Women Unite

I’m not really a political person. I’m more spirit oriented. However, when politics (which is a human construct for how society operates) starts to change everything in the environment and our inner world, I can’t help but feel like I need to take a stand politically. In my own world, I’ve always tried to be conscious in my decisions, to chose a career path that I believe in, for example. Or, support organic and local when possible. Even choosing to go for a hike over hanging out in a shopping mall can be considered a political expression in what I think life should be like.

Now, the changes in this world are fiercely becoming more overt and political. Chemical/Drug companies have hijacked governments and the world and people are getting more sick, fearful and confused than ever. Sometimes I think I’m living in the Twilight zone or a dystopian science fiction nightmare. Then I step back, step into nature and continue to live life by my own values and beliefs. I realize the little efforts I take in my own life are OK, but with how quickly I see the rise of unhealthy people and the planet, I need to do more, and I can’t do it alone.

There is a disconcerting movement in this modern world. We are increasingly becoming disconnected with life, nature, community and ourselves. While some forms of technology are convenient, this trend towards technocracy starts to overpower the essence of what it is to live this life as a natural being. We have lost sight of our inner strength. We have lost the wisdom of innate healing. We have forgotten the magic of creation and what a miracle it is to be alive.

By hosting the Lunar Circle, my goal is to awaken the divine creative spirit in each woman so that we can start to nourish our own small communities and create “tsunamic” changes to the greater environment.

Tao Te Ching

Chapter 2 (translated by Derek Lin)
When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away

Basically what is being said is that everything in life is perceived in comparison and contrast, or dualistically. The act of nonduality is the practice of acceptance and detachment. It is learning to live in the flow. In life we have beliefs of what is right/wrong, good/bad, etc. When we are too attached to these ideas, which may or may not be beneficial for you, suffering arises because we perceive we are on the wrong path.

There are many ways to look at life, some are easier and more effective than others and some or consciously chosen while often many are not. For example, and first of all: unless you consciously recognize your beliefs, where they come from, if they are true or beneficial for your values, you are not living with awareness and intentionally. You would be merely reacting to a belief system assigned to you, which is probably outdated and not serving your current situation. However, we need a belief system to exist in this world, so once you consciously live with your idea of a healthy belief system, it’s still important to be fluid and adaptable to what life brings you along the way. We are forever dynamic energetic beings.

When we realize that at essence all things are energy, we can move in alignment with its rhythm, without attachment to constructs and ideas because they too waver in and out of perception.

The Tao Te Ching

Chapter 1
The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders

This translation was written by Derek Lin (dereklin.com). I found it very simple and easy to interpret.

Basically what Lao Tzu is saying here is that the Tao is spirit, and the essence of spirit is eternal, intangible and unfathomable. However, once observed, the creation of all worldly things emerge. What we focus on, reveals itself in a manner which we can interpret or understand. If not observed, it is still there in essence without our interpretation and is the fabric of the universe.

Well, that’s my interpretation anyway 😉