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Many religious paths, are quick to teach dogma. In Taoism the opposite is true. Taoism started as just a Philosophy, a way of thinking, concerning life principles, spiritual concepts and a proactive life leading to enlightenment. Taoists are the first to admit " We just can't know it all". Quoted above are the very first lines of the Tao te ching. If you can speak of it, its just not all there is.
Taoism follows up by teaching us that we need to discover the Tao on our own terms. This can be a difficult idea for most people that find something and just want to be told what to do. Taoism follows nature so your already doing it, you just need to do it better.
Taoists believe that man is a microcosm for the universe. The body ties directly into the Chinese five elements. The five organs correlate with the five elements, the five directions and the seasons. Akin to the Hermetic maxim of "as above, so below", Taoism posits that man may gain knowledge of the universe by understanding himself.
Taoism is a journey of self discovery, Other religions have condemned meditation, introspection, divination, and natural hidden forces, spiritual and planetary currents. They have even altered the calendar to keep us out of sync with the forces of the stars and moon. When Taoism not only embraces them, but studies and uses these hidden sciences in achievement of peace, harmony, health and prosperity. Understanding of the Tao will come later if your new to Taoism. Taoism is more than just a “philosophy” or a “religion”. Taoism should be understood as being: A system of belief, attitudes and practices to the service and living to a person’s own nature. Taoism teaches us to accept and learn who we are, as opposed to suppressing our nature, a nature that will change with time and understanding. Be like water - Bruce Lee.
We must learn to flow with life. Life consists of chaos and change and we must learn to live with that understanding. But most of all, Taoism is to embrace life in actions that support you as a person, living from the heart.
Live with care, and respect all life.
Be true to yourself, and treat others in the same way you would expect to be treated. For others that can't accept you for who you are in your true nature stillness is all that is required. As you are to be yourself, let them also be themselves.
You own nothing, you are just passing through and looking after items outside of your nature.
Taoism is a true mind, body and spirit Philosophical religion, It believes in God in the same way that it does not believe in God. Often the word TAO in some translations is replaced with GOD. This is incorrect, Tao is hard to define as it is unknowable, how ever the best way to describe its concept would be that.. Every living thing in the entire known and unknown universe is connected to each other and we are all part of its divine intelligence, and life force, that as individuals we can never fathom."
So in that concept, we need to embrace life by discovering a set of ritual practices to engage the Mind Body and Spirit, in a way that suits your needs of the moment. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Kung Fu, Meditation, contemplation of the Tao de ching and other philosophical texts would be some examples of good practice, However bike riding and running might be more your style.
Taoism is about going with the flow, it is about nurturing your intuition, higher conscience, or gut instinct. Take time out when you need it, take time to be with nature, take time to meditate, follow your breath to find peace.
Drop expectations, this is a very important teaching in Taoism, the more you expect certain outcomes the more you will experience disappointment. Be open to things and experiment with what works for you. Have many teachers, learn from everyone worth learning from, because the best teacher is yourself.