There is a ‘natural way’ of being, and we need only look to key figures in our major world religious scriptures to find it being described.
Jesus spoke of ‘the way, the truth, and the life’, saying both ‘I am the way’ (John 14:6), and also, ‘you are the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14).
What was this ‘Way’ of which he spoke?
Lao Tzu spoke of the ‘natural way’. The translation of the ‘Tao’ is literally ‘The Way’.
What did he mean? Was it the same thing?
Buddha said, ‘the way is not in the sky, the way is in the heart’.
Was he talking about the same thing as well?
Many have commented on this before – both in books, groups, and blogs. It is not a unique idea, nor a unique discovery of my own.
It is as if there is a common discovery – a jewel – at the heart of all our major world religions that has become obfuscated over millenia by war, power play, and other pursuits of egotic madness in our monarchies, our institutions, our governance, our technology, our use of resources. Our greatest human achievements to date, in terms of discovering and unlocking our human and spiritual potential, have been at threat from being lost in the sands of time due to this same madness. Lost in the madness due to the very causes that this jewel of wisdom warns against.
I have just started reading ‘The Great Transformation’ by Karen Armstrong, and can already recommend it. She explains in the introduction how critical it is that human culture rediscovers this shared heritage – what she calls the spiritual achievements of the Axial age – if we are to survive the global challenges we now face. To her, the achievements of the Axial age have been our greatest so far, and all that has fallen in between can be viewed as an un-learning, or a backward step to those achievements. I would rather point readers to this book than attempt to expand on my point any further today.
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The natural way is formless