‘How Can Nothing Mean So Much?’ — Featured in Odyssey Magazine’s 40th Anniversary Special Edition (FREE)!

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The latest edition of Odyssey magazine is out and we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of this conscious publication — how awesome is that?

You can read the entire digimag HERE. You will find my latest article How Can Nothing Mean So Much?‘ on pages 86-88. You can read it there but here’s a teaser…

How Can Nothing Mean So Much?

Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is full of infinite wisdom. Cherie Roe Dirksen looks at one of the teachings about seeming ‘emptiness’ to cast new perspective on the space between and the beautiful yet somewhat hidden aspects of the unseen realm…

 

The following extract is from teaching no. 11 of the Tao Te Ching:

“A wheel is useful, because of the hole at the centre of the hub.

A clay pot is useful, because it contains empty space.

Doors and windows are useful, because they are gaps in the walls.

The value of what is there, lies in what is not there!”

This teaching shows us a way to use our instinctive wisdom to view life from a brave new slant. Perspective holds the key to infinite intelligence in a variety of different ways if we only open the door to receiving such super vision.

In a society that predominantly values only what can be experienced through our 5 senses, and therefore can be scientifically proven, cannot place credence nor credibility on the unseen realm — the space in between. However, our innate guides us to have faith that the unseen is just as valuable and palpable as the seen, if you know what to look for and can trust your gut instinct to feel for truth in any given situation.

Understanding the Tao

Odyssey special editionThe Tao is a beautiful example of this premise as its very definition is the great mystery — the underlying and absolute principle of the universe. It is the unification of polarity, it is ‘the way’ or ‘code of behaviour’ that is in complete resonance and harmony with natural law and its incomprehensible order. It is what science now terms ‘intelligent design’.

In order to play in the field of such unseen but infinite possibility, we are asked to let go of preconceived ideas and to allow the Universe to work its magic. We are encouraged to Trust with a capital T. This simply means that we give up our ceaseless control and surrender to the divine flow of Universal Tao order.

The Universe knows what it is baking. If you, as the impatient sous chef, keep on opening the oven to check on the progress — the cake is going to flop or not rise to its full and fluffy potential. Trusting that the Universe has your back will get you to your greatest potential in the quickest way possible. Whereas constant interference from a place of wanting to see substantial effects may cause frustrating delay in an outcome or the ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ scenario.

When we learn to see that what cannot be seen has just as much dynamism and use as what is noticeable, we can start to get out of our own way and allow for magic to happen.

Hang On…Maybe You Should Let Go

You’ve probably heard the annoying saying, ‘you’ve got to let go to receive’. It’s exasperatingly dichotomous to let go of something in order to have it but then the Tao/Universe wouldn’t be a mystery without this annoying little sub-plot, now would it? It implies that we need to let go of our stubborn need for control to open up to the many mysteries of the cosmos.

When you can trust without question, you can move into a space of pure accepting, allowing and manifesting. When you can give thanks for the unseen forces at work in your life as well as the seen, you step into the field of all possibility. You become the observer of reality and not merely a pawn to the relentless pursuits of the egoic mind.  You understand that there is infinite value in everything — seen or unseen. READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE ON PAGE 86 BY CLICKING HERE.

Other great articles in this issue include:

  • Wisdom From the Phone – Paulo Coehlo,
  • Lion’s Gate: A Portal Opens,
  • Fracking in the Karoo,
  • Atlantis and Lemuria and loads more...

Other articles you may find interesting:

8 ‘Alice’ Quotes That are Profoundly Spiritual

Have Your Devices Got You Hooked?

Don’t Be a Slave to Duality

How to Become the Observer of Reality

 

 

 

Don’t Be a Slave to Duality

Don't be a slave to duality

“When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.” 

Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching

We seem to be tethered to duality because we live in a polarized paradigm. However, we don’t have to let it rule our lives, not anymore — becoming the non-judgmental observer of reality will help you to better understand the sometimes dichotomous nature of duality.

I touched on the concept of ‘stepping out of the matrix’ and viewing this life from a perspective of neutrality in my article last week, which you can read here:  How to Become the Observer of Reality.

This week I wanted to delve a little more deeply into the duplicity of judgment vs. non-judgment and what a brave new world we could create if we start to really get it and, better still, implement it in our lives.

Duplicity is the state of being double. As in the Lao Tzu teaching above, we can see that if we judge something as good, it means that what does not live up to your perceived version of good becomes bad.

For example: You decide that you will not eat bread anymore. Bread is bad. Other people who eat bread must be unhealthy. Every time you see someone having a sandwich, you feel really great that you have the willpower to resist the dreaded dough and you pity them for being so weak. Maybe you even mention to them that they should not be eating bread and you launch into all the reasons why the bread is bad.

A few weeks ago you thought bread was great but now you have made a judgment and bread is the enemy.

There is nothing wrong with exercising a culinary preference. You can chop and change your mind whenever you feel the wind blow up your britches. There is no judgment in that.  The judgment (and ego) comes into play when you make your decision right and others wrong.

For all you know the sandwich — that fellow, sitting on the bench next to you at lunchtime, was eating — could have been made by naked vestal virgins with the finest manna heaven could spare, baked with love and may be the very source of nourishment that he needed at that specific time.

The Trap and the Solution

I guess what I’m trying to say is that the moment you pin something as good or bad, ugly or beautiful, right or wrong, you become trapped in a box with both.

You can’t have one without noticing the presence of the other.

This is where a lot of people fall into the Law of Attraction trap. The more they fixate on what they want, the more they start thinking about the polar opposite (which is usually the more powerful emotion as it’s the very thing they really don’t want but are investing all their doubts and feelings into).

Have you ever noticed how fanatical religious people very rarely go on about the love, compassion and forgiveness of God? No, they tend to talk about all that is evil and demonic — hell and damnation (and before I get loads of angry comments — I’m certainly not painting every religious person with this brush, I know there are exceptions).

It seems to me that the more you like something, the more it’s ‘opposite’ hangs on for the ride too.

The solution is to just let things be without labeling them.

Opening the Door

The Tao (or great mystery/intelligent design/Universe, etc) is impartial and the flavor added to our life experience is conjured up in your kitchen. It’s beautiful to experience life just as it is — no strings attached.

You will naturally let things, people or situations that please you in if you open the door to pleasant experiences by keeping a joyful vibration going. The rest will find you. There is no need to label anything as good or bad, you have no idea what the bigger picture of life is and most of us don’t stick around until the muddy water becomes clear (another Lao Tzu gem).

If we did, we’d probably see that what you initially wanted to judge as ‘bad’ was just something that needed to transpire for something ‘good’ to come out of it. Why not save yourself a heap of trouble and just not judge things period.

Boy, what a fantastic, peaceful world we’d have if that was the case! Following the path of least resistance (resistance in this case being the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely) is where you’ll find your cache of happy.

Read related ‘Tao’ article: Why Nothing Actually Matters

CRDCherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author/columnist, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your thoughts, actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment — for article updates). She also has an official artist’s Facebook page (Cherie Roe Dirksen – for new art updates) and her band’s Facebook page is Templeton Universe  (if indie/alternative rock is up your alley).

This article (Don’t Be a Slave to Dualitywas originally written for and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author Cherie Roe Dirksen and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons.

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How to Become the Observer of Reality

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How to Use the Void to Manifest

Bluebirds by Cherie Roe Dirksen

New Energy, New World

You may have noticed that the Mayan ‘end of the world’ calendar has come and gone (21/12/2012). We are now supposedly in ‘Year 2’ of this advanced and illustrious new age/paradigm/Earth.

Can you feel it?

Or are you feeling more like you’re stuck in a void with endless karma and drama being flung at your feet?

The Roots are Strong

The good news is that we are in a new energy and in order for the new to emerge the old has to die — and it’s dying hard!  What does that mean?  Well, in a nutshell, old energy is going down kicking and screaming.

It may look like the negative, base, ‘Mad Max’ war-ridden world is winning but it’s roots are rotten.  Smoke and mirrors are being used to prop up these decaying, useless ways.

The new shoots are still young but their roots are strong and fixed in integrity and love.  We have created another realm — it just needs our full attention now to manifest itself.  It’s going to happen one soul at a time — cheesy but true.

‘Okay, so what does this mean practically for me today?’, I hear you ask.

Understanding the Wind Down to Wind You Up!

When an old system winds down we get thrust into clearing out and preparing for the new — something like moving house.  You usually end up throwing stuff out, cleaning your butt off and scaling down dramatically — this is a great metaphor for when we shift into a new paradigm.

You have to get rid of the old baggage to step into a new world.  So a lot of you will have found yourself doing copious amounts of emotional, karmic, mental and physical clearing the last few years.

So, when the end of 2012 hit us we were at the bottom end of winding down…then came the void of 2013.  Boy!  Did any of you feel at a loose end the WHOLE year?  Well, I sure did.

We overcame!  Now we’re almost half way through 2014 — the promised year of manifestation.  However, some people are still stuck in the void energy.

The definition of void is empty space.  This is good news!  Here you can create anything you want — even more void…as in ‘avoidance’ or a void dance!  So use the void wisely.

The void/darkness is the gateway to all mystery and manifestation — the door to understanding this universe we’ve created.

Using the Void

In the Tao Te Ching you can use the Tao any way you want — it is empty but inexhaustible.

What is the Tao?   In Chinese philosophy, it is the absolute principle underlying the universe.  It is a combination of yin and yang and signifies the way that is in harmony with the natural order.

Is it hard to use the void?  No.

Here’s what to do:

  • Align with your thoughts.  Thoughts create everything in the universe.  What are you thinking about the most?  Be completely honest with yourself.  Can you see how you are consciously or, as the case may be, even unconsciously bringing about manifestations in your life that are aligning with what you think about? Okay, most of you probably know this point by now — it’s ‘old school’ stuff but it’s of primary importance and here’s why:  Manifesting has become increasingly more instantaneous!  Holy crap, my hombre!  Hold onto your hats…
  • Manifest wisely.  Instant manifestation can be dangerous for some and great for others.  This is why getting clear with what your mind is harping on about is of the utmost significance now.  We’re in a potent manifesting energy, where you are going to have things pop up with much more speed than before — good or bad.
  • Use the void as your clean slate.  What does this mean?  Get clear today, hell, even right now, on what you want to see unfold in the next 6 – 12 months.  Be specific, write it down, read it out every morning and take action where you can — then detach from the outcome and watch out for synchronicities that will point you in the right direction (read more about that HERE).  Most people don’t even know what they want to manifest so they just leave it to fate.  Wake up call!  Fate is you unconsciously manifesting whatever you’re thinking about the most!  So you can become a conscious co-creator of your reality or you can subject your life to your random and vague inner dialogue.

Are You Manifesting More Void?

The biggest trouble I’m seeing at the moment is people who say that nothing is manifesting in their life.  Wrong!  If this is you, you are manifesting too but you are in the void and therefore you are manifesting more ‘void’ when you say or think that ‘nothing is happening’.

Take a look at that phrase, ‘nothing is happening’.  So be it — your wish is the Tao’s command!

Get it?  I hope so — happy manifesting!

Original article written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Lightworkers World.

Other articles by Cherie Roe Dirksen you may enjoy:

2014 — The Year to Sculpt Your Life!

Why We May Be Feeling Disenchanted

5 Ways to Tune into a HD Quality Life

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Why You Should Strive to be a Nobody

3 Crucial Steps to Self Acceptance

Feel Like a Rug Has Been Pulled Out From Underneath?

The Universe is Abundant, Why Aren’t You?

 

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