No Original Idea. Know the Tao of Heaven!

the tao of heaven

What is the Tao of Heaven? The ancient Greeks wrote of “the Logos” as the guiding principle behind all of reality. Was this their idea?  The Egyptians spoke of Toth as the guiding word, and son, of the supreme god, Osiris. Where did they get this idea? When Lao Tse, in east-central China, wrote his Tao Te Ching he gave us great detail of the Tao of Heaven. This the nameless Path, or Principle, guides all the Universe from within. How did all these people, in all these places, get the same idea all these thousands of years ago? John’s Gospel begins, “In the beginning was the Word.” Did he think this up?

In this day it’s common to think that spiritual awareness is a made-up idea. The truth is that that idea, itself, is a pretty recent notion. Early people, we’re told, worshiped the sun, the stars, or some other aspect of Nature. While we’re sure many did, isn’t it wiser to say that these things serve to remind us that we aren’t as big, or alone, after all? Or, do they help us see how big we really are, encompassing it all?

To put it another way, considering the immensity of the heavens puts us in touch with the Tao of Heaven, and our own tao. . In fact, it’s fair to say that the folks who are the loudest with these anti-spiritual ideas haven’t seen these things. They have never been far enough out in the open to have a good look at the sun. Not many have been far enough to see the stars away from the cities’ light clutter. What is the Tao of Heaven? If we said the Tao is the conscious essence within the universe we would be stopping short.

Spiritual awareness is not something we can find just in books. One very wise writer, Zhuang Tse, wrote that a truly aware person – a sage – can’t impart this experience, but only offer evidence of it in the dry bones of writings left behind.

The Tao of Prayer tells about living into this Word, Logos, and Tao. The blog considers a little of what it means, day by day. Welcome!

Spiritual, or Mental?

be free of ego

Free From Ego?

On a farm commune some years ago a friend was looking at a forest and said, “behold, the ego-less.” This inspired me, but I didn’t really understand. I had read D. T. Suzuki, Alan Watts, and others. They spoke of a Zen mind, of giving up one’s self, of being “ego-less.” What did that really mean? How could I be free of ego aside from being free from my own self – to stop being me. If you’re not you, who are you? Continue reading “Spiritual, or Mental?”

Inner Space: The Final Frontier

inner space final frontier | the man behind the curtain is you

We live in a frenzied age. One of its marks is the clamor to define and control the environment around us. We seek to “change the world,” to control even the weather. Scientists ever outward to find out what exists on other planets. They even study the chemical make-up of the stars in distant galaxies. “We” focus our attention on all these things beyond our own selves, but what do we know of our selves?  Let’s explore inner space, the final frontier!

The Ego Trip: Mileage May Vary!

We try to look strong, wise, and independent, but in whose eyes? What is strength, when we can’t control our own passions? Our bellies, or, our eyes, command us to take the shortest route to the refrigerator, the nearest burger joint, or the most enticing sexual interest. Are we so enslaved to our physical appetites? We grasp for the easiest conquest over others.  Does our pride have that much power over us? We delve out the smallest sub-particle in an atom, or the latest gossip in the entertainment world. Are we more than data storage units? We say we want independence, but from what, really? Are we more than our outward pride? Do we exist only to enhance our profiles?

Who is the “Man Behind the Curtain?”

The most ancient sages of every culture understood that the human heart, the core of our being, more expansive than the universe itself. It is deeper than any ocean trench, more complex than the finest study of physics. It is broader than the very reaches of space-time, yet we have been taught to, “pay no attention to the Man behind the curtain.” The Tao of Prayer invites us to explore and discover this frontier, and what it really means, what it costs, and what i really means to become truly,  fully Human, and Divine.

Can We Learn More?

The Tao of Prayer, which I hope soon to see published, offers a traveler’s guide to the ancient ways, and how to use them in our own lives. Stay tuned!

Why Write? A Writer’s Side Note.

I have split myself three ways. How so? Under this name, my own, Non-Fiction name, I write things as they are. What did the ancient sages really say? How do they relate to our lives? What can we learn from how they lived, or how we live?

Under other names, I write Historical Fiction (or Fantasy, depending on the reader’s own experience of magic, miracle, and mystery),  and Southern Gothic, which looks at the skeletons in our own inner closets in a way which, I hope, helps the reader to see those bones a little more clearly, and – just maybe – sort them in their proper order.

Stephen King famously wrote, “All fiction is a lie. Really good fiction is the truth.” There are a lot of things we can lay out in scholarly monographs. We can do all kinds of research into the role, say, of Mystery,  Attachment, or Delusion in human life. We can lay the findings out in self-published hardbacks, or submit them to specialised journals. A few professors might read them. Some might even mention them in their own work. In the end we wind up with two disasters. One is that very few people would read them. A greater one is that these living realities would be presented as cold, dead, dissected, and set into categories that don’t even fit.

Zuang Tse said that the sages can either pass on their wisdom, life-to-life, or they leave it in the form of the dead bones of writings they leave behind. Whether through stories, as in The Tao of Prayer, or in the longer “parables” of fiction, my work is to bring my readers into touch with the Mystery of their own lives.

All in all, this sounds like a job only a crazy person would take on. Maybe it is. And maybe, just maybe, I’m crazy enough to pull it off. Stay  tuned.

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

Pin It on Pinterest