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Saturday, July 28, 2007

A Powerful Way to Cultivate

People may not be aware that in an authentic tradition of the Tao, there is a strong recommendation to cultivate the Tao as a couple. Tao cultivation isn't just for a man or a woman. It is for both - preferably as a unit.

A wonderful thing happens when the male and female energies cultivate together. The natural interplay of the two will form a dynamic, synergistic effect that is far greater than the sum of its parts. This synergy can be directed to propel both along the path, to support and inspire one another. Both will be able to progress rapidly in refining spirituality, understanding the self, and developing wisdom.

If there is someone in your life who can be your travel companion in this manner, then you already have this precious gift - truly something to cherish, something to rejoice.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Little Sage

My friend Devin came to the weekly gathering a few weeks ago, and brought along his seven-year-old daughter Shea, who as always was delightful and incredibly well-behaved. We had lunch together and chatted about the Tao being no more or less than a label, like God. Shea asked: "What is the difference between Tao and God?"

I said the Tao was not regarded as a personified entity; her dad explained that it was more like an energy. I nodded and added: "Think of it as the energy behind everything."

"That's how I think of God," Shea offered confidently. "God is energy, not a person who punishes."

I told her, very truthfully, that I wished I had her brains when I was her age. :)