The Maui Taoist

Adrift in time upon an endless sea…..

Tag: wisdom

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

The mind is a terrible thing…

“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,
and
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

Copyright Cory Williams 2014