- Taking things as they come.
It seems to me we have two choices.
One is to try and guide our life to a future we want. This means to
become master of our destiny, to apply our focus, energy and
intention on the goals we want to achieve. It is not always easy to
know exactly what it is we want, for although happiness is a
convenient catch all goal the actual way we will become happy is
unclear. So often we find that getting there does not bring the
happy results we wanted. Nevertheless, trying is the exercise we set
ourselves, the path of effort.
The second choice involves accepting what life gives us based on the
notion of seeking first the Kingdom of God and all else will be
added to us. The problem with this is that we can become passive
welcome mats for whatever the world wants to throw at us.
Taoists try to find the point of balance amidst opposing energies,
walking that razor's edge of effort and surrender. Too much swing
either way, and balance is lost.
Balance in a dynamic world requires constant vigilance; to be yang,
assertive, at the appropriate moment but always ready to turn yin,
receptive or retreating, when that is advisable. This way we balance
our feminine and masculine and become more rounded as individuals.
There is no code book of instructions for this. By making mistakes
we learn. All of us learn that way. By paying attention to how
things work out, by our falling, we learn first how to re establish
balance when it is lost and then how not to lose that balance. When
are we too rigid; when are we too flaccid. All along our intuition
gets honed so we start to feel what is the right response in any
Gradually we learn where our choices will take us. It becomes
complex because we live in a competitive world. Everyone seems to be
selling something. Finding harmony and right action is a skill.
Sometimes it seems that we live on a planet designed to make it
difficult. It seems sad to me how often we will say wryly, "Well
that was a learning experience"; always when the experience was a
tough one. Why can't our learning experiences be also pleasant ones?
On my website http://www.esotericarts.org you will find a number of
essays under the "topics" button based on talks given at my School
of Tai Chi & Esoteric Arts. They examine this subject in greater
detail and how to acquire the personal power required for balance
and for living passionately. Taoist Internal Alchemy, Sexual Energy,
Kundalini, Baptism of Fire etc. So what about a fragrant cup of
Green Tea while reading an essay!