Thursday, March 24, 2011

Personal Observations

Each day I continue to read from Wayne Dyers Living the Wisdom of the Tao, yet I have not written in a few days, why????  At first I thought it was because I was so busy, then I thought no one is reading and then I realized... I am doing this for ego, I am writing this to be "followed" ... to be applauded.  This is NOT the way of the Tao...

What has come through loud and clear after only two weeks on this journey is that to live by and through ego is not harmonious with our natural essential state.  It was interesting to me to think, why write because no one is reading and come to terms with that part of myself.  I did not berate her or judge, I simply acknowledged the truth of where I was in that moment.  This journey if nothing else is giving me perspective, to view myself and my decision making processes through the lens of the Tao.

In realizing this and in embracing a conscious choice to move from my higher self and live beyond form as recommended in verse 14, I have decided to shift... I am officially allowing this journey to BE mine.  I do not need readers or followers but rather just a writing space in which to express my thoughts and my take away's as I have them over the remaining 62 days.  I of course am happy if someone is reading this and decides to come along for the ride, but it is now not a pre-requisite.   In fact, i am throwing whatever "rule book" I had out the window. I am giving myself permission to write as the verse's inspire me to do so.  To write, as I feel I have something meaningful or insightful to contribute.

In the beginning I set an expectation on myself based on others, now I free myself of this. I embrace my natural state totally, completely and harmoniously trusting in it's natural essence which emanates from the Tao.

What lies ahead??? We shall see...

Namaste to YOU and Me~
Melissa

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Living with Inner Conviction

Verse 12.
The five colors blind the eye.  The five tones deafen the ear.  The five flavors dull the taste.
The chase and the hunt craze people's minds.

Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one's growth.

The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision.  He allows things to come and go.  He prefers what is within to what is without...

We can all too easily spend a lifetime living for what is outside of ourselves or as Lao Tzu says, "without" vs. living sourced from what is within. In the process the real person inside withers and wastes away while the exterior life seems to be a perpetual quest for obtaining happiness.  Happiness, joy, love and acceptance will never come from outside until it is fully recognized and understood within for in that understanding is your inner master guiding you.  For as Lao Tzu says' the master observes the world but trusts his inner vision.

Trust all that you are, let your inner master guide you to experiencing unlimited happiness, joy, love acceptance and so much more that is the truth of you, the truth of me.  As you are, so you will experience...  The external world of things will come to you vs. you chasing after it for your inner guidance will be like a light house, a beam of light, a magnet so strong for you are unwavering in the knowing of your pure truth.

And so it is~

Namaste,
Melissa

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Living from the Void

Verse 11
Thirty spokes converge upon a single hub; it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges.

Shape clay into a vessel; it is the space within that makes it useful.  Carve fine doors and windows, but the room is useful in its emptiness.

The usefulness of what is depends on what is not.

From the silence comes a musical note, from emptiness, fullness, for non being gives rise to the beingness within us all... Today I practiced a simple breathing exercise in which I closed my eyes and allowed my awareness to move to my hands.  I moved my hands through space with each breath paying close attention to the non being of the empty air through which my hands moved.  This space of non being is filled with being.  I felt the fullness of what seems to be empty and just enjoyed all that the moment was.. and was not...

Namaste,
Melissa

Friday, March 18, 2011

Two Days in One... Why?

I had to follow the 9th verse of the Tao and take a day off, to let the work be done.  I have recently been "doing" so much that what mattered the most was being neglected.  Yesterday when I opened the book to the 9th verse and read it, I got my message loud and clear...

9th Verse
To keep on filling is not as good as stopping. Overfilled, the cupped hands drip, better stop pouring.

Sharpen a Blade too much and its edge will soon be lost.  Fill your house with jade and gold and it brings insecurity.  Puff yourself with honor and pride and no one can save you from the fall.

Retire when the work is done; this is the way of heaven.

Wayne Dyer shares his understanding of this verse as the Tao, which is in a continuous state of creating, knows when enough is enough. Living humility is knowing when to stop, let go and enjoy the fruits of our labors.  I think that all too often enjoying the fruits of our labors is forgotten or postponed for some distant date in the future,a date that seldom comes.

So I decided to enjoy the fruits of my labors, to relax and seek the joy in the activities rather than focusing on an agenda.  The result... a truly AMAZING day with my son and husband... and in fact, it was a day in heaven.


Verse 10, Living Oneness
Carrying body and soul and embracing the one, can you avoid seperation?

Can you let your body become as supple as a newborn childs?  In the opening and shutting of heaven's gate, can you play the feminine part?

Can you love your people and govern your domain without self-importance?

Giving birth and nourishing; having, yet not taking credit; leading without controlling or dominating.

One who heeds this power brings the Tao to this very earth. This is the primal virtue.

This verse shares a powerful message to see ourselves in everyone we encounter.  I spoke of this at yoga with my students the other night to explain that seeing ourselves in others, seeing and sharing acceptance and compassion does not mean that we condone a hurtful or harmful behavior or act, it simply means becoming an observer and witnessing all people, situations and things as part of the one.  If you weren't you, but just an observer watching a situation unfold from a different angel or through the other persons eyes, what would you notice?

Be slow to judge because you NEVER know another persons story.  You have no idea what they are fully experiencing inside of themselves. The only thing we all know for sure is that we come from the same unlimited source, call it energy, call it God, Buddah, Heaven or the Tao.  Regardless of the name of the source, it is still the source.  This source resides within us all.  Look and you will see~

Namaste,
Melissa

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Living in the Flow~

Verse 8
The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to.  It flows to low places loathed by all men. Therefore, it is like the Tao.

Live in accordance with the nature of things.  In dwelling, be close to the land.  In meditation, go deep in the heart. In dealings with others, be gentle and kind. Stand by your word.  Govern with equity.  Be timely in choosing the right moment.

One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things.  He moves in harmony with the present moment, always knowing the truth of just what to do.

This verse offers such a great reminder to stay open, to stay flexible, to honor the natural unfolding of each moment as it moves into the next.  Think about a time when you may have tried to control or direct an outcome, now think about a time that you just allowed the natural course of things to occur...which was a more enjoyable process?  Which gave you a more desired outcome?  Typically when we control or take over directing the natural process, we constrict and interfere with the natural state yet when we allow things to flow the outcomes are typically much greater than we could have ever imagined.

Wayne Dyer shares in this verse a few key concepts of interpretation for modern day living...  We are like water, in fact 75% of our Body and 85% of our brain IS water.  Be like the water we are and flow... "If it stays stationary, it will become stagnant; if it is allowed to flow, it will stay pure.  It does not seek the high spots to be above it all, but settles for the lowest places... Be receptive to all, go to the "low places"\loathed by men" and have an open mind when you are there... By making every effort to avoid controlling the lives of others, you'll be in peaceful harmony with the natural order of the Tao."

Or in a more simplistic way to look at this verse from the great modern day guru...Kick Buttowski ( Disney Cartoon Series :))... Roll like the Dog... 

Today, may you flow, may you roll with the moment, moving in it and with it vs. directing, controlling.  Be aware of the water that you are and nourish yourself with greater ease...Drink water, and as you do, say a silent blessing of what it is that you intend to receive into your body with the flow of the water.  I do this simple exercise first thing every morning giving thanks to and for the water and welcoming in health, light, energy, vitality and grace filled abundance with joy filled appreciation and ease~

Namaste~
Melissa

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Living Beyond Ego

Verse 7
Heaven is eternal-the earth endures.  Why do heaven and earth last forever?
They do not live for themselves only.  This is the secret of their durability.

For this reason the sage puts himself last and so puts himself last and so ends up ahead. He stays a witness to life, do he endures.

Serve the needs of others, and all your own needs will be fulfilled.
Through selfless action, fulfillment is attained.

Wayne Dyer reminds the reader of this verse to Stop the Chase and Be a Witness. He states," the more you pursue desires, the more they elude you.  Try letting life come to you and begin to notice clues that what you crave is on its way."

Without even reading this verse, I have been practicing this very concept, so today's lesson is a gentle reminder to stay on course with all that I have been practicing... Letting life come to me, detaching from the pursuit of my desire, moving from a level of being of and in service and trusting that the way will be made. I have been clearer than ever on what I want & desire as well as why but in the next breath, I set my intentions free to unfold as they are intended in perfect time.  More often than not, i am cool with the process of trusting and allowing but at first this was my biggest challenge.  I wanted to trust, heck, I even thought I was yet I would find myself compelled to take action to "do my part" in helping my desires along.  If I just "do more" I will produce more of what I want, right?  Wrong... in my futile pursuits, everytime, I actually pushed exactly what I wanted further away because I was not trusting, therefore I was moving from fear. Fear is in direct opposition to trusting. To Trust is to do just that...Trust.  Serve a higher purpose, see where,when, how and in what ways you can be of service and the way will be made to manifesting your desires greater than you could imagine...

Enjoy the journey~
Namaste,
Melissa

Co- Create Your Reality

Verse 6
The spirit that never dies is called the mysterious feminine.  Although she becomes the whole universe, her immaculate purity is never lost.  Although she assumes countless forms, her true identity remains intact.

The gateway to the mysterious female is called the root of creation.

Listen to her voice, hear it echo through creation. Without fail, she reveals hers presence.  Without fail, she brings us to our own perfection.  Although it is invisible, it endures; it will never end.

Wayne Dyer shares this verse to mean:  "Lao-Tzu refers to an eternal adn indescribable force of creation that continuously gives birth to new life.  It's telling us that we have the ability to tap into this unlimited field and co-create. He suggests that we listen to our inner callings, ignoring how others might want to direct our life energies, and allowing ourselves to radiate outward."

My journey with this practice and todays verse reminded me to look to my son and his spiritual mastery.  He trusts in and fully listens to his inner callings and I have also noticed how much we are all conditioned to shut down this process.  The little things like "don't do this, do more of that that we say to ourselves, to our children our spouse, our friends, every day.  We are unconsciously, constantly, saying NO to our inner self, we shut of our intuition, we trust little in the truth that is spoken from our soulful level.

So for today...May we each trust in our inner callings, may we all trust in who and what our natural, pure essence is, may we all say yes to who we are and are here meant to be. As you and I embrace the truth of our inner soul-filled self, from this space go forth and co-create with the endless feminine presence. The presence spoken of in the Tao, in the filled of pure unlimited possibilities, pure creativity, pure being, go be all that you are here to be and so much more!

Namaste,
Melissa