“The great hermit lives in town”
A Simple Spiritual Path
I am feeling the urge to become a hermit again. This just means I am tired today. But this is the thought that started my day. In retrospect, I have spent more time in life as a hermit than living as an active member of society. Hermit caves are easily found in abundance: hidden as office cubicles, slums or any place where people ignore each other in the rush of the day.
Finding spirituality in Taoism is a very personal process to explore. A Taoist keeps their true spiritual path in the heart. To someone walking by, there would be no outward signs of a Taoist master meditating or transforming into the light.
Answers from a Spiritual Path
I spent yesterday answering dozens of questions. I see hundreds of different questions… and in fact, it’s always the same question with the same answer. Seekers are hungry for answers, details, books, masters, hope, faith, to embrace angels in dancing as the path to find spirituality. Approaching the problem as if it’s about consumption to fulfill oneself to completion.
People approach a spiritual path towards enlightenment, almost as if it were a race, grabbing and stuffing as much light into their core… so they don’t have to be afraid of the dark anymore. Unwilling to accept they are the light itself.
The answers are quite simple. It’s just being human, needing challenges, pushes people into finding spirituality for embracing the answers to be the challenge.
It does all come down to being a personal choice. I know this: as I embrace my spirituality quietly. Being myself internally within my essence and also being externally myself as “Casey” helping others by teaching acceptance.
To a Taoist teacher, patience and acceptance are core; It’s important to recognize the inner nature of each person.
Taoism isn’t a one size fits all solution.
Rather all people fit and are within the Tao as part of the answer, the spiritual path , the way.
A Taoist Teacher helps a student unfold within their own personal Tao. It’s not about teaching the student your path; it’s about giving some outside perspective to help the student along with their own path in a more graceful manner.
This is the mistake most people make, trying to make a master’s spiritual path their own.
Finding Spirituality isn’t About Distance
The spiritual path for some will be years in the traveling, for a rare few a moment… It’s all in the same time frame, of the lifetime, it occurs within.
Being one with the light isn’t hard, especially when it’s in our very nature to be the light: what is hard is being something that you are not. This is where most people spend their time chasing stories rather than embracing their essence. This is why it can take 60 years to come to terms with the Tao. Too many stories block the light that normally illuminates our soul. It takes time for people to come to terms with stories. Then upon releasing ungraceful stories, a person gains the clarity to now see Tao.
If you are having a hard time finding graceful answers within your spiritual path, it means you are trying to be something you are not. So simplify and shift your stories if this is the case for you.
Again it’s all a personal choice, every day, within the spiritual path we each choose: to play out as our life.