September 16-B, 2022

Big Creek 04/14/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Big Creek District, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, North Carolina
We have to work out the ratios
between our thinking brain
and our feeling body.

The solution, of course, 
is our being mind.

The mind/body connection
is as much a mind/brain connection.

Mind is nothing more than connective tissue,
with "tissue" having no physical attributes
at all.

The good stuff is all spiritual.
We call it "spiritual"
because it is "of the spirit,"
like life itself,
IS life itself.

Life is a spiritual phenomenon.
And it has nothing to do with theology.
Theology is of the thinking brain.
Religion is of the feeling body.
Our being mind is at the bottom of it all.

Holding it all together.
Making it all one.
Enabling us to articulate
what cannot be said/told/explained/understood,
only known/realized
through enlightenment/illumination/satori/awakening...

(But we cannot market satori,
so we create theology
and "make disciples,"
and churches/denominations/insanity
because if a profit can be made,
a profit will be made,
and that quickly becomes
"Profit At Any Price!",
and here we are...)

Leaving our being mind with 
waiting it out,
while it works behind the scenes
(The spiritual stuff is all indirect),
to articulate what cannot be said/etc.

And so, art in all its forms.
Art is the language of religion at its best,
of truth,
of spirit,
of spirituality...

And music.
Music is the language of the spirit,
of religion at its best,
at its truest.

Until you get to hymns.
A hymnbook is a book of doctrine
put to music
to co-opt the being mind
into the thinking brain
and sell religion at its worst,
by saving souls,
and making disciples,
and money,
to build churches
to save souls
to make disciples
and money.

And the being mind has to wait some more.
For people to sit down,
shut up,
wake up.
And turn the light around,
by working out the ratios
between our thinking brain
and our feeling body.


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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