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Golden Rule and Kindness

Kindness, Taoism and the Golden Rule

What is Kindness? Kindness is to live to one’s essence. The core of Taoism is about kindness. The sage releases their own stories, while accepting the stories of others. The sage is kind to the kind and also kind to…
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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

I have been asked many times how to find a Temple, Master or how best to learn Taoism. So I created a short Taoism 101 course on how to discover Taoism. Here is a different type of guide to learning…

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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. A starting definition: Yin / Yang: Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change. When something…

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 Book – Living With Kindness

A Personal Tao is a Taoist book about living in the modern world. It’s about how to apply Taoist ideals simply and modestly one day at a time. It’s also my personal biography about finding my place within a society…
Tree of Life

Tree of Life

<Prev | Book Index | 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 peach…

Here be Dragons…

The sign at the end of the world says:

Here be dragons…

Or in Latin: “HC SVNT DRACONES”

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…

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