The White Crane
The Mountain extends to Heaven,
Where the Wind flows like Water…
The Thunder sparks the Fire,
That fills the Valley and renews the Earth.
(then all things are One)
Copyright Cory Williams 2018
I just inhale… and exhale…
why so much emotion…. let it all go I say,
There is too much living to be done today
There is no thought that is not from intention….
there is no intention without thought
Just breathe… there is no thought, no intention
One in… one out… nothing retained…
I breathe in all the joy and the suffering around me
and dissolve it in the emptiness that is me…
I exhale… only air comes out… pure and fresh
Only take what you can use from life…. leave the rest for others
Dissolve everything into emptiness and purify your world
There is nothing negative…. it is only thinking that makes it so.
I inhale everything… I exhale only love.
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”
We drive ourselves insane with knowledge, thinking we are gaining superiority in the world, but all that is useless in the greater scheme. It is like the proverbial life raft upon which we try to stay afloat above the sea of suffering. We cling to knowledge hoping we find dry land, a verdant island perhaps, where we can let go of all the past traumas. Once safely ashore we can release our fears and anxieties about the suffering we endured.
When you have had your fill of knowledge, you will tire of its uselessness. There is no need for continued stress you will discover; you don’t need a raft of knowledge to float upon an endless sea of suffering. Knowledge carried too far is like dragging a boat over land.
Like pulling weeds, one by one, we remove the thoughts and memories, being careful not to drop any seeds back into our garden. With proper meditation practice, post-mortem cleansing (pulling weeds) should leave you with only the essential.
Over time, all things are assimilated into our spirit. From our knowledge, and our experience, through our layers of body/mind/emotion it distills into the elixir of “knowing” which leads to clarity and ultimately to understanding. If we avoid coloring and flavoring what we think we know, we can truly “understand”. You might say, “knowing what is essential, is understanding.” Armed with the essential understanding you can discard the raft. In time you will learn to understand without the need to know. This is the gateway to enlightenment.
We can learn to fly above all things, joining with the One source of all life.
“He who knows does not say, he who says does not know”
What seems harmonious can be a ticking time bomb…. Sometimes we think we “know” all we need to. Sometimes that is true enough, sometimes you do know all you need to, in that knowledge only goes so far. The experience combined with the knowledge will lead you to the empirical truth but only if you are objective.
Do your meditations, pull the weeds from your psyche, don’t fear the truth, don’t be resentful for the past. Learn to see and discern the essence of all things, and then you can choose to forget the knowledge part forever! The things that happend were not the important things in our lives, it is our perception and what we take away from it that builds our character. Learn the right lessons and the suffering will stop!
It is easy to be lead astray from the truth, we want to believe what we want to believe. If we believe it, it might just be so…and thinking it can make it seem like it is so!
We all know we actually can make somethings happen by just thinking them, often with disastrous results. We can become psychotic real quick when we open up that possibility! Don’t lie to yourself, be objective! Eventually you will be at peace within, and you will learn to always come from your spirit. You don’t need to believe in anything else, you will always be divine!
Don’t believe me,
Don’t believe anyone else,
Don’t believe Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu,
Don’t especially believe yourself!
Believe in yourself!
Knowledge can be good but it can be prejudice and limiting, it is only a tool on the path to wisdom. . .
The wise have little need for knowledge.
Wisdom transcends knowledge
Wisdom is without prejudice…and remembering the lessons!
Wisdom cannot be taught, it can only be learned
Being and non-being
or not being and not non-being
Either way, there either “is” or there “isn’t”
And what about the transformations?
Can something be part “is” and part “isn’t”
And when do non-things become things?
is it a percentage???? 51 %
is it something you can see and measure?
is it something you can feel?
or a vague “knowing”?
or a “belief”?
maybe wishful thinking,
To stand in the doorway between “is” and “isn’t”,
That is the mysterious path of ultimate reality!
There is no distinction, “nothing” swallows everything like a black hole,
Breath in, the spirit recreates you,
Breath out, exhale into nothing.
As if everything that “is”…was…and yet,
had never been…
Things that never were, are…
Things that always were, are not…
Forget the past and the future,
Forget the now, as it too is already gone,
All that matters is each breath.
I live at the gate between both realities.
Being now, or never to have been,
are both the same to me.
One that sees the simple in the complex, and the complex in the simple.
Taoists know better than to try to know the unknowable, and that somethings can be understood yet not seen.
Someone that lives in harmony with the natural order of the universe; adapting to change when possible and accepting the unavoidable.
A person that respects that the world is not something to be improved upon but we are.
One that follows a path to the mysteries of the universe. Where did we come from? Where do we end up? Why are we here? How do we make sense of it? What are we to do?…All these questions are meaningless, nothing really matters more than something. Merge with nothing and there are no more questions!
A Taoist appears like an ignoramus to those that are unenlightened, and they enjoy the anonymity of it all.
Taoists let nature take its course and get out of the way if they need too. They believe in life, and live it as each moment opens up before them.
A person that is driven to become real, yet sets things up so it can happen with minimal effort. They know when they have enough, and trust that the universe will provide if they are conscious of it’s workings.
Taoists find inner strength in their ability to gather energy and apply it to their lives. They are introspective, and balanced and nurture a deep awareness, connection and respect to Heaven and Earth and everything that lives there.
A Taoist is a person that wishes all sentient beings can master the skills to live in harmony with each other, and helps them to the best of their ability.
Taoism is the religion of no religion, you can believe whatever you want to and still be Taoist. We don’t argue over faith, we respect it. Taoists have serious faith, faith in truth and love and we live simple, patient and compassionate lives. We don’t bother other people with things or argue about things that can’t be grasped with the mind anyway.
To be Taoist… is to live free in an unfree world.
Human life is the ultimate, and yet it often doesn’t feel like it! Our time here is a challenge to find the meaning of life. To Taoists, it is what it is, and to become a “real human” means to open up to that truth and to have nothing to be ashamed of before Heaven and Earth. We are their offspring after all, and eventually we will merge with them both. For now, as humans, living a human life, we have only the opportunity to emulate our eternal parents. Originally there was no desire within us, there was a pureness to our beings, return to that self and you will become a real human.
We are all given one body with which to make our journey back to our celestial parents, within that body there is a “real human” somewhere. The real human within us communes with Heaven and Earth and the clarity and calm therein is free from the accumulations foisted upon us. It exists now as it always has, a beautiful and delightful entity. Like a poor man winning the lottery, if you could just realize this fact, you would be rich beyond your wildest dreams.
The great Confucian sage, Mencius once said, “The difference between animals and humans is slight; common people obliterate it, superior people maintain it. Those that maintain it become sages; those that obliterate it become beasts.” They become beasts in this life.
Humans would be well advised to harmonize with the five elements of nature: metal, water, wood, fire and earth. In our bodies, these elements are manifest in the five yin organs, the lungs, kidneys, liver, heart and spleen. These are the main organs that support our life in this realm, if these become damaged, our body cannot sustain life. Taking care of our bodies is essential to provide for that spiritual embryo we all carry within.
Other influences include: the relationship between the government and the people, between parents and children, between husband and wife, between younger and older siblings and between friends. These “five norms” lay out a path of success for people. We need to be in harmony with our relationships as well, to be “real humans.” Sometimes we need to let go of certain relationships to be in harmony with them!
Finding harmony within our bodies and our relationships with others is part of following the Way. Taking away the causes of physical and emotional turmoil in our lives or finding the ability to adapt to them allows us to live long enough so that we may someday unlock the “real human” within. The only thing we have of any value is the real human within, don’t destroy it before you reach realization. Our physical life just here in our bodies is not the end all; the real human is our ultimate attainment. Live as though you are pregnant, and nurture your spiritual embryo.
I may not know exactly what love is, but I do know a few things about what love isn’t. I know, for many people, love can be illusive, but I know for a fact that love is not an illusion.
As I look up at the sky, into the depths of all that is holy, there is love… Heaven creates everything, and gives it all away for free and never asks for anything in return. There is no blame, no frustration, disappointment or resentment there; no anger or malice, no guilt, no feelings of inadequacy or loneliness in Heaven, there are only infinite possibilities.
Emotions are a human thing, they are not meant to torment us, but to be our loving guide. There is no “should” or “should not” pertaining to our feelings, we have to learn from our emotions and in so doing respect that they are loving reminders, helping us to grow. Following enlightened reason we can feel our way to self love.
We learn strength when we can harmonize with our feelings. Each of us has to deal with these things by ourselves; part of loving someone means we foster their independence by being patient with them as they grow. The only thing we need to do is to be kind to ourselves and others as we all evolve.
It may take a lifetime to discover the truth about ourselves, but everything we have comes from the infinite. We see love in the brief little moments that twinkle like the stars shining for eternity. Moments like forgiveness, compassion, respect and gratitude. One kind deed can last an eternity. We fail at love when we forget these things.
Like star dust, love can be illusive, but out of the emptiness of the dark energy of the universe, all things are born.