September 23, 2020

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Mt. Rundle at Dawn — Banff National Park, Alberta
If we are going to take anything on faith,
let it be the actuality of the Unknown Knower within!
Take the Psyche we are unconscious of on faith!
And work to develop a relationship with her--
a relationship of mutual respect,
dependence,
and collaboration--
throughout the remainder of the time 
left for living!

Consider the Psyche to be of another dimension,
and consider our conscious mind
to be the connection,
the contact point,
between the world of normal, apparent, physical reality
and the world of paranormal, invisible, spiritual reality
(We call it "spiritual" because it is invisible
and cannot be weighed, measured, counted 
or willfully engaged,
and anything we say about the "spiritual dimension"
is something someone made up,
invented,
imagined).

 I'm making-up,
inventing,
imagining this as I go,
but play along,
and live as if it is so,
and it will be evident that it is so
in a short matter of time--
which is exactly the same spiel 
those who invite you to take their theology/doctrine/dogma
on faith
use to bolster their claim
to the reality of which they speak.

Experiential confirmation/affirmation
of things we take on faith
is characteristic of the species!
It is the grounding foundation of black magic,
voodoo,
superstition,
human/animal/vegetable  sacrifice
astrology,
horoscopes,
religion,
and True Love.

We live as if something is so.
As if winning is better than losing,
for instance,
or being wealthy is better 
than being poor.

We make up the importance
of everything we think is important.
We take it on faith
that we are right about the value
of what we call valuable,
that we know what we are doing,
that the good we call good is good...

We take tomorrow on faith,
and what remains of today.

So what's the problem with Psyche
being a knowing source of guidance
and direction,
worth
and value?

And devoting ourselves
to learning her language,
attending her ways, 
and living in accord with her purposes
and leanings?

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01

Falls Pond 09/26/2007 — Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
We are looking for the energy,
the enthusiasm,
the flow of life...

For what resonates with us,
attracts us,
calls us,
urges us,
compels us into its service.

How long has it been?

We have been making up reasons to live
for about as many years 
as we have been living.
Finding things to live for.
Thinking up things we might like to do.
Trying all of the latest trends...
Hoping something clicks.
And lasts.

Dismissing,
discounting,
disregarding,
ignoring
every inclination
that can't be justified,
explained,
excused,
defended.

Well.

Here is a suggestion that can't be
justified,
explained,
excused,
defended.
Get used to such things,
and to living with the wind of the sprit
that blows where it will
forever in your hair!

Take up sitting quietly,
seeking the Source--
not out of desperation,
and with no pressure attached,
but with interest,
curiosity
and expectation--
wondering what might be
on the other side of silence,
and how you will know 
if anything is.

Sit waiting,
listening,
watching,
wondering,
as often as you can 
work it into your week.

Make a ritual of it.
Set aside a specific time of the day.
Sit in a particular place,
for an allotted amount of time,
with a good faith commitment
to the process
and to honoring what arises
in the silence
with a will for adventure,
and filial devotion to the cause,
and see what comes.

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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