May 09-B, 2022


Hail Mary, Full of Grace 04-21-2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston, South Carolina
Here is a link 
( ) 
to a performance of my favorite 
Bluegrass/Gospel group 
who also connects me 
with the Tao flowing through all things 
to carry us all through “the Great Flow of Circumstances” 
to balance and harmony, 
sincerity and integrity, 
spirit, energy and vitality 
at the core of life and being. 

I am quite sure that I do not share their politics or their theology (As you may know, I work to have NO theology--
and am certain we all can get along better with out it) 
but the core at the heart of all sentient beings 
is the Axis Mundi, 
the World Tree, 
the Center Pole, 
“The Still Point of the Turning World,” 
that grounds us, 
anchors us, 
to that from which we will not, and cannot, be moved. 

We can talk about it in different ways, 
but the fundamental truth is that 
“The Tao that can be said/told/explained/talked about 
is not the Eternal Tao,” 
which Martin Palmer interprets as, 
“The Path that can be discerned as the Path 
is not a reliable path.” 

And we are all on our own 
to find our way to the Center, to the Source, 
to the Mystery at the heart of things,
and to exhibit the truth of our Original Nature 
and the Virtues (The Te Power, The Virtue Power), 
that are the gifts of ours from birth—
our genius/daemon/shtick/knacks/etc.,
which form our identity 
and connects us 
at the level of the heart/core/center 
with all sentient beings—
and which separates us 
and holds us apart from 
all other sentient beings 
at the same time in a yin/yang (pronounced “yong”) 
kind of way.
It’s all Tao all the Way. 
Which is my way of talking about
That Which Cannot Be Said.

I hope you like The Petersens!

And, while we are on the subject,
I will say that the featured photograph here,
speaks directly to all I have said above,
with the kneeling woman before the Cross
representing all those like her through the ages,
in cathedrals,
and churches, 
and home altars,
and ships at sea...

And we stand with her and them,
seeking the center, the heart,
the core, the source, the mystery
holding us all,
and all of the universe,
making us one,
but not the same one!!!

We are One and we are Many,
each of us is different from 
the others of us,
and we have to be true to ourselves,
and true to our connection-at-the-level-of-the-heart
with all others,
balancing and harmonizing yin/yang
around the circle,
in each situation as it arises
all our lives long.

It is all Tao/Mystery,
which we can know
without being able to explain,
or make sense of,
and so we live in the tension of opposites,
and dance to the music of life everlasting,
with the rhythm that knows no end.

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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