|My overall philosophy
||[Jun. 16th, 2005|12:59 pm]
Taoists together in nature.
So, I have my own idea of what Taoism is to me and I'd like to explain and hear any thoughts as well as other peoples versions.
Now, my *understanding* of what Taoism is is to become one with the flow of the Tao or life and the energy of the world. I just kinda stumbled onto the whole philosophy, I didn't decide to be a Taoist one day, but I feel like I woke up and realized how to live life. I started researching religion and philosophy and realized that Taoism matched the ways I was developing.
With that said, I feel like I have gone through 2 *phases* in my efforts to attain *enlightenment* or *unity*. First phase after I *woke up* was that I realized I made mistakes, and that when I made these mistakes, if I acknowledged and went through a thought process of why it was bad and what I could do in the future to make it better, a tool to remedy the mistake would make itself known. The next step in the evolution to this was that I would go through a thought process prior to making decisions and then proceed with the best possible choice, thus avoiding mistakes. NOW I find myself foregoing the thought process and just do things which *feel* right, which brings up something interesting: the energy or flow around me either approves or denys my actions.
I am moving to Minnesota, it is something I just decided to do, and as I have moved forward to accomplish this things related to the move have just went abnormally smooth, and I know it's because I am on the right path. I believe that if I had not chosen to move or if I had done something else things would not be going smoothly and I would be pointed in the direction or course I am taking now. Looking back I can remember many times where things have come together in perfection as i pursued the true course of my life.
My end result goal is to be able to manuever through life without thought to my actions, and to just be able to live out my days with a sort of serenity in my mind, that is what nirvana is to me. I have a taste of the serenity now, but I know I have lots more work to do. I believe in more of a modern version of *Taoism* as the written version in my mind are dated and appropriate the the time in which they were written. I've tried to take the teachings of simplicity and apply them to my life in this time period.