November 02, 2021

01

Ocracoke Lighthouse Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
The Hero's Journey
is working our heart
into our circumstances.
That is all there is to it.

What is keeping you 
from living 
with your heart in 
what you do?

What would you have to do
to bring your heart
to life in your life?

There is nothing in the picture
but you,
your life
and your heart.

Get those three points
aligned, in sync, in accord
and keep them there,
and you are in business,
at one with yourself
and your life.

You have nothing more
to ask, or want, or imagine.
You are there.
That is it.
Why is it so hard?
Why do we think there must be
something else?
Something more?

It isn't good for the economy!

We are the Enemy of Capitalism
if we live with our hear
in our life!
The culture demands our dissatisfaction!
We are born into a culture
that requires our disgruntlement.

"This" is never enough in this culture!
"Is this all there is?"
We need parties, beer, cocaine, sex
to take our mind off our misery
at not being able to be happy
with where we are.

The rejoinder to
"Is this all there is?"
is "What would it take?"
We have no idea.
Just, not this.

What it would take
is to have our heart in
what we are doing.
And to be doing what needs to be done.
In this moment,
within these circumstances.

"NO!" we shout!
"Nobody can do anything with moments
and circumstances like these!
We have to have better moments!
Finer circumstances!"

We are children of the culture.
Imprisoned by Capitalism.
We escape by sitting still,
being quiet,
emptying ourselves of the idea
that we need more than we have,
and waiting for our heart to speak.

What is our heart dying for?
What does our heart need 
us to be doing?
What is our heart's deep joy?
What would cause our soul
to twinkle, dance and sing?

Here's a hint:
It won't cost very much money.
Probably none at all.

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02

Cabin in the Snow 03 02/11/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Sitting still,
being quiet,
empty and awake,
watching,
listening,
waiting...

Emptiness and silence are
the doorway to balance and harmony,
sincerity, integrity, spontaneity,
spirit, energy, vitality,
compassion and peace,
courage, virtue, resiliency,
life and well-being.

Our work is to transform
our relationship
with our life,
ourselves,
other people,
and see where it goes,
with nothing in it for us
beyond what becomes of us
in the process
of knowing and being who we are
within the circumstances
of each situation as it arises
in the service of what needs to happen
moment by moment.

If you are looking 
for something other than that,
something more than that,
I hope you find it.

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03

Cheraw State Park 01 04/08/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Cheraw, South Carolina
Perspective is the super power
we all seek
and possess.
We only need to know that,
and allow it to become 
what it needs to be
in the time and place of our living,
to transform the time and place of our living,
and bring us to life in the life we are living.

How we see what we look at
changes everything--
particularly so
when we begin to see our seeing.

A perspective that takes itself
into account
is a power for good
in our life
and in the life of the world.

But nobody wants us to know that
because they can't control us
if we are aware of what they are doing.
And the culture depends on our being controlled
by the aims and needs of the culture.

In our culture,
if it is not good for the economy,
it is not good.
And "the economy"
means people profiting
on what we buy/spend/amass/consume.
If we aren't buying 
what they are selling,
we are a threat to the system,
and they do everything they can
to keep us docile and compliant,
disgruntled and needy.

Taking our mind back from them
is the essence of treason
in their book.
It is the essence of life
in our book.

We are engaged in the struggle/fight
for our soul/mind/perspective.
We win with emptiness/silence/solitude/reflection.
We lose with noise and complexity
being inserted into our life
by the spokespersons of the culture.

How much noise/complexity is in your life?
How much emptiness/silence?

Your perspective is in the balance here.

We cannot be grounded/focused/centered/
anchored to an adamantine foundation
without emptiness/silence/solitude/reflection.

Sit still.

Be quiet.

Pay attention—

to what arises in the silence,
particularly to what resonates with you,
catches your eye,
calls your name,
just by emerging
appearing,
occurring to you
from within the silence.

Look closer there.

See where it goes.

On a regular basis.

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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