I was certainly not in anybody's way; it was utterly deserted. I sat in a Taoist temple, unifying myself with Tao, but was evicted with quite some hysteria. They only permitted people to bow to the statues and be off. As one who has a humble inborn mystical giftedness and walks his path independently of religion and the classical guru-disciple relationship, I found surprisingly little welcome or understanding from the institutionalized wisdom traditions (to say the least).
Without wishing to overgeneralize, I believe people deserve to be made aware of that even in paths such as Buddhism and Taoism, the human ailment of fundamentalism and sectarianism arise, more often than is comfortable (in truth, I am yet to find an exception). Have they forgotten that Buddha himself was never a Buddhist? How many Buddha statues has Buddha bowed to, before he could attain his enlightenment? How many Buddhist rituals has he performed? And: he is praised for having attained his enlightenment without the help of a guru, while those who do not give up their personal power to their Buddhist guru are deemed heretics of blasphemy. Is it not strange? They say you must treat your guru as if he is Buddha himself, and yet Buddha taught he wants us to practice respectful skepticism towards his teachings. He wanted us to remain reserved and base our trust in his words by testing their validity against our own personal experience and practice. Therefore the tradition that says you must treat your guru as if he is the Buddha himself in truth makes a non-statement. How much power had Buddha not given himself by rejecting all the contemporary gurus and teachings? He needed to find his own way. I also find it a harmful practice that one must give unconditional authority to the elder student. Just because someone is a part of a sangha (community of spiritual practitioners) longer than you does not mean he is spiritually more advanced than you. To give someone authority over how you conduct yourself while that person is not necessarily spiritually more advanced than you violates the natural order of things, harming the soul's alignment with the principles of harmony, not as they are written in the doctrine of dogma, but as they are written in the subtle fabric of existence itself.
Religion gets more authority than life itself. The guru and the elder student get more authority than the Tao itself. You must follow ritualistic behaviour but you are not permitted to align yourself with the subtle harmonizing dynamics of nature. It is then that you know that a religious institution may provide esoteric power, but will never be able to provide the emancipation that is needed for enlightenment. This may be called the path of the sorcerer; one who is trapped in the state of the spiritually empowered personal self and cannot have a true transcendental experience.
For my transcendental stillness and spiritual independency, I have been treated with verbal aggression, non-verbal aggression, received threats of physical violence and have even had to fight on an occult level for a very long time.
Once I was accosted by a Tibetan Buddhist monk, a Taoist monk, and a Buddhist lay-follower. They asked me what religion I follow. I answered: In the Tao there is no religion.
The Taoist quickly ran away, the Tibetan monk spent about ten to fifteen minutes violently shouting at me. He was screaming about how much I still need religion, how my soul is doing it all wrong, and sought to force his spiritual superiority on me by violently bragging about all the books he has read. The Buddhist lay-follower also gave me an earful of his hate.
In the Tao there is no religion. Indeed, for the Tao is the realm of the Uncreated, and in the realm of the Uncreated religion does not exist. There is no ignorance or knowledge; no guru or disciple, nor is there any contrived moral ideology. However, having attained the emptiness of Tao, the Tao will help you attain a mystical attunement with nature through a process that I call "transcendental empathy". You will have a strong intuitive integration and alignment with nature her laws and principles of harmony. This is the origin of unfettered wisdom , and clarity without dogma.
The harmonizing powers of Tao will always align you with those principles that are relevant for your evolution, for instance confidence is an important principle for me, while for others patience might be more important. In this way we each awaken to our individual path. Therefore the most organized Tao cultivation could ever become, is simply forming a democratic, non-sectarian society that is socially tolerant towards states of mystical self-realization (such as stillness). I believe we have entered a time in which spirituality will begin to assert its independence from religion.