October 16, 2020



22-Acre Woods 10/15/2020 03 — Indian Land, South Carolina, an iPhone Photo
If we want to see,
we have to see that we are not seeing.
And then, 
we have to see what we are not seeing.

We do that best
by sitting quietly.

Silence is the source of The Source,
and the threshold to all seeing/knowing,

It all begins with silence,
and proceeds from there in silence
to silence--
because "The Tao that can be said
is not the eternal Tao."

What more can be said than
"Sit quietly"?

Just sit.
And wait to see.




Mt. Rundle Sunrise 09/27/2009 — Banff National Park, Alberta
The Buddhists have a saying:
"All is One."
But they do not think it is all the same one.
And it helps to be able to discern
the differences between things.
Salt is not sugar.
Coffee is not corn meal.
And we get along better in the world
being able to recognize
and appreciate
the distinctions
that create the tensions
that allow life to exist. 

"Without contraries is no progression"
(William Blake).
We dance with contradiction 
all the way down.

Speaking of dancing,
there is no better symbol
of two being one
while remaining two
than a couple dancing
in perfect sync/rhythm/harmony.

In the presence of that kind of oneness,
we forget to breathe.

The same applies to the pair,
merged to the point of being inseparable,
of complete opposites known as
transcendence and immanence. 

Take anything.
A shoelace.
In the right kind of light,
with the right kind of mood,
and the right kind of perspective,
which allows the right kind of perception
(How we see produces/creates what we see),
the shoelace--
and every other thing--
becomes "transparent to transcendence"
(Joseph Campbell).

Everything is a portkey,
transporting us into the field of wonder,
and we forget to breathe.

The world is an optical illusion.
Now we see it,
now we don't.
Now we do.
Now we don't.

Looking at anything reveals everything.
Looking at everything conceals anything.
Twoness is oneness.
No, it's twoness.
Is it oneness or twoness?
It is both.
At the same time.

"So what?" you say.
So at any moment in our life,
we are a simple shift in perspective 
away from seeing the wonder of being able to see--
which transforms everything
and opens us to the experience
of the transcendence of immanence,
of the immanence of transcendence,
of the ineffable,
of the Numen
at the heart of existence,
and the very essence of life,
flowing in and through all things,
transforming everything
and making all things new,
like being high on mescaline 
all the time.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed,
everything would appear to us as it is--
(William Blake).

We have no business saying anything
until we see everything in this light,
and then there are no words
with which to say a thing.


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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