Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tao Te Ching - Are you aware of our awareness?

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 56

Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.

Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.

Be like the Tao.
It can't be approached or withdrawn from,
benefited or harmed,
honored or brought into disgrace.
It gives itself up continually.
That is why it endures.


When a person is aware of the ground of his being, he stays centered. To talk about it destroys the rapport, the awareness. Talking becomes a distraction, a disruption of the meditative awareness.

Being aware of the ground of our being is centering and we are at one with our prime identity. We close our mouth, block off our senses, turn inward and blunt our external perceptual sharpness, and settle into oneness.

The Tao is always there. We can do nothing to increase it or decrease it. All we can do is become aware of it and become one with it.

One of the values of Unitarian Universalism is the respect for the interpendent web of all existence. It is more than respect, it is awareness of the interdependent web, and this awareness is achieved in many ways but whether we are aware or not,the interdependent web is there of which we are a part. It is the ocean we swim in.

The old fish said to the two young fish, "How's the water fellas?" One young fish said to the other young fish, "What's water?"

The Tao Master said to the two young students, "How's the Tao boys?" The one young student said to the other young student, "What's the Tao"?

I am aware of your awareness and sometimes I am aware that you are not as aware or are more aware than I am.

Our rapport depends on us being at the same level of awareness together at the same time. This is kind of togetherness is rare and when it occurs we resonate with each other in marvelous ways. It is this awareness that we all are aware at the same time that makes worship wonderful in the best sense of the word. If we can resonate in awareness together it is a tremendous spiritual force.

The Tao gives of itself continually. Will you be aware of it with me?

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