December 18-C, 2022

Autumn Fern 09/29/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Adirondack State Park, New York
Joseph Campbell said that we live our life
learning to yield to nature,
to put ourselves in accord 
with our original/essential nature,
to live from our heart,
to be who we are at the core of our being.

When the "head" comes into harmony
with the "heart,"
with "the energies that 
are informing the body,"
so that the transcendent
aspects of our life come through
and are realized/expressed/exhibited
in the way we live our life,
as the dancer dances to the music
informing her body,
or the artist paints 
what wants to be painted,
or the musician aligns himself
with the tune playing itself through him,
then we are in sync with the transcendent
aspect of our life,
in accord with the Tao,
at one with the flow of the here/now
and live "transparent to transcendence."

That is the "IT," we seek to experience
in the day-to-day affairs of life
by being more in tune with the heart
than with the head,
seeking alignment,
not striving to force our way
through the day,
but to cooperate with the day,
taking our cues from the moment,
like the dancer, the artist, the musician...


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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