April 15-A, 2023

Blue Ridge Fall 10/15/2006 — Near Ashville, North Carolina
The three experiencess
as being "transparent to transcendence"
and nature.

Transparency to transcendence
simply means that these experiences
are easily flipped,
like an optical illusion
might be flipped,
and serve as a doorway,
a threshold,
a portkey,
flipping us
from this world 
of normal, apparent, physical reality
to the world of invisible,
though always present,
always "right here,"
"right nowi,"
spiritual reality,
and exposing us to the wow,
of amazement,
of "the farther shore"
being here/now,
and then, of course,
it's gone again "like that,"
when we begin thinking about
our experience
rather than simply experiencing 
our experience
with a smile
and letting it be.

The vehicle of transportation
can be anything,
but it is not everything.

The odor of cookies baking in the oven
can do it.
The happy gurgling of a baby can do it.
It is everywhere at all times.

It is all "transparent to transcendence"
for eyes that see,
ears that hear,
hearts that understand.


We no sooner experience it than we,
(Get this now,
the utter stupidity/ignorance of it),
begin to wonder how to profit from it,
how to package it,
how to sell it,
how to make it make money for us.

Money pays the bills
but it is no foundation for life,
running over,
pouring out.

And we sell our souls
for thirty pieces of silver
again and again.

Just "be still and know"
transcendent reality
on the other side of everything
for eyes that see,
ears that hear,
hearts that understand.

And find all that you need in that
to step into each day
and do there what needs to be done there
as companions of the Holy
within us all
and spread throughout the world,
reminding us of who we are
and where we belong,
being "transparent to transcendence"


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.

2 thoughts on “April 15-A, 2023

  1. That vista is what enchanted me enough to move to Asheville three months later, at age 68 (2015), after I first visited from California. A couple of other good friends have said these mountains brought them to this area, too. It is breathtaking to see this in person.


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