“Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future and time future contained in time past.” These are the opening words of T. S. Eliot’s poem “First Quartet”, a strange and mystical religious poem. I have the first section memorized and may deliver it at our next Open Mic at our UU church: “What’s he talking about?” Ah, but I digress.
What I meant to mention here is an editorial review of Eckhart Tolle’s book, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” on Amazon. Thanks, Chris Davis, for bringing this to our attention.
The author shares ideas about personal integration with uncommon eloquence and a deep understanding of the human condition. Our true identity is in our moment-to-moment experiences rather than in our past or future. Concern about anything but the present is an unhealthy identification with the mind that can only cause pain and an illusion of control. Being totally aware of ourselves in each moment actually requires little effort or direction if we stop our thoughts long enough to find the pure consciousness that exists in the gaps between them. These ideas will be radical for most Westerners, but they are so smoothly elucidated that almost all seekers of inner truth will find something of value in the program. T.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine– Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine –This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
But there is a problem, as I see it, perhaps a paradox. How can one plot and plan for projects in the future, project ahead as it were to what the project would accomplish, how it would function, etc., unless one steps out of the present moment in this process?
Another baffling paradox? “A most ingeniuos paradox, ah ha ha, ha ha, ha ha ha!”, sang a character from a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.