Both Here and Not Here

Listen, friends:

“All beings support yin and embrace yang

and the interplay of these two forces

fills the universe

Yet only at the still-point,

between the breathing in and the breathing out,

can one capture these two in perfect harmony.”

Here at last, we have a distillation of Taoist thought. But take heed, for Tao is a contradictory, playful animal, both here, there, everywhere and nowhere, simultaneously. Playful to say the least! We observe in the text, yin and yang, dual forces forever at a universal interplay of being and becoming, both contrary and complementary. At the meeting point of these cooperative forces–stillness, silence, and motionlessness–harmony emerges and takes shape like the man shedding boyhood. The symbolic teardrop, white, yin, connected to the teardrop, black, yang, when harmoniously interconnected and properly channeled, leaves one with the perfect circle, the All One.

Friends, this is the moment we strive for. This is the moment of ecstasy and wholeness. We live and die in this moment, for both are the same. Far from nihilism, for this is the moment of transcendent meaning and overwhelming purpose. Nature, joy, stillness, connection, awareness interconnect and disperse throughout our bodies into a perfect storm of calm ferocity.

“When there is silence

one finds peace

When there is silence

one finds the anchor of the universe within himself.”

Our channel is silence and stillness. Find the silence, friends, for it is before your very eyes. Garner your brimming strength and let us catapult toward our homeland. We are nearly there!