April 24-A, 2023

October Corn Oil Paint Rendered
Our Psyche is here to ground us
on the adamantine foundation
of our original nature
and the innate virtues/specialties
(The things we are good at/do well).

These form our character
and represent the boundaries,
the limits,
within which we live
in carrying out the business of life.

They are our anchor stone,
and serve as the source
of our confidence and strength,
our resiliency and our courage.

They are where we turn
when we have nowhere else to turn.

Our gifts are with us always,
and connect us at the level of the heart
with the transcendent reality
that shines through us
when we are being who we are
in the day-to-day affairs
of the same-old-same-old.

We are "transparent to transcendence"
when we are most like ourselves,
in response to what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
out of our own integrity,
our own nature.

There, we are god-like,
as Jesus was god-like,
and could say,
"When you have seen me,
you have seen the Father."

That is who we are
when we are being who we are,
moment to moment,

The key is that we cannot live like that
in the service of motives and agendas,
purposes and goals,
that take us away from serving 
our original nature and innate virtues
in conjunction with our Psyche.

When we do that,
when we live with eyes
on the life in Gay Paree
(Or its equivalent),
we are with Adam and Eve
in the Garden of Eden,
with eyes only for what we want,
and it is over our being 
one with the Father.

So we have to be focused,
and our Psyche is our invisible friend
to assist us in remaining grounded
in our Anchor Stone,
and at one with the gifts
that came with us from the womb,
in being and doing what is ours to do
in the time left for living.


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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