July, 2022

Before Dawn East Fork Overlook 05/30/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Brevard, North Carolina
The nature of the spiritual quest 
is a shift in perspective 
that allows us to see how things are 
without being overwhelmed and undone. 

We see into the heart of things, 
grasp the nature of things, 
know what is true 
and what is also true, 
and are essentially okay with that knowledge. 

The camera can become a tool 
and a metaphor
for the perspective shift 
that transforms our being in the world. 

It is not the photograph 
that is the reason for our photography, 
but the seeing, 
the perceiving, 
the "getting it." 

We have the possibility of seeing 
through the viewfinder 
what the guy saw 
when the Buddha held up the flower. 

Every scene is a potential 
"doorway of perception." 
It's a matter of orientation and intention, 
awareness and 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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