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Tuesday, 23 November 2021
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Due to humble inborn mystical abilities am I able to remember and reintegrate some aspects of my previous lifetimes, including lifetimes as a Taoist mystic. Taoism is a form of ancient Chinese mysticism that pursues a mystical union with nature, and went ever hand in hand with esoteric warriorhood. The Tao is not only the source of life but naturally also the universal essence of all things. Because the Tao is the universal essence of all things, it has a bridging function between all things, as if it enables a neural network to exist between the myriad facets of life. Those whom abide in the state of silent, empty calm actively share in this universal essence, tapping into this transcendental, cosmic neural network, allowing a deep mystical communion with the facets and dimensions of nature (i.e. life/reality; existence). This allows a state of natural wisdom and natural harmony. Because this process transcends religion, culture and tradition, have I decided to apply this mystical state of being to my characters within a fictional world that is not intended to resemble traditional China. This also implies I do not seek to represent Taoism in any of its official (religious) forms. But it is upon the spirit of the esoteric Taoist warrior that I have called when I wrote this book, Lions of Virtue.
It would certainly be correct to say that Lions of Virtue may be interpreted to allegorically tell of a journey from weakness unto strength while facing the myriad forms of resistance that a spiritual person must endure upon this world, and is indeed a reflection of my own personal journey through life. Of course, where the characters should resemble highly enlightened and mystically accomplished beings, all resemblance to my humble self ends.
Sunday, 31 October 2021
But know, o Miro'ann, thou knowest thyself and the people, but never shall the people know thee or themselves. (Aviilokín K'shi, The Fables of Lokaii)
In order to be balanced and strong, the human chakra system needs to be nourished by the energies of social-emotional and romantic-sexual harmony, and by a moral form of material self-sufficiency. I perceive these are the three main dependencies of a human being. When one begins to grow spiritually, one must take in consideration that one will have increasing difficulty fulfilling these three dependencies. This is because we can only get these three dependencies fulfilled through other human beings. It is an unfortunate fact that human beings reject (and become biased towards) people who are different than themselves and who they cannot understand. Human beings have an innate fear of the dark, stemming from the time in which humanity still lived in its primitive state. In the dark of night, it is only too easy to envision all sorts of scary predators, or members of hostile tribes desiring to harm you. It can be compared to the dark alley of our modern day. A spiritual person whom via his mystical self-cultivation transcends the human standard inevitably becomes understood less and less, and so it is that for his growing Light, people will see darkness in him more and more. The pre-anticipating, primitive mortal phobia that lives within all human beings makes all sorts of negative projections upon the spiritual person, just like people project all sorts of malice upon the inimical image of a looming, dark alley. This is an important facet of "consciousness discrimination". Unfortunately this principle continues unabated among spiritual people themselves; those with actual mystical achievement are not understood and are persecuted.
One enters upon a seeming paradox, one might grow spiritually but one will be able to answer one's three dependencies less and less. This causes the chakra system to become imbalanced, weak and vulnerable. Like this, your spiritual growth will first elevate you but very quickly will then also bring you down. It is inevitable that this requires a degree of detachment and emotional emancipation. One might need to pursue self-respect or self-love in order to have less emotional dependency upon one's environment. One may also ask the harmonizing powers of Tao/the universe for suiting companionship and a fitting societal position for one's material needs. Concerning answering the three dependencies while transcending the general human standard, I believe it is difficult to provide a universal answer for every individual. Rather, looking at my own experience in life, it is best to advice people to work with the harmonizing powers of Tao to Manifest a solution that fits their own individual circumstances best. When I was younger, I had the dream of purchasing a piece of land in which people would have the social freedom to live in Stillness, while respecting individuality and every walk of life. Unfortunately, as the years increased my life experience, I noticed how quickly and naturally spiritual communities become sectarian and seek to enforce uniformity upon its members. My increasing life experience also revealed that almost no spiritual people actually experience Stillness, nor understand its meaning or value, which leads to persecution and discrimination all in itself. I always like to be very honoust with my audience; Tao cultivation in this world is very, very difficult. The Stillness, which is so fundamental for Tao cultivation, is simply understood no-where. Not in temples, not in mainstream society, not in spiritual communities. My humble advice therefore remains to work with the harmonizing powers of Tao to find your own Way.
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Our primitive nature seeks to form a herd to survive the environment. The herd is stabilized by enforcing uniformity of mind, body, and speech upon its members. Whether we call the enforced standard a paradigm, institution, culture, religion, or cult, this primitive quality is fundamentally sectarian. It is in this regard interesting to note that the words "cult" and "culture" are etymologically entwined. This fundamental sectarian quality of the innate, primal group-based survival instinct was what underlay the violent, persecuting Christian church, but is also fully active within the academical paradigm. In the words of the persecuted scientist Robert O. Becker in "The Body Electric" (William Morrow Paperbacks):
"I've taken the trouble to recount my experience in detail for two reasons. Obviously, I want to tell people about it because it makes me furious. More important, I want the general public to know that science isn't run the way they read about it in the newspapers and magazines. I want lay people to understand that they cannot automatically accept scientists' pronouncements at face value, for too often they're self-serving and misleading. I want our citizens, nonscientists as well as investigators, to work to change the way research is administered. The way it's currently funded and evaluated, we're learning more and more about less and less, and science is becoming our enemy instead of our friend... The present system is in effect a dogmatic religion with a self-perpetuating priesthood dedicated only to preserving the current orthodoxies. The system rewards the sycophant and punishes the visionary to a degree unparalleled in the four-hundred-year history of modern science."
Academics suffer from intelligent ignorance, with which this primitive sectarian quality practices sophisticated, automatic denial towards everything and everyone that affects the standards of academical orthodoxy. This is in effect just parochial, primitive territorialism extended into the realm of the intellect. This enforces tremendous censorship upon our authentic human self-awareness, upon our awareness of history and of the universe.
The Chinese language is inherently suggestive and what one may call ambiguous. It is like a river with many turns that can never become absolutely concrete in its direction, yet those who learn to surrender to its flow are taken on a journey full of meaning. A Chinese word has many simultaneous meanings. Though the English language is more precise, it too has words that have multiple, diverging meanings. For instance, the word deep. It can mean a certain altitude below a given surface area, it may mean profundity, it may also imply a certain intensity of mood. Let’s take the following English sentence as an example: John’s heart is not well. This may either mean John has a medical condition with his heart; it may also mean he is not feeling happy. Every Chinese word, phrase and sentence fundamentally has this quality. We may say that English is precise and intellectual, whereas Chinese is suggestive and intuitive. This typically allowed Chinese mystics to write on several levels at the same time, making their communications multidimensional. For this reason I like to compare their words to a seed; when planted in the soils of ever growing mystical experience, their meaning sprouts and unfolds like a tree with many branches and leaves. If one’s mystical cultivation is still young, however, one’s apprehension of these texts can be compared to a nascent sapling with only few branches and leaves. Due to the nature of the Chinese language, and indeed the nature of Taoist mysticism itself, the ancient sages did not necessarily write with intellectual precision as if drawing a roadmap with words. Rather their language was suggestive and inherently poetic, hinting unto that river down which they journeyed; a river that is certainly, concretely there, and yet its way is indistinct and diverse. It may be said that in this way the Chinese mystic sensitizes you to the cosmic currents of Tao. They did not seek to create an intellectual model in your head, which is something that our Western mindset fundamentally seeks from an explanatory text, but rather guided their readers’ minds towards the intuitive experience of Tao. Ironically enough, this is perhaps as concrete language can ever get when it comes down to expressing the meaning of life. An English text would seek to explain things in intellectual concepts, a Chinese Taoist text seeks to induce intuitive experience. Not wishing to invalidate the work of others, academical translations of Dao De Jing that try to present the text as a literal, word for word transition to the English language never conveyed much mystical meaning to me. A one on one translation does not work, because English words are not as pregnant in meaning as their Chinese counterparts. English words cannot fulfil the same seed function as Chinese words. I therefore found it important not to put words to the seeds but to the branches and the leaves, which means I give meaning to what these seeds suggestively imply. In this I allowed myself to be guided by my humble mystical experience. Due to my inherently different approach, the erudite members of the Taoist community advised me that in our Western culture of rigid classification, it is important that I clarify that my version of Dao De Jing is not based upon trying to produce a literal translation, for indeed it seems to me that such a thing is a fallacy. Instead, I should classify my version of the text as an English interpretation, based on mystical experience; I do keep as close to the original wording as much as possible.
Sunday, 22 August 2021
To a Taoist, the word nature does not simply mean the outdoors, flora and vegetation, or wildlife. Like a scientist, to a Taoist nature simply means existence in the most complete and holistic sense, with all its dimensions, forces, substances, lifeforms and the laws that organize them into a coherent whole.
The natural laws that would likely most interest the
spiritual person are those that lead to a positive self-transformation. Such
laws are for instance compassion, mindfulness, patience, detachment, dietary
wisdom, meditation, or yoga. These are the virtues of character and behaviour
and the principles of life. I refer to these as laws, for by the
principle of cause and effect they
shall inevitably lead to certain results for those who integrate them in their
self-conduct. For instance, should one pursue the virtue of compassion, then
this will inevitably lead to a greater inner peace and a consequential greater
clarity. This is true for every person upon this world, no matter his ethnicity
or religious background. Because of this absolute certainty, it is a law of
nature. When you stretch forward in yoga, this will naturally open a certain
energy channel in your back. No-one can practice this posture without attaining
this effect — it is a law of nature. This is an important understanding, for it
allows us to see that on every moment, every facet of our being either is or is
not addressing natural law, either damages or increases the quality of our
being, whether it is through how we use our mind, body or speech.
The power of the lost Tao was that it did not so much prescribe these principles or laws via the doctrine of dogma, but rather that it enabled a person to directly commune with these laws as they are written in the subtle fabric of existence itself. This means that classical Tao cultivation can never be religious, sectarian or institutionalized. This also exemplifies what I mean with esoteric knowledge being a symptom of Tao cultivation. Just by cultivating your energy with esoteric knowledge, or even one's ethereal "immortal body" does not mean that one has learned how to attain one's transcendental communion with nature. It is this very factor that I believe has caused the classical Tao to cease to exist. For example, my humble capacity of this transcendental communion with the laws of nature led to an esoteric technique that I call crystal pranayama. If people solely turn towards this esoteric technique but fail to pursue transcendental communion with nature, they will but empower the state of the personal self and will not transcend the state of unclarity; they will not harmonize with reality. Always be aware that contemporary Taoism can look very impressive with its vast knowledge, and people attaining great internal power and paranormal feats through its esoteric techniques. As a seeker this will seem very authentic. However, if you notice your master does not guide you towards the Uncreated state of the transcendental Tao, enabling you to enter into mystical communion with nature, then perhaps it is time to ask yourself (or him/her) some questions. Taoist wisdom promises that Taoism can unite a person with nature, and yet those who come to seek guidance from Taoist masters will likely get statues of gods, rituals, or cultural aspects; this is then endowed with esoteric cultivation. For instance, I have read that it is a ritual in contemporary Taoism to roll around in the mud to cleanse off one's sins, while a high priest summons a certain god to forgive the pennants for their sins. I do not judge or condemn other people's beliefs, however as a soul whose path is deeply entwined with Tao cultivation, I cannot help but see that contemporary Taoism can no-longer fulfill its role of uniting humanity with nature. It can no-longer uphold the promise that it makes, and perhaps I would be allowed to respectfully discuss this issue. In the article "Transcendental Empathy" I discuss that the Tao acts as a passageway into nature. The Tao is the realm of the Uncreated; in order to make contact with this realm one must emulate its qualities. This means one must be able to empty oneself and let go of all things. You can understand that burdening the mind with needless things such as statues and rituals simply disallows this process from taking place. Once this emptiness has been attained, one's heart is set on virtue and one is able to have a sense of surrender, one naturally starts making contact with the laws of nature and her harmonizing dynamics. You can understand that if religion and human culture and tradition dictate how you must use your mind, body and speech (how you manifest), that this disrupts this mystical communion with nature. In Daughter of Xiu this is referred to as "being powerful and yet in the eyes of nature unattained".
 Buddhism teaches that a human being manifests himself through three qualities: mind, body, and speech. Through these three qualities we either do or do not address natural law.
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