A fellow-blogger (The Rambling Taoist) provides so much information on Taoism. His ideas, and initiatives are plenty; I highly recommend subscribing to his site. Here is an ideal lifted from him with all due respect, it is something he does, I’m compelled to be guided.
365 Tao Daily Meditations, entry 1
“We must make a decision…a commitment to daily cultivation. We must make a strong connection to our inner selves…once we choose to commit ourselves to spiritual practice; even the mountains and valleys will reverberate to the sound of our purpose…”
Alone one must navigate self-cultivation. This faithful decision to recognize and accept personal strengths and weaknesses builds character and resiliency. Thus, to know thyself truthfully, remains a lofty accomplishments. So, meditate daily upon your inner-self and develop an unmolested consciousness; unaffected by external circumstances. “He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu
“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. ”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Tao Te Ching second only to the bible in English translation, is one of the most intriguing books in history. Lao Tzu (570-490 BC) the author who compiled the eighty-one verses may never have existed. As often with ancient writings indisputable chain of authenticity remain difficult. However, at the age of eighty-one, Lao Tzu feeling despondent and melancholy over man’s inability to achieve nirvana recorded The Tao Te Ching translated (The Way and its Power.)
A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way
Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching Verse 15
The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapeable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.
Do you have the power of stillness to allow life to unfold unmolested? As to say, “To let go of the wheel” and trust in the unseen power. The Tao suggest yielding to ambitions and desires and trust the flow to produce in divine order. As a sage replied once to a hurried gentlemen, “there is no need to push the river, it goes at it’s own pace.” Let your dreams come to you.
The Invisible Dragon
“If only you shut up and listen to me” or “I’ll be quiet, why you destroy your life.” Regardless of the syntax, these statements wreak egotism. In fact, they often appear as helpful proposals but cloaked in the almighty ego of “I know what’s best for you”, they are self-centered wrappings of pride and fear. As a result, a difficult narcissus mental tool to surrender is the belief, “We know what’s best for others.” Without question, untold relationships have dissolved under this false notion.
Do you know the ego instructs the mind to “Know All?” Often, for some, we follow the ego’s instructions as we collect life’s memories. In the closely held materials reside accomplishments, adverse situations, hard knocks, triumphs and defeats. We however, unintentionally, become entrenched with a false sense authority; in fact, we become bloated with the false perception of all-encompassing wisdom.
In other words, we now know what is best for others and ourselves because of our memories. As such, we become possess with “Special Talents of Foreseeing the Future.” It may sound absurd but let us ‘chop it up’ like my friend Clarence would say.
For example, “Only an addict can talk to an addict about life changes.” Alternatively, “the religious person who formerly was astray can now help one change their lives.” In addition, the adult knows what is best for the child or the teacher is the master to the student. These are all monomers. They are all false assumptions of wisdom.
Nevertheless, all these noble assumptions and likewise appear genuine, nevertheless, these self-absorbed beliefs may lead to absolutism. Also, above all else, these arrogant beliefs blanket all people alike and once categorized the people are easily demonized if they refuse to listen to the “Special Person”, or the one “Who knows what’s best for them.”
For instance, we may demonized husbands, wives, co-workers and friends when they refuse our counsel, in fact, the closer the relations, the more intense the feeling of dissent may become.
We literally hate, yes hate, when love ones refuse our counsels and predictions. As a result, we may condemn them to a life of sadness and despair; in addition, subconsciously desiring God to prove us right by bringing his wrath on the person.
“Hit Rock Bottom”
In fact, we call it, “rock bottom,” this not only indicate we’re right, but that God supports our beliefs of “We know what’s best.” Let us not deceive ourselves, the egotistical mind will defend those beliefs of being right till death. Countless relationships snap under such duress each day. Sadly, some would rather be right, than to accept and surrender the egotistical thought of fortune-telling.
However, what is it we should accept and surrender too? Simple, we do not know what is best for anyone and we cannot predict his or her outcome. Regardless of our relations, titles, abilities, and accomplishments we lack the ability to see the final outcome.
Moreover, to make it more clear, the drug addict and convicted felon today becomes a writer and scholar tomorrow and who shall deny God’s proclamation. On the flip side, if you want to help someone, quiet your egotistical mind and self-righteous mouth and get to work on yourself. Because, remarkably, the so-call righteous “Know-it-All” person today is the addict and felon tomorrow, now who would have predicted that?
The Invisible Dragon
“You created the world. It resembles all your thoughts and imaginations. As such, however, when the body and mind expires, so will the illusions. Although, your eternal spirit had no beginning or end, yet you lived in death.”
The Invisible Dragon
Thou Shalt Not Fear
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Proverbs 3:24. A noticeable sign of a fearful spirit we may conclude is restlessness. Why does one wearing the breastplate of God tremble? With God fulfilling all needs, some consistently desire more security.
Christian women face a daunting task, i.e., employment inequalities, parenting in a rapidly changing secular world, husband-less or living with the replication of a Christian man. How does one profess faith but can’t sleep at night? In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Isaiah 54:14
To experience fully the Christian faith, we must change the lens on how you view people. Yes, stop judging the world and its occupants. For instance, do we know individuals who relentlessly comment on circumstances, relationships, and behaviors?
In private or public dialogue, these self-professed saints know what is right: all the time. This vigil however, does not bring calmness to their spirit. On the contrary, the fear of losing control of individuals and situations hinders their faith.
God or Fear? Which will it be…
Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am, Philippians 4;10-11. To live without fear, stop seeing people in a negative light. When you judge others in this manner, you judged yourself in a similar fashion. Consequently, you lose contact with God and you are wilderness bound.
For instance, we all know some individuals who are opinionated on everybody and everything. These fear-based individuals seek control over other’s behaviors. Sadly and unknowable, their desire to control is the premise of their fears. Changing the consciousness is the only control one possess. Peace comes from a changed perspective.
“A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones” Proverbs 14:30. We know truth, yet some allow the carnal mind a place in their Godly awareness, as a result, they spoil the best intentions every time. Alternatively, one must find contentment in their walk with God. In other words, mind your own Godly business.
Finally, discontent is its own punishment some have said. “It is a sin that is its own parent. It arises not from the condition, but from the mind…as we find Paul contented in a prison, so Ahab discontent in a palace.” Matthew Henry
The Dragon smite the pebble appearing as a mountain.