July 19-C, 2022

Mormon Row Barn 06/24/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
We live between our conscious mind 
(Which can be thought as ego-mind)
and our unconscious mind
(Which can be though of as body-mind).

Our ego has to be able to handle 
its role as a "double agent,"
balancing the needs of life 
in the conscious, visible, 
world of concrete reality,
and the needs of the life of our psyche,
our unconscious, body-mind.

We live with a foot in each world.
We walk two paths at the same time.
The way to do that 
is to always be aware of the other world
while we are consciously engaged in this world.

This makes the need
for the right kind of 
and silence
to our role in coordinating
life in two worlds at once.

We are always receiving input
from our body-mind
and needing to apply it 
to our life in the conscious world.
We have to be aware of what our unconscious
is saying,
interpret it correctly,
and altering our conscious life
to take our unconscious concerns/needs 
into account.

Our task is to live in accord 
with the unconscious
by adjusting our life in the conscious world.
It requires time and attention
for us to do this.

Our nighttime dreams connect us 
with the unconscious.
Slips of the tongue,
emotional reactions
(Falling in love,
physical symptoms,
something catching our eye,
sudden interests,
are places we need to explore,
investigate, consciously
for inner messages providing 
guidance in our external life.

We have to do the work
of making the unconscious 
and regulating our life as required
in order to do that.

Our life is not ours to do with 
as we will.
Our life is to be aligned
with the inward drift of our psyche/soul,
in a "Thy will not mine be done" kind of way.

The quality of our life improves
in direct proportion to the 
degree we are able to do this,
and deteriorates in proportion 
to the degree in which we refuse/fail 
to do it.

Attend the inner,
adjust the outer.
Our mantra for life.


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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