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Living Taoism.

Living Taoism.
February 14, 2014, 12:05:54 PM
I had almost forgotten about the word 'taoism'.
Because taoism - to me - is the means, and not the end.
It is Reality, laid out, for those unable to see.
But like any collection of words, it describes something, as opposed to being what it describes.

This is why so many people see taoism as something to memorize and quote back to others, for various reasons, none of which have anything to do with taoism.

Taoism is a way of being. A way of life. A context against which one may successfully live one's life.
The words themselves are only words. Meaningless noises, to those unable to connect the dots to form a comprehensive picture of how things work.

The universe works. It is an eternal system that slowly changes, coming and going, enabling everything within it to live, or not live, according to its nature. It is boundless, which is why scientists have such a hard time measuring it. It is inexplicable, which is why scientists have such a hard time explaining it.

The only thing a human needs to know is that the universe IS, and that it WORKS.
Knowing that, one must only then discover how to function within it.
This pursuit is known as 'living', and this is what taoism is about.
Taoism is a guide to living, and for taoism to have any meaning, it must be lived.

So, to anyone who questions where the taoism went, it went nowhere. It is everywhere. Always.
But one does well not to dwell on the doing.
The real magic lies in the not-doing.
Or, as taoism so mysteriously (and so accurately) puts it:
Doing not-doing.








 

Re: Living Taoism.
February 17, 2014, 08:28:40 AM
What would be the definition of ''not-doing''?

Re: Living Taoism.
February 17, 2014, 09:55:05 AM
Probably not trying to define it. But also:
Consciously moving further away from any concept of control.

Re: Living Taoism.
February 18, 2014, 06:21:13 PM
"Those who live in the world of words kill us who seek
Union with
What goes on whether we look at it or not" -- Lew Welch

Re: Living Taoism.
February 22, 2014, 08:48:12 PM
"Those who live in the world of words kill us who seek
Union with
What goes on whether we look at it or not" -- Lew Welch

I had to ponder that for a while. Of course, it is true. But there is more...
Those who live in the world of words kill themselves, too, but without ever suspecting that it is they that do it.