February 26-B, 2023

Goodale Black and White Oil Paint Rendered — Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
If we keep looking at what we see,
it will become "transparent to transcendence"
(Joseph Campbell).

Before we get to that point,
everything we see is a projective device,
like a Rorschach inkblot,
reflecting our own expectations/ideas/opinions/etc.
back to us,
showing us who is looking
as we talk about/express what we see.

We see ourselves wherever we look,
and, when we keep looking long enough
we become "transparent to transcendence" ourselves.

We are carriers of light.
Bearers of light.

We are the light.

The light of creation--
the light of creativity itself.

The light of being.
The light of wonder,
of awe,
of radiance,
of mystery
and magic...

And can never say what we see--
what all we see--
because words just can't...
just won't...
just don't do.

We carry the Truth of Life,
and Being
looking for meaning and purpose
wherever we go.

Like the man on his donkey
looking for his donkey.

Like the woman holding her car keys,
looking for her car keys.

It only takes seeing
to know it is so.

Beyond projection
is transcendence.

If soldiers could see what they look at,
they would drop their armament,
and war would end like that (snaps fingers).  


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.

One thought on “February 26-B, 2023

  1. As Berliners protest arms support for Ukraine, your thoughts have a special bite. I am still looking for a dental retainerI misplaced a month ago! Your photograph of snowy fog is amazing.

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