January 31, 2022


Merced River 04/27/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Yosemite National Park, California
What springs to mind
when I ask you,
"What springs to mind?"

Psyche works that way.
Things springing to mind
have their source in psyche's
on-going endeavor to get our attention.

The natural world works
on things springing to mind.
How do I know that?
It just sprang to mind.
I evaluated it,
decided it was highly likely to be the case,
and typed it,
where we all can look at it,
evaluate it, 
see how it is plausible
and decide what it means for us
if it turns out to be so.

The natural world is coordinated
and in sync in ten thousand ways.

The tides come and go in response
to gravitational forces,
which, themselves, fluctuate
in response to movement in planetary bodies,
and I don't know what else.

Birds migrate,
along with animals and butterflies,
based on seasonal cues 
and the position of the moon (perhaps).

Speaking of birds,
what is the mechanism controlling
the flight patterns of entire flights of birds?
"Morphogenetic resonance" is a collection
of meaningless syllables that explains nothing,
and calling it a "paranormal influence"
is merely a way of not saying "MYSTERY."

It is all based on MYSTERTY!
And psyche is at the heart of the mystery,
part of the mystery,
nothing if it is not mystery,
and it seeks communion with us,
response from us,
calling us to know what we know,
which is what the entire natural world knows.

And attending the things that spring to mind
is one of the ways of being attuned to psyche.

There are others.

Here is a link to "Your Totem Animal,"
which is one of my favorite ways of accessing the psyche:

Your Totem Animal
Noting the symbols that move you, and exploring them with your imagination, will activate psychic influences and lead to realization-- deepening, expanding, enlarging your awareness. Learn the language of psyche. Attend to her regularly. Live as a collaborative partner with psyche in all of your life choices. It will transform your world. Spoiler alert: It is not a way of getting what you want. You have to lay what you want aside. Wanting is in direct competition with Knowing/Understanding, and the full scope of the hero's journey (AKA, maturation), is taking direction of our life away from wanting and giving it to doing what is called for here and now, knowing what it is time for and serving it with our life. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano.



December Woods 04 12/06/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Indian Land, South Carolina
Extending the monologue about communing with psyche,
when I started with "What comes to mind?",
I immediately found myself in an empty field,
which became "the wilderness,"
or, more appropriately, "the wasteland,"
in my associations that flowed spontaneously
from being in an empty field. 

"The wasteland" opened, in my imagination,
reflecting my spontaneous associations with the image,
led to The Search for the Holy Grail,
and Parsifal's quest which led to his 
encounter with The Fisher King,
and Parsifal's failure to ask the necessary question,
"What ails thee?" of the King.

"What ails thee?" becomes for me, "What is the problem?"
and is the question
transforming the world
by getting to the bottom of what is going on.

Getting to the bottom of things here and now,
opens us to what is happening 
and what needs to happen in response,
in each situation as it arises,
and shifts us from a wanting/getting/having/wanting
orientation in life,
to a seeing/knowing/understanding/doing/being/seeing...
in which we live to do what is called for
in each moment--
just as Jesus did,
just as the Buddha did,
just as the spirit of Christ,
just as the Buddha mind,
does for all of us 
when we give ourselves to
"the wind that blows where it will,"
without willing/serving/forcing our own agenda,
with our opinions, judgments, desires, fears, etc.
getting in the way
and shifting us into different directions.

Getting to the bottom of what is going on,
and doing what needs to be done about it,
is the over-riding need of the times,
in all times and places.

It is the Search for the Holy Grail,
which is the source of life, vitality, Joie de vivre,
flowing from the axis mundi
at "the still point of the turning world,"
which is the source and goal
of those on the hero's journey,
and it is found within each of us
as we give ourselves with liege loyalty
and filial devotion
to the task of doing what needs us to do it,
here and now,
day after day,
all our life long.

And all of this flowed from me asking,
"What comes to mind?"
And opening myself to what came to mind.

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.

4 thoughts on “January 31, 2022

  1. Hi, Jim, I was so intrigued by this reference “Your Totem Animal” that I am following up to mention to you that it said “No Posts Found” when I clicked on the link.   Please check the link – I hope to read what you have to say about this topic. Thank you! Sandy Sandy Roggerosandraroggero@sbcglobal.net


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