November 18-A, 2022

El Capitan Merced River Reflection Oil Paint Rendered
04/25/2006 — Yosemite National Park, California
All roads/paths lead to the light. 

What does thinking about 
what you think about
keep  you from thinking about?

What are you afraid to think about?
What do you hate to think about?
What do you refuse to think about?

Our thinking is a barrier to our experiencing.
A restriction to our development.
Locking us in to a comfortable,
peaceful existence.

We seek Peace! Peace! where there is no peace.

We say, "Not There!" "Not That!"
and turn away from the way 
that is The Way.

Thinking about what we think about
keeps us from facing up to,
squaring up with,
coming to terms with,
making our peace with,
what we most do not want to deal with.

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

The light never dies,
does not end
or go away.

We live toward the light.
Live to serve the light.
Live to become the light.
Live to be the light.

We are the light
seeking itself.

"Darkness is the cradle
of the light" (Rumi).

"The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness cannot extinguish it"
(John 1:5).

Live to diminish the duality,
to lose the distinction
between light and dark
so that where we are
there is no darkness at all.


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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