September 17-B, 2022

Reverse Sunflower Oil Paint Rendered
The first spiritual law
is Throw Away Theology
And Stand Naked Before The Worst Life Can Do!

What do you fear the most?
Smile, and ask it to dance!

Allow  your fear to show you
what it has to reveal.

Joseph Campbell said,
"What you seek lies far back
in the darkest corner
of the cave you most do not
want to enter."

Your refuge is yourself.
As you truly are.

Your essential nature
and your innate virtues
are all you need
to face what must be faced
and to do what needs to be done.

But, there is a catch.
You have to live with nothing to gain,
not caring what your chances are.
Seeking only to find your life and live it,
doing what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
no matter what--
and allowing things to fall into place
around that--
knowing, "The path that can be discerned
as a path
is not a reliable path,"
and living "like the wind
that blows where it will,"
in the service of what needs to happen,
which you determine,
not by thinking
or believing,
but by feeling/sensing/intuiting/
instinctively knowing
and being attuned to the moment
of your living,
"without hope,
without witness,
without reward"
(Steven Moffat, Doctor Who),
and letting that be that,
in a "Do your work and step back"
(Lao Tzu)
kind of way,
all your life long.

If you are willing,
"the game is afoot!"
(Sherlock Holmes),
Be off and into the moment
that awaits!
The door is closing,
squeeze through!


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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