“No, we will fall”


“No, we will fall”

They came to the edge.

He pushed them and they flew.



When we let the truth about ourselves be revealed, we experience release” wrote Michael Zimmerman in his study of Martin Heidegger.  It is as though the “chains have fallen away” or a “weight has been lifted”.  It is not about triumph in anyway, but more an awareness.  We have to earn this.  It is an experience and it is granted freely if you accept it.  It is a revelation of life and the experiences involved in it are a gift to be shared.

We get only get when we give, as it is with most everything.  It is my belief that we only experience release if we have released  We have to abdicate control and as people taught to always be in charge, this can often be terrifying but it is necessary.  What is often detrimental is the old thinking that “we got this” and  so we must “hold on to it”.  The reasoning we use for this is that it’s not worth taking a chance on letting go of something comfortable that may not come back if we apmor we may just not want to share.  It’s all about control.


The experience of release most often comes at a point of exhaustion, one of my favorite philosophers, William James states this and expands by claiming that we just “give up: and permit ourselves to just be.  In The Varieties of Religious Experiences, he writes that “the way to success, as vouched by innumerable authentic personal narrations, is …. By…. “surrender” … Passivity, not activity, not intentions, should be now the rule.”  He continues by saying, “a form of regeneration by relaxing, by letting go…. It is giving your private convulsive self a rest, and finding that a greater self is there.”


Of course, then what blocks release more than anything else is the refusal to “let go”. That comes from self and ego. From the demand for security, for certainty, for assured results with no risk.  Release in and of itself I find, can be a spiritual purging resulting in a cleansing of the mind and soul and it also takes risk,


Yes, release and letting go, but what about our human instinct, for attachment, the opposite of the release and letting go?. Spiritual traditions emphasize detachments, even so simply with, “The Lord I my Shepherd I shall not want” . Truly, I believe that emphasis does not imply that material should be held in contempt, unless one is unreasonably greedy .  The problem is not that we have things, but when our relationship with attachments become too deep.  When objects literally become a part of who we are, they become a part of identity.  This is something we too often see t in our society.


This allows a simpler faith in  your creator, knows  that everything and “has you back”. .Those that do not comprehend this simple yet difficult way of live will always be tortured. are doomed.  Nothing will ever be good enough. They will  inevitably come up against some thing they cannot and we will have to learn the hard way to release and “let go”.

It is my opinion, that we will be consumed  to a life of worry unless we understand and implement the spiritual practices of release, letting go, and often simply surrendering. These tasks may not be and come right away, but in my life and struggles they have always been the best strategies.