A friend was pondering about making one’s own rules
So I decided to add these thoughts
Rules are limitations upon action…
In other words rules limit / break apart potential. Now As a Taoist the practice is all about potential and helping people surf their potential with grace. In other words
A Taoist sezs: ptttth! and to hell with the rules. ( if you think about it, hell is all about rules)
It doesn’t mean a Taoist ignores rules nor flaunts rules. To ignore the rules is to at some point get mangled by the rules. So rules require awareness to properly flow around.
Lets work to an analogy, Potential is like a wave moving across the ocean surface. We each move with potential, the winds of life building up our potential, but at some point as the wave comes to the shore, upon hitting the shallows the water piles up in it’s potential and comes crashing down.
So rules are like surf breaks, places designed to force the wave to hit the shallow water and force form and shape to break the water to tumble on down.
More importantly often times rules serve to disrupt potential of other people to the benefit of those who make the rules. So rules require some care to navigate to prevent your own energy from being disrupted and re-channeled
Understand your potential is your own to cherish and then you will discover how to move around rules as if rules never existed, and when the rules do exist to surf them in a way you find grace.
Likewise a Taoist tries to avoid making rules, since to make rules serves to limit oneself, and in reflection that means in many respects also hindering oneself.
Now at times it might make sense to create rule when needing to focus oneself to help channel one’s own potential towards a purpose, then a Taoist will freely create rules for a short duration to help enable them towards that purpose, and then shed the rules later when done.
For example, as a parent: I will make rules for my children, but these rules only exist temporarily to help teach them how to navigate society’s rules with more ease. There exist other times when Taoists will work to “rules” for purposes of refinement of form.
So the point is more to say, rather than worrying about avoiding rules, or creating your own rules: Remember to flow with your potentials. Surf the rules as required and use rules to occasionally refine form if and when deep focus is required… But more times than not move around the rules (not bend them) since they typically are very disruptive to a person’s nature and are often societies speed traps to harness and trample the free willed down to be like everyone else…