The Tao is all around you and everywhere within you, but you block your awareness of it, partly through faulty conditioning and the mistaken belief that you are something less than divine yourself and therefore prohibited from the privilege of knowing and communing with the Tao directly, so you throw up a series of smokescreens to prevent direct access and then think you have to work hard to break through them to be become enlightened, whereas in fact, all you have to do is stop and know the Tao.
It’s no big deal and it changes everything, though as soon as it does (alter your perspective profoundly), you realise that nothing has really changed at all – the Tao was always here with you, in you, around you, as it always has been for all of us but you were just distracted from it or obfuscating your own view of it.
It’s in the air your breathe, the sound of the words you speak, the feel of the energy moving through your limbs, the dynamic between you and the next person you speak to, in the gravity that holds you on the planet, in the taste of the next mouthful of food you eat, in the liquid quality of the next drink to slide down your throat, in the smell of the perfume you’re wearing, in the motile force of the next thought you think – it’s in everything, informing everything, animating everything, generating everything – and everyone, you, me and every living being in the universe and it is supremely conscious, supremely aware and its nature is love, pure love, so as you breathe in and out, eschew for a moment the thoughts of your rational mind, that’s trying to be so clever about everything all the time, it prevents you really knowing what’s happening here and know that as you breathe in, it’s because the Tao is breathing out into you and when you’re breathing out, it’s because the Tao is breathing in and creating a suck that’s pulling the breath from you. Know that as you breathe the Tao, the Tao is breathing you and as it does, you notice you’re starting to feel connected to the collective consciousness in spite of yourself, which provides an apt opportunity to spread a bit of unconditional love all about for the benefit of all, which in turn will rebound on you multiplied in the form of countless blessings heaped upon your head even this very day, which should last you right through the week, at least.
May your day and night and week ahead be blessed.