December 26, 2021

01

Branches 12/10/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
What is blocking your way?
Holding you back?
Dragging you down?
Obstructing your life?

Except for what you would be free
to do what needs to be done?

Our obstructions are excuses.
Paraplegics have the same chance
at Original Personhood
as anyone else.

It is not what stands in our way.
It is our attitude about
all that stands in our way.

How we see what we look at
tells the tale.

Joseph Campbell would ask us
to imagine the Star of David--
which before it was called 
"The Star of David"
is the six-pointed symbol
"that appears in India
as the sign of Chakra IV"--
the Heart Chakra.
the center of empathy,
compassion, sympathy, love, 
according to the system 
known as Ayurveda.

This is from the Johns Hopkins website:

Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life. Based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person's consciousness, Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.

This underscores the importance of 
"balance and harmony"
and their central place
in the service of The Way
throughout our life.

The two equilateral triangles
melded into each other
are equivalent to the yin/yang symbol
of early Taoism,
with "aspiration"
and "inertia" cancelling each other out
in a static and eternal kind of way.

Which is the static and eternal 
way of interpreting the symbol.

Another, equally possible, interpretation
is to see the Fourth Chakra 
as a veritable map of life,
much like the cross symbol of Christianity,
suggesting that the present moment
is always a compromise/collaboration
between the forces of light and darkness,
or duality in all its manifestations.

We proceed as a "mystery of conjunctions"
all along life's way.
We walk two paths at the same time all the time.

We do so by walking one path
with an eye on the other path,
aware of the validity of both paths,
discounting, dismissing, denying, ignoring
neither path ever.

The ascending triangle is enabled
and assisted--
Not! cancelled out or nullified--
by the descending triangle,
resulting in progress, not stagnation.

Moving forward/upward is propelled
by our interest in/exploration of
our desire for the opposite direction.

We examine the downward thrust of our journey
for it's insight/input/contribution
to our overall wholeness/synthesis/union/completion.

In our quest for upward/forward/achievement,
what are we ignoring/rejecting?

What insight/realization/awareness are we 
abandoning/banishing by our one-sided desire
for conquest/subjugation/acquisition/success/glory?

The two triangles meet at the center
for conversation/dialogue/communion 
in a mutually accepting/appreciating/honoring/admiring/unifying
kind of way.

Consciousness expands/enlarges/deepens/develops
through its recognition of and compassion for
the wealth/treasures/value of the Unconscious
that is with us to balance the desires/will
of our conscious ego always to the end of the ages.

What we know is aided and assisted
by what we do not know.

What we do not know is always trying 
to get our attention by interfering with
(According to our interpretation)
our plans and agendas and what we want to happen--
but the interference is always in our own best interest,
if we would but take the time 
to empty ourselves of our idea of the good,
enter the stillness and silence,
and open ourselves to a good beyond our idea of the good.

As Meister Eckhart said,
"The final leave-taking is leaving God for God."

And Joseph Campbell said,
"Where you stumble and fall,
there lies the treasure."

There is nothing like the fall from grace
to invite us to graciously receive
the fall from grace,
and all that it opens for eyes that see,
ears that hear
and hearts that finally understand.

And awakening never ends.

Thus, Heraclitus eternally reminds us:
“Traveling on every path, 
you will not find 
the boundaries of soul by going; 
so deep is its measure.” 

And on we go!
As One,
together with ourselves
and all other selves,
one self many journeys,
merrily, merrily all along the Way.

Balancing, harmonizing, unifying,
consolidating, synchronizing, synthesizing,
bringing together all that happens,
day by day.     

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02

Bayou DeSiard 07 11/02/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Monroe, Louisiana
We are on our own.
What are we going to do about it?
I recommend
listening,
looking,
seeing,
hearing,
inquiring,
exploring,
investigating,
experimenting,
evaluating,
reflecting,
hypothesizing,
theorizing,
testing,
revising,
with all conclusions being tentative
awaiting further evidence,
and all certainty being circumspect,
and nothing being assumed or inferred
without awareness and inspection.

Trusting ourselves to know what's what
and what is called for
through the right kind of emptiness, 
stillness and silence
regularly turned to 
and experienced/received
for the clarity it offers
and the direction/guidance
provided thereby.

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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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