August 19-E, 2022

Left Mitten Sunrise 09/25/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
People are always misreading their attractions,
thinking love and sex,
when the first read
should always be

Whenever we find ourselves
knocking ourselves off track,
we have to dig then and there
into what is going on.

Everything is a doorway/portkey/invitation
to self-transparency/awareness,
with the potential to strengthen,
or weaken,
our affiliation with the flow
of the Tao of Life and Being.

I use the term "Tao of Life and Being,"
for lack of a better way of talking
about being "on the beam or off it."
"Is this the beam or not the beam?"
"The path or not the path?"
"The way or not the way?"
What do we mean with these questions?
They are indicators of more than words can say.
This is the purview of mystery,
and the field of balance and harmony.
You have to know what I mean
before you can understand what I'm saying.

When we encounter the mystery
on our way through life,
we have to call time out,
and enter the emptiness,
and silence,
to do a personal inventory/inspection,
holding everything on awareness
and "waiting for the mud to settle
and the water to clear."
In the service of insight
and realization,
and see what might be seen.

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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