December 24, 2021

01

Wetlands Sunrise Panorama 02 12/26/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Four Mile Creek Greenway, Charlotte, North Carolina
The Way winds through every way,
and lies latent in everything,
concealed in all that reveals it
to eyes that see,
ears that hear,
hearts that understand,
as The Great Secret
plainly visible
in every place
at all times.

The Joke
of the Ages.

Right here,
right now.

A slight perspective shift
away from realization
in all times and places,
through all times and places,
to right here,
right now.

What's the trick?

The right kind of emptiness,
stillness
and silence.

Being present,
being open,
being here, now.

Aware of what is happening,
and of what is being called for,
and offering it as best we can
out of the gifts/genius/daemon
of our original nature--
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long
no matter what.

Beginning here, now.

The Path Without End.

Amen.

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02

Watkins Glen 05 09/20/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Watkins Glen State Park, New York
The answer to everything--
"The solution to all of our problems today, everyday"--
is the right kind of emptiness,
stillness
and silence.

The right kind of nothing
is all we need.

Out of the right kind of nothing,
everything appears,
emerges,
arises,
becomes,
at the right time,
in the right way,
as a blessing and grace
upon all who are capable
of being blessed and graced
by the right kind of emptiness,
stillness
and silence.

Who have been blessed and graced
from the beginning
with a noble heart,
a kind heart,
a gentle heart,
as innocent as a baby fresh born,
untouched by greed or fear,
with no agenda
and no opinion,
looking to see what's what,
and what to make of it,
and what is called for,
and what needs to be done about it,
waiting for the clarity 
that comes with experience and time
to those at peace
with the right kind of emptiness,
stillness
and silence
over time.

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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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