We generate circumstances. Circumstances generate circumstances through us. We collaborate-- willfully, accidentally, unintentionally, helplessly-- with our circumstances to produce circumstances which result in how things are at any given point in time and space. We are the victims of the circumstances we generate, create, produce. There is no one to blame here but us, and those like us, through the ages. The Old Taoists recognized all of this, and formulated two principles at work making things as they are. "The Great Force Of Circumstances-- The Tao" "The Virtue Power Of Individual Character-- The Te" (Ray Grigg). The Tao Te Ching, the Way of Tao and Te, the Way of Circumstances and Character/Virtue. How things are and who we are come together in each situation as it arises to interact and produce/create/generate harmony or disharmony, or things as they might be. In this, we exercise influence, not control. We live best when we live in harmony with the flow of life-- of circumstances-- in the moment of living. To do this, we have to be sensitive/alert to/aware of the way of things, of what's what and what is being called for, of what is happening and what needs to happen, in each situation as it arises and do the right thing at the right time in the right place in the right way and get out of the way so that Yin and Yang might engage one another, balancing and harmonizing the moment and blessing all with grace and peace here/now. All of this is quite beyond our ability to contrive/orchestrate/choreograph/stage/manage. We can only collaborate/cooperate, which we manage by "sitting with blank mind-- the still place at the center of consciousness-- producing a synchronistic accord between Te and Tao, and living harmoniously within the bounds of natural order by becoming one with it" (Ray Grigg). Emptiness/Stillness/Silence are the way to the Way, and are the way of generating/serving balance and harmony, life, spirit and vitality, via Tao and Te. It is the Way. Created/generated/produced moment-by-moment, one situation at a time in the dance with life and being over time.
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Many thanks for your words this year. I am shifting to a better consciousness.
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