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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 30 (February/March 2011 Issue)  


Contents:

From Denean: The Art of Living Life In Harmony with the Tao

This Issue's Featured Song:  Children of the Seventh Generation

Affirmation Prayer:

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The Art of Living Life In Harmony with the Tao


Clear mind, peace with oneself, pure heart, meeting the real needs that give life meaning...these are the threads of the inner tapestry of a harmonious life.  But how do we get there?

 

Here are some of the basics: 

Clear Mind and Peace with Oneself

 

The Tao Te Ching teaches us "Stop thinking and end your problems."  Our minds go catapulting about like a monkey swinging through the trees.  A thousand meaningless thoughts are born and die each day.  The simple clear truth lies in the quiet stillness...that space between thoughts.  If only we can find our way to expanding that space and abiding in it. 

 

Before we can truly quiet our minds however, we must first quiet our bodies.  We are constantly bombarded by the stresses of this world we live in.  Exercise, dance, or movement of any kind are so important for helping us to relax and release the tensions of the day.  Once the body has released tensions, you will find it easier to calm the mind. 

 

Never attempt to use the mind to fix the mind, for it cannot be done. This is why we are told by Lao Tzu to "stop thinking" and end our problems.  When you find yourself in mental stress, rather than trying to rationalize your way out of it,  just stop thinking...go mindless.

 

You will find that when the mind is restless, you have a desire or fear operating on some level. Desire and fear are just flip sides of the same coin.  Whatever you desire, you have a fear of losing.  Whatever you are afraid of, you have an equal desire for it on some level.

 

 

Exercise:  Though we have done this before, I can't emphasize enough how valuable this tool can be.  For our purposes here we are treating it as an exercise.  In reality, to do this effectively, it is practiced as a way of life.

 

Tao Te Ching: "When there is no desire, all things are at peace."

 

1. Make a list of all the things you desire that are keeping you from peace now.

 

2. Then make a list of all the things you fear that are keeping you from peace now.

 

3. Realize that all you desire and all that you fear are illusion.  None of it is real in this present moment.

 

4. Now make a list of the exact state of things as they are...the facts...both "what is" and "what is not".  Look very honestly at yourself and your situation.

 

5. Are you willing to surrender the desire?  Are you willing to surrender the fear?  Are you willing to truly accept "what is" and "what is not"?   If not, what's the pay off?  This is what you must answer for yourself.

 

With virtue being the place where we surrender the desire/fear in favor of a higher truth, we must be cautious that we do not have an expectation for this virtue to lead us to a particular outcome.  For then it is no longer virtue.  True virtue is its own reward for it will lead us to that which is most appropriate.  That is the only acceptable expectation to hold.  It is actually a knowing rather than an expectation. 

 

Accepting the truth may challenge your desire for a particular outcome, but such desires are the very things that rob us of true inner peace.

 

I encourage you to do the above exercise now before continuing...


 

Pure Heart


If you have done the exercise above with a sincere intention of clearing the mind and finding peace, you will have found by now that purifying the heart cannot be separated from clearing the mind.  Identifying your desires and fears will put you directly in touch with the places of the heart that need purification, and with the people in your life that need forgiveness, including yourself.

 

In Tao/Mitakuwe Oyas'in Vol 2 and Tao/Mitakuwe Oyas'in Vol 3 I did a two part newsletter on the keys to forgiveness.  I will list those keys here, but I would highly recommend reviewing this two part series for a more in depth study of these keys.


Keys to Forgiveness:


1.  Recognizing and owning the need to forgive.

 

2.  Taking responsibility for your part in it.

 

3.  Acceptance.

 

4.  Commitment to yourself (Willingness to forgive)

 

5.  Practice non-judgment

 

6.  Stay in the present moment

 

7.  Live the true meaning of virtue.

 

8.  Understanding that forgiveness is a verb...not a destination.

 

9.  Alignment of words and actions.

 

Meeting the Real Needs that Give Life Meaning


That which truly nourishes will have the effect of nourishing!  You will feel nourished.  You will experience balance, lightness and a sense of well-being.


There may not be a problem so much with "what" you are doing as "how" you are doing it!  Living is in the journey...not the destination.  The important question is  "How do we live life?"  How do we live each moment...all those small seemingly insignificant moments??  All of those small moments collectively make up our life. 

 

We can put all of our energies into achieving a particular end...but the real living occurs in the journey by which we got there!

 

The Tao Te Ching says "That which is rooted is easy to nourish" (Stephen Mitchell Translation).  When we are centered, it is easy for the universe to nourish us and our lives will flow.


When we are not centered...when we are caught up in desire or fear and dependent on things going according to that desire, we will experience stress, overwhelm and frantic energy and by then have lost our way of virtue.

 

All of this points us to acceptance...acceptance of things exactly as they are.  It points us to giving up all resistance and flowing with "what is".  The key to nourishing is the acceptance of "what is".  As you can see this leads us back to where we started in our exercise of clearing our mind of desires and fears. 


 

The threads of the inner tapestry of a harmonious life...

 

Clear mind, peace with oneself, pure heart, meeting the real needs that give life meaning...


The art of living life in harmony with the Tao.



 



Meditation


The following is the meditation exercise I presented a few months ago.  I am presenting it here again because the need for inner quiet and stillness in the times that are before us is so great.  This meditation process is also directly  in alignment with the teachings of this newsletter.  It is so simple, yet sometimes the simplest of things can be the most difficult to put into practice.  The Navajo people have a saying; "It's up to you".  That is so true.  It goes along with the idea that the Tao can be pointed to but never described.  It can only be experienced.  All I can do is share this with you.  It is up to you to make it real in your life experience.



True meditation is without words.  It is the silent space between the thoughts. However, you cannot and should not force it.  To attempt to do so would bring unfavorable results.  Here is what I would like for you to try:

 

Let's give the mind a job since it thinks it needs one.  Using these simple phrases said slowly and silently:


"I Am"  (pause)       "Be still..."   (pause)       "...and know..."    (pause)


Bring the energy gently into your heart chakra


This is not a mantra.  Simply say the first phrase ("I Am")  slowly and silently and leave a long pause before going to the next.  Allow whatever thoughts that come up to just be there.  Do not judge them in any way.  Just accept them.  Then say the second phrase to yourself ("Be Still...") doing the same, leaving lots of space.  Then the third ("...and know...")


Now just sit calmly and silently just observing your thoughts objectively but remember not to judge them.

 

  Acceptance is the key.


After some time you may notice that your mind wanders from this exercise to things like "what will we have for dinner"...oh, I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer!"..."I need to get up early tomorrow morning.  I hope I don't forget to reset the alarm"..."I need to order those tickets by Thursday"...etc. etc.   This is when you gently bring yourself back to the phrases and repeat the process.

 

Just continue to do this for about 20 minutes.  Eventually you may find yourself going into a deeper state beyond all of those thoughts.  That's good!  You can open your eyes once in a while to check the time if you need to. 

 

If you find yourself getting agitated, do not continue.  Just return later and try again when you are in a calmer, more relaxed state.  Be gentle.

 

Try to do this exercise 3 times a day making a total of 1 hour.


From my own experience  I can tell you that the change is subtle yet profound.  You may or may not notice change immediately.  But if you continue to do this over an extended period of time you will notice deep healing and changes for the better in your life. 

 

I would be happy to hear from you as to your experience with this if you wish to share it.


My sincere blessings to you all on this inner journey.



Mitakuwe Oyas'in


 



This Issue Featuring:



From Calling the Sacred  


This song will be available for listening until the next newsletter issue

(approx. April 1st, 2011)


I always just follow my intuition in regards to what will be the feature song.  This time Children of the Seventh Generation from Calling the Sacred came into focus almost immediately.

 

Children of the Seventh Generation began many years ago when I "caught" the melody on the wind...literally hearing it in the wind.  The lyrics came a little later.  They too flowed with their own message.  Sometimes when I create, the messages come through so clearly that I know it is not my job to censor, but to be the instrument and to seek to understand further the gift I am being given in that moment.  In the case of this song, it is still unfolding and it seems there are many layers to its meaning.

 

(Note: When I speak of messages coming through, I am not referring to channeling.  I am referring to being tuned in to Divine Spirit in such a way that what comes forth is so pure that it is not for me to alter.)

 

Over the holidays I visited my hometown in Kentucky.  One of the most exciting parts of that visit was getting to meet my nephew's new little baby boy, Mason, for the first time.  He was born in July, so when I finally got to meet him, he was almost six months old...oh soooo cute :-) 

 

Now for the fun part: At the end of this recording you will hear a baby cooing.  That baby is my nephew, the father of little Mason!  ...and the generations go on and on...

 

Enjoy :-)

 

 

 

 

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