To help you let go of that irritable, judgmental, critical tendency and so have a far merrier and more rewarding Monday, look at your right palm, then trace a line from the centre of the palm, up the
One of the effects of being in close proximity to millions of people all the time, which is how it is for the majority of the world’s population, is a certain irritability and tendency to go into judgmental, critical mode. And while this may feel justified and sometimes even momentarily fun, it does in fact exclude you from the miraculous flow of life-force flowing through you and society.
By the same token, if you know how to relinquish the irritable, judgmental, critical state, while in the midst of the throng, you afford yourself the facility of eliciting a much more powerful miracle-flow and a vastly more enjoyable day for you and so by extension for those around you.
What’s actually going on here is the Great Presence expressing and manifesting in myriad human forms and the way we each show up to each other is merely that: series of masks covering the face of the divine. Sometimes these masks are ugly and scary. Usually they’re fairly OK and sometimes even beautiful.
But they’re only masks and the actions of others are merely masking actions to disguise the fiat of absolute love emanating from the Presence at all times.
But philosophical, esoteric premises aside, simply by mentally saying hello to the Buddha in everyone you see or meet, has a profoundly transformative effect on your day.
So start without delay, in mentally saying, “You’re the Buddha” (with an emphasis on ‘you’re’), “and you’re the Buddha,” to everyone you see, meet or even think about today.
You won’t regret the miniscule investment and the return will be disproportionately huge.
I wish you a disproportionately huge return this merry Monday.
And if you wish to discover the acupressure points to elicit greater Buddha-mind activity, check the Members’ Wisdom Drop.
Stress is endemic.
We can all agree with that without much time thinking about it.
The chances are you’ll be feeling stressed yourself.
But what does that actually mean? What actually is stress?
Let’s start with what it isn’t.
Contrary to the backward thinking of modern medicine stress is neither an illness or disease.
I’ll repeat that, because it’s important.
Stress is neither an illness or disease.
To the contrary: stress is a sign you’re alive.
I’ll repeat that too, because it’s equally important.
Stress is a sign you’re alive.
Resist to exist.
The force of existence is ferocious. We each only exist because we resist that force, and manage to keep doing so effectively enough to hold our shape for the brief moment in time that constitutes a human lifespan.
When one phenomenon resists another, it places stress on each.
Eventually the stronger of the two will overcome the weaker element – in this case the force of existence eventually overcomes us and off we go.
This is the natural order of things.
In mundane day-to-day terms we require tension in order to feel release. Without these dynamics life would be ineffably dull and no growth or progress would occur.
But that’s hypothetical anyway because we will always feel that intrinsic tension from resisting (to keep existing).
The modern problem of stress arises from us losing the ancient art of ease, ironically by our collective rush to create and subsume the very technology that was meant to make life easier for us. In many ways it does of course, but at great cost to ourselves – indeed the cost is yourself.
Once you get yourself back however - and that’s ambiguous because the trick to reclaiming command of the vehicle lies in learning to operate it from the back of you rather than the front - you’re able to cognitively determine the degree of stress occurring at any time and be in full command of reducing it to minimum, optimum, levels in order not to turn to blancmange for having too little, or to burn yourself out with adrenal fatigue by having too much.
There are actually as many common stress triggers as there are people and situations, but feeling trapped and unable to speak your mind or being able to say no, feeling trapped by debt or financial obligation, feeling trapped or diminished by obligations to follow someone else’s routine or agenda, feeling rushed, feeling overloaded and saturated with information and details to be sorted, feeling constantly on duty and electronically available, feeling angry and resentful and feeling unable to convey your displeasure for fear of reprisal or abandonment, feeling silenced, and then there’s the secondary but equal stress arising from the self-destruct patterns you adopt to mask or avoid the original stress.
There is a common thread, however, no matter the form of external trigger.
It all boils down to pace and direction.
Stress results from not being in control of your own pace and direction.
A healthy animal in the wild is so in charge of its own pace and direction it doesn’t even think about it.
Whenever we sacrifice either pace or direction or both, albeit in what started out as a good cause, we feel stress, because we’re pushing or pulling against our natural flow. And we’re going against our very real, visceral relationship with the universe around us, whence comes all our intuition to turn left or to turn right (without a smartphone or satnav to tell us which).
This is the Tao, and when we turn our back on that we’re instantly bereft of chi, the power of life.
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, afraid to get out, your pace is hampered and your direction challenged.
Feeling financially hampered - that’s affecting both your pace and direction.
Feeling rushed - that’s pace, obviously.
Feeling overloaded and can’t cope - that’s pace.
If you can reclaim full command over your own pace and your own direction and get that back, you also have your back-back, and be finally fully in command of the vehicle and the levels of stress running through it at any given moment.
Much more on this this week, because it’s important.
To follow: an E.A.S.E (enjoy alleviating stress effectively) mini-process to give you a foretaste of the benefits of the Taoist method.
Meanwhile let’s converse because it’s important - leave me your thoughts on the above in a comment below.
There is an evolutionary quantum jump occurring in your life, which because it hasn’t quite completed itself yet, is still invisible so might as well not be happening as far as others are concerned, however you know it’s going on, even though you
Choose something off the menu do you ever find yourself dithering?
Do you ever find yourself having a disproportionate emotional stress-reaction when having to make an apparently important decision?
Do you get anxious about making the wrong decision?
Worrying about what other people think of you is hardwired. However it doesn’t and mustn’t prevent you being, thinking and living originally, authentically and creatively, as failing to do so means you’re depriving yourself of the fullness of the gift life is presenting you with – and that would be rude.
This doesn’t imply going into denial and pretending you don’t care what other people think.
What it does mean is understanding that the level at which we judge each other is illusory. All this is the Tao manifesting itself in myriad versions through us – it’s theatre to amuse and entertain the Tao. And it’s the Tao playing all the parts itself, wearing different faces to do so.
It makes it totally convincing so each of its manifestations (you and I and everyone else) actually believes itself to be an individuated entity. It has to do this or the theatre would get swiftly boring for it and it has to hang out for eternity so needs to make its theatre good enough to last.
But theatre it remains in essence so the opinions of others, or more usually, your assumptions and projections of the opinions of others, are essentially meaningless.
The local self, the disguise, naturally cares, but the universal self, the Tao behind the disguise, just laughs.
And as long as your heart is filled with the intention to spread and share love and the innate joy of being alive, your actions will all ultimately bear good fruit no matter how convoluted the way there may become at times.
In short, hold a loving intention, be who you are and disregard the opinions of others and be who you are. This facilitate a far more wonderful life for you and by extension and in the fullness of time, those around you, and in any case it’s your divinely ordained duty.
Through your originality and creativity the Tao finds its fullest expression through and within you.
May the Tao find its full expression in and through you today (and tonight).
For a wonderful acupressure technique for strengthening healthy self-fullness see the Members’ Wisdom Drop
My friend of the old-school (someone who remembers and appreciates the relative smartphone-free, still vaguely organic innocence of life in the '90s and the way people tended to be a lot less terrified), Amer and I were just discussing the back brain move and how using it has been making him far more tolerant of, empathetic with, and therefore congruent with those around him in agitated states, and how this has been eliciting a soothing resonance inducing them to be calm around him, instead of him being agitated by them.
It’s important to get this back-thing – this sitting in your back, with your heart open in front to connect you rather than you leaning forwards, people-pleasing, which doesn’t work properly anyway – you all just keep pretending doing it that way.
It’s important to get all the principles of Wayward Taoism: the inner game of the wild wizard – because these are the most mumbo-jumbo-free, clear, effective, powerful and utterly brilliant tools known to humankind for adjusting your state of mind and physical health at will, like any wild wizard should.
But people are busy – you are, I am, we all are – so even though you know it’s important and makes sense to devote time to, finding that time, inclination and will isn’t always so straightforward what with so much information competing for your attention all the time.
Knowing this all the way back in 1983 on the mountainside in New Mexico, where I was graced with a vision of sound and light that’s fuelled me to this day, I saw clearly how, using electronics combined with organic instruments (I’m a multi-instrumentalist, you see), it would be possible to translate Taoist sound healing techniques, blend them with the hypnotic spoken word techniques of the shaman (that was one of the things I was learning on a daily basis during the 4 years I lived there, as my closest friend there, Sonny Spruce is one), then introduce subliminal affirmations, something else I’d been learning about there, use binaural beats to do their brain balancing while it’s all going on, provided you could find a way to hide their necessary out-of-time-ness in the syncopation, and then combine all of that in a drivingly exciting essentially Afro-Latin dance context (in the broader sense: all modern dance music including '60s RnB originates in these rhythms), with rich musicality: harmonies, counterpoint and so on, and blend these with field recordings of real-life sounds, and so introducing proof of the miracle of the symphony of life.
The idea was that while I could and can if I wish take care of someone no matter how ill, within reason, using my acupuncture, hands-on, and whatever, I can only reach one at a time and there are many more than that who need healing all the time, if we wish to see this world flourish which I do, rather than slide into the morass it’s presently threatening to succumb to.
But with my sound – I’ve been playing since 4 – my dad was a musician, his and my cousin was Stan Getz, so I grew up with the Latin beats in me and I had an amazing music teacher at boarding school who taught me symphonic structure and the like – I had my first band at 10 – and been in one music situation or another ever since, often in the background for needing to devote so much time to all the other aspects of the work, helping people. I had an enormous deal with Polygram in the '80s to make this sound but my champion there left and the whole enormous project got eaten by the dog – the guy who took over I mean – he blew it. And good he did or I’d probably be a drunken fat rich old musician type now and be no use to anyone.
Also because it took this long to develop this form, the form of the original vision.
And then it took no less than 9,000 hours over a 20-month period, so pretty intensive, and without all the daily martial arts and qigong and meditation training and the reset, energy, clarity and perspective it affords me, it would have been beyond my capacity. It almost was as it is, the phrase ‘bitten off more than you could chew?’ with that irritating question mark popped up in my brain more than occasionally.
That’s because the literally thousands of competing elements comprising it, each need attending to in great detail and then made to play nicely with all the other little elements because if even a single scuffle breaks out in the playground it upsets the entire balance.
What it is, is a sequence of five interlocked symphonies (long pieces following the symphonic structure), each one providing the time to enact the hypnotherapeutic healing process: induction, deepening, letting go, setting clear intention for what’s next, accelerated learning, and reinforcing, repositioning and re-entry. But this isn’t just some boring old change your state audio product listening to twinky sounds from children’s television, that are meant to relax but more likely make you itch.
This is the most advanced combination there is for effecting rapid elevation of consciousness, healing and resetting and it sits in a luscious bed of totally contemporary yet totally unique non-derivative, original and altogether astonishing music if the composer says so himself, to support you like a mountain range beneath your feet as you undergo ‘treatment’ so to speak.
The reason for that, is partially because I couldn’t make sound to heal if the sound wasn’t singing from my soul, and my soul has a lot of soul, and partially, having been in training for it most of my life, and having facilitated enough musical events round the world to know the ropes a bit, these tracks have been produced to not only sound superlatively clear and easy on the ear wearing headphones or earpieces, so you can dance round the house or in the street on your way somewhere, and not only to sound good on shitty laptop speakers even, but to sound good on a whopping great rig at festivals and dedicated events, as it has that potential too, as do I if required to serve the project in that way and heal a whole crowd – it’s what I used to do at Amnesia and elsewhere in Ibiza every Saturday night so not just a theory on my part.
It takes six listens in a roughly ten day period to work, and you notice it almost immediately – it works whether you like the music or not and can only bear the six listens, but better if you do like the music too, so you listen more and more frequently, because the more you do, the faster and more powerfully it works.
I’m obviously excited and proud as this is me at the end of a 9,000+ hour superhero-level mission and could go on about it for ages and pages, so instead click this link to the page for it and see for yourself. It’s also incredibly good value for a product of this quality carrying this much data as you’ll see when you get there – even more so once you’ve done a session with it.
It’s called simply, D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E, stands for Digital Audio Reboot Experience, because that’s exactly what it is.
You will be rebooted and elevated to a new level of your magnificent self you only had a vague inkling was there.
Look, this is what Nurse Maz says about it, one of my more seriously professional friends dealing with alleviating problems of the human condition – she runs a busy hospital emergency department – and is one of my personal test group for trying things out as I’m making them to check quality and tone levels, and I quote,
REVIEW FROM HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WHO TOOK PART IN D.A.R.E TRIALS:
"D.A.R.E. is an epic opus. Supreme mastery, consolidating his Taoist teachings and adept techniques upon a backdrop of subliminal hypnotherapy designed to both unwind and strengthen.
With his precision and meticulous dexterity he presents an eclectic, adroit and fun series of deep psycho-liminal messaging which gets to work reframing the subconscious and unconscious...as well as being awesome to move to: this is the apogee of EDM.
It is musical wizardry at its very best. It's the pinnacle of the healing power of music, through the alchemical catalyst of gentle hypnosis and amazing beats.
D.A.R.E. uplifts and exhilarates you. It cheers and comforts. It edifies and inspires. It soothes and repairs.
Medicinal, magical musicianship. I urge you to try this restorative remedy. You will be rejuvenated, and deep-seated tensions will be alleviated and repaired.
D.A.R.E. brings one to full, holistic regeneration.
It is, in short, a truly Digital Audio Reboot Experience…”
Maz Gilmour R.N Emergency Nurse
What you’re getting here is not only unique in history, but also in the sense this is a special extended “Full Journey” version only for people in the know – it’ll morph into different forms as it sets sail on the open marketplace – what you’re getting here is a collector’s piece but it’s also what you need for the full effect.
It’s 69 minutes long - very yin yang balanced – and though utterly unique could be categorized as sitting in the deep house, techno, or if with proper contextualizing skills, electronic modern jazz (on the final movement especially but keep it to yourself or they’ll guess my age).
So do dare with D.A.R.E. – you won’t regret it (but, of course, you may if you don’t).
With love, that very same meticulous Barefoot, always at your service
Constipation is a horrible thing and most uncomfortable. This so, whether referring to the bowels or to the conditions of your life in general, dear Member.
But philosophical standpoints aside, you can expedite the free flow of both stuck excrement and situations by applying
When you’re stuck in a quandary, beset by huge questions you are simply too confounded or confused to answer for yourself and no one around you is able to throw any light on your situation and simply don’t know what to do or where to turn, try the Taoist trick of method acting that you already know the answer.
Walk around and conduct yourself for the rest of the day as if you already know the answers to your questions and allow yourself to feel the sensations of someone who knows the answers and has absolute clarity and confidence in their decisions.
Give your rational mind with its insistence on having to know the answer now a short break from its assumed duties and simply method act being the person who already knows.
And within 24 hours you’ll realize you actually do know and did know the answer all along – it will reveal itself to your conscious mind spontaneously.
This is magic.
May it serve you well.
You’ll find the acupressure technique for stimulating your intuition in the Members’ Wisdom Drop, for which you'll need to be or become a member (and it's worth it).
This is a three-part ‘operation’, each part intended to stimulate different aspects of kidney chi production.
Start off by pressing behind each inner ankle bone until you find where it aches most and most deliciously (if you like a nice sharp, poignant ache) and then