December 16-A, 2022

Fall Colors 10/17/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Price Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The Transcendent is called "transcendent"
because it transcends all categories
of rational/logical/analytical thought.

Sheldon Kopp captured the essence of transcendence
when he said,
"Some things can be experienced,
but not understood,
and some things can be understood,
but not explained."

We can distance ourselves
from the experience of transcendence
in 10,000 ways,
that can be summarized
by simply thinking about something else.
Or, just by thinking!

When we think,
we shut down experience.

We think and talk about what we are thinking.
Or we applaud.
We do not just sit with the experience
of wonder,

We react to it,
and in reacting to it,
we shut it down.

Joseph Campbell said,
"This is the meaning of myth:
That we should become a vehicle
of the transcendent
by realizing it in ourselves.
Our culture has lost it.
We do not believe it,
or experience it."

It is our center,
our core,
our heart!
That we are alive 
is transcendent reality
at the heart of our existence!

We are one slight perspective shift away
from realizing
"Thou Art That!"
WE are IT!
WE are Transcendent Reality!"

But, we don't believe it.

When we come to the realization
of the spirit that is within us,
it will pour forth,
our life,
our being, 
and our going, 
and our doing.

Waking up will bring us forth.
It is the way.


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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