Truth and Answers are not the same thing. They are each very relative to a person’s current perception / situation. This means most answers become a delicate construct that mix together elements of story and truth together.
For instance for the question: Is life deterministic or do we have free will?
- I can answer for some: It’s both: so leave it alone to instead enjoy your life.
- For others I might write out an essay describing aspects of the debate.
- I could craft various different answers proving how each statement is true or false…
- I could show how the question is immaterial to how one lives life, so the question isn’t worth losing sleep over.
- I might answer with silence… since a person could be depressed and could take the answer in a negative harmful direction. Being stuck in “wonder” isn’t a bad place to be. (Many different types of wonder exist.)
- Since both conditions are true: I often answer the opposite of what a person believes in order to help shake them up and expand their thoughts.
- Since both conditions are true: I often give the answer the person wants to hear so they can meander onwards so I can be left in peace. Not everyone should be shaken up.
So many questions are like this. People desire “satisfying” answers, but Daoist answers are rarely easily packaged in neat and simple tidbits. Some people make money packaging simple Daoist answers to the masses. Quite a bit of the self help industry works like a spiritual fast food chain. So it goes. It’s neither right nor wrong, just supply and demand.
Of course if you eat enough big macs or fast food: it does harm the body. In a similar manner just living on fast spiritual answers leaves a person empty in the long term always looking for “more”. Supply and demand is a terrible way to find spiritual peace. But that’s my opinion.
Looking At Other People’s Answers
When reading another person’s works, digging into the past to read another person’s path to enlightenment… It is never just that. Instead you find clues, and pieces of the story before enlightenment…
If you ever wonder what is missing when reading scripts and text of old:
It is this… you are out of phase to the final path of the author. You have to read to the side and ahead a little. Make a leap of faith so to speak
I watch scholars, historians and seekers try so hard to connect all the dots together from past works with a literal tact… Watching them seemingly so close… yet totally off the mark when not being aware that they have to look to the side, ahead and to the now… to be back in the present and in their heart to complete the puzzle.
At Times be Poetic in Your Answers.
Finding your answer can become a poem.
People expect answers to be literal. Precise snippets of knowledge to awakened one’s understanding. Daoism teaches , Daoist answers are poetry: a collage of potentials and possibilities.
To limit an Daoist answer to be literal… is to limit yourself …
Answers and Looking Ahead
Answers, people seek answers for what might be… for tomorrow… in the end for comfort’s sake alone…
These answers are not worth the price, as
to know what is to be… sacrifices how you live now.
Keep that in mind when looking ahead and planning out what might be. Don’t forget to consider the quality of your life in being free.
Of course with so many not living freely, it is natural to only look ahead, not realizing what has been lost in the here and now. And in looking ahead with only profit and comfort in mind, only further reduces and limits choices available to embrace in one’s life.
Expand the Possible Answers by Releasing Judgement
With judgement, you have only two answers: Guilty or not guilty…. Yes or no.
In Taoism we know there is always a third answer: Release! You can walk away, Start fresh,
-> To Let go of the whole question and make your own answer! <-
Then in releasing judgement you discover how to go beyond being stuck. The third answer of “Release” opens a whole world of additional answers to follow with your heart, your steps and life.
These are great times, if you make them so. But one needs to release judgement in order to make the first step into *Great Times*. The one thing I want to help everyone with is: to grow beyond feeling stuck in life.
To live is always to include release in order to make room for your next step ahead.
A person stuck: releases their future in order to remain stuck in their past.
I have written about this many times, but certain lessons need to be repeated because they are critical steps to a full life.
When working to resolve an issue, People often chase answers.
Release doesn’t require answers to work, it’s instead a process of letting go.
Chasing answers often will cause additional problems to crop up. Yes at times knowing an answer can help a person resolve an issue. However, most of the time it’s easier and quicker to just release and move on.
Another issue that wraps up into this is: when a problem is something that has evolved over time from multiple sources.. It morphs into a seemingly complex issue requiring experts to untangle.
But again release is often a shortcut… letting go of a whole entangled mess at once is often easier than untangling a long chain of events that were in the past and no longer matter. Looking to the past means holding on to problems that simply aren’t relevant in the now anymore. In other words: it’s common for a person to keep alive and energize their problems by trying to solve it with knowledge and holding onto the past.
If you want an expert to help I am more than happy to assist: but release only requires you to hold true to your heart and let go of burdens chaining you down. You don’t need a locksmith of the heart to unlock the chains binding you: It’s a matter to stop carrying the chains limiting you.
People then get worry that releasing their issues will cause another mess elsewhere. Release is to let go, you deal with side issues one step at a time when releasing. Otherwise you are just projecting fear and actually creating new problems for the sake of fear alone. You release with kindness to minimize problems while always letting go of fear to reduce issues later.
Understand “release” is a generalized answer, but also understand the ramifications of release are profound.
Release is both a powerful answer and quick path towards personal healing
Provided you don’t limit the process with fear.
A Poem as an Answer
(Sitting on the front porch,
mixing the flower scents perfectly)
I am thinking about how we guide others in spirit.
(A blue sky, a few clouds… but for me a clear day)
So many many answers get written.
I drift back into the winds of need from others.
The answers, the good ones: are always simple.
(Mina dances around me
asking asking asking
a young bird chittering away)
The heart is the guide.
A smile is a path.
(A mongoose runs past me in a rumble,
the yellow songbirds scatter back into the wind)
People desire complicated answers,
as their life is complex so must be the solution.
Everything starts simply to grow to fullness.
Why start at the ending?
Why do people believe fullness… -> (the destination)
is the start of the answer?
When an answer starts simply
then treat it as the seed
to grow more completely
into your needs
into your complexity later.
The sun draws me out, to now and walking with my life…
Peace in your own answers!