#4 The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.It is hidden but always present…. excerpt from the Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell
The more we unwind our limiting feelings, the more we experience the eternal void. Some are concerned that this means we can’t think or function normally in the world. Actually, we function even better because as the internal conflict drops away, the mind is not only quiet and peaceful but more efficient and clear. We realize that the quiet, the eternal void truly is filled with infinite possibilities and creation is only a moment away. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In order to experience change we need to be willing to enter new territory. This creates freedom from the restrictions that hold us in our old world view, and allows new possibilities to be revealed. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
You do not change the world, the world is changed by you. This may sound a bit like double talk but it is so very true. When we attempt to force change we create a kind of conflict, a deepening of the drama so to speak. If instead we become present and find the point or state of balance that exists within us, we change our relationship with the issues that we are in conflict with. This allows change to occur and things simply work. When we practice this, life becomes a meditation. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
As we approach the conclusion of another year we have been thinking how each day, each moment really is an opportunity for discovery. Yet each opportunity is often judged rather than allowed to unfold into a new balance. This is t when consistently applied, it shows us that each experience provides us with the seeds of freedom. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
The art of awakening is truly amazing. Each day we bring the perfect experiences to us to point out the next thing to feel and eventually unravel. This allows us to integrate more and more. If we persevere we eventually reach a tipping point and voila—we experience presence, connection and we are there. Happy Holidays everyone! ~Alain & Jody Herriott
“In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.
In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non action.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone……” — Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell
The mind is like a river, once in motion it hard to stop. As we add feeling to our life we begin to understand that the mind becomes quiet when we don’t feed it. We feel what limits us and the mind’s chatter begins to drop away. If we let ourselves do this every day we will finally arrive at a quiet, peaceful mind. When the mind is quiet nothing gets in our way and nothing is left behind either. As the internal conflict drops away we experience inner peace and a harmonious life. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
There comes a time on the feeling journey when you realize you have touched the edges of everything that is associated with our world as we know it. This is when things get really interesting, for everything that you now encounter is completely new territory. There are no familiar points of reference, there is only the unknown and the infinite possibilities that this creates. So feel, be willing to go beyond your boundaries and enter the new world that appears at your feet. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
When we need to understand something we tend to strive and dig for the answers. The mind is searching everywhere; we weigh and judge each answer and try something, then reevaluate and try again. When we instead feel the inner conflict and allow that to unwind, the answers simply appear in our world. Little to no effort is required and we return to a sense of rightness and balance. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” — Bruce Lee
This is why we need to feel. The boundaries we find ourselves contained by are just our fears. Through feeling we gain access to our fears and begin the process of unwinding them and in so doing become free. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Duality: the quality or condition of being dual. The state or quality of being two or in two parts; dichotomy.
We are experiencing life as duality. We appear to need highs and lows, rights and wrongs and so on. The mind appears to crave issues to talk about in order to immerse itself in duality. This is just the mind believing the illusion; that it needs comparisons in order to define “self”. When we feel, duality unwinds and we experience Being. There is no longer a need for the inner turmoil of who or what is better; quite simply we are. ~Alain & Jody Herriott