January 27, 2022


On Grandfather Mountain 04 10/12/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Grandfather Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville, North Carolina
We need to be able to pay the right bills,
and that is all money is good for.

When we make money an end in itself,
it becomes good for nothing.
Its rightful place is buying
the tools we need,
and supplying us with what we need
to do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
by sharing and serving the gifts/daemon
(Sounds like "di-MON")/shtick/interests/abilities/etc.
that come with us from the womb.

Living in right-relationship with our original nature,
and expressing/exhibiting it
within the circumstances of our life
is the essence of a life well-lived.

It is integrity and sincerity brought forth
to meet the day,
every day.

Money exists to serve our integrity and sincerity.
And helps us to do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises

Our life asks nothing more than this of us,
and it asks this of us all the time.



Hunting Island Woods 05/01/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
Everything is day-to-day.

"We make our plans,
collect our pay.
Think we are gliding down the highway,
when, in fact, we are slip-sliding away"
(Paul Simon).

But, what are we going to do--
not knowing any more about what to do
than we know?

We can only play it out,
knowing that we don't know what to do
because we don't know about what,
and don't have enough information to know.

We wait to see,
and then react/respond to what happens
as best we can,
and let that be that.

Always at the mercy of the unknowable.
As ready for anything as we can be,
and taking our chances with what comes.

But it might be to our advantage 
to take a "Two Minds Approach" to our problem.
To all of our problems.

There is the ego-conscious mind,
and there is the psyche-unconscious mind.
We live best (So the theory goes)
when we live as two minds, not one.

With the ego-conscious mind
taking the psyche-unconscious mind seriously
as a full partner in the work of being alive,
and collaborating with it
in anticipating what's coming
and in responding to it when it arrives.

There are two of us here,
not one. 
Consult and collaborate, kid.
Consult and collaborate.

Listen to your heart.
Listen to your body
(To what you know "in your bones,"
to what your "gut feelings" are saying).
Listen to your instincts/intuition.
Listen to your nighttime dreams,
and your daytime hunches/realizations.
Look for symbols that speak to you,
asking "What's this saying to me?"
to every object/image/song/sound that attracts you,
that catches your eye/ear.

Developing an appreciation for,
and awareness of,
is the best way of establishing/maintaining
a relationship with the invisible world.

And working with a Jungian analyst 
would be a great idea if you can arrange it.

However you mind how you go,
go knowing two minds are better than one,
and take up the work 
of walking two paths at the same time!


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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