Updated: Jun 10, 2021
“The Tao (path/way) that can be told is not the eternal Tao (path/way).
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
This appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.” - (Feng 3)
The path or the way must always be discovered for oneself. The challenge is allowing ourselves to be free from our past, thoughts and experiences, especially if they no longer serve our highest good.
Conscious living inspires questions about one's own inner thoughts, feelings, desires, and beliefs. Questions such as do I believe this because I truly believe it or do I believe it because I have been conditioned to believe this way?
It takes courage to face yourself head on and ask such questions. It takes even more courage to change a belief that no longer serves you, especially if the world around you believes that you should believe a certain way.
The balance and the goal here is to first understand and allow yourself to accept that no matter where you are or who is on your journey with you it is your journey. Those that are present are guests on your journey as you are a guest on their journey.
The fun in it all is the journey itself and not the destination. Highlighting the value of the mystery to life. As life is not stagnant, nor linear, rather all inclusive, and ever changing.
The brain being elastic means that every new experience creates neurons in the brain that allow for the brain to grow and it is up to each individual to decide what they want to do with the new growth.
This brings me to living in the past, future and present.
When living in the past you become depressed which causes stagnation, not allowing oneself to catch up with your own growth.
Living too far into the future causes anxiety, not having enough growth to experience what has not happened yet.
Aha, then the caveat to all of this is the here and now, the only real time that truly exists.
Pure love: allowing, accepting and appreciating! #pureloveallowingacceptingappreciating. May you continue to allow, accept and appreciate all the mystery of your life knowing that this is the balance of life.
Note: Tao is pronounced “dow”, and there is no actual translation of the word from one language to another, including Chinese. In the translation that I reference here the translator leaves it in Chinese, Tao. There is a mutual consensus amongst those who attempt to translate the meaning to path or way. Such as the human way, spiritually is referred to as the guidance offered, others refer to it as the flowing structure of the universe, what is permanent in us.
Feng, Gia-Fu, translator. TAO TE CHING. Second ed., Toronto, Vintage Books, 2012.