“The Nameless is the Origin of Heaven and Earth…”

The following article really resonates with me:

James C. Wilhelm
Waking Times

Thousands of books have been written about mysticism over thousands of years, and this essay is a mere 1,012 words. Do I really think I can convey the essence, power and bliss of the mystical in a thousand words?

I do.

That is what I set out to do after recently viewing numerous videos and reading many essays that I found on the World Wide Web. After reviewing this mass of content, I realized that after all those hours of viewing and reading content by gurus, masters and experts, I realized I had learned nothing of value. Indeed, much of the content was nothing if not misleading.

Lao Tzu says it well in the Tao Te Ching:

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…
~ Translation by Derek Lin…

What Can I Do to Have an Experience of Truth?

You are having such an experience right now. There is no way to escape your true nature. Immerse yourself, be fully present in each moment. It is only in this moment that transformation occurs.

There is nothing you need do and nowhere you need go. You are this singular nature of reality right now and you are not consciously aware of it.

Being consciously aware of the ground of all being, what some call God, is to be consciously aware of your own True and Original Self. Awareness of your Self is awareness of all that is.

This mystical, non-experiential experience is who you are right now; your essence is vibrating within you right now, waiting patiently for you… (emphasis added)

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via The Nature of Mystical Experience – Zen Gardner.

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…

I, like this author, have read many articles claiming to know the exact What, Why, Where, When and How of the consciousness supposedly occurring among all of humanity at the moment. But these articles, as I’ve written before, never take the time to explain, in detail, just WHAT is happening, WHY it is happening, WHERE it is happening, WHEN it is happening and HOW it is happening.

When I first read the ancient Chinese quote above, it immediately resonated with me. It has been my experience, while looking for truth, over the last thirty years, that I never seem to find a dead set answer to any of my many questions. It has always seemed like the answers to my questions about life, purpose, truth, death and beyond are being somehow withheld from me. And Lao Tzu’s statement seems to bring me to a place of rest and peace on these questions. What I hear this ancient, Chinese voice saying to me is, “If you BELIEVE you know the answers to these questions, then you are merely suffering from some type of religious/superstitious delusion. The NAMELESS is THE ORIGIN of heaven and earth.”

So what I am coming to is this: if I truly want to know the spiritual/eternal truth, at some point in my future, then, for now, I must look inward, since my self is all I truly can come to KNOW in this current state. The reason I can’t tie up all these difficult questions about life in a neat, little package is simply because the universe will not permit me. The universe will not allow me to create another manipulative fabrication, another religion. The answers to these questions are evidently not for me to know, now. And perhaps, by coming to know my self, then I can become more unified with, and of service to, humanity?

I guess, at this moment then, my quest in life is simply to seek to know and trust my self, and to carry on, doing whatever the universe places in front of me to do. The rest will have to wait until it is my turn to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth, whenever and wherever that will take place.