July 01, 2020


Red Yin/Yang
One of my favorite questions is 
"What would you go to hell for?"

Totally serious.

It may be the most important question.

There are sacred covenants
that require our filial loyalty,
our liege devotion.
What are yours?
I hope you have a long list!

I will put it another way:
What commitments do you honor,
what activities do you engage in,
what relationships do you cherish,
in what ways do you spend your time,
that are so precious to you,
that being unable to engage in them
would be worse than going to hell?

What is the source of your energy,
that to be without it
would be worse than going to hell?

How often do you go there?

How long do you stay?



Pine Cones 06/27/2020 Panorama 11 β€” Indian Land, South Carolina, June 27, 2020
Joseph Campbell said
(Quoting James Joyce, I think),
"A mature person
is like a wheel rolling 
out of its own center."

I prefer to think 
of a wheel turning 
out of its own center--
a gyroscope maintaining 
its own balance and harmony
through the turbulence 
of time and place.

Living out of its adamantine loyalty
to its relationship with--
and commitment to--

It knows who it is
and what it is about--
what grounds it,
centers it,
sustains it,
feeds it,
nourishes it,
replenishes it,
guides and directs it
in and through
each situation as it arises
in all contexts
and circumstances 
of its existence.

There is nothing that can happen
that will knock it off its foundation
or keep it from its mission
of seeing what it looks at,
hearing what is being said,
knowing what's what
and what needs to be done about it
and doing it
with the gifts/daemon/genius/virtues
that are inborn and at its disposal
in each moment of its life
that call it forth to meet the day,

Our problem is how to get to that place
in our life.
The 10,000 things are arrayed against us.
Nothing in our past experience has prepared us
to deal with our present
or our future--
though everything has,
and we have only to realize it.

To quote Campbell again,
"No one is given a mission they are not ready for!"
Our lives have prepared us for this moment.
It is our time to step forth
and be who we are--
despite all of the fear,
and insecurity
and excuses we could make.

We have all that we need
to find what we need
to do what needs to be done--
we only have to know that it is so,
and act as though it is--
in the strength of the Two Powers
that are always with us:
The Silence and The Source!

Sitting quietly,
seeking The Source
of our Original Nature,
our Essence,
our Virtues,
our Self
our Imagination,
our Ideas,
our Courage,
our Spirit,
our Energy,
our Vitality...
We discover the truth
that has been true from the beginning:
We are not alone,
and we have all that we need.

Bring on the day!

The key here is to step into each day
"Without hope,
without witness,
without reward!"
( Steven Moffat, Doctor Who),
like a wheel turning out of its own center,
not desiring,
not contriving,
not scheming,
not designing,
not planning,
not preparing...
just living moment-by-moment
in the service of what is called for
in that moment,
with nothing invested in the outcome
and no profit or gain or success or motive in mind.

With only the joy of being able to do 
what is set before us
to propel us into the day.
Each day.

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 and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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