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Golden Rule and Kindness

Kindness, Taoism and the Golden Rule

Table of Contents What is Kindness?The Heart of Kindness is Simplicity.What is Essence?How to Work with UnkindnessEmbrace KindnessA Magical LifeKind ResourcesExplore Your EssenceQuestions and Comments About Kindness What is Kindness? Kindness is to live to one’s essence. The core of…
Personal Tao

School of Awakening Dragon

“If you ignore the dragon, it will eat you. If you try to confront the dragon, it will overpower you. If you ride the dragon, you will take advantage of its might and power.” — Chinese Proverb “The dragon is…
Taoism HIstory

Taoism 101: Introduction to the Tao

Table of Contents What is Taoism?Tao Talk Tuesday!Practicing TaoismPractical Taoist AdviceTaoist ResourcesHistory of TaoismTao and Chinese CultureAdvanced Taoism: Tao and GodAdditional Taoist TeachingsTaoism Questions and Comments I have been asked many times how to find a Temple, Master or how…

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Move with the Tao

What is Yin Yang?

Yin Yang Introduction Yin Yang is perhaps the most known and documented concept used within Taoism. What is Yin / Yang A starting definition: Yin / Yang: Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting…

Taoist Question & Answer

How does a Taoist Travel?A Taoist Guide To Travel Please ask questions about Tao, Shamanism and Awakening Dragon Taoism. Awakening Dragon Taoism is a modern lineage of Taoism. The goal is to allow Taoism to adapt to the modern world.…
Longevity and Lifestyle

How to Learn Taoism

Where to start? I teach Taoism in so many ways. Taoism is an interesting system. To learn Taoism, what it entails and the truth Taoist Teachers impart to students varies for each person. To Learn Taoism Can literally be: As…
Longevity and Lifestyle

Longevity and Lifestyle

The Personal Tao book examines Immortality. Now, let’s take a closer look at Taoist practices of longevity. Taoist Lifestyle Habits For a Longer Life Taoism holds together a lifestyle of practices to guide a person within a long healthy life.…

A Personal Tao – A Midlife Journey

The Tao of Midlife A Personal Tao is a Taoist book exploring midlife and living in the modern world. It’s about how to apply Taoist ideals simply and modestly one day at a time. Living as a Taoist in western…
Tree of Life

Tree of Life

<Prev | Tao of Midlife | Next > Go Directly to Book Chapter Copyright 2008 Cara Dawson The stories describing the Tree of Life are found across many cultures, in many forms. Even in Taoist tales, we have the spiritual…

Here be Dragons…

The sign at the end of the world says:

Here be dragons…


This was the saying to denote dangerous or unexplored territories, in unknown blank areas of maps.

It’s very fitting that as a practice no religion or philosophy embraces dragons more in my mind than Taoism itself.

The Tao represents the unknown, those blanks areas of the map, those places we go to explore to discover more about our very nature…

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Words, Reality and Spiritual Exploration

It isn’t easy to watch the literal-minded try to put into words a concept that by definition, isn’t literal. You see the Tao is always the blank area of the map by definition. Maps will always have empty regions since maps are merely models, not the real thing.

Likewise, words are only models. To be a scientific thinker is to train the mind to think regarding a model placed on top of another model of words.

The loophole is merely a fiction of incomplete models.

To live is to be and gets one out of the model and into life

Models are powerful for the simplification they offer, and that simplification is the very same drawback that distracts the literal-minded person from Tao.

A person is constantly embracing the impossible, even when denying this truth. Each day a person strives to determine their potential and what is beyond their day.

It’s fun to try at times only because you learn in the attempt, but it isn’t about the definition, it’s what you learn in the dance of trying that matters.

Being literal is the most significant flaw typically found in westerners trying to be Taoists. Westerners try to define themselves to the practice, rather than knowing and accepting it’s about how we hold ourselves in the journey that defines us instead.

I am a dragon, ancient, young electric and mysterious: Because I embrace the unknown of my life. My breath roars with lightning as I strike out each moment to explore Tao, not to define it, but to live it.

As a footnote historically the saying was HIC SVNT LEONES (literally, Here are lions)… But that is besides the point we are dealing with dragons and unknown now…

Explore Your Essence

Essence is Your Core Nature

Knowing your Essence
Smoothes Out
Your Life

The Essential Qigong Training Course: 100 Days to Increase Energy, Physical Health and Spiritual Well-Being.

Couples Tao Te Ching

The Couple’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Lovers

Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Lao Tzu, Translated By Stephen Mitchell

Yin and Yang of Life addresses modern issues through the lens of ancient wisdom.

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