October 05, 2021


Monument Valley Sunrise 09/25/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Rumi said,
"Darkness is the cradle of light."

The Jewel is in the lotus,
and the lotus is in the slime.
In time, the Jewel is in the slime--
IS the slime.
And the slime brings forth the Jewel.

In the far extreme lies
the opposite extreme.

The more different we become,
the more alike we are.

Thou Art That. 
Neti-Neti--Neither this nor that.
Both this and that!

Yin is Yang
Yang is Yin.

In the Other
is that which we are.


Our contradictions
reveal who we are
and also are.

Our work is to balance and harmonize
the opposites within.
And to wink at our opposites without.



Moonrise 01 10/17/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
We live between how things are
and how things need to be.

We are the fulcrum,
the pivot point,
the swing point,
the sweet spot,
levering Is into Ought To Be.

How's it coming with that?

Mastery is the art of the Nine Terms.
Understanding what is at stake in them,
and aligning ourselves with them,
living in accord with them
swings what can be swung
from "this" to "that,"
though, I have to tell you,
there isn't much in it
for me and for you.

Doing what needs to be done--
what needs us to do it--
is not going to make us
rich and famous,
and bring fortune and glory our way.

It is only going to transform the world,
and the world won't know whom to credit,
or even know what has happened.

If we are cool with that,
we have what it takes
to meet the moment 
on the moment's terms,
and turn the light around
before the moment sees what's coming
and gets out of the way.

Here they are:

Silence and Emptiness.
Sincerity and Integrity.
Balance and Harmony.
Spirit, Energy and Vitality.

Live these words out in your life,
and nothing will be
what it would have been
if you hadn't.



Mallards in Flight 03/16/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
The solution to all of our problems today,
and any day,
is being right about
what needs to be done
here and now,
and doing it.

Doing what needs to be done 
in each situation as it arises
is the fastest and surest way
to return to balance and harmony,
get our feet under us,
get things back on track,
place ourselves in consonance 
with the flow of our life,
return to our original nature,
and stabilize the world.

Congruity and amity are established
by being attuned to the moment
of our living,
and responding to what is called for
with the gifts that are ours 
to share and serve throughout our life.

The preferred way of dealing 
with all of our issues and difficulties
is to sit still,
be quiet,
see what's what and what needs to be done about it,
and act when the time is right
to do what is ours to do,
moment by moment,
all our life long.

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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