April 23-A, 2023

Dogwoods and Redbuds Oil Paint Rendered — Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Greensboro, North Carolina,
The Psyche is sometimes referred to
as "our unconscious mind,"
(Because we are not conscious of it).

One of its functions
is to regulate/harmonize/balance
our conscious life
in conjunction with our unconscious
nature and virtues (specialties--
the things we do well).

Our nighttime dreams are one of the places
our Psyche addresses the excesses
and deficiencies of our conscious life,
lowering the peaks and raising the valleys,
so to speak,
of our life in the day-to-day world.

We can easily overwhelm our unconscious/psychic
needs and interests
with our bevy of fear and desire
and our dedication to serving our idea
of how out life ought to be
at the expense of all other concerns.

The Psyche compensates for our one-sided
(self-centered) tendencies
with dreams and symptoms that counter our
fascination with having/getting our way,
with signs and conditions
restricting our overbearing ways
and calling us back to the center
of life within the scope of our design
and capabilities.

It is wise to listen to our body
in terms of what it is saying and doing,
as a way of putting ourselves right
with ourselves,
and serving the ends which we are equipped 
to exhibit and express
through the way we live.

In order to know what our Psyche knows,
we have to attend our dreams,
our intuition,
our instincts,
our feelings,
our moods,
and spend time 
consciously and intentionally
with emptiness,
and silence
in a routine and regular way.

Making ourselves present with
what is present with us,
is putting ourselves 
on track with our life,
and committing ourselves
to a lifetime of alignment,
and alliance.


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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