"The dependence on logic is misleading and false. Something can be true and yet not have a basis in formal logic, while something based on formal logic can be quite false...spiritual medicine deals not with logic but with truth."
"Another distinction between logic and truth involves the difference between what is and what may be... Truth always concerns itself with what is, with what presents itself to us and our perceptions in the immediacy of the present moment... The trouble is that the future doesn't exist -- it is simply potential."
"Leave the personal past. What happened, happened already. It is dead, gone, buried. It is in the realm of finished experience. Hanging on to it is to perpetuate your enslavement .. the idea that your past experience dictates your future experience... We cling to this way of thinking to help us fix the future, to gain control of it... Abandon the future, abandon the past. Put your trust in the moment, in the instant, in the presence of the present."
~~Healing into Immortality, Gerald Epstein~~
I imagine that I am going to need to let go of those vines -- even if that means a precipitous drop to the ground below. My mind wants to KNOW what will happen if I just let go. I've got a whole litany of fears and anxieties about the outcome of that. I want to be able to predict and control and manage what comes next. I am grieving the loss of what was, wishing for a return to that happier, lighter time that now exists only in my memory. And so the admonition to "abandon the past -- abandon the future" is for me. The present is here. I just have to figure out how to "come into that present."