May 10-A, 2023

Day’s End 02 10/27/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Pamlico Sound, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
Circumstances give rise to circumstances--
an ancient Taoist principle
that is the foundational law of the universe.
There is no static way of being.
Everything is in motion,
ebbing and flowing,
dancing, singing,
echoing the eternal AUM of existence,
whether inert or vital,
just being is to be moving,
away from something,
toward something,
carried along by circumstances
giving rise to circumstances
without purpose, goal or agenda,
but with meaning that is imagined
and imposed by consciousness
when it comes along
by the process of circumstances 
begetting circumstances,
producing outcomes
that produce other outcomes,
without intention or direction,
but generating its own flow,
awareness and self-reflection
over time
where seeing is perceiving/imagining patterns
and making connections
and organizing systems and structures
as though it is all there for our own purposes--
whether the "our" is human,
or invertebrates,
sponges or worms,
"we" make use of it 
as if it were created for us,
as if we were created for it,
a mutual arising produced by awareness
and passed along to offspring
as the story of the species,
made up by the species,
for the species,
from the species,
becoming part of the background
of existence 
from time immemorial,
as the truth of how things have been,
all from circumstances giving rise to circumstances
over time.


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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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