November 11, 2020


Fall Leaves 12 11/08/2020 — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina, an iPhone Photo
Grounded in, 
and living out of,
our original nature 
and that which is ours to do,
we are invincible,
beyond reach,
and cannot be knocked off
dead center
no matter what comes along.

Send up the Cyclops!
And Medusa!
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Hordes!
It doesn't raise a sweat.

We are invulnerable when we are 
being who we are,
doing our heart's sure things.

The way is clear before us:
Align our conscious identity
with our unconscious original nature,
and cast off all motives,
and live connected with our heart
and its sense of what it needs to do.

Letting our heart
and our original nature
lead the way, 
is to be on the way
across the slippery slopes,
the dangerous paths
and the razor's edge--
with nothing to fear,
and the next adventure
to look forward to.



Sumac 03 11-10-2020 — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Mindful living is being aware
of the present moment
with compassion for,
and acceptance of,
the "is-ness" of what is,
without judgment or even opinion,
on every level 
for as long as the moment lasts--
and then being present 
in the same way
in the next moment,
and so on, 
throughout what remains
of the time left for living.

Jon Kabat-Zinn has some valuable
YouTube videos that will help
with the process.

Watch the shortest ones first,
and change your life
one moment at a time. 



Sourwood 15 11/10/2020 — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
No one can tell us 
what our Original Nature is.
That is ours to ferret out for ourselves.

Each of us is unique
in a special kind of way.
Our Original Nature
is like an emotional/psychological fingerprint.

We also differ by the sonic patterns
of our voice,
the coloration of our eyes,
the cones of our irises.

Not to mention our idea
of a good pizza.

We are as different as different can be.
We all are alike in that way.

We are different and we are the same.

The tide comes in,
the tide goes out,
the tide turns around...
Which way is it?
The tide is all those ways at once.
If it is not coming or going
it is turning around.
That's the tide for you.

Our place is to say "Yes!"
to everything.
But everything includes "No!"
We say "Yes!" to "No!"
and say "No!" to things that are out of place,
or out of time,
or out of place and time.

"Everything in its own place
and in its own time!"
"Nothing in the wrong place,
or in the wrong time!"

"Yes!" can become "No!"
"No!" can become "Yes!"
depending on the time and place,
the here and now,
the situation that is at hand.

The Dalai Lama's bodyguards
carry automatic weapons.
That is "Yes!" being prepared
to say "No!"

Shiva is the Lord of the Dance,
among other things.
He dances with time and place,
with here and now,
and is always exactly what he needs to be
in each time and place of his being.

Which means, of course,
that Shiva contradicts Shiva,
as all God's worthy of the title do.

Yahweh is a God who hides
in thick darkness 
and is said to be The Light of Life
in whom there is no darkness at all
Which way is it?

The tide comes in
and the tide goes out
and the tide turns around.

The only God worth having around
is the God who sacrifices God,
who kills God,
who bears the cross of contradiction
all the way to death,
to be resurrected/reborn as God.

Birth and death,
coming and going and turning around,
This is the dynamic of life,
of eternity,
of the way things are. 

There is no static state of being.
is death, not life.

Life is becoming
by dying
and being raised from the dead
to new life,
which is becoming...

When something becomes,
something else dies.
Dying is the prerequisite of becoming.
We are born to die again and again
in the process of becoming who we are,
of maturation,
of developing wisdom and grace.

This life.
Life is the way of dancing 
with the time and place of our living,
being what is called for here and now,
and being something else then and there.

Always moving,
coming, going and turning around.
Dying again and again,
coming to life again and again,
metaphorically and actually
(Where does that line lie?),
on and on.

Never stopping.
Never quitting.
Never arriving.
Always moving on.
Dancing with time and place,
being what is needed here and now,
doing what is called for forever.

World without end. Amen.

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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