March 09-B, 2023

Silver Lake 10/26/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Don't be afraid of the dark!

What's money good for?

"Darkness is the cradle of the light,"
said Rumi.

Money is good for sex, drugs and alcohol.

These times are asking/forcing us
to revise our opinions about darkness and money.

The times are always good for one thing,
and one thing only:
Waking us up!

Everything is about waking up!

Waking up is all there ever is to it!

We fight it all the way.

This is the story of the Garden of Eden
and the Garden of Gethsemane.

We live between the Gardens,
with a foot in each Garden,
refusing to understand
there is only one Garden
that is both Eden and Gethsemane
at once,
depending on our perspective.

We don't get very far along the way
(The Way) to waking up
without understanding perspective
and its power.

The Tao Te Ching
can be translated
"The Way of/to Power,"
"The Power of The Way,"
"The Way of/to Virtue,"
"The Virtue of the Way.

Both Power/Virtue
and The Way
are nothing more than perspective,
seeing things as they are,
knowing what's what,
and laughing.

Laughter is the ground of seeing/knowing.
Those who see/know
see and know the joke is on us,
and it's hilarious.

George Carlin got it,
lived it out before us,
made immense fun of us
for not getting it,
not seeing it,
not knowing it.

He thought that was funny, too.
Our not-knowing
thinking we know it all.

It is perspective all the way down!
(Or "fucking perspective"
as George Carlin would say).

Perspective sees/knows/laughs.
And lives in light of the joy/wonder
of "fucking perspective"!

"Darkness is the cradle of the light,"
and money is for paying the bills.
The Right Bills.

We think the only bills worth paying
are for drugs/sex/alcohol.

Jeffrey Epstein is the shining example
of perspective locked in on drugs/sex/alcohol
and letting the good times roll
while passing a good time
around the clock forever.

All he could think to do with money
was more drugs/sex/alcohol.

A testament to the times.
All the times.

The Garden of Eden,
refusing to turn the light around,
see what's what
and grow up
by becoming the Garden of Gethsemane
and dying to all we thought was it
in order to be possessed by it,
turning the light around
and living in light of the proper place
of darkness in our life.

Darkness is the cradle of light.

The darkness that we try to extinguish
with drugs/sex/alcohol
is the very thing required 
to see what's what
and do what needs to be done about it,
paying the right bills
and seeing what is called for
in each situation as it arises
that utilizes our original nature
and our innate virtues/talents/gifts,
and doing that forever.

What would that be?

We have to live in the right way
to find out--
doing the right thing,
in the right way,
at the right time,
in the right place.

The Tao Te Ching!


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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