December 17-A, 2022

Linville River 10/17/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls Picnic Area
We cannot think about transcendence.
We cannot talk about it.
We can only experience it--
without attempting to say 
what we experienced.
Without saying anything about it.

Leading Heinrich Zimmer to observe,
"The best things cannot be said,
the second-best things create confusion
(By trying to discuss/explain the best things),
leaving us to talk about the third-best things
(News, weather, sports, opinion and gossip)."

Emptiness, stillness and silence
are avenues to transcendence,
art, music and nature are portals to transcendence,
but the experience of transcendence
can occur anywhere at any time.

and mystery
are all contact points with transcendence.

Being alert to it and aware of it
transport us into it,
and enable us to recognize it
as the ground of life and being.

It is holy ground,
sacred space.

It is where we come from,
where we are going,
and where we are--
all of which we know
once we see with eyes that see.

It takes a lot of looking
to be able to see.


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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