This chapter is to show a person how hard it is to change your habits. For example how hard it is to just turn a book 180 degrees to finish reading the second poem. Yet most people reading the book will actually refuse to rotate the book around. I was surprised to discover that 99% of readers just push on to the next page. Of course if you are reading the chapter on a computer, it’s extremely difficult to rotate your monitor around. This shows a second problem, as technology / communication models change, the very nature of how we can work with older ideas and structures shift even more dramatically.
If it’s hard to change a simple habit, how hard is it to change your life and to shift lifestyles? It’s very difficult and hence part of the problem we face as a modern culture that has to address its own needs to change now.
As a Taoist I teach
- The nature of potential
- How to activate and flow with potential
- How not to limit oneself
Since we live in times of high potential: what does that mean for you?
We are at the peak of a large wave of change, soon to crest. A wave of change rippling out to shift society and how people live life.
- Will you let yourself be changed to outside forces…
- Will you follow your own inner potential…allowing yourself to Blossom as yourself?
As this chapter illustrates most people resist change, flow with momentum around them. This means the majority of people will naturally let their change be defined by outside forces. Yet Taoism teaches us how to take control of our own changes.
Know yourself so you can transform into yourself
What does “know” mean ?
I use know in a larger sense of Accepting oneself fully.
This translates into three aspects of acceptance
To understand the “facts” of who you are
To anchor oneself in personal “faith” of your true inner nature
To be aware and use “perception” to guide how change flows in your life
Few people take the time to listen to their inner voice. Like it or not, as a culture we are at a place of crux, of change. That means as individuals we too are being forced to take a look at who we are. While many people will flow as the wave goes…
It’s also possible to be aware of your inner nature, to personally channel potential and flow change of oneself to heart, to your core nature.
Many people I know are taking advantage of this fact to drop out of the mainstream culture, to live better and healthier.
- If enough people do this: then this becomes the wave of potential that becomes reality.
What matters is this, we are at a place now, to take advantage of the time to be in heart. Heart represent connections to others and your life. Being in heart, in your nature and sure of oneself, is what makes the difference later for grounding and how one shifts their life to live well during times of change.
The destination is not the goal, it’s how we use the times to transform, to be oneself fully… That is the challenge and joy of being alive today. Possibly and I would argue these are indeed the best of times now… These only become the worse of times if you don’t live as yourself.
The destination becomes transformation and the transformation is one of being your full potential in these times of greatest potential…
Also know, in transformation you have many potential forms to take, many being good choices. It’s not the final form that matters, as much as making sure the process of transformation matches to your nature. Some people might be surprised at where they end up, but they will discover joy as the process followed their heart.
It’s a personal choice no matter how others may try to take your power away, take your choice of what you are to be away. Just by living and living well now… this is enough to discover and know yourself now… and follow your life truly, One step at a time in these times of potential.