"You are looking for what is looking."
~ St. Francis of Assisi
Monday, October 5, 2009
The Tao - Everything and Nothing
Students of modern metaphysics are familiar with the concept of a beingness which is behind all things. It has been referred to as the Absolute, the Isness, the 'I Am' Presence, and 'the All That Is which is behind all things.' My own choice of words is Infinite Being. All of these terms refer to the same perfect, unchanging beingness which is behind everything.
The universe exists within the field of silent consciousness of Infinite Being, so its essence is within everything in the world. That silent Isness is the ground state of consciousness behind all life. Because of its silent, unmoving nature it could be referred to as being 'nothing and nowhere,' at least to our physical sense of awareness.
The Creator and its creation exist within Infinite Being. Therefore, Infinite Being is within all things. The unchanging is within everything in the changing world. Yet, our physical senses will never detect this underlying, unchanging oneness. It is only through developing an inner connection that we will discover that which is behind all things.
The Tao is manifest as everything and yet the Tao, in the world of material senses, appears to be nothing and nowhere. So, the message of the Tao Te Ching is to develop an inner connection with that which is real and then the manifest world - this world which is unreal in comparison - begins to make sense. ---------by Owen Waters (Infinite Being website)