January 08, 2021


Fillmore Glen 10/03/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Fillmore Glen State Park, Moravia, New York
We are the center and ground
of our own existence. 
We interpret our experience (reality)
to suit ourselves.
What we say goes.
We are our own authority.
Our own God.
We see all we look at,
all we experience,
in light of all we have looked at,
and how we have responded to all of it
up to now.

Past experience influences present experience,
and we cannot get outside of,
or away from,
what we have experienced to this point,
in order to experience things afresh,
with no assumptions or expectations,
here and now. 

We see here and now,
from the perspective gained
then and there--
and we guide ourselves forward
based on the impact,
and our interpretation,
of our past.

We live in a bubble
generated by the assumptions
and expectations
flowing from the past interpretation
of our experience.

Our life is as we say it is
based on the way we have said it was
from our beginning
to our here and now.

We cannot see any way other
than the way we have seen--
until we begin to see in ways
that take our seeing into account.

When we begin to see our seeing,
we become free-enough
to talk about "hypotheses"
based on our assumptions
regarding "reality,"
and "see more than meets the eye,"
by bringing ourselves into the picture
as the origin of the projections
we bestow upon the world around us
and all that is therein!



Blue Mailbox 11/17/2013 Oil Pant Rendered — Botany Bay Heritage Preserve, Edisto Island, South Carolina
Living well comes down to two things:
seeing what is happening
and doing what needs to be done about it.

This is difficult
because we interfere
with both the seeing and the doing.

Interpretation is everything.
Right interpretation is everything!

Right seeing and Right doing are everything!

Learning to see our seeing/doing
is the primary task of the Hero's Journey.

are the four steps
in self-direction.

And we generally have 
more important things in mind.
Which makes being right
about what is important
the most important thing.

We are all sure we are right
about what is important.
We are all sure we are right
about what is right
and what is wrong.

What is right
is what we say is right.
What is wrong
is what we say is wrong.

How do we know what we are talking about?
We "take it on faith"!

Everything hinges on how right we are
about the things we take on faith!

Whether we live in the Wasteland
or in the Promised Land
depends on our being right
about the things we say are right.

And the journey from the Wasteland
to the Promised Land
is how long it takes us
to change our mind about what is right--
and be right about it. 

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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