October 22, 2021

01

Sumac 91 10/19/2021 Oil Pant Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
There is no god in the sky,
making weal and creating woe.
We are all we have.
All there is.
All we need.

We have made all the rest of it up
to comfort ourselves 
in the uncertainty of our existence
through all those years
of being at the mercy
of everything.

The more we discovered about the world 
around us,
and the more proficient we grew
in making it on our own,
the less important 
the god above,
or the pantheon of the gods above,
became.

But.

We missed an important element.

The Two Worlds--
the Invisible and the Visible--
the world of our dreams and visions
and nightmares,
and the world of rocks and trees,
planting and harvesting,
"wars and rumors of wars,"
are the most real aspects of our existence,
and we dismissed the Invisible World,
and misused the Visible World
to serve ourselves.

The Other World is as real
as This World of here and now
present reality.

It is past time we acknowledged that,
and took our place
as the interface between worlds,
living in this world
in light of that world.
Aligning ourselves in this world
with the inner truth of that world.
Making our way in this world,
guided by,
and in full accord with,
the directions and leanings of that world.

Taking our cues from that world
and applying them to our life in this world.
Balancing the demands of both worlds.
Living in harmony with,
and acknowledging the place of, each.

We begin by giving that world its due.

Sitting still.
Being quiet.
Waiting.
Watching.
Listening to our nighttime dreams.
Learning to read the signals
of our body.
Knowing what we know,
and all that we don't know.
Alert to what arises unbidden
within.
Learning to know the inner world
as well as we know the outer world.

Integrating Mythos and Logos
by giving as much time and attention
to instinct, intuition,imagination
and the ineffable
as we give to logic, reason, analytics
and the facts
that have been the only facts
up until now.

Living with a foot in each world.
Walking two paths at the same time.
Being fully who we are,
where we are,
when we are,
how we are
at all times,
in all places...

What a world that would be.

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02

American Holly 10/20/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
In order for That World 
to be recognized and treated
as being of value to This World,
it has to make a difference
in the life of This World
that can be quantified, weighed,
measured, counted, boxed-up,
fenced-in, owned, bought-and-sold,
and used in ways 
that have tangible benefits
to those living here and now.

Barring that, it is useless.

Jesus said, 
"The stone the builders reject
is the chief cornerstone."

And, here we are.

The assessment of value
depends upon our seeing
what we look at.

How often is that the case
with us?

If you want to change your life
in profound and immeasurable ways,
practice seeing what you look at.

And communing with the Invisible World.

The Invisible World
is the world of the Psyche,
of the Unconscious 
(so-called because we
are not conscious of it) 
Mind.

We have One Mind, 
and it has conscious and unconscious
aspects.

The more conscious we can become
of what is unconscious,
the better able we are 
to live in ways that balance
the "two worlds"
and unite them in harmony
with one another
in the One World of perceived reality.

And that makes all the difference.

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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