Osho said that "Now is the only reality. Everything else is either memory or imagination". I don't exactly agree with that. Now that I"m in my 40s, I am shocked to notice how some events from my 20s and even 30s, are getting fuzzier in my memory. But just because I don't remember something from the past, does that mean it doesn't matter? Yes, those events that have shaped me in some way are almost erased from my "mind"- BUT only from my conscious mind. As a Hypnotherapist, I know that most of our thoughts/ beliefs/ behaviors stem from our subconscious minds. So in other words, the past shaped our subconscious minds, which determine the largest part of our "identities", and for that reason- the past matters a lot, even if we don't remember it.
The future isn't here yet, so in a way it is fair to say that it is a figment of our imaginations. BUT the promise of the future, our plans, our aspirations- all of those are very much shaping our decisions, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.
What Osho is saying is very much true for a moment spent in pure awareness. In those moments in which we are in total alignment with out higher selves, there is no time, there is no identification with the body/mind, there is no separation from the divine source. I'l give him that ;0) But in all those other moments of our human experience, we live in the illusion of a time and space reality, and for that reason our pasts and futures hold power over us. Luckily, there is Hypnosis, and with its help we can make sure that the past in not causing us emotional pain, and that the future is not causing us anxiety.
Wishing you wonderful moments of pure awareness,
Transformational Leader, Hypnotherapist,