The 22-Acre Woods Project 02

11/23/2018  —  A Walk in the Woods 2-18-11 07 Panorama — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina, November 10, 2018

I repeat myself a lot
because I only have one thing to say:

Wake up!
Be quiet!
Seek solitude!
Revel in the silence!
Listen—particularly to yourself!
Listen to me when I say,
“Don’t Listen to Me!
Listen to You!”

See what you look at!
Hear what is being said—
Particularly when you are talking!
Especially to what you are saying
by the way you are living!

What are your symptoms saying to you?
Your loves and hates?
Your habits?
Your obsessions?
Your fears?
Your conflicts?
Your stuck places?
Listen to you!

Know what you are doing!
Know what you don’t know you are doing!
Know the difference between
Knowing something and knowing about something
and doing something about what you know!

Why don’t you do what needs to be done
about what you know needs doing?
What is stopping you?

That’s all the same thing.

Everything flows from waking up.

Once you start waking up,
everything you do,
becomes a threshold
to waking up in different ways
to different things,
and all those thresholds
become thresholds themselves
to waking up
in different ways
to different things.

And you can’t be quiet about
any of it,
but have to express it,
shout it,
say it,
to everybody—
whether they are interested
in hearing it or not,
because there is nothing but
waking up and living as though you are,
which runs counter to being quiet
and seeking solitude, etc.

and it is all ridiculously paradoxical
and contradictory,
which are additional thresholds
opening to new worlds
requiring exploration
and examination—
and discovery is everywhere you look,
leading to more insight
and realization
which flows from and leads to
the same thing:

Wake Up!

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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