10/10/2020

"The Christ" is "the anointed one."
Anointed to do what?
"To proclaim the Gospel (The Good News)
to every sentient being!"
What is the Good News?
"You are all The Anointed One,
anointed to do your thing
for the true good of all!"

We are all The Christ--The Anointed Ones!
Anointed to do our thing
in the service of all!

What is "our thing"?
It is our task to realize our thing
and to live in its service.
It is a matter of waking up
to the truth of who we are
and what is ours to do--
what we are about.

Being and doing are one thing.
When we are being who we are,
we are doing what is ours to do.
When we are doing what is ours to do,
we are being who we are.

Joseph Campbell said,
"We all know when we are on the beam
and when we are off it."

Carl Jung said,
"It is the individual’s task to differentiate 
themselves from all the others and stand on their own feet."
And:
"The development of the personality means 
fidelity to one's own law of being."
And:
"At bottom, there is only one striving, namely, 
the striving after your own being."
And:
"In the final analysis, we count for something 
only because of the essential we embody. 
If we do not embody that, life is wasted."
And:
"Through pride, we are forever deceiving ourselves. 
But deep down below the surface of the average 
conscience, a still, small, voice, says to us 
something is out of tune."
And:
"One can feel correctly only when feeling 
is disturbed by nothing else. And nothing 
disturbs feeling so much as thinking."
And:
“The highest and most decisive experience of all...
is to be alone with ...[one’s] own self... 
The patient must be alone if he is to find 
out what it is that supports him 
when he can no longer support himself. 
Only this experience can give him an indestructible foundation."

Marianne Moore said,
"The cure for loneliness is solitude."

Jim Dollar said,
"We know when we are where we have no business being."

We only have to listen within to know what we know.
But who takes the time 
to sit still long enough
to listen in the silence
and know what is being said to us by us?

We are The Christ,
but.
We are alienated within,
cut off from ourselves,
do not know what we know,
and cannot be who we are
because that interferes with
our idea of who we want to be
and of the life we want to live.

Jesus spent his life talking about
the return to the self.
The "essential Jesus"
can be found 
in The Sermon on the Mount,
the Parable of the Prodigal's Father,
the Parable of the Good Samaritan, 
and the sutra built around the theme
"Inasmuch as you have done it--
or not done it--
to one of the least of my brothers and sisters,
you have done it--
or not done it--
unto me."

We have done it--
or not done it--
to ourselves.

We have to wake up
to the truth of who we are
and of what is ours to do--
of what we are about,
and of what we are not about.

We have to sit still,
and be quiet
long enough 
for the mud to settle
and the water to clear,
enabling us to know 
who we are
and who we are not,
and what is ours to do
and what is not ours to do.

We have to listen to our nighttime dreams,
listen to our hearts,
listen to our body,
listen to our feelings
and know what we know--
and do what we need to do
to be who we are:

The Christ--
the anointed one,
anointed to do our thing
for the good of sentient beings everywhere.

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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