December 09-B, 2022

The Falls 09/23/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — West Branch of the Penobscot River, lower end of the 100 Mile Wilderness along the Golden Road near Millinocket, ME
"Transparent to transcendence"
is a term Joseph Campbell passed along
from Karlfried Graf Dürckheim
as being the goal of seeing-beings.

Enlightenment is realization
leading to being transparent to transcendence.

Reality consists of two levels,
the conscious, apparent, logical,
rational, analytic level
which can be seen, tasted, touched,
photographed, weighed, measured, fenced in,
bought/sold, owned/stolen/given away...
and the unconscious, sensed, felt,
intuited, known...
which transcends the conscious world,
is the source of it
and beckons/calls to it
to become transcendent to transcendence,
at one with the Tao
in a "The Father and I are one" kind of way.

It is the work/calling/challenge/glory
of those in the conscious world
to become conscious of the unconscious world
and to recognize/acknowledge/align itself with
the unconscious world of "more than can be said."

We are ideally capable of being, and called to become,
transparent to transcendence.

This is the work/goal of spirituality
to be here/now in ways that are transparent to transcendence
and exhibit/reveal/declare the relevance
and reality of the other world
that is the source and ground of our being
on this world of apparent reality.

Living with a foot in each world,
walking two paths at the same time,
being "in the world but not of it,"
as the old saying goes.

When this life loses its allure,
and we begin to look around, 
asking with Peggy Lee,
"Is this all there is?"
it is time to look deeper
within ourselves
to the unconscious levels
waiting to be born/brought forth
and made real through us
by experiencing transcendence
and becoming transparent to it.

We are only a perspective shift away
from being there, now--
in all times and places.

It only takes seeing to know that it is so.


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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