August 08-B, 2022

St. Mary of the Angels 10/04/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
We (ideally) bridge the worlds,
the physical world
of normal, apparent, reality,
and the metaphysical (Our term)
the world beyond the physical world,
which is the world of abnormal, 
easy to overlook/deny, reality.

Our Ego-mind connects us firmly
to this world.
Our Yogi-mind connects us firmly
to the world beyond this world.

Yogi-mind can be thought of
as Buddha-mind,
or as the mind of Christ.
I prefer "Yogi-mind"
because that has the least
amount of baggage connected with it
for those in the West.

Jesus and John-the-Baptist,
the Prophets, Moses and Abraham,
were the Jewish equivalents 
of the yogis of Hinduism and Buddhism,
and so, for me, "Yogi-mind"
connects all of those who were/are connected
with the Metaphysical world 
beyond this world.

The place of Ego (Or, Ego-mind), 
is to cooperate with Yogi-mind
in becoming the contact point
between worlds,
so that Ego-mind and Yogi-mind merge,
becoming the Buddha/Christ/Moses/etc.
within this world of trees and concrete,
and leading the way to life 
between worlds,
which is where we all need to be.

We all are to be Christs, Buddhas, Ego/Yogis.

And, we want nothing to do with that.
We are eternally as Adam and Eve,
looking for a really good deal in this world.
And living between worlds has nothing to commend it.
("Can you do it and eat chocolate at the same time?")

So. Here we are. Now what?
Those of you who can,
come with me between the worlds.
Those of you who cannot,
enjoy your chocolate.

We bridge the worlds through
emptiness, stillness and silence,
integrity and sincerity,
living to exhibit/express/incarnate
our original nature
and the innate virtues we all have at birth,
in this world of noise, complexity and circumstances
beyond our control,
by doing what needs to be done
when it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
(which we intuit and implement)
in each situation as it arises,
no matter what,
and moving on from there
into the next situation as it arises,
and so on
throughout our life.
Connecting the worlds
by being at-one with each world,

Living like this is to be transparent to ourselves
transparent to one another
and transparent to transcendence,
awash in the wonder of it all

This is "the kingdom of God" on earth.
"Realized eschatology."
"The new heaven and the new earth."

Ego-mind and Yogi-mind = one mind.
In the grind of the same old same old,
nothing special,
everydayness of here/now.

"Enlightenment and then the laundry,"
is as wonderful 
and as beautiful
and as transformative
as it gets.
That's it.



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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