December 17, 2021

01

Bayou DeSaird 09 11/02/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Monroe, Louisiana
We are pushing for more
of what, we do not know.
"More than this"
is all that comes to mind,
when "this" is all we need.

"Just this,"
just as it is 
has all we need 
to wake up to what's what,
and what is being called for,
and what we possess
in terms of original gifts
of our original nature
to meet "this" exactly
as it needs to be met,
by doing what needs to be done
right here, right now,
the way it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
with nothing in it for us
but the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it,
no matter what,
in each situation as it arises.

When we start doing that,
from the right kind of emptiness,
stillness,
and silence,
we will be living with clarity,
integrity, sincerity, spontaneity,
doing what needs to be done
in the right way,
and that changes everything.

That is the doorway to magic
and wonder,
grace upon grace,
light within light,
realization, balance, harmony,
peace, at-home-ness,
boon and blessings--
for no reason than we are 
aligning ourselves with
our original nature,
and following where that leads
all along the way.

The secret to well-being
and abundant life,
moment-by-moment,
here and now.

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02

December Woods 15 12/02/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
The right kind of emptiness,
stillness and silence
are the source of all that is.

They are the building blocks of life,
the "well spring of living water"
which flows without end
through all situations and circumstances,
as blessing and grace,
joy and wonder,
connecting us with our original nature,
and the Way at the heart of all worlds.

The Path is as close as seeing,
hearing,
realizing,
knowing,
doing,
being--
right here,
right now--
in every situation as it arises,
all our life long.

Ignore it until you cannot
ignore it any longer.
This is the way to the Way--
and the way to the Way
is also the Way.

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03

Valley View 01 09/27/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
We float with the drift of the moment
and trust ourselves to it,
without judgment or opinion,
wherever it goes,
letting the outcome be the outcome,
knowing that there are no outcomes,
merely transitions and adjustments,
one after another,
along the Way.

Our place is to assist--
and acquiesce to--
what is called for,
moment-to-moment,
without trying to control,
manipulate, manage, direct,
force, compel, achieve, gain,
profit from,
anything in any way.

Serving what needs to be done
with the gifts/daemon/shtick/genius/etc.
of our original nature,
at one with the drift of the moment
as the moved in response to the mover,
in each situation as it arises,
all along the Way.

Allowing the magic to happen through us,
by being one with the magic as it happens,
and letting that be enough
because it is.

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04

Fog and Rocks in Jordan Pond 04/24/2004 Oil Paint Rendered — Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
The work of living in accord with the Tao,
of aligning ourselves with the Way,
of remaining faithful to the Path,
is the movement from thinking/wanting (desiring)
to seeing/hearing.

Doing springs from both thinking/wanting
and seeing/hearing,
but what is done is the difference
that makes the difference
between being on the Path
to being lost in the endless regions 
of the wasteland.

Thinking/wanting guides our life
in the culture of our discontent.
Seeing/hearing
are incessantly dismissed,
discounted,
rejected,
ignored.

Imagine Adam and Eve before the Forbidden Fruit
and our story is the same one.
"Of course it will be good for us!
What could go wrong?"

No chance here of seeing our seeing,
or hearing what's what!

If we want it, we have to have it,
and think of ways to bring that about.

We live in the service of Fear/Desire/Duty,
as those who are deaf and blind
to all other motivations.

The work is elevating seeing/hearing
above thinking/wanting,
so that we see and hear what's what
and what is called for
and enlist ourselves in its service
with sincerity/intuition/instinct/awareness
leading the way,
with the gifts of our original nature
to resource our action
in doing what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it,
and nothing in it for us beyond that,
in each situation as it arises,
for as long as life lasts.

If we can do that, 
that's it.

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05

Baxter Creek Bridge 03 11/07/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Big Creek District, Waterville, North Carolina
I believe it matters how we live.

I believe we live best
when we lived aligned with our original nature
within the terms and conditions,
context and circumstances of our life--
when we dance with the contradictions,
integrate the polarities,
and bear consciously the pain of the mutually exclusive 
truths of existence.

I believe manage this through
the right kind of emptiness,
and the right kind of stillness,
and the right kind of silence,
in order to achieve the right kind of clarity,
balance and harmony
required to know what's what
and what is called for in response to it,
and offer what we have to give in its service
with integrity, sincerity, and spontaneity,
spirit, energy and vitality,
out of the gifts/daemon/genius/shtick/talents/etc.
that come with us from the womb
in doing what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done, 
the way it needs to be done
because it needs to be done
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it,
no matter what,
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long.

That's all I have to say in the matter,
but I will keep saying it
until it catches on.

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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