November 16, 2020


Lake Chicot 06 10-27-2015 — Lake Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
Why do we care about what we care about?
We will never explain our way to the bottom of it.
The question can be answered 
only with another question.
"Why do you care about what you care about?

We do not have access to the Carer within.
We like what we like.
We don't like what we don't like.
We love what we love.
We don't love what we don't love.
We care about what we care about.
We don't care about what we don't care about.

There is an entire cosmos within
which we do not control,
or even know about.

Why do we see the way we see?
Feel the way we feel?
Think the way we think?

Our viewpoints are not our own.
We do not reason our way there,
and cannot reason our way out of there. 

We are led about,
directed and guided through our life
by what, we do not know.

Who/What is piloting our boat
on its path through the sea?
And, if we have a destination in mind,
Who/What put it there?

No matter how we try to evade,
the conclusion,
we cannot avoid
the inescapable reality
that our life 
has a life of its own.

The only reasonable,
(since we like logic and reason so),
alternative here
is to open ourselves to
the truth of another boarder,
and devote ourselves 
to the task 
of sensing/feeling
the influence
of instinct and intuition,
and trusting ourselves 
to the realm of hunches,
and things that occur to us
"out of the blue"
(or in the wee hours of the night),
in determining what is being called for
within the circumstances at hand,
responding with liege loyalty
and filial devotion,
in doing what we are led to do,
and allow our outcomes to be our outcomes--
without judgment or opinion,
but with grace and compassion
pouring over, spilling out--
and see where it goes.



Crepe Myrtle 01 11/10/2020 Oil Paint Rendering — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Carl Jung referred to the feminine aspects of a man
as his Anima,
and to the masculine aspects of a woman
as her Animus.

When men are being the best woman they can be,
and women are being the best man they can be,
the word is balanced and in harmony,
and everything happens
exactly as it needs to happen
on all levels,
every day.

Things are as they are because
men think they are to be men,
and women think they are to be women.

And that isn't the only problem.

No one has any idea of what a Real Man is,
and no one has any idea of what a Real Woman is.

We all need to go back to the womb
and start over
with parents who understand,
in a world of parents who understand,
and see how things would be
if we had a proper upbringing.

Who is the best man you have ever known?
Who is the best woman you have ever known?
Live toward being the best
of both those people
in the way you live your life.

If you are a man or a woman,
live to bring forth the best man
and the best woman,
you have ever known.

That will shift things toward the good.
Then we can work to improve our ideas 
of "man" and "woman."

And that will get us within reach
of the ideal human being.

And that will be a world
worth living in!



Along NY Highwat 30 06 09/28/2014 — Adirondack Park, Tupper Lake, Tupper Lake, New York
I am the jewel in the lotus--
om mani padme hum--
so is the Buddha,
so are you.

And, so are we all 
the jewel in Indra's net,
each reflecting the other
by the light of realization/awareness/

One is many,
many are one.

We are the same in our differentness,
with each of us being unique,
set apart,
individually identified
by our outlook,
our fingerprints,
the sonogram of our voice,
the coloration of our eyes,
the cones of our irises
our idea of a meaningful life,
and 10,000 other things--
and each of us being exactly alike
by being different in so many ways.

One is many.
Many are one.

And we get to each other 
through ourselves.
We cannot be intimate
if we will not be vulnerable.
We can be only as vulnerable
as we are conscious
of who,
and how,
and what we are.
The less self-transparent we are,
the more hidden we have to be,
all wars are fought by those
who refuse to know themselves.

If you want to know me,
know you.
There I am.
If you do not want to know you,
you will never know anyone.

You are the jewel in the lotus
only when you know it to be so--
and being humbled by it,
not impressed,
because you know it to be so
of everyone.

Everyone is the Buddha.
Everyone is the Christ.
And the Hero's Journey
is living a meaningful life.

If you understand this
and apply it,
you have it made.

Om mani padme hum.

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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