I would like to recommend two resources of Tao as well as spiritual references one may find useful or not. These are the first two Tao references I have chosen to ‘promote’ for lack of a better word in my short journey with Taoism. Although I continue to believe Tao can only be achieved through living, there are signposts along the path that shines a light for some of us.
First, is the e-book “A Personal Tao” by author Casey Kochmer. Casey Kochmer is a Taoist Master, who professed and I believe him to have being a Taoist from birth. A ‘Personal Tao Musings’ is written with clear and precise experiences of Casey path of navigating human cultural as well as his path as a Taoist master.
A Personal Tao speaks through poems, art and self-exploration of thoughts about life’s paradigm through a Taoist’s perception. It is not overbearing and does not suggest a path for you but provides a mix of poems and short stories which reflects about one’ own nature. It is a synthesis of Casey’ life experiences and how one lives on a path of self-expression and self-awareness through Tao.
From Casey’ blog:
“A Personal Tao received the Avatar Gold Award for 2008
Second read, “The Second Book of the Tao” written by Stephen Mitchell may be one of the best written books I have come across. I was not aware that Stephen Mitchell’ wife was Bryon Katie who I credit with helping begin my journey of self-exploration in 2007. Bryon’s book, Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life; literally changed my life overnight. Bryon’s revelation about “our thoughts” being at the center of our pain galvanized my self-discovery techniques and crystallized my recovery efforts from mental illness and addiction.
“The Second Book of the Tao”, Mitchell a renowned scholar translates the writing of Lao-tzu’s disciple Chuang-tzu and Confucius’s grandson Tzu-ssu. I have not read Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching, but if it resembles the fluid conjecture of the Second Book of the Tao it will be on my shelf soon.
Mitchell’ ability to modernize the ancient writings in a poetic and humorous manner allows “Spiritual-cation” by readers. Taoism can be a difficult undertaking for westerners who look to categorize every facet of life, and yet Mitchell possesses a non-combative writing posture which invites the most novices of Taoism or non-believers to follow along.
As a true philosopher, Mitchell’s The Second Book of the Tao meaning comes down to you; his non-intrusive writing makes transformation a thought away.
The Invisible Dragon