More on The Way
The Tao, or The Way, is a formless, nameless, supreme power that flows through the universe.
Yes, similar to ‘The Force,’ but ‘The Way’ sounds a little more peaceful and less… Forceful.
The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
Do you know WHY this is? Because it’s YOUR WAY, and only YOUR WAY, that it can be experienced. YOU are the one to experience the mysterious to and for you. You, and others, can’t explain something so personally profound, yet universally experienced, to someone else. It’s like telling someone how they’re going to like onions. You have to experience it for yourself. The essence of life, and the essence of The Tao, is life being expressed. As of this writing, there are about SEVEN AND HALF BILLION unique WAYS in this world. And each of those ways has something to share with the other, so no ONE way is ‘correct.’ It’s just ‘correct’ for you.
YOU ARE BUT A VESSEL. THE WAY passes THROUGH, AROUND, AND WITH YOU. The sooner you know that, the sooner you stop RESISTING YOUR life, and the sooner you start living it.
Follow your own way – for the true meaning of life, your life, is the one YOU give it. It’s ‘The Tao of INSERT BLANK.’ YOU get to insert the blank.
“Lao-Tzu’s central figure is a man or woman whose life is in perfect harmony with THE WAY THINGS ARE.”
– Stephen Mitchell, Forward to the Tao Te Ching
It doesn’t mean you can’t change things, it means you simply don’t use any of your precious energy FIGHTING the way things ARE. You work WITH it, FLOWING with it. Ride the wave, don’t paddle like a salmon upstream, unless that’s your Way.
“A good athlete can enter a state of body-awareness in which the right stroke or the right movement happens by itself, effortlessly, without any interference of the conscious will. This is a paradigm for non-action: the purest and most effective form of action. The game plays the game; the poem writes the poem; we can’t tell the dancer from the dance.” – Stephen Mitchell, Forward to the Tao Te Ching
Less and less do you need to force things,
Until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
Nothing is left undone.
-The Tao Te Ching
This ‘action through non-action’ is another tenant of The Tao and is called Wu wei.
Taoism sees life for what it is – the journey. That’s what we’re doing most of the time, and any manifestations from that are really just bonuses.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery. (THE JOURNEY)
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. (THE ’PRIZE’)
-The Tao Te Ching
And finally, The Tao, although something very personally shaped and experienced, promotes compassion, harmony, and oneness. Anything else is simply a false veil:
“UNENCUMBERED BY ANY CONCEPT OF SIN, THE MASTER DOESN’T SEE EVIL AS A FORCE TO RESIST, BUT SIMPLY AS AN OPAQUE-NESS, A STATE OF SELF-ABSORPTION WHICH IS IN DISHARMONY WITH THE UNIVERSAL PROCESS, SO THAT, AS WITH A DIRTY WINDOW, THE LIGHT CAN’T SHINE THROUGH. THIS FREEDOM FROM MORAL CATEGORIES ALLOWS HIM HIS GREAT COMPASSION FOR THE WICKED AND THE SELFISH.” – Stephen Mitchell, Forward to the Tao Te Ching
THUS THE MASTER IS AVAILABLE TO ALL PEOPLE
AND DOESN’T REJECT ANYONE.
HE IS READY TO USE ALL SITUATIONS
AND DOESN’T WASTE ANYTHING.
THIS IS CALLED EMBODYING THE LIGHT.
-The Tao Te Ching
These very brief, but powerful, Tao concepts are only to whet the appetite for all things Lao Tzu. All of us here at Cosmic Confab highly encourage you to consult The Tao Te Ching and The Book of Chuan Tzu to further your own understanding of The Tao, The Way.
(Here’s the disclaimer) The above treatise on The Tao Te Ching is an example of only ONE of the 7.5 Billion unique ‘ways’ in which to look at or interpret, The Way. Or anything else, for that matter. To paraphrase the immortal words of Mr. Bruce Lee: Take what speaks to YOU, and leave the rest.