Tag Archives: Taoism

Soulbyte for Wednesday April 27, 2022

Notice how each day is different, something has changed. Sometimes changes are sudden and noticeable but often they are so subtle you barely notice them. Even within the self change is happening all the times, sometimes suddenly but more often in subtle ways. Learn to go with the flow of life rather than fighting it, accepting the changes that come your way, for it is in the natural flow that you will have your greatest experiences and know yourself as part of the beautiful whole that is your life.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Monday February 21, 2022

In balance all is acceptable as part of the whole. This is true outside of you, in the world you live in, and inside of you as well. Balance maintains that everything lives together in harmony as part of the whole, no part more active than another, yet all equally acknowledged, known, and acceptable for having been active when appropriate and now not having a need to be, for when a part has played out its needs it then recedes. In balance all is known and put to rest. This is what recapitulation is, and recapitulation results in balance.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Friday February 18, 2022

Intend change that is positive, life affirming, and in alignment with what is right for the greater whole. When everything is in balance then nothing is bad or negative, it just is, acceptable as part of the whole. But when everything is in balance nothing has any more importance than anything else, it just is. Thus, nothing is more acceptable or less acceptable, it just is. Everything is of value and yet nothing is given too much value, and yet life itself is of great value, for it is where balance and alignment are learned and practiced.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday February 16, 2022

Let change into your life in small and incremental ways so that over time you will be acclimated to how change effects you and your world, and so that you will be better prepared for the big changes that are sure to come unexpectedly and suddenly. Small changes are practice for being able to handle the inevitable. Accept change as part of your life’s plan, bringing you lessons and challenges that are necessary for your spiritual growth and development. Get comfortable with change, for it is the truth unfolding in everyday life, but not so comfortable that you neglect yourself or forget to enjoy life as it unfolds in every fascinating moment.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck’s Place: Truckin’

When there are no blockages, all roads lead to the heart center…
– Artwork © 2022 Jan Ketchel

When I look out at the world, I see reflections of the human Body and Spirit. The Taoist guidance—as within, so without—guides my perspective.  Synchronicity, the meaningful co-occurrence of events, supports the parallel interpretation of world events and events within the individual.

Oceans, rivers, and roads are the Earth’s circulatory system. Vessels and trucks are the carriers of the world’s supplies, distributing, where needed, the nutrients and material building blocks for modern civilization. These are equivalent to the red blood cell truckers of the human circulatory system.

Recent truck blockades have interfered with the normal free flow of the world’s supply chain. What might this blockage reflect in the human body and psyche?

The adrenal glands are the body’s first and primary centers of response to real or perceived threats to survival. Typically, the hormone adrenalin is secreted by the adrenal glands to increase blood circulation to the muscles in order to respond to a perceived threat via flight, fight, or freeze.

This survival response, when maintained over time in a constant state of readiness and vigilance, creates an over-concentration of blood flow to the muscles, cutting off the supply of vital nutrients to other organs and cells in the body. This blockage in the supply chain can lead to vascular collapse as the roads to these other vital centers are blocked.

The human mind is intimately implicated in this toxic predicament. The survival response itself is an inherited instinctual reflex habit stored in the subconscious. This program is triggered both in response to actual sensory stimuli that communicate real danger, as well as imagined danger that might be generated from one’s internal dialogue.

The subconscious does not discriminate between real and imagined danger; it responds equally to each. Thus, the thoughts and stories that we attach to in active thinking directly contribute to roadblocks in our circulatory system, which both overstimulate the musculature into constant rigidity and deprive the rest of the body of nutrients and avenues for waste management.

The ability of the mind to release itself from the toxicity created by negative thinking is fundamental to adrenal care and smooth sailing throughout the circulatory system. To this end, the I Ching recommends that, rather than battle negativity directly, to instead make energetic progress in the generation of positive thought and action.

Practically speaking, this could mean feeling compassion for one voicing pessimism, hatred, and blame. For myself, I seek to find within my own self the qualities of the one who so offends or threatens me outwardly. I then appreciate that internal part of myself that holds that same point of view. This defuses inner turmoil and often broadens my perspective. Outwardly, I send love to the other that they might find calm and resolution as well.

Physical action also provides a release of energy prompted by adrenalin, as well as through deep breathing, where fresh oxygen binds with adrenalin, reducing its presence in the musculature.

Listening to heartfelt music can also shift one’s emotional landscape, as feelings of love, awe, and reverence begin to circulate throughout one’s being. As well, devotional actions of mantra, prayer, and intent guide the subconscious to call off the adrenal troops and return to calm.

I appreciate the image the truckers have provided as a diagnostic x-ray of the blockage in our current human predicament. I encourage that we all find our way to the positivity of compassion, love, and gratitude that we might find ourselves, flowingly, on the road again.