September 11, 2021


The Cypress Pond 04 11/052003 Oil Paint Rendered — Down East North Carolina
Things are the way they are
because it is in someone's best interest
that they stay this way.

Who benefits from the way things are?
Find those who do,
and you know why things are as they are.

What to do about it is "complicated,"
as everyone who knows says.

"Complicated" means keeping things unchanged
is so important to so many powerful people
that there are no routes to transformation.

One or two people in Congress keep things 
from moving.

It is a standoff/stalemate without end
toward better.
Worse is the only available direction.
That is what "It's complicated" means.

There is nothing to be done but wait it out.
Pressure will build.
Something will happen
(Someone will have a heart attack, etc.),
and things will begin to move.
And most of us will not like that, either.

Most of us,
or almost most of us,
not liking things
seems to have become a staple
of Democracy.

That is because the majority does not rule.
Money rules,
and most of the people have no money,
thus, most of the people 
are going to be unhappy most of the time.

Those who are happy
are those making money
off the way things are.

It simplifies the "complication."
to say "Wealthy people like it this way,
and they don't care what anyone thinks about it."

The Dalai Lama said,
regarding the Chinese Communists'
takeover of Tibet,

“If, in any situation, 
there is no solution, 
there is no point in being anxious. 
If the forces at work 
have their own momentum, 
and what’s going on now 
is the product of what went before, 
and if this generation
is not in control of all those forces, 
then this process will continue.” 

"This generation" is most of the population.
"The forces at work" 
are those profiting from "this situation."

And "this process will continue."




Early Light 10/07/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Price Lake, Grandfather Mountain, Julian Price Memorial Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
If you were starting from the start,
I would ask you to contemplate/meditate/reflect
on one question:
"What does wanting know?"
And all the questions this question begs
to be asked and answered.

For example, "How does wanting get to be the
go-to guide determining how we live
and what we do?"


This is preparation for all that follows.
Questions lead the way.
There are no bad questions 
as long as you keep asking the questions
that beg to be asked by your answers.

Particularly, the questions that beg to be asked
by your answers,
and by other questions!

As you get to the bottom 
of "What does wanting know?"
you will begin to cast about
for an alternative guide for 
your way through life--
and I just happen to have it
all lined up for you:

Your Original Nature!

It turns out that you are the best guide
available to you.

'Cept, but, only--you come with many
voices within,
and only one knows what it's talking about.
How do we make that one
The Real Go-To Guide?

By sitting still,
being quiet,
and waiting for "the mud to settle
and the water to clear."

Return To The Silence!
That's the mantra
for the rest of the way.

The Silence is the source
of all that is.
Learning to listen to The Silence,
to wait in The Silence,
to wait for The Silence,
to wait for what arises
in The Silence...
Is the art and the ground
of a life well-lived.

That Which Knows
meets us in The Silence,
and goes with us
the rest of the way.

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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