August 31-A 2022

The Woods at Springer’s Point 10/29/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, NC
The New Dark Ages are at the gates.

Jesus was helpless 
against those who would not see.
Helplessness remains remains the case
with willful blindness
and self-righteous stupidity.

There is nothing denial cannot deny.
Idiocy has to play itself out,
sometimes, over generations.
It is not going to disappear
just because it would be convenient if it did.
Here to stay is more like it,
at least through our lifetime.

Changing the way we do business,
and make our way through the world.

Mindful awareness is an excellent practice
for managing every circumstance of life.
Take it up.
Perfect it.
Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube videos
are not to be missed in this regard.

Developing our relationship
with the unknown Other within
is crucial--
Carl Jung said,
"There is in each of us,
whom we do not know."

Who, I might add, knows more than we do,
and will be a helpful aid
in developing our intuitive/instinctive side.

We can improve our relationship with The Other
by exploring our nighttime dreams,
and understanding them to be a mirror
of our current daytime world,
saying, in effect,
"This is how it is with you,
what are you going to do about it?"

Metaphor is The Other's language,
so dying, for instance, in a dream
isn't about our actual death,
but about our need to "die" to some
side of ourselves that is preventing/hampering
our development as well-rounded,
human beings.

This kind of "dying" is a call to grow up.
We don't make any progress without growing up--
and progress is to be understood 
as balance and harmony,
confidence and security,
integrity and sincerity,
laughter and well-being...

To be connected with ourselves
is to be firmly established 
in solidarity with our original nature
and the innate virtues 
that are ours at birth.

That is the Anchor Stone
from which nothing can budge us.

In tough with what is 
deepest, truest and best about us,
we are more than a match for 
the ignorance and absurdities
of these times,
and find colleagues where we 
did not expect to find colleagues,
and oases where we thought
was only an empty and parched wasteland.

It is always a help to discover
we are not as alone as we thought we were.

Lights in dark places point the way.
May it always be so,
throughout the New Dark Ages.


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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