November 24, 2020


Flooded Path 11/04/2020 — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina, the path becomes a drainage system for the woods, carrying runoff down the hill to the sea every time we get 2.5-3 inches of rain within 3 hours. It has worked this way from the beginning.
What is your predominant mood?

What is your overriding feeling?

What is the nature of your outlook?

Of your viewpoint?

Of your disposition?

How does your body carry anxiety, anger, hopelessness, depression, grief, mourning, fear, worry, concern...?

What is not working about your life?

Where are your needs and expectations being disappointed?

What is the nature of your betrayal?

Where do you turn when you have nowhere to turn?

When you know you are "on the beam,"
what is the nature of the beam?
What are you doing?

What happens to knock you off "the beam"?

What is the nature of your dissatisfaction?

How would you go about changing
what you tell yourself
about what has happened/is happening
in your life?

How does your "narrative" need to be changed?

Are you your own best friend?

If you were your own best friend,
what do you think you most need to hear?

On a low to high scale of 1 to 10,
how would you rate your response-ability
to disappointment?
to beauty?
to good news?
to bad news?
to wonder?
to excitement?
to opportunity?
to invitations?

Questions for self-reflection.



12-Mile Creek 01 11/07/2020 — Union County, North Carolina, an iPhone Photo using the Spectre long exposure app
Our way of living
creates waves upon the surface of life,
making it impossible
for us to see into the depths
in order to perceive
the truth of our essence,
and live out of our original nature
and our natural rhythms,
in meeting the requirements
of the here and now
as we move through each day.

In order to live out of the truth
of our center
within the time and place
of our living,
we have to make the concerted effort
to stop at regular intervals 
throughout the day
to remember our breathing
and shift into self-realization,
by sitting still and being quiet
to calm the waves,
allow the mud to settle,
and clear the water
to connect with the deep core
of our being
and the Source,
the Mystery,
at the heart of life.

Being thus centered and grounded,
we can step back into the moment
as those capable of seeing 
what is happening
and what needs to happen in response--
what is being called for
and how we can rise to the occasion
with the gifts we have to offer,
with sincerity and non-contrivance,
in each situation as it arises.

Transforming the world
one situation at a time.



Ghost Trees of Graveyard Beach 01 08/21/2015 — From my Skeleton Trees Collection–This is a blended image with the Ghost Tree from Botany Bay Heritage Wildlife Preserve and the beach scene from Huntington Beach State Park, both in South Carolina
A Community of Innocence 
is a group of 3 to 5 people
who come together
with no agenda,
and nothing at stake in each other,
beyond serving as a
sounding board
for one another
in helping everyone in the group
find their life,
and live it
with allegiance to 
their individual destiny,
through establishing 
their contact with,
and living from,
their own center
by way of self-transparency
and awareness,
mindfully exhibiting
and spontaneity
in response
to what is happening,
and what needs to be done in response,
in each situation as it arises.

We do not live 
to answer the question,
"What do I want to get from my life?"
"What am I getting from my life?"
"What do I have to offer my life
and the situations that comprise my life,
out of the gifts I have to share,
for the good of the situations as a whole?"
"How can I best live from my center
in serving my destiny
and my essence,
by being true to my original nature
and my natural rhythms,

Our Communities of Innocence
(And we can have as many
as we can fit into our life)
listen us into hearing what we have to say,
and offer a regular reminder
of the importance of finding 
a place for stillness
and silence
in each day
for self-reflection,
and realization
in order to know what we know
and what is being called for
in the here and now
of our living.

That is all we need
to find what we need
to do what needs to be done
in the times and places
of our living.

And no one can do 
more than that.

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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