September 14-A, 2022

Chinese Elm Oil Paint Rendered — Neighborhood Park, Charlotte, North Carolina
Enlightenment is a function
of realization.
Realization is a function of reflection.
Reflection is not thinking
but wandering/wondering/looking/listening
without motive or attachment,
with no interest in gain or advancement,
success or achievement.
Without any sense of engagement
in the process or the outcome.

Just wandering for the sake of wandering.
Playing, we might say, with our mind.

When we are at-one with the moment,
open to the moment,
seeing/hearing the moment,
without seeking advantage or reward,
we "see" things,
grasp things,
comprehend things,
sense things,
feel things,
know things
beyond reason and logic.

We have a grasp of pace and timing
that cannot be explained,
but find ourselves automatically,
spontaneously,
naturally
responding to the moment
with a response, a remark,
that is exactly what is called for,
when, where and how it is called for.

We are "psychic" beyond belief.

It is a function of being one with the moment,
of seeing/hearing/knowing what's what
and what needs to be done about it,
and we fit hand-in-glove
with the situation as it is developing,
as though we are being choreographed "from beyond."

This seeing/being/doing is a form of enlightenment,
and it disappears the moment we become aware of it
and begin to think about it.

Thinking nullifies being.
We cannot be by thinking about being.
Being is the by-product of wandering/wondering,
reflecting/realizing,
dancing/singing,
playing...

When thinking crashes the party,
the party is over.

Thinking is the raw opposite of enlightenment.
We cannot think our way into illumination.
We can only wander/wonder/play our way there.

Photography works that way as well.

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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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