August 10, 2020

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Davidson River 10/13/2011 Panorama 01
Look at everything
as a Rube Goldberg device
that our soul has put together
to wake us up.

Everything that has happened,
and is happening,
and will happen
is as it is to wake us up.
To shake us awake.
To stir us to life.

So that we might be consciously alive
in the time left for living.

It’s all about us coming to life
in the time left for living.

Our life is the Truman Show,
and the real point is Truman leaving the show,
leaving his life,
and stepping courageously into his life.

We are Truman.
Our life is waiting.

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02

Hail Mary Full of Grace
The breakthrough to the other dimension,
from physical to metaphysical,
is only a slight perspective shift away
at all times,
in all places.

The visible world is everywhere
a doorway,
a threshold,
a portkey,
to the invisible world.
Anything can transport us there
at any time.

A brush by angel wings
is as easily arranged
as changing our mind
about what is important.

Always start there--
with what is important.
With what is so important,
right here, right now.

What's so important right here right now
anchors us in this moment,
weights us down
like an albatross,
bears down upon us like a cross,
keeps us from breathing,
keeps us from living,
keeps us from being alive,
because it is so important
we cannot look away
or go on,
or change our mind about it,
and are anchored in place
by what we believe to be
hopeless,
useless,
futile,
empty,
pointless,
and absurd--
because IT IS!!!

Freefalling through the abyss,
we shift into bliss
with the blessed return
to the Source of our Original Nature
and the confidence that has grounded
our kind upon the eternal rock of the ages
through the ages
via the vehicle of the music of the spheres
across time:
"AUM!"

Anyway!
Nevertheless!
Even So!
"AUM!"

Opening the door,
walking through.

“If the doors of perception were cleansed 
every thing would appear to man as it is, 
Infinite. 
For man has closed himself up, 
till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”
                         -- William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

 

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01

Red Barn, White Fence 04/09/2016 — Catawba County, South Carolina, April 9, 2016
Coming to terms with how things are
is the unending task of life.

In every moment,
there is how things are now
and how we feel about how things are now.

If it didn't matter to us how things are,
we would have no problem
with how things are.

That's how the Buddha recommended
peace and serenity:
"Life is suffering.
Don't let it bother you."

Jesus advised something similar:
"Let today's trouble
be sufficient for today."
("Don't be looking for trouble
by trying to have it made tomorrow--
or in the next five minutes!")

Here we are, now what?
One moment at a time.

Just recognizing the difference--
and the distance--
between how things are 
and how we feel about it,
is a step toward reducing the burden we carry.

"This is how things are,
and this is what we can do about it,
and that's that!
And that's how things are!"

How we choose to feel about it
is up to us.

But, no one ever tells us
that we can choose our feelings!
We have to find out so many 
of the important things
for ourselves!

It would help if there were a book,
and if we read it.

But, there is only the moment,
and we have to live it.

It helps to live it with our eyes open,
paying attention--
everything is improved through paying attention!
Awareness is the solution 
to all of our problems today.

Coming to terms with how things are
is seeing things as they are,
doing what can be done about it,
and letting it be 
because it is.

We can reduce our suffering
by refusing to add to it
while we seek solutions
that change the things
that can be changed.

Willing what cannot be willed
is the bane of human existence.
Being right about what can--
and cannot--
be changed,
and knowing when to take "NO!"
for an answer,
is the essence of wisdom,
peace, 
sanity,
balance 
and harmony.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and five granddaughters, and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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