To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Friday, May 19, 2006

Tao of the Sub-Conscious

To flow like water means to accept yourself as you were, as you are, and as you will be. It means to accept others, and indeed the whole world, in the same manner. It means to let go of your notions of right and wrong, of should and should not, of pleasing and displeasing.

Easier said than done of course, but it is in this moment of letting go, this lightness of the mind, that you become aware of the energy flowing through the world and through you - quite literally washing you clean every second of the day.

The metaphorical dirt that you feel is trapped under your fingernails, the feelings of stuckness and of being trapped in your ways are themselves only ideas, and ideas can be discarded like old running shoes. You are new every moment; forget about the past, laugh about the future.

'Subconsciousness always directs the activities of the subhuman forces of nature. This is true whether the action of those forces be hostile or friendly to man. Subconsciousness, in turn, is always amenable to impressions originating at the self-conscious level of mentation*'

Paul Foster Case, The Tarot (1927)

Learn to catch your thoughts - notice the self-defeating, negative sub-conscious programming that you silently and verbally reinforce throughout your day ('oh I always do that, I'm so hopeless’, ‘this is too hard for me, I can't do it', 'my back is stuffed', etc). Immediately turn them around. If you say something negative - turn it around and repeat a positive affirmation to the opposite extreme. For example, you find yourself thinking 'I'm in a terrible mood today'. Stop, pull yourself up, retract the initial statement and say the opposite 'I'm in a fantastic mood today!'

In fact repeat it three times.

Even though it may feel like you are lying to yourself, doing this will have a powerful effect on your subconscious, and further than that, on the Universe at large. You get what you ask for, so create a better world!

One of my newest affirmations is this:

'I find it easy to erase any negative, limiting belief patterns that I may have previously held, and replace them with positive beliefs that affirm the infinite scope of my unlimited potential and ability.'

Perhaps you might like to use it. I repeat it at the beginning of an affirmation session, to give extra oomph to my ability to change my sub-conscious programming.

*Mentation, nice...

I swiped that quote from a book I am reading called The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore, by Cynthia Giles. It is particularly good actually, surprisingly vast in it's coverage of all things metaphysical, occult, esoteric, spiritual etc.

Flow Like Water...

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Blogger frog philosopher said...

may i print up this entry so i can send it to my sister. i think she and i can both learn a lot from what you wrote here.

1:55 am

Blogger Seamus "Moose" Anthony said...

Hell yeah ;)

9:35 am


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