“Control the mind. Attain one-pointedness. Then the harmony of heaven will come down and dwell in you. You will be radiant with life. You will rest in Tao.” ~Chuang Tzu
A core idea of Taoist philosophy is that the only way to experience deep peace and contentment is to move in harmony with the natural world. Getting our minds, hearts and bodies in tune with the way clouds change, flowers grow and wisdom unfolds.
Alignment is our challenge, our task, our greatest joy. Glimpsing the beauty of all things, the creative laws that give birth to all forms, that molds planets, flowers and pearls.
Each individual mind is just a level, an expression of universal awareness, here upon our planet. Like a biocomputer, our brains spin our subjective experiences and mental reality. While outside our minds the whole Universe pulses endlessly, with her rhythms, cycles and life sustaining processes.
See how the Universe dances within and around us, each of us like notes in the Cosmic symphony of Life. When we hear the music clearly we move in synch, playing the songs of eternity- creative expressions of the Universal Dance of Being that we are.
But don’t expect caterpillars to fly. Until our wings have unfolded, until the transformation process is complete, the journey can seem difficult and hard.
One must let go of false dreams and impossible goals, surrendering completely to the process. As we turn and focus inward, old ways of thinking and living are dismantled and abandoned. But the illusory ego resists this, fears what seems like its imminent death.
And so, Buddha encouraged us:
“Look within. Be still, free from fear and attachment. Know the sweet joy of the way. Whoever follows the way discovers his family and is filled with joy. Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. Follow them, as the moon follows the path of the stars.”
A person in tune with his or her local world feels themselves to be a part of that world. Through love, mindfulness and gratitude we experience our connection to the greater Universe, the larger whole that has brought us into being. A mind out of tune, spinning in society’s delusions, will feel alienated and cut off. Believing ourselves to be separate individuals we feel very alone.
Awakening begins when we realize our connectedness to local worlds, as well as the universal. It’s a trade-off of false expectations and memories for the beauty of All That Is, what is Here and Now, within and all around us.
Life is a precious gift. That this Universe came into being and continues to exist is a miracle and a blessing. That we exist and live within this Universe, on this beautiful planet, with all the forests and oceans and animals, with our family and friends, is a mystery, a blessing beyond compare.
Drawing “Universal Dreamer” Christopher Chase, 1986
“When you stop taking the mind so personally and become aware of the process, you see that the mind is just a level. It’s not who you are, it’s an aspect of what you are.”