The Power of “Now”


At the Geomic Code Research Institute, we are drawn to affirmations that exercise our positivity muscle. We find that sayings that help us focus our attention on the present encourage us to be mindful of what is going on right here, right now – instead of moaning about the past or worrying about the future. As displayed on a monument in a village in Persia, the following is an example of such a positive aphorism: “The present exists to repair the past and prepare the future.”

Think about it: Mindfulness as a practice teaches us how to lift out the kernel of truth from the current moment and look at it without the eyes of judgment. Being mindful says, “This thing I see before me is neither good nor bad; it is neutral. What can I learn from it (perhaps by filtering it through past experience and / or by planning for my future in light of it)?”

Let’s have some fun with how to use these positive quotes by seeing them as ads on the billboards of our lives – kind of like the old Burma Shave ads that, according to a Wikipedia article, adorned our nation’s highways years ago and “…first appeared on U.S. Highway 65 near Lakeville, Minnesota, in 1926, and remained a major advertising component until 1963 in most of the contiguous United States.” The Burma Shave advertisements encouraged the driving public with messages such as “Cheer up, face / The war is past / The ‘H’ is out / Of shave / At last /”

The “template” for these ads usually combined Imperative sentences (that give a simple command) and Declarative sentences (that state the “as-is is” – in other words, the current truth, unadulterated by judgment).

Okay. Now let’s use the template to explore quotes from other sources.


In a collection of his teachings, words of a mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer from a book containing many of his writings, Gurdjieff: Essays and Reflections on the Man and his Teaching (1996):

“Forget yesterday and forget tomorrow. With today, you repair yesterday and give tomorrow the possibility of becoming what it should be.“


From the novel, Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese:

“Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backwards.”


From John Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, “If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing.”

So, how do I exercise my positivity muscle?

I have begun to draw shapes, coloring them each evening, looking for the source behind the shapes and colors that surround us and influence our decision-making. It is as if they are messengers from another (higher) source.

I am looking for intent when I sense / feel a shape or color. What if a highly developed intelligence / being has left me (us) Burma Shave messages? Did Phil Canville, who discovered the Geomic Code, receive messages? Are we at the Geomic Code Research Institute learning from the messages in the symbols and colors in the Geomic Code?

To all these questions, I answer with the Comedy Improv expression, “Yes, and…” Yes, and…I accept willingly what my higher source is offering. Yes, and…Phil has taught us in his book, The Geomic Code: Unlocking the Mystery of Unconscious Choice, “…our unknown preferences—those that we are not even aware of—are shaped by things outside our perceptual landscape—deeper things that…speak to us at a level beyond our conscious knowledge and make us feel a certain way, [and] have a significant impact on our preferences and the people with whom we associate and how we interact with them.”

Yes, and…we at the Geomic Code Research Institute invite you to join this conversation with your input in the box at the end of this article. Stay tuned and, in the meantime, please take a Geomic Code Assessment and let us know how we can help you take your Assessment results to the next level.