August 17-A, 2022

Are You My Mother? Oil Paint Rendered — Photo Credit: Lee King
Perspective is how we look at things. 
Perception is what we see when we look. 
Our perception can be skewed
by how we look,
which can be skewed
by what we expect to see,
and what we have seen before
that what we think we see
reminds us of.

The Buddhists have a saying:

"Emptiness, Just So-ness, This is not that."

Emptying ourselves of all that we have seen/thought/assumed/etc.
Seeing only what we are looking at,
without projection, inference, interference,
and seeing it as it is and not as it is 
compared to something apparently similar.

Who can see thus so?
Everyone who is transparent to themselves
and to what they are seeing,
and not-seeing but adding to the scene
with mental substitutions/additions.

Who would want to go to that kind of trouble?
Those who want to be free of their wants/fears
in order to see and deal with what's what
in each situation as it arises,
and do what needs to be done about it
here/now (Which is eternal and not just 
actually here, now--
if you think about it, 
"here" is always,
and so is "now."

We break it up into "then"
and "not yet," as a convenient way
of considering events and circumstances,
but it is all an on-going unfolding flow
of what we call "time and space,"
yet is, also, an on-going unfolding flow,
seeming to sweep us along,
but we are going nowhere--
we are always here/now).

So what?
So, perspective is how we look at things.
Perception is what we see when we look.
So what?
So how do you look at things?
What do you see when you look?
What does it matter that you look the way you look?
That you see what you see when you look?
It makes all the difference, 
which you can plainly see,
if you look.


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.

One thought on “August 17-A, 2022

  1. This photo is so great. Good for Lee catching that moment! Netflix has a video, I think called ‘Going Home’. It is a documentary on Ram Dass(sp) in his later years. They show a clock in his room. It says “now”. You are there, brother, here and now. And may we all follow you into mindfulness of each tick tock moment! Peace on you, Jim, and much loveđź’• e$

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