March 11, 2022


Beulah Land 12 Oil Paint Rendered
The Gateless Gate is to be found
in every landscape,
in all situations.

It only takes remembering this is so
for it to be so,
standing before us
to turn the light around,
bringing perspective and perception
to bear on this here and now,
transporting us,
shifting us,
from the rational, physical world 
of logic and reason,
morality and ethics--
transcending the world of give and take,
conquest and humiliate--
and opening us to the spiritual world
of seeing and hearing,
perceiving and realizing,
knowing and doing,
being and becoming
aligned with the flow of life
through all situations 
and circumstances,
where we exhibit/express
our innate and original nature
in doing what needs to be done
where it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
no matter what,
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long.

This is the universal covenant 
of life with itself and its lived environment.

And when we break the covenant,
it all falls apart
until we realign ourselves
with the flow of life,
and take up our role
in the process of seeing and doing,
apprehending and responding
to the need of the moment,
with the gifts we bring to the moment,
for the well-being of life as a whole.

The Gate supplies us with the mental shift
that is needed to turn the light around
and re-orient ourselves from
seizing, forcing, striving, achieving...
to seeing, hearing, knowing, doing, being...
at one with ourselves and each other
and all sentient beings
in balance and harmony with all.

The Gate is real
and we are Gate-keepers,
honoring the Gate and keeping it open 
to the flow of life and being 
between the worlds
of physical reality and spiritual reality--
each supporting the other for the good of the whole,
from generation to generation,
world without end.

It is the way.
And it is time for us to be about it.



The Trestle 02/18/2018 Oil Paint Rendered — Lift Trestle on Red River, Alexandria, Louisiana
If we aren't living the kind of life
that is worth dying for,
we should sit quietly 
seeking what is worth living for,
and do that--
letting nothing stop us
from doing that.

Ukrainians understand this. 
Billionaires, not so much.

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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