Chapter 3 - Tao
To learn Tao ism: is to listen to the world itself.
Zen isn’t Tao ism but the two traditions walk along a similar path. The lessons for Tao ism are all around you. Yes at times a teacher like myself will help a person when they stumble or are confused. Always remember, teachers are optional, the world is always present for us to work against. All too often people get lost within teachings simply because they allow the teachings of the “ism” to over ride the connection to the world itself. All too often in being literal, a person will let ancient disconnected and dusty words obscure the realities of what might be happening in the here and now. All too often seekers get disconnected from the living world in the chase of ideas and goals. Tao ism is very clear on this trap and reminds us to keep personal awareness open to the flows of life.
Words have power to remind us of hidden traps, but we must use our awareness to gracefully move with the actively shifting landscape of life also.
Study the lessons, but live in the world
A Taoist path is paved with awareness in how you step and then is smoothed out by working with the flow of life around us.
The sound of your footsteps are never captured by a book so do look around to see, listen and feel how your steps actually touch life around you.
Tao is the way and the “ism” are your steps…
Tao ism: The way of your steps. What book ever captures your life? (except maybe only in retrospect)
When people ask me how I learned Tao ism, I laugh and always say:
“The river was my teacher”.
And I am still dancing with her today with every movement I make.
Look into the morning dew
Finding a soul’s shape
Reflected in your footsteps