Taoism is best explained by Jason Gregory, an expert & amazing student when it comes to this eastern philosophy. Using the words taken by one of his masterpieces he put together as a documentary,
I share his word-for-word explanation of what Taoism is. At the core of it, Taoism is the art of flow achieved by practicing the art of non-forcing.
It is a way of thought & a perspective you can take onto the world which is why I have such a strong appreciation for this philosophy. It ties into one of my favorite ideas which is that we humans most natural state is the state of flow. In this video now made blog post, Jason explains how to access this state of mind through the art of non-forcing.
Although Taoism goes much deeper than that, as Jason shows in his insights below.
On the surface, we may all feel convinced that he (God) is correct in postulating that we
have a duty to others.
But the Taoist Way of Lao-tzu suggests that in attempting to interfere with others’ affairs, no matter how large or small, we are assuming that the natural experience of life is not happening spontaneously; instead, we think that life is a series of controlled steps following a predictable and mechanical process.
Lao-tzu is not saying that we should abolish duty or charity. He is saying that everything in the universe is integral and symbiotic in nature and that everything functions harmoniously according to the rhythm of the universe.
So, he asks, why would humanity be the exception? In our own nature, we would begin to harmonize with other people and the environment.
When we leave life alone, Tao runs its natural course, and all aspects of life come into order without seeking order.
For organic life to grow out of the old and into the new, it has to accept the conditions it has been dealt and begin to resonate on a higher level in order to build upon the lower.
Our current social and cultural systems have served their purpose. Nevertheless, they are no longer needed, as our lessons have been learned.
Problems arise in the growth of our species when we believe that the past was a mistake. Real trust acknowledges that everything we have gone through, both individually and collectively, is exactly how it was supposed to be.
No matter how much senseless bloodshed has occurred on this planet, it has gotten us to where we are now and could have been no other way because where we are now is exactly where we need to be.
Life is always fundamentally right, but we have to get out of concepts of good and bad
to realize this.
We have to have an inclusive view of reality rather than the exclusive view we are accustomed to.
Nevertheless, the core principle of all religions is to find God within yourself. In any attempt to change the world, we destroy the world, because the very intention to change something is built on the illusion of separation.
Organized religion is a good example of this process, because many religions make people feel separate from God.
In feeling separate from God, we are taught that we should pray. But the very act of prayer is, to a degree, a lack of trust in God.
When we pray, no matter how morally elevated our prayers may be, we are trying to force God’s hand in order to satisfy our conditioning and pleasures (unless the prayer is in selfless gratitude to the All).
We arrogantly try to deny the destiny that is mapped out for us by praying that nothing unpleasant happens to us. To force God to your will in prayer is to lack trust in God.
We are trying to change the world’s circumstances according to our own beliefs and preferences. We will never experience the harmony with all life that Thor Heyerdahl felt if we continue to exhibit a lack of trust in any part of life.
Trust and oneness are verified when we completely let go of ourselves and let the Way of the Tao guide our life.
Attempting to force God’s hand with prayer is the same as trying to change the world because both acts destroy the world.
But the world destroyed in the act of praying is the world within yourself, as you incorrectly assume that you are alien to this universe.
Trust and unity come to those who do not experience the world with the filters of conditioning in their minds.
Peace on Earth can prevail if we can individually follow our own paths in life with no resistance.
This is where Spiritual isolation which is essentially just embarking on your own path becomes necessary to get to the deepest part of your being. But when your nature is revealed in this introspection, you naturally want to harmonize with the world, which corresponds to the Taoist principle of ying, mutual resonance.
Li moves us out of isolation and into universal harmony, in the same way that the mystical guru of the East leaves the isolation of the cave to go back into the world. But this time the guru is you and the love you share is the love you are.
The world as we know it can be anything it chooses to be, but if you do not trust the world, then the world will remain as it is. Such is the paradox of unity and our nature, wu-wei.