November 15-B, 2022

Dugger’s Creek Falls 02 09/04/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls Visitor’s Center Parking Area, North Carolina
Spontaneity is an astounding guide.

Who/what is responsible 
for our spontaneous responses
to our circumstances?

We find ourselves saying/doing things
we do not think about saying/doing.

Where does that come from?

I say from the heart,
or from the source of knowing,
the Tao itself.

But, what do we mean by "heart"?
Or "the Tao"?

We mean we don't know.
We don't have the vaguest clue.

We don't know where anything comes from.
These words I'm writing.
Art, music, invention, imagination...

We act like we know,
swaggering around,
explaining things,
all logical, rational, analytical...
like we know what we are talking about.

What do we mean by "mind"?
By "unconscious"?
By "instinct"?

We are Mystery
wandering around in Mystery.

"Darkness within darkness,
the gateway to Mystery"
(Lao Tzu).

That's us.

Spontaneity is as close to truth 
as we can get.

Revere spontaneity!
Explore spontaneity!
Trust yourself to it--
even when it leads you astray.

Trust "astray"! 


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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