Life Within Our Stories…
Humans are defined within their stories:
- The first way to learn Taoism is to experience it through living.
- Taoism as a practice teaches with stories.
- The exploring of a story is an art. Take the time to expand what you see within all stories.
- To hold truth as a story allows a person to achieve more flexibility in life.
Day to day life is all about how we work with our stories.
To be Human.
In Taoism, we define a human as:
A Living Being capable of holding their own story. A being who extends their instincts with stories.
Our essence, is our spark of life that explores one story to the next. Wearing a story as clothing: to interact with the world. This is very important, since in Taoism we teach how to embrace one’s story fully and gracefully.
But its also important for another reason.
We are our essence, not our stories.
Humans often make the mistake to think they are the clothing being worn or more literally the case than people realize: the story held around our essence. This is not true. The stories we hold to are merely the vehicles to explore life thru.
Since humans are a story by nature, it means we enjoy listening and learning from stories also.
In fact ego and the role of ego is to keep the spirit within a story it’s currently wearing. All too often a consequence of being human is to loose ourselves in our stories, or even worse having ego trap us into stories that no longer serve a graceful purpose.
If to be human is to explore our stories.
How much time do you spend listening and following stories told by others, or sold to you by the culture you live within? Rather than taking the time to truly and fully live to your own story fully?
Sadly, too many souls lose freedom chasing stories which don’t serve the heart any more.
If you feel trapped, if you feel powerless, if you feel our culture is out of control.
Discover freedom and power is to live your own story.
The way modern culture defines “Human” needs to expand out over time.
Being Human and being Homo Sapiens are two vastly different things.
Being human includes the capacity for empathy, the ability to be conscious and recognize how we are one and part of something greater. This is a challenge for the future as Homo Sapiens begins to discover how life on our own planet (and maybe others) already exceeds their own ability to define intelligence.
Being only “Homo Sapiens” means acting no better than any other life form trying to eat and reproduce its way selfishly across time for no other purpose than to just be a living fire.
Currently with Homo Sapiens destroying the planet earth , in butchering other life down in consumption and greed… It could be argued that “Homo Sapiens” is less human than it gives itself credit for. I would go as far as to say: This next decade will be a test for Homo Sapiens to discover if it can live up to being both human and humane.
In Taoism we separate out the term to be a “true human” to those who go beyond a consumption / attachment based lifestyle and to instead live kindly, compassionately and gracefully. In others words Taoism for thousands of years has defined a true human to exceed past just being “Homo Sapiens” and embracing a lifestyle which manages a balance of spiritual, physical and mental aspects.
To be truly human is
- A living being who with Self Awareness extends their instincts with stories.
- To truly be kind. Which means to be aware of essence and navigate with grace against each essence you encounter.
For a Taoist, to be human is not a function of species but rather of lifestyle and choices made.
I have known animals which have been far more human than executives of BP or similar greedy individuals. If Homo Sapiens destroys earth in greed, then Homo Sapiens ends itself and loses the chance to discover what it means to be truly human.
Our actions do change the planet, and your choices made now, truly do determine if you are human or just an ape dancing about.
This is about each of our own choices in lifestyle and how we hold our stories. Pointing fingers just connects one to being part of the problem, to connect us to the story we are trying to break free from. While people will make excuses all the time: the truth is you either live kindly or you don’t. Modern consumption lifestyles don’t leave much in the middle as one barrels down the road at 88 miles per hour trying to go back in time to fix what is beyond one’s reach to change…
It’s to embrace change in a meaningful way with our stories that can save us from our own animal nature to just consume.