July 10, 2020


Reelfoot Lake 11/04/2015 03 — Reelfoot Lake State Park, Hornbeck, Tennessee, November 4, 2015
The extremes exist in denial
of each other,
of contradiction,
of conflict,
of opposites,
of duality...

The Middle Way 
is "Thou Art That"
in a way that excludes identity,
and demands mutual recognition
of the "I" in the "Other,"
because the Two are One
"but not the same One."

And the Dance of Dichotomy
requires the partners
to bear the tension of opposition
through all times and places
of three dimensional,
integrating the opposites
on the basis of the interplay
with the Forth Dimension.

Enter Grace.
Also called Tao,
and other names in other eras,
but it is Grace,
by whatever name,
"all the way down."

Grace allows us to bear the pain
of our contradictions--
the pain of Contradiction--
in order to live out our lives 
in the service of Grace,
as the servants of Grace,
by being what is needed
(Whatever is needed)
in each situation as it arises
through all of the times and places
of three-dimensional existence,
sometimes being "Thou,"
and sometimes being "That,"
as called for by the context
and circumstances of our life.

We are the children of Grace,
carrying the banner of Grace,
exhibiting the reality of Grace,
incarnating/expressing the truth of Grace
through the ages.

God's name is Grace.

We are all "chips off the old block."
Doing our thing
in response to the demands 
of the here and now,
our whole life long.



Hay in the Field — 07/05/2019 02 Panorama, Rembert, South Carolina, July 5, 2019, an iPhone photo.
The way to The Way is The Way.

Jacob Bronowski said,
"If you want to know the truth,
you have to live in certain ways.”

We have to live in truthful ways--
we have to live truthful lives--
we have to live truthfully.

If we want to know The Way,
we have to be The Way.

Which is exactly what Jesus was saying
when he said,
"I am the way the truth and the life,
and no one comes to the Father but by me."

He is not saying, "You have to believe in me."
He is saying "You have to be me."

But more than that,
he is saying, "You have to be me by being YOU!"
The way to God is the way of God.
The way to The Way is The Way.

The Way is the way of Sincerity and Integrity.

Sincerity and integrity are the straight and narrow.
They are the middle way.
They are The Way.
No one comes to The Way without being The Way.
The Way is the way of Sincerity and Integrity.

Harmony and Balance flow from Sincerity and Integrity.
Spirit, Energy and Vitality flow from Sincerity and Integrity.
Life, Virtue and Character flow from Sincerity and Integrity.

Sincerity and Integrity are The Way
and are the way to The Way.

We do not believe our way to The Way.
We do not think our way to The Way.
We do not plan, scheme, connive, contrive 
our way to The Way.

We live our way to The Way
one situation at a time
with Sincerity and Integrity
leading the way.

Live with Sincerity and Integrity
and let everything fall into place
around that.

Align yourself and your life with yourself.
Live in accord with yourself.
Be at-one with yourself.
"Know Thyself!"
"To Thine Own Self Be True!"

Everyone who has known
has known the same thing
over time,
through the ages.

What, then, is the problem?

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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