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. Classical Taoism is very Chinese, Yet Taoism does not need to be fixed to a single culture. Look at Taoism over the last two thousand years, and you will find a very dynamic evolving system of ideas. Awakening Dragon Taoism takes the simple core of Taoism: kindness, modesty, and nonjudgment as the essential starting point. Then mixing in modern sensibilities, of being neither Western nor Eastern but to instead be Global. With this blending of old and new, it can help people move more gracefully during times of great change.
To ask questions is a noble process.
Just don’t get trapped by any single answer.
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Some Fun Answers to Questions
So here a few questions with quick answers colored in.
- I have trouble explaining Taoism to other people, what should I tell them or how do I get some materials to explain Taoism?
If you have troubles explaining Taoism, first relax, then smile. This is good news: it just means you are still a student at your own life and you are on a good path since you are still being challenged and finding the words to match to your own life. So the first thing I tell students is just this:
Don’t explain it to others; you are still learning how to embrace your own life.
Taoism is a practice of living your life gracefully, leave it as simple as that for now.
If a person asks you what religion you are, or to explain it.
Then just say: I live as myself
Then ask them:
Why do I need to give it a name or explain what I am?
People try to define themselves from the outside to definitions of a religion or a practice. When it’s how we live, from the inside that matters. If you chase outside definitions, then it means you will just keep stumbling along in life.
Right now learn to enjoy and live to your heart, that is a challenge in itself. Words to explain come later after you have had time to chew it over and enjoy your life with some perspective and experiences.
- Here in Sweden, I can’t find any Taoist temples…
A temple is a place of spirit. Live your life fully, with grace. In this, every place can be easily transformed into a temple.
We call some places temple: because “temple” is the word we use to describe where people naturally release without effort. But in reality, this can be true everywhere if you are open to being connected to a larger world.
- What does an ordinary day look for you?
Day to night. The sun rises, the sun sets, I live in between.
Night to day. Dreaming in between:
Poking about in between. So I guess my life is: in between.
It seems like “In Between” should represent something mystical, something almost untouchable. But in reality, it just is my life from moment to moment. Fully present in each moment and then In Between moments: Just free and being me.
- Are you meditating a lot?
Yes and No
Many times I practice a light form of meditation in between chores and during chores. I try to meditate in the morning most days. Julie and I would prefer to do so more often than we do lately… But the days and night have been extra full of late. So it means not as much as we would like right now.
Many schools of thought exist for meditation. For my practice, mediation is all about awareness. So every moment is an opportunity to expand your awareness: not necessarily to act upon, but just to be present within and explore.
At times we dive into it with deep awareness, at other times light awareness. Patiently you can assemble it all up into a more comprehensive awareness which can take you to some pretty wonderful states of being. No rush in any of this. It all connects up to the same places; it’s just a matter on path and style.
- Do you try to keep life as simple and easy as possible? Avoiding stress as match as you can?
Simple is a relative term. We live simply in America, but it would be complicated compared to other parts of the world.
How I work would be considered complicated to most Americans since I teach Taoism, counsel others, run retreats, work for a nonprofit and am a father. Likewise, Julie works as a herbalist, teaches dance, helps run retreats, works at the same nonprofit and is a mother. Our day starts at 6 am and is not unusual to work till 10 pm.
But it’s all in kindness, and it does all come together. We never know how it will all assemble from month to month. Patiently we live it, trust to ourselves and kindness. It completes a circuit such that it all does come together.
Lately, it has been more “Full” as we are also busily fixing the house and temple up. Of course, we also live in a rain forest, so always something to take care of or to fix. It keeps us busy.
While we have harder days, we are human and always do our best to have our good days too. Life is to enjoy: not to work away. We work to live, and as such our work always compliments the life we lead, so the two are in harmony. That says something in America, and it’s something I help teach others how to accomplish. Teaching to find a balance between personal practices and lifestyle. Here is that pesky “In Between” Again ;).
- Are you surrounded by people all the time or do you seek silence for your family sometimes?
I have students and those who I help from 15 countries now. People call when they need help, and I have regular sessions to teach. So pretty much every day we are talking to someone or helping out somehow, somewhere.
Likewise, since we hold retreats, we have friends and students who arrange to spend concentrated time physically with us to learn in person. But it’s paced, and we make sure we have our own quiet time to minimize our stress from working long hours. People have to arrange to come over since we manage our time to keep everything flowing smoothly.
I got a very long question, actually a good half page long of about 15 questions, which I could then summarized to this question:
- Why does nature choose a fundamental state of being?
I won’t list out the entire set of questions since “why” is a never-ending question. At some point why hits the unknown: the Tao.
We can “model” the unknown, but that is always a model. People think answers to why = model’s predicted solution. This is never the case; a model is a model, even the very best models fall apart against the unknown.
In the end, we all pick a story with which to place our faith within and let that fill in the final why we can’t answer. It’s all the same story. Perspective might shift it around to seem like a different story, but it’s all the same story: A story of separation then connection and finally resolution into wholeness.
So while answers tend to change the way a person acts and then that seemingly changes who you are. However, in the fundamental state of being: does any answer to “why” ever change the fact we each should:
- Live fully within heart and kindness?
All answers lead a person towards a fundamental state of working towards connection. A Taoist just releases the needless loop of “why” and just connects out with heart and kindness without question.