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Riding up a mountain path by Zhao Yichao & Zhang Mingtang

Wayfarer…. That is the definition of a Taoist.

Returning is the Way

Ever following the Way, staying in balance between Heaven and Earth we acquire virtues along our journey.  Treasures line the Way, like pearls of wisdom, little golden nuggets of energy, freedom from our thoughts, and blessings from nature.  In time, we shine like the sun itself and become as fresh as a mountain breeze.  All these things are a gift from Tao, free for the gathering along the Way.

Once you find that there is a “Great Way” you can never stop following it, for if you do, you never found it in the first place.  Since the Yin and Yang of egg and sperm came together in the void we call the womb, the yin/yang of You has been on a path we call life. There is no stopping along the path we call “life.” The universe is in a constant state of flux; we realize this or we suffer.

From Lao Tzu,

When superior people hear of the Way,
They follow it with great vigor and enthusiasm.
When middling people hear of the Way,
They follow it sometimes and sometimes they do not.
When inferior people hear of the Way,
They laugh and scorn it,
And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

In our inner lives, we are all alone on the path of life, yet at the same time, we are never apart from the Way itself. All things are on this path, sometimes we are ahead, sometimes we are behind, but we all flow inexorably into time. There are side paths, places to linger, other people along the Way, but everything has the Way in common. We are never alone yet we are always alone, just as the Tao is everything and at the same time nothing. The path of life as “Tao” is always returning to the source.

After I learned the first few Qigong and Taiji movements, my first teacher quit giving classes.  I had found the great Way and I knew it. I just followed the path. There are footprints along the Way; other Wayfarers abound, right around the next corner, or right behind you if you just look around.  To excel at life we must be dedicated to it. I do what I do because that is the path I am on at the moment…

The Way is natural law, follow your heart and you will be fine.  After you hear of the Way, it is up to each individual to follow what they know in their hearts to be true.

We are all Wayfarers on a path returning to the peace from which we come.

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