The people who live from their center have an easier time maintaining their balance and harmony amid the heaving waves of the wine-dark sea than the people who have no connection with their center and think that what happens to them is the sum total of their existence. What happens to us is merely the umwelt where we discover who we are and what we are made of. Where we bring ourselves forth to meet the time and place of our living. WE are the Mystery! We surprise ourselves! If you spend any time in quiet reflection you know there is more to you than meets the eye. Our life is where we discover the content of that More. We have innate within us what it takes to rise to any occasion. Look at all we have come through as a species! The people who did all of those things were not different from us! We were there within them all! We are as capable as anyone who has ever lived! It is all right here with us now! What is your life calling for? What is this moment asking of you? You have it! Stand up! Step forward! Smiling! And watch to see what you do! Don't think about it! Do it! Nothing to it! You will be shouting, "Look, Mom! No hands!" in no time at all!
Zen is what happened when Buddhism met Taoism, and something similar is happening in the meeting of Christianity with Taoism. It doesn't have a name yet, but a Taoist Christianity is definitely in the making, and the outcome will be Taoism with a new "leader/sage" calling people to accord with the Tao in ways that will look a lot like Jesus, and yet be free off the burdens of the Doctrines of Original Sin, Redemption and Atonement, and the need of a Personal Savior. I am happy to be a part of that process, and, in looking back over my career in the "business" of finding my life and living it, I can see that the work of allowing the mud to settle and the water to clear, and saying what I see happening there, has been what I have been about from the start. Everything I have said, and that has been a lot, from my ordination in 1970 in the Presbyterian Church in the United States to its evolution into the PCUSA has been 50 years of reconciling doctrines with experience and forming-- without being consciously aware of what I was doing-- a blend of Taoism and Christianity, with Jesus being another sage coming forth from the ages saying, "Look, if you are going to do this the way it needs to be done, you are going to have to pick up your own cross and figure it out for yourself the way I did, because that's the only way it can be done!" And the beat goes on...