There is a conceptual framework for the Tao which helped me better understand my own life purpose. The model also helped me understand why we have so much opposition and why the Tao doesn’t interfere and meddle very much in our lives. Let me explain this model.
The Tao means “everything”, “all that is”, and “the way”. It is huge, but also kind of vague. It also is genderless, colorless, and without a form, so all those possible hang-ups, like “is there a God?” or “is God and old white man?” or “Is God married?” – well, they just don’t come into play with a conceptual model of “everything” because everything is already included in this concept.
For me, I like this vastness, openness, and conceptual freedom when you begin with an idea where everything is accepted and part of the soup.
How did things begin with the Tao?
Let’s begin with this “everything”. It is a vastness. It is inclusive of all energies, possibilities, and potential. We can symbolize this vastness with an empty circle – “The One”.
There comes a moment when this vastness has an awareness – a type of consciousness, if you will. This sense of consciousness is a type of awareness the focus shifts toward observing, learning, and understanding more. This vastness starts to sense, feel, and collect impressions or data. The consciousness forms strings of thoughts and questions, perhaps questions like “Who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing? What am I?” This awareness and these thoughts have a sense of curiosity and perhaps a desire to explore, learn, and understand. Eventually the awareness of the Tao expands and grows. The Tao senses similarities as well as contrasts. The Tao finds way to learn more, to experience more, as the Tao’s expanded consciousness continues. As the Tao continues to discover more ways of learning, growing, and experiencing, there is an awareness that of these similarities, contrasts, and relationships in this vastness of energy.
Similarities in Group 1
- odd numbers
- even numbers
These two groups of energy are opposing forces and create actions such as a push and pull. This can result in conflict, changes in motion, as well as a change flow. But these changes can create transformations, and when this happens, it creates a type of progression. Progression means that when the situation repeats, different decisions and choices are made and the outcome changes. This means there is an opportunity for even more growth and an expanded awareness with some conflicts.
The Tao determines it will divide itself into two. By doing this, it can expand the different types of experiences it can create. The Tao’s desire is to expand its consciousness and awareness, and this increase be from having plenty of different kinds of experiences.
The Tao also recognizes it will have greater growth when there is conflict and opposing forces, so when the Tao divides, it divides using the two opposing forces.This will assure not only more experiences, but ones that will be more meaningful and be even more dynamic. This can create a process and method for the Tao’s knowledge, awareness, and consciousness to continually expand and grow.
The Tao is now divided into two, and we view this concept as the Taiji or Tai Chi. It is also known as Yang and Yin energy fractal. This concept is centered around dual and opposing forces. We now have more form and order with this conceptual model and the opposing energies creates flow, movement, change, order, as well as balance.
We began with the One – the Tao and then divided into two. We now have the Tai Chi or the model of the yin and yang fractal.
The symbolic representation of yang is a straight line and the symbolic representation of yin is a broken line.
Yin ___ ___
The Tao learned that If one additional yin line was added, or if one additional yang line was added, it could create a whole new and different type of experience and relationship. With the addition and combination of three components of the yin and yang line, we now have “the Three”. These combinations then created eight trigrams.
The order sequence and combination seemed to now include an expansion of relatable relationships to not only nature, but also to virtues. As a result, the trigrams were labeled with that association it was most like:
There also seemed to be a regular pattern and flow to the changes, transitions, and flow of these yin/yang energetic combinations. This resulted in them being placed in different types of conceptual models to help us better understand those relationships and transitions. This is often called the Bagua.
The construct of these eight trigrams can be combined with other three-lined forms to form a hexagram. This process of combining with other trigrams, hexagrams, or even turning on or certain relationships, creates even more opportunities to diversify the experiences for the Tao.
This process of expansion of the yin and yang energies and sequences is sometimes known as “The Three producing the Ten thousand things”.
The ten thousand things is a method the Tao has set up for continual growth, development, and expanding experiences. The Tao’s overall goal is to expand its consciousness, awareness, and harmony. The process is one of movement, progression, and change.
The conceptual model of the Tao begins with this saying:
- The Tao produced the One.
- The One produced the Two.
- The Two produced the Three.
- The Three produced the Ten thousand things. The ten thousand things carry the Yin and embrace the Yang, blending the Qi and achieving harmony.
Currently there are 7.8 billion people on the planet right now, which means the Tao has gone way beyond creating the ten thousand things. Because we are all fragments of the Tao, all of us are embedded with the Tao’s original desire, which is kind of like a mission statement. That desire and mission statement is to learn, grow, and progress. It is to become aware and have an expanded consciousness. How we do this is to follow our desires and nurture our curiosity.
I realize that we as humans are faced with opposing forces. One of those forces is to follow the crowd and the other force is to follow our desire. Just remember, the Tao WANTS us to experience or learn or have something the Tao has never experienced before. To me that means when you have a choice, lean towards following your inner desires over following the crowd.
I'm also hoping everyone gets the opportunity to experience those moments of wonder and awe along the way. After all, those are the sweet spots that make life worth living.