Taoism is a system that fits well with any other system that you may choose to practice. For many, it can bring fresh insights to your beliefs and practices. If you read the Tao Te Ching, you will find that many centuries ago, spiritual masters already knew what quantum physics is finding out today.
One of the basic understandings of Taoism, or The Way, is that motion of any kind is a fiction. You are not, in reality, on a journey, because there is nowhere to go. You do not need to grow, because you already are everything you might want to grow into.
The reality of who and what you are already exists. You already are one with all that is on every level. You don’t need to become enlightened, good, virtuous. You don’t need to find yourself. You already are all of those things. All that is needed is to adjust your mind-set to the understanding that you are that.
Returning is the movement of the Way. –The Tao Te Ching
Our culture almost seems to be tailor-made to obscure this understanding of reality. We have the self-improvement industry, which makes billions each year. We are encouraged to seek knowledge of all kinds. Even spiritual “growth” has become fashionable. I don’t know about you, but after many books, videos and programs, I was left exactly where I started, and maybe even worse off, because I had guilt that all of this knowledge and practice did not “work” for me.
The sage desires no desire, does not value rare treasures, learns without learning, recovers what people have left behind. –The Tao Te Ching
To be a sage, according to the Tao, a person abandons learning and seeking, striving and trying to become something. Instead, you relax into the realization and experience that you are already all of the things that you seek. You have to be, since through quantum entanglement with the entire field of being, you are literally everything. There is nothing to seek outside of yourself. As Alan Watts said, “You are it!”
Without stepping out the door, you can know the world. Without looking through the window, you can see Heaven’s Way. –The Tao Te Ching
Our modern, western sensibilities rebel against this. We want the latest workshop, pill, program or retreat to fix it all. Our entire way of being is built on trying harder, reaching higher, wanting more. The problem is, that mindset keeps us from seeing that we already are as high as we can go. Or as Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20.
Much of this ties in with previous blogs here. Letting go of conceptions of self, other, paradigms, and beliefs all aid in reaching this state of being where you have really always been–in a state of oneness and bliss.