May 07, 2021


James River 03 10/29/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, James River Visitor Center, Monroe, Virginia
We have to meet the silence
empty and open,
still and receptive.

No fear.
No desires.
No anger.
No hatred.
No judgment.
No opinion.

We bring stillness and emptiness,
openness and receptivity
to the silence,
and wait,
for what emerges,
occurs to us,
urging us to action

Just seeing.
Just hearing.
Just knowing.
Just understanding.
Just doing.
Just being.
Just becoming.

What needs to happen.
What needs to be done.
When it needs to be done.
How it needs to be done.
Where it needs to be done.
Because it needs to be done.

Out of our true nature.
Out of our original nature.

With the gifts,
daemon (sounds like "diamond"),
ways of being and doing,
seeing and saying,
that came with us from the womb.

Moment by moment,
in each situation as it arises.

This is our dharma-duty
that we are born to serve
and to do
out of our true nature,
our original nature,
within the context and circumstances
of our life,
all our life long.

We never quit being
who we are,
where we are,
when we are,
for the sake of
the true good of the whole,
in filial service
and liege loyalty and devotion
to that which needs us to be
who we are,
where we are,
when we are,
for the sake of 
the true good of the whole.

If you do not know 
what I am talking about,
sit still and quiet
and allow the silence
to show you
what I mean.



Field Road 05 11/14/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Fulfilling our destiny/dharma 
is doing what needs to be done--
what needs us to do it--
what we need to do
in the time and place of our living. 

We may well want to do it,
and we may be compelled to do it,
past all wanting, desiring, craving.
Our destiny/dharma is 
that which we have to do
or to live forever having not done it, 
having failed to respond
when the time for acting was upon us,
or having responded with a steadfast refusal
to do what we knew was needed,
but did not have the heart for,
or the interest in.

Putting ourselves in the service
of our destiny/dharma
and serving it
with all our heart,
and soul,
and mind,
and strength 
is finding our life
and living it.

Through all situations
and circumstances,
no matter what.

The trick is to remember
what we are doing
and refuse to let anything 
keep us from doing it.

It will seem to be useless,
pointless, meaningless, hopeless
futile and absurd. 
Keep going.
Stay with it.
Believe steadfastly
that it matters how we live,
and live as though it does--
even so!

If we are going to ever
take anything on faith,
let it be this,
and live like it matters
to our very last breath!

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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