My Journey with Pa'Ris'Ha Taylor (Parisha Taylor)

Religion comes from the Latin word that means “relating back to the source”,( Relecio ) So anyone can relate to their source of creation in whatever way it works for them and it is valid. People using it to control people through fear and as an excuse to kill people and start wars is just a control used for their own means and does not reflect the true nature of the force that exists all around us.

This force unconditionally, without judgment, allows the sun to shine and touch all people and for the rain to fall clean them without saying this one is worthy and this one is not. This unconditional force causes the seed to grow into a plant. As we can only see the effects of the wind as it passes, the forces of nature we call laws of physics are the unseen manifestations of this greater mystery. Some call them principals.

“That which is not of the Tao will not last long” is a quote from The Tao Te Ching, meaning that what is not aligned with these natural forces is in opposition to them and thus , as a tire out of alignment and balance will destroy itself as its motion pushes against the natural forces. That which is in alignment and balance will, will be assisted and supported by the forces that it is acting”with”. Much the same as rowing upstream is different than rowing downstream, one direction you row with ease and the other you fight the current.

Since we live in a world of duality it is possible to choose to oppose the natural flow of things, to act against what is life giving and that which assists life. It is also possible to be a force of assistance and service, to dedicate oneself to act as the life giving side of the duality and bring joy and what people see as the the good things of life. The life giving and good ways of being exist only because there is the opposite. Neither is really “Bad” or “Good since each requires the other to exist.

It is up to us, in choosing our thoughts and actions in every moment which force we will serve.

What we need to look at is the outcome of our actions to determine what we would be supporting, Will it give life or will it take it? Will it support creation or cause destruction. I think the saying “Not my will but Thy will” is trying to say that one desires they act in alignment with the life giving side of things which most people label “good”.

If we consider that what is “good” or correct, is life giving, then the”correctness” of actions can be measured by their outcome in relation to the support of survival. Survival can be considered at many levels. Personal, the family, The Community, Man as a species, The Planet, and so on…

When you consider the correctness of an action in consideration of all these levels and how it will affect their survival it becomes apparent how “Correct” the action is.

Once you can see this then it is your choice whether to act it out or not. Such is Free Will, though whatever you do has a result and is not free. Something(s) reap the result of your actions and thoughts, you are always included in that.” Life is a cycle, a cycle is a circle, and in a circle all things return to where they began” Creation or destruction are always the result of your thoughts and actions. I have heard Karma also described as the law that states “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”

So if we can relate to our source as the life-giving force, then is not being “spiritual” or in alignment with the way of “spirit”, the life-giving unseen force in nature that most consider “good” as easy as considering the outcome of our actions as to its support of survival?

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As I am flying 30,000 feet above the earth, my persective changes, from the running and taking care of the daily business that focuses my vision onto what is in front of my nose, I am lifted to see the greater picture of who I am and what I am responsible for. My heart reaches to humanity itself and what it faces as a family of man. On my late night trip through 3 states to the airpport, I pulled off the road to find another way since I came upon a toll bridge unexpectedly and did not have the cash in hand for the toll. I pulled off a dark road which turned out to be a state park. It was a one way road with nowhere to turn around. The only place to pull off turned out to be right beside a park ranger sitting in his car at a stop light, I got out and we talked about my options and what they do if you don’t have money at the bridge, he diddnt seem to know and whoever was on the other end of the radio diddnt either. Since I had no choice in which direction to go he said he would go ahead and show me where I could turn around rather than travel the 5 miles up the narrow road that had been carved out of the mountain side. We talked more at the turn around and found that to take another route would add at least another hour to the trip and that the bridge was the better option.He went to his car and dug around and came back with a 5 dollar bill which he insisted I take for the toll. I told him I would handle it since I had some change and would send them the rest later. He told me to take it , that it might get him into heaven. Somewhere in myself I knew that his statement was heard and his wish was granted, somewhere in him he knew he needed to be on a dark park road in the middle of the night to give a guy 5 dollars to gain passage across a bridge, and with that to hopefully ensure his own. Someone has to take the tickets at the bridge to heaven, sounds like a pretty good gig to me. May Creator smile upon him and all those who ask, and also upon those who do not know how to ask. So it is, so it is, so it is.

12 March, 2011 11:41

Chapter 78 of the Tao Te Ching talks about a principle that applies in many different levels in life.

It talks of being Yielding, Soft, Weak. When we look at how one applies this there are a few examples that come to mind, one is of the martial arts, one of handling ones own emotions and the situations that arise in our life.

In the martial arts Aikido for an example you use the energy of the person attacking you to avoid being hurt. The come at you with a direction and intent , they are committed to a specific action. By allowing the action to happen yet being flexible enough to avoid the movement you exist around the movement but are not affected by it.

Like the Buddha who sat under the tree while all sorts of demons and forces threatened him , he kept his center Kept his connection and alignment with the TAO.

Wayne Dyer talks about the principle of maintaining your balance and choosing what thoughts and actions you perform. Keep your self acting according to the principles of the TAO and you maintain peace in your life.

To be in alignment with the TAO and the creative life giving energies of the universe you do not need to expend any energy, you are life and as life what animates you is the creative force itself. That which acts against the principles of the TAO acts against the forces of Creation and thus does not last long. That which is not of the TAO does not last long.

Some people call it Karma. When you Oppose the forces of creation what else can you expect other than destruction

 

Seventy-Eight

Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water.
Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better;
It has no equal.
The weak can overcome the strong;
The supple can overcome the stiff.
Under heaven, everyone knows this,
Yet no one puts it into practice.
Therefore the sage says:
He who takes on the humiliation of the people
is fit to rule them.
He who takes upon himself the country’s disasters deserves
to be king of the universe.
The truth often sounds paradoxical.

Tao Te Ching – Thirty-Four

This Chapter, to me talks about the quantum field and how its purpose is to create whatever we think into it. It talks about how it is the all creative force in the universe yet of itself is nothing but formless potential.Everything that exists was created from this force. It is nothing of an individual will, its purpose is only to serve and this is why we find that in our lives , serving or giving our life away is what brings us the most satisfaction and the feeling of being on purpose. The Way to be does not need to be advertised or have control of others to be great, since when one is living it the universe supports them and the gifts of Creator in their lives is evident….cont

Thirty Four

The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right.
The ten thousand things depend upon it; it holds nothing back.
It fulfills its purpose silently and makes no claim.

It nourishes the ten thousand things,
And yet is not their lord.
It has no aim; it is very small.

The ten thousand things return to it.
Yet it is not their lord.
It is very great.

It does not show greatness,
And is therefore truly great.

Chapter Fourteen explains to me why there are so many , interpretations and wars over what we are trying to call God.

When one moves away from the understanding that we are all one, all connected with each other in the greatness of the Tao, there begins separation and misunderstanding. Creator is all inclusive and when one begins to see themselves as separate from another part of the whole, they become selfish from the perspective of  wanting what is best for their small part of the whole without regard for the larger part of themselves. When one is relating from the relative position of being of the whole then all things and beings are considered when desires arise. We have come so far from the communities extended families where everyone had a place in society. People were seen and understood, people related to many others and had daily contact with all their generations living and sharing life together. Now we live in separate cities, and houses, each family in a different wooden box with the elders stuck away for the most part to live feeling useless in some home, the wisest people of the community no longer have the roll and satisfaction of teaching the new generations what they spent their lives learning.

The Source is undefinable and in mans need to be right or to have the only way, or the best way, he starts judging others.  Anything different from what his specific way is not acceptable , its different and wrong.  These judgments grow in intensity as we forget our connection and that we are all really, actually, One.

Chapter Fourteen

Look, it cannot be seen–it is beyond form.

Listen, it cannot be heard–it is beyond sound.

Grasp, it cannot be held–it is intangible.

These three are indefinable; Therefore they are joined in one.

From above it is not bright;

From below it is not dark:

An unbroken thread beyond description.

It returns to nothingness.

The form of the formless,

The image of the imageless,

It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.

Stand before it and there is no beginning.

Follow it and there is no end.

Stay with the ancient Tao,

Move with the present.

Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

Translation by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English

A Poem of Miracles

It is not through the control of the natural forces that the lightening will dance at ones fingertips and storms will form with a word, in an instant from a cloudless sunny sky.

It is because one lives in such integrity that the intelligence that the universe is, and therefore the forces of nature knows and trusts the person. The person does not command the forces to obey them but asks them to assist as a trusted friend.

As we would be happy to do a favor for a trusted friend, so do the forces cooperate with those of such integrity.

“God” is present in all things and as an intelligence knows whether you live up to your word. The lies we live, that no one else sees and even those we are in denial of, “God” sees.

 

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