February 06, 2022


Mountain Ash 10/15/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Grandfather Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville, North Carolina
Being the Christ,
possessing Buddha Mind,
trusting ourselves to our original nature
in each situation as it arises,
takes practice, practice, practice.

Believing has nothing to do with it.

It is all doing, doing, doing--
what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done
time after time after time.

We can believe anything we want
as long as we live to do that.

Doing it until we can do it
without thinking about it.

with integrity and devotion,
all our life long,
no matter what.



Flying North 05/07/2020 Oil Paint Rendered
It takes the right kind of 
emptiness, stillness and silence
to have a chance.

The world is too noisy to listen.
Too much complexity
keeps us from living the life
that is ours to live.

We cannot get to the truth of the matter
with all that is in the way.

What is the matter?
What is the problem?
What ails us?

We don't know where to start.

Start there.

Sit with that.

In as much of the right kind of emptiness,
and silence
as you can muster
for a long as you can.

Practice that
until something stirs to life
and calls your name.

When the door opens,
walk through.



Flying South 10/16/2016 Oil Paint Rendered
What needs to be done
in each situation as it arises
is what it is time for,
is what the times call for.

Knowing what time it is (for),
is the most important thing
there is to know.

And then comes doing it.

Knowing what time it is (for)
is a matter of instinct
and intuition.

Knowing what time it is (for)
is grounded upon mystery,
and flows from mystery.

How do we know what we know?
We can be talked out of it
like that (snaps fingers).
We can talk ourselves out of it.
We can dismiss, discount, disregard
all that we know in our bones.
All of our gut feelings go 
like that (snaps fingers again).

It takes commitment to the cause
and dedication to the task
to know what we know
and trust ourselves with the knowledge,
and support ourselves in the action
that is grounded upon,
and flows from,
the mystery at the heart of life and being.

And that is all it takes
to turn the world around,
one situation at a 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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