The Maui Taoist

Adrift in time upon an endless sea…..

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Nature is Reason

Why complain… nobody cares

The path to happiness is simple, stop caring about things you have no control over. In these times, as throughout history, the path remains the same, yet as Lao Tzu tells us, “My way is simple, yet no one can follow it”.

What do I want to happen today?… Whatever is supposed to happen.

To Taoists, and many other groups of enlightened thinkers, all of Nature is God, meaning all of reality is God. Whatever is happening is to be enjoyed and or endured with equal aplomb. In fact, not accepting reality would be considered the greatest of all mistakes, an evil of sorts, as that attitude will lead to unhappiness or worse.

Denying Nature would then be the greatest transgression humans seemed doomed to repeat.

Climate change…so what? Who cares? It is part of Nature and out of control, the planet was much warmer in Roman days. Wars? Oh well!… So what? Politics…get over it! Oh what, you don’t like something someones says, or does?…Big deal! Grow up already! Try being grateful for the diversity of thought.

There is nothing you can do about any of these things anyway; or do you deny human nature? People are a part of Nature as much as anything else. Stop trying to control and manipulate, stop judging others, stop complaining about things, or you are out of harmony with Nature, God, and you will suffer.

This advice is lost on the emotionally immature. Lacking the ability to reason is the greatest problem with emotional people. You will never be happy without gaining emotional intelligence.

Forget struggling with all your perceived problems. Reading books about Tao and Zen and Stoicism is all a waste of time if you don’t apply these principles to your daily life with constancy. Judgment is guilt, discernment is innocence. The path to happiness, for many, is to avoid or ignore all the things that most people think is important. To them the only really important thing is to be mindful of our own judgments, and to be discerning, free thinking, self motivated individuals.

Free yourself from the pathetic angry mob of emotionally weak and insecure fools that believe any lie they wish to agree with because it makes them feel good. Being self-righteous and sanctimonious will lead to personal ruin. Becoming addicted to your emotions can actually kill you.

When will you start to take responsibility for your life? Be happy now! Stop caring! There is only one worthy goal, master yourself, and it starts with your judgements and aversions that lead to emotional excess. You get upset because you allow other people and things to control you, there is no person that is free, if they care about things they cannot control.

So what are you waiting for? Today is the Olympic games, you must perform, and you are naked! It is no longer training or a superficial attempt to become a Taoist or a Zenist, while you whine about reality. Reality, that is in fact the only thing that is true; learn from it or suffer the consequences. Trying to force your will is a complete waste of your life. Hundreds of millions of people have wasted their whole lives fighting reality; they have, and are still, living in an emotionally based prison of their own making.

Therefore be glad when the universe gives you a challenge, how else can you become brave and adapt and overcome? If you don’t like something, just walk away and never look back. If it were not for hardships how could we learn? If you accept lies, abuse and insults you will only get more of them. Who’s abusing you now? Separate yourself from the mob of group think and self abuse.

Stop wandering aimlessly, having no guide, and following the noise and discordant cries of those that call us in different directions, or your life will be consumed in making mistakes, and then it will be over; and you will discover then that you have never lived it.

Copyright Cory Williams 2017

Faith

Faith is when your spirit is engaged in each now moment


One the many befits of proper meditation practice, is to become more objective about yourself, this should lead to being non-judgmental. When we see and learn about our many faults, we need to also learn to forgive ourselves as we have seen the many benefits of what we have discerned from our lives. Consequently we can forgive others. Better still, we will come to see, that not judging is an even better way to relate then having judgments and then “rescinding” them with forgiveness. All this judging and forgiveness is upsetting and unnecessary. Learning the right lessons in life, for some, means how quickly can we move from emotion to calm. When we learn our lessons, we see that remaining calm is the key to keeping your objectivity.

Calmness is the abode of the spirit

When we trust our spirits to run the show, will be discerning, intuitively non-judgmental. We can learn to forgive immediately, right on the spot. Coming from this place, we can remain calm, see even deeper, free from the need to react. This requires confidence in our sense and response to each now moment. Coming from faith, means that we trust our spirit to guide us.


Resist the tendency to doubt

It is not possible to just have faith in things, we need to have faith in our understanding of things…. Moreover, that we develop confidence that we have this understanding. Therefore, we will have few doubts. The fewer doubts we have is the equivalent of our level of faith. If we resist the tendency to doubt we are trusting, having faith in our spirit.

You can have faith in anything and it will yield similar results.
If you have faith in your health, faith in God, faith in country, political ideology, faith in your partner, faith in nature, whatever, you will be fulfilled according to your beliefs.

The more understanding we acquire, the more confidence we gain and the more faith we have; the more pleasant our lives become.

Enter Doubt…. The destroyer of faith

Healthy doubt is a powerful ally, but I’m not talking about that here. A healthy mind already knows from experience what is right and wrong for us; we don’t need doubt too much. When we mess up, we learn and change our way of thinking or our way of doing something and this is essential. The problem comes when we over analyze things. Our brain is looking for faults and ways to improve, this is an adaptation to stress. Over-using this system causes us dismay as we then doubt ourselves and we gather insecurities that lead to suffering. You might say, when we get stressed out, we doubt, then we lose faith.

The spontaneous flow of life’s energy needs to flow unimpeded to and from our spirits. When we get involved filtering and analyzing and doubting we lose faith in our ability to be natural. The simple fact is we cannot be “natural” if we do not follow our faith. By natural here I mean that originally there was no desire, we learned in an non-prejudicial way. Cravings and desires lead us to try and know “why” this inevitably leads to doubt,  after all, we may never know “why”. Doubt erodes our faith; taken to the extreme we can lose confidence, and ultimately we will suffer.

…. the only thing a human ever needs to do, is to respond correctly to each now moment…

Letting go of the need to know “Why” gives us the freedom to listen to our intuition, to use faith. Especially important in our dealing with other people is our ability to be confident that we are acting appropriately in the now moment. Lets face it, the only thing a human ever needs to do, is to respond correctly to each now moment. Doubting interrupts this natural inclination and impedes communion with the spirit.

Doubt destroys spontaneity. We have trained our spirit during our whole life, it knows what is right and good. Enter doubt and we conflict with our spirit, as if, everything we know in our heart is maybe wrong? This is destructive to the spirit and can lead a would-be meditator into hell. Without faith, doubt is going to interfere with our sense and our response.

Chronic doubters, and people that over analyze things, are usually over reacting to those things because their lack of faith leaves them defenseless in the now moment. They often appear needy and insecure to others and that exacerbates their doubt until they have serious reasons to doubt!  Often people of this persuasion develop physical and mental illnesses, many of which are lethal.

Trust that the Universe is completely out of control

Have Faith. Trust everything and everybody! It is a simple Taoist method to always be coming from faith. For example, Trust that the Universe is completely out of control. Trust that everyone will usually act in their own best interest. Trust good people to be good, trust bad people to be bad. Trust the climate to change, and change again. Trust that there will always be conflict and wars. Trust that you may get a broken heart from time to time but the wisdom gained and enjoyment of love was worth it.

Have faith in the way things are
Trust your ability to adapt and overcome all obstacles

Have faith in human nature
Trust your ability to discern the best people for you

Have faith in healing
Trust that you will learn to have faith

Have faith in yourself
Trust that you can always be fully in the now moment without doubting

“It is not possible to invent faith, but it is possible to resist the tendency to doubt!

Have patience, stop doubting that which you know in your heart to be true, and faith will do its perfect work.”

Copyright Cory Williams 2014

What Love Isn’t

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.

Copyright Cory Williams 2013