August 05-A, 2022

Crabapples at Rangeley Lake 09/22/2000 Oil Paint Rendered — Rangeley, Maine
Carl Jung's idea of synchronicity,
with the right thing happening
at the right time,
in the right way
is a here/now description
of the Tao from 5000 BCE.

What is in charge of arraigning synchronicity?
That is what is in charge of the Tao.

Jung would call it "the unconscious,"
which is a catch phrase for "The Mystery
that is unknown and unknowable."

That is what Lao Tzu called the Tao:

"Darkness within darkness,
the gateway to mystery."

We want to find the secret to power and control
over the Mystery
so we can use it to serve our ends--
as if we know what to do with that kind of power.

Reminds me of the old one about the drunk
stumbling upon a magic lamp,
and in examining it caused the genie to appear,
who offered him three wishes as appreciation
for its release.

The drunk said, "I'd like a pint of Guinness
that always refilled when I emptied it!"
Poof! There it was.

The drunk downs it with one long swig,
wipes his mouth,
watching the pint refill before his eyes.

"WOOOWWWW!!!" he said, "This is so cool
I want two more just like it!"

That is us wielding the power of the Unconscious
to grant us what we want.

We will have to live through 700,000 
times 700,000 lifetimes to gain enough maturity
to know we don't know what to do
with that kind of power,
and that the best we can hope for
is to be able to say,
"Thy will, not mine, be done!" 

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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