Being a Sage Today
We have a saying in Taoism
The Sage does not bring Order to Chaos
This simple saying has many deep lessons to teach, but lets start here:
A simple truth is we are living in a time of chaos. In times of chaos people try to bring more order , more laws to reign in the chaos.
However, chaos dissolves order and such actions lead to more despair and broken dreams..
A dear friend of mine and I were talking about being in greater flux now. I wanted to share my answer I wrote since it applies to so many others I have been talking to.
Right now I hear more about the challenge to handle massive flux, having to deal with more things in life breaking….
Know this is a reflection of the chaos of our times. Chaos is increasing, Ironically the more order society tries to impose upon chaos, the more chaos that will get created (order feeds chaos). So rather than despair against what is breaking, what is changing: Use awareness to be more in touch with what matters most, living gracefully, so it’s possible to shape results of the chaos more to your true potential.
In other words Chaos will cause things to break, will cause problems to appear that you have to deal with that wouldn’t normally occur.
Instead of trying to solve these problems in the same old orderly way (Which will simply break again, since the chaos has shown it to be a weak solution for your life)
Take the time to change and remold the broken part into something new.
Life is how we shape it to be, most people let outside forces shape them… A very painful tact to take in times of chaos, since then you let chaos define you, and that means to let chaos unravel your life.
Chaos is undefined, and few people can tolerate a form that is undefined and always shifting
To live in chaos is to live with motion and change. One key is not to focus on a single vision, but rather to keep motion alive to step thru various incarnations of what you would like to do. If you focus on a single aspect too much, chaos will easily disrupt critical motion needed in your life to move one into greater potential later.
Eventually you will find a lifestyle (life pattern) that resonant with you, but its actually about shifting thru patterns that resonant with you. Don’t worry about missing a critical pattern to witness. You will know it when you hit your stride naturally, right now focus energy into shifting so you can dance efficiently in the transformation process afoot in our times. Many patterns can work, but you have to time each pattern to work at the right moment relative to all the other motions in your life and around us.
If you try to out think chaos… you won’t succeed, since that is order!
Instead flow in reaction to the times and use everything the chaotic times throw at you , including the bad to improve your life with.
Life is asking you to dance, not to stay still
Move and flow to greater potential.. or stay still and let chaos erode one down to nothing.
Personally if you let chaos teach you , learn from the problems and breakages… it is possible to remold life to go beyond all expectations with the extra energy that chaos brings to the mix truly live fully and beautifully.
But you have to actively dance to the tune of life for this to flow and work.
Going Beyond Chaos
I won’t paint a picture of mature solutions for when you feel chaos is winning. Maturity is merely a false boundary blind to hide behind. The Taoist path, is always striving ahead into the unknown and unknowable. This is a path few are willing to let go into. So instead most people quit at being mature to leave the unknown alone and without wonder.
I teach the warrior’s path, not because a Taoist fights: but because a Taoist accepts no fear into the heart. Because each step taken is one into the unknown rather than risking comfort of past decay.
I teach the sage’s path because strength alone isn’t enough to confront chaos or the unknown.
When you are facing the challenge of a new start; it’s not easy, rebuilding everything: yet we all rebuild our lives every day. This means I must myself always remain a student in my own path, ever reaching and ever tumbling like star dust, in my own cometary travels.
Understand the sage is always student, always allowing chaos and the unknown to teach them more about life itself.