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The path to transcendence is called the Tao. It is that simple and that complex. Transcendence is the heart of the matter. "The Tao that can be said is not the eternal Tao" (Lao Tzu). "The path that can be discerned as a path is not a reliable path" (Martin Palmer). Which means that the path to transcendence/Tao can only be discerned in hindsight (Jim Dollar). We cannot know beforehand what we are doing, we can only reflect on what we have done, come to new realizations, make adjustments and accommodations, and press on with our Sisyphean task of making sense out of the entire experience of life, in a "When I do this, that happens," kind of way. We do best, I think, when we consciously take up the path to transcendence/Tao and live with our eyes open in each situation as it arises. This living with our eyes open is what the Buddha was talking about with "Enlightenment." Clarity, realization, awakening, waking up, turning the light around, seeing/hearing/knowing/understanding, etc., are all metaphors for the same experience. And what we know when we know what all who have known have known is that we are walking the path of transcendence/Tao. It is an age-old path. It has been around from the very first. The Shamans of lore lead the way, and their way was replaced by, of course, the organized religion of the day-- which was, of course, produced by the organized priesthood of the day-- the same exact sequence of events that were enacted between the death of Jesus and the arising of the Holy Catholic Church, with orthodoxy killing/burning at the stake/ torturing/hunting down/stamping out the Gnostics with their gnosis which translates simply as "the knowledge of spiritual mysteries" (Google), not by way of theology, but by way of the direct experience of transcendence/Tao/The Holy/etc. in our life. Orthodoxy cannot bear the competition of Gnostics/gnosis/gnosticism because orthodoxy would have no basis for existence if everybody had the same access to direct transcendental experience, and then what would the priests do for a living? The Gnostics/gnosis/gnosticism were driven underground, where truth always goes when the times are not safe for truth, and here we are. The times are calling for a resurrection of gnosis/gnosticism because of the failure of organized religion (Orthodoxy) to provide anything substantive to ground and direct us in our confrontation with the madness and insanity of the day-to-day. The path of transcendence/Tao has been dealing in balance and harmony from the first Shaman to right here, right now. That's where life is to be found, "New life, abundant life," as has been said, "spilling over, pouring out, as living water for all who are dying of thirst for the grounding substance for facing what is to be faced and doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises all our life long.
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A stunning exposition of elusive simplicity!
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