August 11-C, 2022

The Path to the Path 08/09/2022 Oil Paint Rendered, Photo credit: Patrick Hood
The path to the path
is generally as close
as we get to the path.

The path to the path 
is everywhere.
It is all a matter 
of keeping our eyes open
and walking the path we are on,
being alert to the choices we make
as the path branches,
forks and dead-ends. 

What is guiding our choices?
What is leading us along the way?
Why this and not that?
We have to home in on our motives,
fears, desires, interests
and seek what drives us,
pulls us,
pushes us
and how that squares with
what we realize/become aware of
in the silent moments of our life.

And spend more time being quiet
in an intentional and deliberate way.

When we are quiet,
what comes to us "from outside" us?
Or "from inside"?
What is our heart and our body
saying to us?

What are we aware of beyond 

The trick with awareness
is to just be aware
without engaging the objects
of our awareness,
just observing, 
just watching, 
just seeing,
just knowing...

Then we tuck this away in our awareness,
and continue being aware
of what arises in the silence.

Awareness leads to realization
and realization leads to action,
and action enlarges awareness,
and we find ourselves doing things
we would never have thought to do,
in response to realization
hatched in awareness.

And it is all a part of the path
on the way to the path.

Walking with awareness is the path
on the way to the path.


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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