April 13-B, 2023

The Fence 02 07/12/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — 6-Mile Creek Road, Lancaster County, South Carolina
We live our way into the presence
of That Which Has Always Been Called God.

And no one can tell us exactly how to do that.
Those who know can tell us generally how to do it.
Joseph Campbell said,
"Follow your bliss."
That is as much as can be said.
Beyond that,
"The Tao that can be said/told/explained
is not the eternal Tao," (Lao Tzu).
"A path that can be discerned/designated
as The Path
is not a reliable path," (Martin Palmer).
"The path that is The Path/The Way
can only be recognized in hindsight," (Jim Dollar).

In other words,
we are on our own.
"We get by with a little help
from our friends."

It helps to come together
with those who know what 
we are talking about
and talk of how it is going,
of what we know and don't know,
of what works for us 
and doesn't work for us,

A community of those seeking the way
can be helpful,
until someone thinks they know the way
and begins to tell others what they 
should be doing,
and should not be doing.

Those who know
know that they don't know.
And don't say more than,
"Try it and see what happens."

We are all different,
and we all have to live our way 
to the truth of who we are
and what is ours to do,
and no one can help us with that
beyond saying,
"I don't know your business!
Only you know your business!
Now empty yourself
and be still and quiet
until you know what you know!"

And I have a friend who likes
to say,
"Jim, I can't be empty/still/quiet
unless I'm playing the drums!"

We have to find our own way
even to emptiness, stillness and silence.


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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