December 04, 2020

04

Lake Chicot 03/22/2015 10 — Cabin Rentals, Lake Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
We owe our life
liege loyalty,
filial devotion
and devoted service
through all the times and places, 
contexts and circumstances
of our days upon the earth. 

Adam and Eve failed to do this,
and served their wants and desires,
but Abraham, Moses, Elijah and John the Baptist,
Ruth, Ester, and Mary the mother of Jesus,
and Jesus, among many others,
did it very well.

Now, it is our turn.

Our life is our destiny.
To live our life
with liege loyalty,
filial devotion,
and devoted service,
is to embrace our destiny,
and do what it calls us to do,
regardless of the price,
without any interest in
what is in it for us,
and no attempt to turn any moment
to our advantage,
gain,
or benefit--immediate or eternal--
but just doing what our life requires
in the time and place of our living,
moment-by-moment,
day-by-day
our whole life long,
for the joy of serving our life.

To live this way 
is to live in accord with the Tao,
and at one with our destiny.

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03

Father Crawley Point – Star Wars Canyon – Rainbow Canyon — Death Valley National Park, Inyo, California
It is not a matter of thinking,
or believing.
It is solely a matter of doing--
of right doing--
of aligning our life
with what is being called for
in each situation as it arises,
and doing there what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
for as long as it needs to be done,
and repeating that process
in the next situation as it arises,
and so on,
throughout our life.

You can think whatever you want.

You can believe whatever you want.

As long as it enables you 
to do what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
for as long as it needs to be done
by doing what is called for
in every situation
that arises.

Forget ethics.
Forget morality.
Forget duty.
Forget what your mother told you.
Forget what your father always said.
Just focus on what is being called for,
be right about it,
and do what needs to be done,
when and how,
situation by situation.

This is called 
"living in accord with the Tao."

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02

Canyon Light 09/27/2005 — Grand Canyon, South Rim, Arizona
Sit quietly,
find the still point within
between liking and not liking,
thinking and not thinking,
wanting and not wanting,
fearing and not fearing,
believing and not believing,
needing and not needing,
etc.

And live from there
in doing and not doing.

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01

Maine Moon 09/07/2006 — Mt. Desert Island, Maine
Compliance with this
is non-compliance with that,
and vice-versa.

The only free choice we can make
is the choice between masters.
"Choose this day whom you will serve!"
is all the freedom we are allowed.

Not wearing a mask
is not evidence of freedom,
but of bondage.
The people who do not wear a mask.
cannot wear a mask.
They lose standing in their 
most-cherished community if they do.
What is the value of a community
that binds us to stupidity
and puts us in harm's way?

What is the value of anything
that destroys our connection
with our core
and commands us to do
what is contrary to our 
control center within?

When Paul says,
"It is no longer I who live,
but the Christ who lives within me!"
he is saying he is being directed
by the Knower who knows better
than he knows what is called for
and what needs to be done about it.

He is saying what Captain Jack Sparrow said,
"It's the pirate's life for me, Gibbs.
I have no say in the matter. Savvy?"

We have no say in the matter of what matters to us.
We have no say in the matter of what
we would go to hell for.
We have no say in the matter of what
pulls us or chases us or haunts us or pleases us.

We like what we like
and don't like what we don't like,
but we can't choose what we like
or don't like
any more than we can choose
what we dream at night
or what the next thing will be
that catches our eye.

Freedom is just another word
for having nothing at all to say
in all matters of grave importance,
so we need to stop kidding ourselves
about being free,
and realize who we are bowing before
and taking our orders from,
and who is directing our boat
on its path through the sea.

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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