September 27-B, 2022

Summer At The Lake 07/18/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Brandt, Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro, North Carolina
Listen to your nighttime dreams.

All of our nighttime dreams are saying
"This is the way it is with you and your life
presently. What are you going to do about it?"

Dreams speak symbolically.
If you have lost your keys,
are in a car that you cannot stop or control,
are late for an exam you didn't study for,
have to give a speech on a topic you know nothing about,
It relates to your life current at the time of the dream.

Learn how to read the symbols.
If you can't find your pocketbook, your purse, your wallet,
could be you are doing things in your life
that aren't true to yourself.
You have lost your identity--your ID, get it?
And need to restore your integrity
in your actual life.

Find the connection between dream and life.
Where are you in your life
like you are in your dream?

Listen to your stomach.
Your bones.
Your body.
Your heart.
These are your somatic guides.
And are a very present help in time of trouble,
to everyone who goes to the trouble
of listening attentively
and living accordingly.

Our work is restoring the balance,
recovering the harmony.
Life is always throwing us off the beam,
off the path, off the way.

The beam, path and way require us to stay on
by maintaining our balance/harmony.
Remaining stable and centered on what is vital
to our life, spiritually,
while doing what it takes to be alive, physically.
Vital on two levels at once,
walking two paths at the same time.

It is a balancing act.
What are the forces of instability
in your life?
What keeps knocking you off the beam?

The emptiness, stillness and silence 
are where we go to consider/contemplate/reflect on
these things,
restore our connections with our somatic guides,
and get back on the path.

It's all practice.
All of the time


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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