In terms of flowing with the curves of life, something the ancient Taoists who invented Tai Chi were keenly into investigating and developing as an art, you can, without moving from your chair, encourage the increase of internal curve-ability simply by moving your arms Tai Chi style in a beautiful chi-swirling exercise known as ‘waving hands in the clouds’, implying developing the ability to be like the wind.
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The curves of life are what make it beautiful. The curves are what make it possible to be engaged in this mad game of hide and seek in the first place (the Tao playing hide and seek with itself – you playing hide and seek with yourself – it’s the same in essence). If everything went in straight lines so you could see what was coming, the view would be too glaring to look at. It would blind you. So the Tao arranges itself in curves, as part of a grand universal spiral effect. In fact there are no straight lines in existence. Extend one far enough and it will be clearly visible as part of a curve but you have to be able to zoom out sufficiently to see it, in respect of which, here and now in the midst of the everyday on a Monday, it might behove you for the sake of generating a feeling of existential solidity with yourself, to sink deep within and picture yourself suddenly lited, as if by the back of the head, upwards and outwards at implausible speed until you find yourself floating high up above the atmosphere looking back at the planet, upon the surface of which all the details of all the dramas occupying your habitual thoughts are occurring.
From this great distance you all at once see it all for what it is – a mass of fast-moving details of no intrinsic import. Furthermore with this return of sanity, you are also able to see clearly the possibility that if you were, like a god, to beam a stream of love-imbued energy towards the planet, specifically at that portion of it that represents your own personal sphere of activity, as if injecting every atom comprising it with this energy, it is likely to have an actual effect on what subsequently transpires on the ground in real time in the hours, days, weeks and months that follow, simply by visualising it so.
Having achieved this feat, allow yourself to slowly, gently return to your local self, sliding in gracefully through the back of your neck and find yourself once again, sitting here gazing at the screen, fortified and refreshed for the ongoing journey.
May the journey take you to beautiful places both within and without today and tonight.
The weight of pressure on you has reached an excessive level now and is about to be transformed by the alternation of yin and yang, into its opposite, leaving you feeling burden-free, clear-minded and light as a feather for the first time in a while.
As s result, it behoves you to clearly visualise where you want the story to go from here for you, as the energy will be with you, encouraging success in whatever you do.
Identify with that aspect of you that is innately gentle and joyful – the innocent child within, for though the support structure of your life is severely strained under the excessive weight of both internal and external pressure and about to give way, you will safely walk away into fresh pastures providing you remain gentle and joyful like a child. The way of the heart will protect you and deliver you to somewhere wonderful now. The way of the intellect will merely compound the pressure.
Bathe the intellect with the love in your heart and let the clarity of rational thought focus on the joy in your heart, simply for being alive and grace will result. Grace will provide the path and light the way to success, which surely follows.
This hexagram always comes up when you think the way is so blocked you are destined to abject failure and are thus prone to panic. This hexagram arises to remind you not to panic now but to trust the flow of yin and yang to transform your reality from one extreme (pressure) to the other (ease). Let the energy take you now, rather than you trying to push the energy and you will be led to a place of ultimate stillness within, free of fear and of the madness of the world, whence you will accomplish everything you want and all will be well.
Sunday 30th March 2014
The flow of events in your life, as you perceive it, is one way of describing the Tao, the Way, as it shunts things into place to facilitate a path for you through the undergrowth of daily life. Following the Tao, the Way, on one level, means following the flow of events as if following the current of a river, swimming but always with the current, relaxing, not straining, so as to preserve vital reserves for the rapids and other potentially challenging eventualities.
This means making yourself perceptive and sensitive to the energy of the motion, which is a subtle affair at best and all but impossible to discern when your mind is filled with agenda-related considerations and commentary and debate on how well or otherwise the action is going for you.
In fact, probably the only way to be able to discern the Way and its intrinsic motion as it’s occurring in your life, is to divest yourself of agenda altogether.
However this does not imply relinquishing your sense of direction and faculty for focusing your intention on broad-based outcomes, such as finding yourself living the life you’ve always wanted, feeling fulfilled, at peace, healed, relaxed, prosperous, well-situated, well-positioned, successful, loved, loving, cared for, caring, joyous and inspiring for those around you. For by holding fast to your intention, while otherwise fully relaxing without agenda into the flow of events occurring, always aspiring to performing all tasks and obligations with excellence as you go, always wishing to increase the wellbeing of those you encounter, rather than the opposite, the Tao is able to more or less gently nudge you this way and that with one event after another, a bit like being a pinball (in a pinball machine) being bounced off one surface after another, yet always retaining absolute integrity on account of your ability to roll smoothly without resistance.
So other than visualising yourself as that pinball, rolling through the day, night and weekend ahead, try rotating subtly from the waist as you sit here, as if describing a small circle in the air with the crown of your head, 18 times counter clockwise (to dispel stale chi) and 18 times clockwise (to draw in fresh chi). Whatever you can do, in fact to strengthen your awareness of your centre (approximately the navel), the more powerful it becomes, especially when moving from it during the course of a day and the more powerful it becomes, the more able you are to roll like a pinball from one scene of untold splendour to the next.
May it be so for you today, tonight and through the weekend and may you find yourself rolling naturally into fresh pastures of unprecedented magnificence in all respect.
Talking of love and heart chi, in terms of providing the invisible lubricant to make the machinery behind the production of miracles work more smoothly and swiftly, by reducing the glitches between you and others that cause delays, once you’ve stirred it, say by means of the method described in today’s Wisdom Drop, you can enhance its power exponentially by directing it and while this produces marvellous results when directed at an individual you think may benefit, it produces even more splendid ones when directed at the source of love itself, the Tao.
Assuming you’re following this gradual exposition of Taoist methods and ways to attain the enlightened, fully self-empowered state in the midst of the everyday, as it slowly unfolds on these pages, day by day and have been experimenting a bit with rearranging your reality by shifting your intention, you’ll have probably also noticed by now how the changes you’re wishing to effect are mostly facilitated by other people, as in the Tao sends and people deliver it to you.
In respect of which, you’ve no doubt also noted that the inevitable occasional delays in manifesting what you intend are also mostly caused by other people.
But rather than attempting to intervene directly to move things along, it behoves you as a warrior on the path, to go to the root of the issue, namely a paucity of lubrication in the social machinery, which is swiftly and easily remedied from within, without recourse to external meddling, simply by attending to increasing the flow of heart chi (love) both up and down the connection between you and the external world, for love is the lubricant that eases the way for all miracles.
Stretch your arms in the air and hold them there in a relaxed way for the count of three slow breaths. Now stretch them out to the sides at shoulder height for three breaths and then rest them by placing your hands in your lap. Lengthen your spine, raise your breastbone, allow all your muscles and sinews to soften and sink, continuing to breathe slowly and freely, your belly swelling to draw in the air on inhalation and flattening against your backbone to expel the air on exhalation and pay attention to the dead centre of your breastbone. Imagine a small invisible opening here and imagine you’re breathing directly in and out through it for approximately nine slow breaths and you’ll start feeling a palpable sensation of warmth and wellbeing being stirred. This is your heart chi, your innate love, which once stimulated within like this, will cause, within but a few days, a notable upsurge of fortuitous occurrences, happy surprises and instances of supreme serendipity.
May you enjoy one instance of supreme serendipity today and tonight as a result.
Talking of the immortal aspect of self, as in that which never dies because it was never born but was always here, is always here and will always be here, and which is so universally huge your rational mind can’t even begin conceiving of it and which is only available to experience (as you), when your rational mind is silenced momentarily, while there are no short-cuts to training yourself to access the magic key, as it’s infinitely subtle, there are certainly methods for taking yourself out of the trance and into hyper-reality thus affording you footholds, which if practiced with some regularity, will over time enable you to remain in the immortal state while in the mortal condition fairly perpetually and that’s the whole point of this website:
Once you wake up to who you really are, once you get a glimpse of the 99.9% of you that exists and operates behind the scenes in the quantum field, the infinite aspect of self of which the visible physical aspect comprises merely 0.1%, if that, you realise you are able to order external reality simply by thinking it different, for reality as we perceive it is a totally plastic and pliable affair.
And the only reason it’s so tricky to do this, is that the trance of the mundane has been so powerfully and effectively inculcated into your mental circuitry, your mind feels obliged to collude with the conjuror, who is in effect none other than you yourself, to uphold the effects of the trance and defend it as if it was reality itself.
And because there are so many others apparently engaged in the same habitual dynamic, it feels almost treacherous to your fellow humans to even dare to see through the illusion.
However, once you wake up to it, as if waking up from a trance, it becomes patently clear you couldn’t fulfil a higher service to humanity than by waking up to it yourself, for the more of us that wake up to it, the faster the rest of us do, because that’s how the quantum field operates.
What happens then is anyone’s guess.
The Taoists talk about developing your ‘immortal spirit body’. By this they mean developing an active awareness of the 99.9% of you generally occluded from view and have devised a plethora of techniques to facilitate this, ranging from Tai Chi to pressing points on your body.
Naturally the more all-embracing the technique the more all-embracing the effect, however learning Tai Chi takes time, which is why I like to offer easy methods requiring no former training here on this site, one of which is to press with a fingertip into the centre of your forehead, just above the eyebrow line with no more or less than approximately 4 ounces (110 grams) of force, imagining your finger penetrating the bone like a hot poker penetrating cold butter straight out of the fridge.
Remain like this for a few moments, relaxed, breathing freely and slowly, your eyelids lowered, gazing into the inner void between and behind your eyes from the centre of your brain. Between the thoughts that will inevitably arise, you’ll experience moments of pure consciousness. That which is experiencing this is your immortal self.
The more often you dip into this level of pure awareness, the more exponentially swiftly your spirit body makes itself known to you and vice versa until with regular practice over a sustained period, you are living your daily life from the perspective of the spirit body rather than local self, which paradoxically causes your local self to operate far more expertly and effectively on the material plane, thus affording you the privilege of straddling both dimensions, being in the world but not of it.
May it serve you well and you find yourself flying on the backs of golden dragons through the nine celestial spheres as you wend you way through the everyday today and tonight.
If you pay attention, you’ll notice that about once every hour or so, a negative feeling will suddenly erupt, as if out of nowhere, rising up through your belly into your chest, in reaction to which your mind will feel instantly obliged to project a stream of negative thoughts in an attempt to lend the sensation some rationale.