May 19-C, 2022

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Great Egret 02/08/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Martin Swamp, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
The world is as we make it out to be
and we cannot get beyond
our idea of how things are
to how things actually are.
We don't know how things actually are.
How they appear to be is as close
as we can get.

This plays nicely with:
No expectations!
No agenda!
No opinions!

And calls us to see our seeing--
to be aware of how we are seeing things
and how that reflects the way we view things generally,
and all of the things that have happened to us
to skew our viewing everything in a way 
that is "just like us,"
and says more about us 
than it says about what we are looking at.

How we see things says more about us 
than it says about the things we see.

Getting to the bottom of that--
of how we came to see the way we do--
tells us all we need to know about us
in a deeply relevant way.

It's insight into why we act the way we act,
revere the things we revere,
fear the things we fear,
etc.

Sit down with anything
and say what you see when you look at it,
and what it is good for,
what it is bad for,
what its history is,
what its future will likely be,
and all of the other things that 
you can think to say about it,
and then look at how you see it
actually reflects/exhibits you
on an emotional/psychological level
the way a mirror reflects/exhibits you
on a physical level.

Everything you see is a metaphor for you.
It is you trying to show yourself who you are.
Start listening!
Change your relationship with yourself
and with the world,
by seeing you seeing the world.  

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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