When Will Then Be Now?

Murray "MJ" Blehart
5 min readAug 25, 2021

The question of “when will then be now” is not uncommon along a given path.

The other night, we were watching Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs.

There is a fantastic scene in the movie where Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) and Col. Sanders (George Wyner) — while searching for the protagonists — turn to Spaceballs: The Video Tape to find them.

During this scene, confused by seeing themselves “now” on the video screen, They have the following exchange.

“Everything that happens now is happening now.
What happened to then?
We passed it.
Just now. We’re at now, now.
Go back to then!
We can’t.
We missed it.
Just now.
When will then be now?

While this is hilarious — it’s also a stunningly accurate description of how life works. Now is the only time that is really, truly real. We passed then just now — but then will be now soon.

Confusing? Of course it is. That’s because linear time is an illusion — yet we struggle to maintain something of a balance between the past, present, and future.

But the reality is that we can’t. Because now is the only now that is legit and for real.

How much have I confused you here?

This has been something I’ve been trying to comprehend entirely for years now. It’s complicated because, like everyone else, I live within the “limits” of human perception of linear time.

Thus — I have a past, I’m in the present, and consider the future.

Rather than just let life live me, and go with the flow, I strive to find and/or create my own paths in life to traverse. Doing so requires recognition of the Law of Attraction, conscious reality creation, and mindfulness to gain control over it all.

Still with me?

Every single text I have ever read or listened to that explores how the Law of Attraction and conscious reality creation works expresses the importance and power of being in the present. Right here, right now, is the only truly real time that exists.

The past is based in memory — and it’s always colored by the individual. Hence, some people desire a return to a happier, more Leave it to



Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com