For those who are unfamiliar with Taoism, Taoism is, by its very nature, unlimited, infinite, and is based on absolutely no beliefs.
Taoism in regards to Universal Awakening is that I’m essentially taking principles within which I understand what it means to follow Tao (mysterious), without actually consciously following ‘some-thing’, how I apply on an internal level, on an external level, and within the overall message I would like my readers to take away from this article.
Being that Taoism is not based on beliefs, I am absolutely and utterly not asking you to believe in anything that these words say, my only ask is for you to…
“Take what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely yours.” – Bruce Lee
This is essentially what the mind, the brain, perception does, to begin with, right?
The mind is in a never-ending constant flow of cycling through every one of its experiences, taking what it deems useful, discarding what it does not, and figuring out how to put its own spin on this mysterious game we call life.
Being that the overall premise of Universoul Awakening is the knowledge of the present moment, Taoist principles are in regards to this very moment, and how following “The Way”, which is the broad overview of Taoism, can ONLY happen through this moment.
Being that I’m highly passionate about letting the mysterious flow of life guide you without being aware of it, dancing through life, the purpose of the overall premise of this breakdown Taoism/Universal Awakening is to live as freely, fulfilled, and complete as possible in every instant.
There are essentially a few key areas that I would like for one to understand in regards to how Taoism translates to the non-perceivable entity that you are, and the perceivable world that you sense through the mind/senses.
Part 1: Introduction: How Taoism relates to presence.
Part 2: The Tao that can be named.
Part 3: Politics, BlockChain, and Artificial Intelligence
The TAO is:
It was made clear from the very point of this article that Taoism, in its essential nature, is to be free from all beliefs regarding the absolute.
Well then, how does one simply free themselves amongst beliefs?
Awakening: It appears that the word awakening has taken on the role of an open-ended understanding, just like many other thousands of words out there have.
Words or phrases such as…
— “What is happiness?”
— “What is the definition of success?”
— “What is the definition of love?”
— “What is the definition of consciousness?”
These terms have a never-ending debate because of the subjective nature of all perceptions.
And in the next part, when we dive deeper into language and how it plays a huge role in the shape of our experiences, we are super attached to definitions so that we can relate to the world.
If you ever heard the term Spiritual Enlightenment or Spiritual Awakening, forget about those regarding Taoism.
Let’s assume that there has never been such ideas as Spiritual Awakening and/or Spiritual Enlightenment.
Rather, let’s look at what we know, and what we know for certain, which, by the way, is how you cut through belief and knowledge.
Knowing and knowledge are generally synonymous with each other. However, they are very distinct from each other.
When I speak about knowing, I’m regarding beyond the world facts. I’m talking about something deep in your being. In fact, the deepest part of your being.
Knowledge is the information in your mind that has either been accepted as a fact, scientific law by the world, or something that has been tested and improves your life experience.
You can know something about the world, which is knowledge, but pure knowing is deeper. It’s the deepest inside of yourself that you can go.
According to that knowledge, we know that there is such a thing as “thinking.”
We know this on an intellectual level, this is a fact that in order to grasp the world, you must think about it.
The first thing that ever enters into the mind of a newborn baby is a thought. It is the first thought that creates the human mind, the beginning of the human mind.
So, knowing that we know that we are thinking, how do we know that we are thinking for absolute certainty?
Is it a thought that thinks the mind is thinking?
This cannot be so because, in order for the mind to know that it’s thinking, there must be something to differentiate itself from the thought.
It’s like when you go to bed at night, and you begin to dream. You don’t know that you are dreaming until you wake up.
While dreaming, you don’t even question it being real, you just KNOW it’s real, or so you think…
But once you wake up from that deep seemingly real dream, you think…
“OH!! That was only a dream”, but you ONLY knew that you were in a dream once you woke up from that dream.
See the comparison?
There is a dream versus no-dream or awakeness.
Just like that dream, there must be a comparison to know what you’re thinking. So then, what must that comparison be?
The opposite of thinking, is, of course, to not think, which is still a part of one reality, the yin and yang.
So, just like that dream that you wake up from at night, by stopping your thoughts, you are waking up from the dream of thought.
Eckhart Tolle calls this “Lucid living.”
It doesn’t matter if you call it a spiritual awakening or spiritual enlightenment, those are insignificant regarding the TAO, which has no business with ideas.
It is NOT an idea that you have a mind in this physical world and that the mind thinks. It is NOT an idea that, in order to think, there must be a space in which all thoughts arise.
Imagine for a second if there was no such thing as space. How would any objects appear without space?
The reality is, you cannot see space, in fact, you cannot even objectify space because there is no-thing specific to objectify. Only objects, things physical in nature, can be objectified.
Space is not a concept, it’s not an object, it’s not a thing, BUT it must be here in order for things, objects, to exist within it.
Just as with your thoughts, there must be space, so that thoughts, which are immaterial things, can exist within it.
That space is thoughtlessness, emptiness, and stillness. All words that point to the same no-thing.
And in order for that space to be, that means you, who you are, cannot then be the thoughts.
Now, again to go back to the dream metaphor, imagine you went to bed at night and began to dream.
Now, imagine that you began to dream until the physical mind/body reached death. You would go to bed and dream and be stuck inside of the dream for the rest of your physical life.
Meaning no more body and or mind, UNTIL you realized inside of that dream that you were not the dream characteristics, appearances, characters, individualities, or personalities, and more broadly the mind that projected all those dream traits.
Once you have awakened to your true nature (not the dream), you would, of course, be still alive, but you would barely notice it.
Well, like that dream at night, unless you realize through the body, through the cells, the flesh, and particles that you are NOT the thoughts, then you will continue to be trapped inside of the dream of thought and never wake up.
You will, of course, still be alive, but just like being trapped in that dream, you will barely notice it.
It reminds me of this saying…
“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.” ― Zhuangzi
You are already conscious, dreaming that you are a thought, a body, and anything that comes and goes.
You are already thoughtless, empty awareness, dreaming (stuck in thought) that you are alive, but not knowing it.
It’s as if space imagined that it was somehow an object or a thing. Space would still continue to be objectless, regardless of the dream it was trapped in.
Or if the present moment took itself to be the past or the future, UNQUESTIONABLY. The present moment would still always be right here and forever, timelessly right here, regardless of how it seemed.
That space, that thoughtlessness in which all thoughts appear in and out of, it is PRECISELY how you know you are ALIVE, and not dreaming this existence.
Did I once need to use any spiritual terms such as spiritual awakening or enlightenment?
Did I give any opinions, perspectives, outlooks that you cannot PROVE through your own Beingness, right here and right now?
This beingness, once known absolutely, will naturally shift your opinions, perspectives, and outlooks. However, to try to reshape those firstly will only be trying to shift how the dream looks, but it is through beingness in which the one knows that they are alive outside of the dream.
Disidentification with thought and knowledge of the space between thoughts is synonymous with feeling aware of presence.
There is the present moment, and then there is presence. They are one, but appear different because the dream does relatively appear.
The present moment IS the space in which all appearances happen. All memories about the past, all anticipations about the future, all experiences, all perceptions move in and out of the present moment.
It’s like clouds in the sky, each cloud representing one thought, one experience, there are lots and lots of clouds moving through the sky, which all come and go, but the sky does not go, it remains, permanently.
However, then there is presence.
The present moment will continue to be here and to be now regardless if you are unaware of it or not.
Just as you will continue to be alive, even if it’s barely noticeable, just as you will continue to be “you” in the absolute sense, even if you take yourself to be the dream.
When, however, you become aware of the present moment, when awareness becomes conscious, and consciousness becomes aware through thoughtless observation felt throughout the body, then arises presence.
Imagine you go to sleep at night and the next morning not only did you wake up from that dream, but you also WOKE UP TO THE NOW.
When you wake up out of the dream of thought, and that you are those thoughts, then you begin to wake up to the now and wake up to the present.
There are more intense degrees of weightless intensity, but when you wake up to the present, to deeper intensity, you will wake up to an aliveness that will illuminate your body and send vibrations of pure ecstasy throughout the body, almost like a numb vibrational perfection.
These vibrations of pure aliveness do not come from what you believe, and because they only can be known right now, you cannot wait/project/anticipate at some future destination for them.
When thoughtless emptiness arises throughout the body, throughout the cells, what is observed is unknown, but the aliveness is sensed directly and immediately in this present moment and only this present moment.
That which is observed in thoughtlessness is unknown means that it is the end of mind knowledge.
Mind knowledge has a name for objects, all materials, all things, but in the silence of the mind, thoughtlessness, there is no mind to label any-thing, object, or material.
Thoughtless observation, awareness/presence is attribute-less, therefore nothing is known knowledgeably, however, what is left is a non-understandable, non-graspable, uninterpretable KNOWING.
Again, what is the comparison?
Not knowing directly and immediately means that a mind is trapped in thought, the movement of mind has not been able to stop, so then, in order for there to be a way through, there must be a knowing that is beyond the mind.
Because it is not understandable to the mind, I have referred to it as the knowing-unknown, paradoxical and contradictory in language.
Following the Tao happens when, from the present, without going out of your way (thought) to follow anything. Following the Tao happens, when you are essentially unaware through the mind that you are following anything.
When we think of the term ‘follow”, we think of it linearly, moving from right here, which will seem to become the past, and reaching some destination (future).
By linear, I mean in sequence, before, present, after, or 0, 1, 2, 3, 4…etc.
But because we know that you can never be anywhere OTHER than the Now, there is no such thing as a sequence, and order of events, or mathematical equation to what it means to follow the Tao.
“The future is a concept—it doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.”― Alan Watts
Following the Tao, using the above example, means that there is no moving in any direction, but all there is the one focal point of the universe, PRESENCE. There is no number line, all there is zero, which is the present.
From the present, you are aware of thoughtless presence through the breath. Then ANY MOVEMENT from this space, from this now, from this zero point IS following the Tao, without thinking about it.
The Tao is a neutral present observation within which the entire universe exists.
So then, rather than continuing to give aspects about the nature of that which is attributed less, let’s see how this can apply to our external lives, such as linguistics, entrepreneurship, politics, and technology.