Posts Tagged ‘Tao Te Ching’

Inward to Ovate

Regardless of how you label your spiritual path, this post speaks to so much of what I’m hearing in sessions and from friends, and feeling in my own life. How could I not re-blog a post that quotes both Bilbo Baggins and the Tao Te Ching?! Worth a few reads if you find you’ve changed (or are changing) so much in recent years that you barely recognize yourself, and little remains of what you called “life” … yet still you travel on.

A Druid Way

pathImagine a path you create as you go. We don’t need to call it “shamanism” or “Druidry” or “earth spirituality” or anything else in particular. If anyone asks, it’s “nothing special.” It’s just “what you do every day.” I call it my life.

You respond, or you don’t, to the guidance of hints, nudges, dreams, gut instinct, chance encounters, coincidence. You seek, or you don’t, for something that begins to answer the call inside you, the tickle or itch that won’t go away. Oh, you can dull it for days or decades with a wider variety of distractions now than at almost any other time in the last ten millennia.

Sometimes, perversely, it seems the call or itch or tickle is ITSELF the distraction. Can’t do it all. Just gonna live my life. Keep my head down. Leave me alone, will ya? Not gonna get suckered into a wild goose chase, a…

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Wise Words and a Quick Reminder

My friend Heidi had this quote in her email signature, and it struck me as so very true. Paradox is a hallmark of the Great Mystery!

Should you want to contain something, you must deliberately let it expand.
Should you want to weaken something, you must deliberately let it grow strong.
Should you want to eliminate something, you must deliberately allow it to flourish.
Should you want to take something away, you must deliberately grant it access…”

– Lao Tzu, 36th Verse, Tao te Ching

Also, a quick reminder that you still have today and tomorrow to sign up for either or both of the April 2014 Specials.

Many blessings!
Laura

As the World Turns …

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

~ Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

A Fork in the Road

“There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.” ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” ~Lin Yutang

“Not all who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Where are you wandering? Which path do you choose?

“If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.

“The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.

“Practice not-doing,
and everything will fall into place.” ~Tao Te Ching