The Tao Of The Inner Smile
Updated: Nov 19
The alchemical art of transmuting Life’s outer vinegar to inner wine in the Tao adept’s inner cauldron
Long seeking it through others
I was far from reaching it
Now I go by myself
I meet it everywhere
It is just I myself
And I am not itself
Understanding this way
I can be as I am
— Tung-Shan (806–869)
When we’re happy it’s a different world.
Yet in all such times as these, of humanity’s terrible suffering, it seems deeply disrespectful to try to experience our own joy again.
Living with that profound awareness of the suffering of the inner and outer world. But it’s almost an imperative to find our happiness again, or at least, inner peace, to be a true agent of change.
Knowing anyway that all states of mind are fleeting and transitory.
And to come to peace.
Enlightenment. And joy. Yet it can seem almost impossible.
So if we look directly and fearlessly into the face of reality we can then see the true nature of life’s illusions.
And through this encounter, gain deeper understanding of the true nature of life and the world.
And paradoxically, with this awareness, and developing equanimity through meditation, we have the chance of finding inner peace and perhaps momentarily even, that so very elusive quality of real inner and transcendent happiness.
And thus be of greater service to humanity.
Inner Smile (Taoist) Meditation · Gayatre Sehgal
In life there are always cycles.
And there will always be change. What rises then falls, what was full becomes empty. Old worlds wane as new worlds are born.
Things once obscured become crystal clear. Empires built on deception and destruction of innocent lives ultimately collapse, built as they are on false and shaky foundations of harm and exploitation.
Such building blocks cannot withstand the test of time, ethics nor universal law. Those empires will crumble and love of truth will rise again.
This truth lives in the heart of sacred universal law.
But living through such times as these are deeply painful and often extremely heartbreaking.
Releasing Old Grief
And so we learn to allow the multitude of emotions to pass through us like the waterfall of truth — here is the place where we meet our self.
When we release old grief from our life, sometimes through many floods of tears, the heaviness leaves and our heart becomes lighter and is free to soar. The heaviness made of old sadness, maybe anger, pain or grief is all released to really feel joy again.
And this weeping releases natural opiates within our amazing body that bring deeper rest to our soul than if we hadn't allowed ourselves to really feel. Did you know this? It’s very true and a real phenomena you can count on.
As we heal and our insight deepens, we can then strip away from our life all that’s not needed in this time of renewal.
Truly it’s not a contradiction to feel both grief and joy in the same moment — you can see this as the sunlight shining through the rain…
ॐ We create a world and then move into it. This world of troubling thoughts veils the clear light of the mind ॐ
The Smiling Inner Heart of our Energy Body
“Thanks to ancient Tao masters passing down their tradition for thousands of years, we now know the secret of the Inner Smile is hidden within our inner heart. The inner heart is not the physical heart, and it is not the emotional or feeling heart. There is a “third heart”, just as there is a “third eye”. This inner heart is a portal to direct experience of what is called “soul”, a concept in the West that has successfully eluded all definition. The ancient enlightened masters gave us a very specific map of the Inner Smile’s pathway within our body. It arises like a wave from the inner ocean of our unknown and unborn self. Before it gently splashes onto the beach of the outer world, it passes through many subtle layers of body-mind consciousness that they mapped out in great detail. This mapped out network of energy meridians and spheres of psycho-spiritual essences hidden within our physical body is known to Tao adepts as the Energy Body. The Inner Smile is a way of awakening and harmonizing our Energy Body. As the smiling wave arises within it can be guided to effortlessly “float loose” our deep emotional and mental patterns, which are basically frozen energy.” — Michael Winn
And my beloved friend, please never forget that
I Love Your Light!
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I first published this in MEDIUM on Apr 15 2020, and excepts on FB a few years prior....
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