Taoism

The following is the first paragraph of my article published in Resurgence Magazine No.263 Nov/Dec  2010:

Taoism is about following the Way – finding it, losing it, finding it again. The Tao is the way of balance and harmony, between male and female, masculine and feminine, between humankind and the rest of nature, between life and death, between ancestors and those yet to be, between microcosm and macrocosm, and between the energies of earth and stars. It is rooted in nature and universe, and was experienced and perceived by ancient Chinese sages through passive-receptive and active-receptive meditations, opening to oneness, underpassing the seeming dualities of body and mind. “As the origin of heaven-and-earth, it is nameless; As ‘the mother’ of all things, it is nameable” (Tao Te Ching, trans. John Wu, 1961, ch. 1). It involves humility, discipline, wanting little, questioning assumptions of human self-importance, being participant-observers in nature’s cycles, and delighting in the interplay of the Chinese elements – earth at the centre, air/metal, fire, water and wood to the four cardinal directions.  Being close to the feminine and to shamanism, it has for periods of time been persecuted and driven underground – and then, for the same reasons, has bubbled up again.