Collecting Lost Bits of Wisdom
In helping people every day, so many great nuggets of truth, wisdom, and ideas are discussed. I don’t have time to write it all down or into articles. A living must be made. So instead the ideas get thrown down to a sticky note after the teaching if I remember. All I can say is that these sticky notes pile up fast, as leaves in autumn falling, upon my desk. So at times, I will transfer those noted here.
Additionally, A Personal Tao has been around for a while, and over time as new pages arise, many old pages get retired and deleted back into bits and pieces.
A few of those lost pieces float here before fully going away. In reality, there is no lost wisdom. It is more a question if you are in the right place and frame of mind to hear and see the echoes of wisdom that are always around us.
The pages might be forgotten, and the sticky notes tossed away, but the best echoes still can be heard, long after they are gone.
Old Pieces of Writing From Personal Tao
When you stop judging others (and yourself):
It becomes possible to see everyone (and yourself) as beautiful.
How do you know what is the right thing to believe?
There is no right nor wrong belief: merely what you hold as your center.
A question I pose for you:
What truly makes you smile, what do you do, for yourself, to truly enjoy your life as: yourself?
Avoiding a problem is not answering a problem.
Problems are like bad loans; you pay interest on them until they are resolved.
Everything that expresses the soul is art.
Any practice of spirituality: is all about soul.
Fear is a Delusion and Projection
Fear doesn’t exist unless a person gives it the power to exist. With awareness: fear goes away.
Embrace truth lightly to have the clearest view of the world.
We make ourselves to be so colorful and complicated! On some days, is it any wonder that we then also fumble at our truths also?
One Condition of Shape and Form.
When taking a larger shape and form, you also reshape the larger universe around you to reflect that new shape of yours. So we oscillate between our form/nature and the larger world as a result.
“Age is the accumulation of insults to the body.”
An older friend of mine said this after his bike accident.
To consume all is to try to become all in that consumption of everything. A very long, inefficient, and dead-end path to becoming one. You could say this is a capitalistic perversion of transcendence, in trying to be one with the universe.
Storytelling is a gift of our being human.
Take storytelling too far we lose touch to facts, but not to use it at all means to lose touch to our humanity.
Creation is a process of unity
That together, we push out as a new universe to explore as an individual later.
If you are looking for wisdom.
Then go out and hike, smile to others, warm the heart, connect to the world, be present. This will kick start awareness; eyes will open inwardly, and you will find wisdom along the way.
No religion is static
If you were to live as a Christian using standards from 1000 years ago, you wouldn’t last long in the local church today!
Taoism teaches you how to be an artist
Many people just don’t trust that they could have the skill to create something beautiful on their terms. The truth is we all have the skill to be an artist since to be an artist is to express your soul.
The challenge of teaching heart
Being true to oneself requires bravery to stand up and act. Learning to stand is always a wobbly business at first.
The Nature of Secrets
No secrets exist, the answer is already there. The trouble is we often make the path complicated to give ourselves a challenge.
Teaching is a Meandering Conversation
Let life meander as it needs to: It’s easier on the soul and still makes a huge difference. It never has to be more complicated than that, but people often make it so: for the challenge not for the truth.
Growing from Mistakes
Being perfect leaves no room for growth, especially for children.
Being efficient can give you more time, but the time saved in such a manner is wasted if not spent in patience with those you love.
A Moment of Zen is to let go into the rainbow.
Where does it lead?
For the individual trained in any meditation, Release is into awareness.
A rainbow “releases” within the eye of the beholder. To be taken into our mind.
Rooting into our very essence. If we take it truly in.
We build our own rainbows out of all the decay that slowly passes on in life.
Discover our actions re-create any rainbow we hold within our nature.
Worn, torn… by desires
everyone etching demands
back onto my soul
Ripping vinyl tunes of desire
scratching my soul
till I play their tune
I only break if…
I am not being my own song
Casey Kochmer August 2005
Personal Tao Book – Chapter 24
A Paper Spittoon
This is a holding area for items removed from other areas of the book. These items are kept here until another point of time when it feels right to expand or merge them into something more complete.
These are raw and unedited seeds for future writings. If something catches your eye, expand it or maybe add something of your own. Comment on images that these ideas bring forth.
Adults rarely test reality. How often do you try to do things which are impossible? Every day I still try to fly, walk thru walls, teleport or some other whim which tests the universe. Children do this all the time. Yet so many adults lose this trait. If you try the impossible on a frequent basis, then consider your fortune as being pretty unique. In my informal survey of asking people, I found it to be a rare trait outside of artists, madmen, and children.
A Conversation with Julie
Is it easier to destroy than to create? Yes, but why? I believe it has to do with the combination of data, required materials and required patterns to establish something. In thought, it layers down as:
• It’s easiest to do nothing
• Next easiest just go with the flow
• Then to destroy
• Then to create
This question was posted in the Google group “Minds Eye”. Within this conversation, I liked the conclusion that creation and destruction are the same things: change. To create is also to destroy, and conversely to destroy was to create.
Written language is a powerful/useful tool. Words are used in the same manner that physics uses math to model the universe. However, both words and math are only abstract modeling mediums.
Language permits the binding of a community in the present time. Written language connects a community across the past into the future, in a stronger fashion.
The empty mind
Performing magic is to fill in the empty spaces.
A Waste of Time
“A waste of time” is an interesting statement. If life is time, then to waste time is to waste life. But if life is eternal, then we can never truly waste time. More interestingly: the saying “time is money”. If again life is time, seemingly the economic systems can then place a value upon life down to the seconds we live. But if life is eternal, then a second becomes valueless amid the eternity of our life. If people were to accept their eternal nature, it could collapse the entire modern world economic structure! Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone! I don’t want the World Bank boycotting this book. I need the revenue ;^) to buy me some of those seconds they are trying to sell me.
Words are shallow.
Orality: Morality without the ‘m’,
Speaking out human nature.
It’s too easy, to become a preacher.
This in any style: Poetry, street savior, sermons
Becomes a hollow sound: The classic noise of one hand
slapping another person down
Ever watch people walk? I am sitting in the café right now, watching:
• Striding laid back, kewl to an angle
• Stiff, pulling each leg forward
• As if he owned the ground
• As if she owned him
• Heavy steps pounding into the ground the bad day
• Planting heels, one heel at a time to step ahead
So much of who we are projects forth in our walking.
Mind Body Spirit
We can’t always have a teacher or guide. So don’t wait or hesitate; when something feels right, move to it, explore, make mistakes and grow.
Trees grow strong in the wind and weak with inaction.
Reflections of Ourselves In the World at Large
The world is not
Fair, moral, just, any other human value
The world is just the world
Even if you don’t own this book, freely write within!
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