I get quite a few emails of questions from students working on papers.
Before I publish the list of simple answers to the questions I got today, here is a fuller more complete answer to any list of academic questions.
To answer questions very directly, is like catching rain drops on the tongue.
- While fun to catch and seemingly at first they do satisfy,These answers quickly fade away leaving a person thirsty for more. This gets people to chasing rain drops. (it’s more fun to dance in the rain). It’s easier to sit down and take a drink later from the rain barrel. People think the rain barrel to be books and learnings from enlightened beings… That rain barrel is actually your life and it’s filled only when living to your heart rather than chasing consumption or answers outside one’s nature.
So the answers I would give to only get categorized would not have meaning, to instead get added up and up and up… to chasing “right” answers which don’t exist. Any such answer wouldn’t be right for “you” . Would this template set of questions… really provide answers which ful-fill to the heart… or would they drive an endless chase of knowledge? (keeping in mind to some, an endless chase of knowledge is what ful-fills their life)
Most questions asked are very rarely the question needed to find our answers…
Taoism is a process of release, into the undefined: the Tao
Any direct answer given in this case are given against creating a paper to receive a grade and then to be measured against… isn’t the point of Taoism teachings at all.
So to all your questions I must answer that the answer is to release, find answers which make you smile, answers that explore potential and possibilities. It doesn’t make a difference if they are correct, wrong or fit best: As all answers are always both wrong and right. This is one reason why answers form an endless search to truth. All answers also contain their seed for their own invalidity.
So what a Taoist looks for in a answer or What makes an answer powerful: is how it opens you to “release” to exploration of your personal life.
Hold to your heart what works
To each person, the answers that work: are those that create connection.
The heart is the center of how we connect out isn’t it?
So my answer to all of these questions are:
A Smile, Potential, Release, Acceptance and then finally Heart
Then mix and match these 5 answers in such a way to compose a larger answer
- That fit into the paper
- That achieves results to enlighten those five answers in a way you can relate to.
- While helping you jump the most silly hoops of being graded…
Now one last thought for students who are working to make the grade:
Does a letter grade of effort really “define” if you are on a “right” path for exploration of life?
The grade only reflects how well someone else thinks you are doing!
When spiritually should you ever use another person’s grade to define your meaning of life?
Peace 🙂 and wonder
To Ponder… Away
Living is not easy nor hard.. it is what we make it to be … life.
I sit and ponder, I feel a disco ball explosion of emotions each day… from Happiness to Sadness, mixing about in wondering (wondering for many becomes worrying don’t fall for that trap) and carefree abandon… but I am still too disciplined to have full abandon… working so incredibly hard and yet also not… It all mixes up each day. Strangely I have no need to ponder, since answers are all too easy to come by (be aware that finding the answers that fit… well that is really about acceptance more than the answers…)
Some answers are Blue and mournful for deep souls needing dark answers,
Some answers are Yellow and joyful for those ready to explore the skies
Some answers are Green and neutral for some only needing a smile
Pondering shouldn’t be for answers, If you ponder for answers, it can spin you around wasting time leaving no time to live your answers fully.
Today I talked to a couple of souls: lost in pondering answers, looking for answers to fit them perfectly… that they hope to jump into and discover a life they dreamed about…but instead of jumping they then only ponder more, oh so much they ponder… pondering breeds pondering, to then trap the person in bronze, as the thinking man unable to move out, unable to live a life… as the pondering itself becomes the form to set them into shape…
No if you are to ponder then let it be about release, about freedom, about emptiness and other such freeing topics…
Today in retrospect I decided to personally release my pondering habits all together… it’s not where I want to spend my time. I will keep wonder but pondering will only be saved for those occasions I need to look like a statue sitting in repose.