Tao 77 Give Without Taking

tao te ching verse 77  (Robert Williams’ translation)

The Tao maintain balance in all things

because it is flexible as the wind.

It brings rain where it is needed and cold

to equal the heat.  It never stands by and

witness inequities. 

 

Ones who control by force and power

is in opposition of the Tao.  They take from

the needy and give all to the rich.

 

The master continues giving because

her abundance knows no end.

She expects nothing in return while

denying credit for her deeds.  She never

exalt herself above anyone.   

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The woman who does not trust in the Tao believes people cannot do for themselves.  She provide her gifts out of pity.  The people are like small helpless babies. The true master is more transparent and understands that bringing others to self-reliance is the only true compassion.  As such, the master does not cry because she’s busy helping people care for themselves.

The Invisible Dragon

Stepping out on Faith…

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Damn, Change is Scary

To achieve a higher state of consciousness one must accept her path (past). Whatever our past results produced we must appreciate the experience.

It is not a manner of denying responsibility for actions, but enlightenment. Our darkest moments created a spiritual vessel guided to a higher awareness.

As we ascend into higher realms, we become incessantly grateful; our past is not a scarlet letter, but a manuscript on change. No religion, philosophy, or spiritual institute can be sincere, if it lacks evidence of followers who changed their consciousness.

The Double Agent

Do not be fooled however by a temporary change of behavior as a higher consciousness. We deceive ourselves with disguises of spiritual espionage with acting Godly daily. Pretending to be something we are not takes a lot of energy; we constantly dread our cover being blown.

Living falseness as truth produces a great amount of stress and anxiety.  Often,  most possess the old consciousness with a new set of diverse linguistics.

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Only when the old consciousnesses completely decay, and only then, a new one is born. The change of consciousness is night and day.

The only resemblance of the former spirit is the body that held it.. A higher consciousness is hard work; it is painful and joyful at the same time.

Accept past results by rectifying the pain, and then elevating the consciousness. There is no public document on how to raise the individual consciousness; this can only be accomplished inside your soul, alone with God.

No one can teach or preach your deliverance, you must live it,

because who knows your dark secrets better than you.

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The Invisible Dragon

Tao Verse, 22 Be Yourself

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Accept and be whole.
The empty may be filled.
The fallen may rise.
The old spirit may
be reborn.
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The Sage accepts
the Way as do the
world.
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She does not boost,
so people are not envious.
She does seek contest,
So she has no competitors.
She does not exalt
herself over others,
and receive recognition.
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The world is the Sage’s
home because
she accept the Way.
She is Whole.
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The Invisible Dragon

5 Spiritual Resolutions for the New (You)

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With the New Year comes the proclamation of a new you. This is my 47th New Year and I look back and declare some visible changes. My Taoism remains a vital part of my life; I began a couple years ago with the study of the Eastern philosophy. It has served me well although it does nothing.

I marvel at my metamorphose from arrogant brute to a spiritual being. Some personal characteristics I cherished from childhood have vanished e.g., anger, violence, loathing.

The satisfaction of discovering one’s self without interference cannot be understated. However, it was a painful walk to this point, nevertheless, it continues with brief moments of doubt followed by reassurance at times.

Alone the way, I adopted several spiritual characteristics that were and remain beneficial to my evolution. This list by no means captures all that went into my journey which continues today.

(1) Consciousness

A friend of mine said, “One cannot rise above their consciousness.” Oh, so true, nothing defines a person than where the invisible spirit lay. It’s immeasurable by human tools but describes all actions. Your consciousness is made of many things; four of those characteristics are listed below.

(2) Forgiveness

Anger and resentment destroys the spirit. For when you have an enemy you are looking at yourself. You will become what you hate; there is no way around it, for holding a grudge is like hanging over a volcano by a string. Forgiveness releases you from your self-imposed prison. Forgiveness is self-driven.

(3) Self-Awareness

No greater man than one who witness his own faults. When one lack self-awareness they find their heads on other people’s pillows. The world becomes a fearful and bitter place as we concentrate on the morals and values of contemporaries. Only self-examination and acceptance of what we find in ourselves can render a peaceful spirit.

(4) Empathy

The gift to be able to experience the life of another. A spirit void of transforming oneself into another has limitations. For the people can see swiftly when one does not care. Our intolerance for mankind’s behaviors and subsequent reputation comes at a price. We lose social capital only looking at life through our own vision. How can you really know a person without living in their skin?

(5) Emotional Stability

The quickest descent is being not in control of one’s emotions. Reckless emotions destroy relationships and the internal spirit which they live. Our interpersonal skills are bankrupt and stillborn as we misinterpret the simplest communication. Have a firm hold on your emotions and stay focus on reality.

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