge and modern Western science.

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