December 05-A, 2022

Smoky Fall 11/14/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Unconscious and conscious have to get together,
singing the same song,
walking the same path,
living in conjunction with one another,
one mind, one body.

For conscious to live at odds with unconscious
is to be cut off from the wellspring of life
and to wander without guidance and direction
through the wasteland of discontent
all our life long.

To live aligned and in accord with unconscious
is to be at one with our essential nature
and our innate virtues/character
in saying and doing 
what needs to be said and done
in each situation as it arises.

And it is to be at one with the spirit
that is like the wind, blowing where it will.

This means we make it up as we go,
and are free to respond to each moment
in ways appropriate to the moment
without keeping any commandments,
or walking the straight and narrow,
or trying to please those 
who think they know best
and must be pleased.

Living as those who are free to be
who we are needed to be 
by the conditions and circumstances
of our life,
is the freest kind of freedom,
opening us to the possibilities 
and opportunities that are present
in each here/now
to know and to do 
what is being asked of us--
that cannot be known in advance
or done according to some system
of rules to live by,
except the rule that declares
"There are no rules to live by
except the rule to be true to yourself
and to the good that is truly good
in every moment of your life!"

May it be so of each of us always
and forever! Amen!


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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