February 01, 2022


Scrapping Fall Carolina Thread Trail 08 Oil Paint Rendered 11/17/2021 — 12-mile Creek Segment, Waxhaw, North Carolina
May we see what we look at
and know what we know,
and do what needs to be done,
oh may it be so,
may it be even yet so,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
oh may it be so!

That's the best we have,
its all we can do,
just knowing what's what
and offering the gifts
that were there from the start,
and letting that be,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
and letting that be,

We look for rewards,
live for profit and gain,
fear, greed and hatred 
our shame and our bane,
and nothing to blame
but our refusal to be who we are
right here, right now,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

The game is straight forward,
do the best that you can,
letting that be that,
and doing the best we can with that,
and with that,
and with that,
and with that...
and letting that be that!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
Always doing the best we can
with that!

What is so hard about that?
There is nothing to it is there?
It's just not what we have in mind,
is it?
And if we don't want it,
that's all there is to it,
we will never do it,
will we?
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
Picking our way through
the torn and broken Hallelujahs!

Looking out there
for what is in here,
we groan and bemoan 
the burden we hold dear
having our way to spite The Way
in willing what cannot be willed
and rejecting what waits to be,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Live but don't learn,
look but don't see,
strive but don't do
what needs to be done
and needs us to do it
when it needs to be done
how it needs to be done
because it needs to be done
is all there is to it
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Turning the light around
turns everything with it
restores right order
puts all in place,
waiting on our alignment
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

The orchestra is tuning up
with no one to conduct.
The dancers are dancing
with none to direct.
The players are playing
but the game isn't set.
And chaos is everywhere
because none will sit
and be still
and know what they know
and do what needs to be done,
oh may it be so
may it even yet be so!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
Oh may it be so!



Two Trees 09/07/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Greensboro, North Carolina
I have talked about things just popping into mind
"out of nowhere,"
as jolts from the psyche
to get our attention
and nudge us into seeing what is happening
in our life
and how we might respond to it better
than we are.

A place the psyche has free rein
and doesn't have to compete
with ego-consciousness for our attention
is in our sleep.
Dreams are things that "pop into our mind,"
inviting us to decipher the messages
and apply our understanding to our life.

You might understand every dream
as saying, "This is how things are 
in your life right now.
What are you going to do about it?"

To get the message,
we have to listen to the dream.
Look at the theme of the dream.
What is it about?
What is the drift?
Is it a recurring dream over time?

What stands out about the dream?
Is it an object?
A person?
A scene?

What associations can you make
between the dream elements
and your lived experience.
How is "this" like "that"?

Dreams of cars that won't stop,
or planes crashing
can be thought of as the dream
over-dramatizing our tendency 
to be too much in control
of what is happening in our life,
suggesting that we need to step back
a bit, ease up.

Dreams of always loosing our pocketbook,
or our wallet,
can be suggesting that our identity
is not firmly established,
and we could do a better job
of being an "I" in relationships with others.

Dreams of flying with the birds
could be saying that our ego is flighty
and not firmly grounded,
that our life is fantasy founded,
and we are resisting growing up.

Dreams of snakes could be making fun
of our tendency to not trust ourselves
to our environment or other people,
always looking for "a snake in the grass."

To get the good out of a dream,
mine it for its symbols
and see what associations they bring to mind.

Pay particular attention to the emotions 
the dream arouses in you--both as a participant
in the dream,
and as the dreamer of the dream.
Explore those emotions to see
what that might reveal.

Our dreams are one way psyche
attempts to commune with us.
The least we can do is pay attention!


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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