The Way of the Tao
The Way of the Tao — A Brief Sketch
Water flows. It moves around, over, under and through objects. It adjusts to the contours that it encounters, only to change shape with the ebb and flow of the universe. The Tao, like water, represents a journey in awakening to one’s true self. As water erodes stationary and fixed structures, so too does the Tao. Sometimes in opposition and more frequently just ignoring authority, the Taoist lives in alignment with nature, simply and softly. Wu wei denotes working without stressful effort, acting when it is appropriate and letting go of the fruits of one’s labor when the task is complete. As a Taoist adept you will find yourself striving to live “counter to almost every socially accepted norm” (Martin, 2016, p. 4). You will embrace this way not because you want to be obstinate or relish in being an antagonist, but because you will realize that true consciousness, health and freedom come from following the Tao.