To me the mission is to manifest the beauty I have inside of me, To know the knower, to be here in the now, to dissolve my ego. To completely destroy myself and build myself back up again. To become the best version of myself. To keep moving even when my head is throbbing and my legs want to rest. To seek what is now yet known. To raise my consciousness. To surround myself with other conscious beings. To be the ruler of my life physically and be in touch with the power within. some Say i’m crazy because I shoot for the highest. I say I can’t settle for anything less than the ultimate.
Not trying to argue (I think we both have had enough of that in the other thread lol), but who says helping himself is not helping others? In order to truly help and love others, you must first help and love yourself.
Eating healthy, exploring nature, developing your consciousness and sense of “spirituality”.. those all pretty much fall under the positive lifestyle. He can enjoy those great standards of living and possibly come across people who are lost and not in touch with that aspect of growth yet, thus being an inspiration, a light.
I can agree with you if his intention to improve himself is coming from a place of competitive thinking and power seeking over others, but considering his positivity and eagerness to grow I doubt that is the case.
You must have misunderstood the Tao completely.
The Tao is not about helping other people. Nor is it about helping oneself. There is no ideal, no correct action, no opinion against the ego.
That’s why you cannot know the Tao, you project your ideology onto everything.
Empty the mind, seek the target. Be water, mate.
Well, considering where the tao came from that doesn’t make that much sense. Tao originated from warriors, not priests. As for the tao itself, there are no firm guidelines. It’s not a religion, it doesn’t compel anyone or anything. It’s not a mentality either, really. It has no meaning of its own.
Believing in the tao is sort of like thinking of “the game”, the moment you do it you fail.
The moon, well it’s just spinning around up there and reacting to the planet’s gravity and motion. The moon doesn’t influence things on earth. The moon’s “action” and the reaction on earth are one and the same reaction, it’s not a cause and an effect but two effects of another cause. (And we could take this further because that cause is in turn an effect, etc.)
Of course it came from warriors. Warriors are on the right path- priests kind of aren’t. There are no guidelines to tao, but its still ‘the way’
Like a log- we are all logs in the forest. Many of us whittle ourselves into different things. Insisting we become teachers, or priests, or learn this new thing or experience this new flavor, etc. When the tao is really just experiencing what it means to be a log, naturally. As soon as you carve something ‘into yourself’ you can no longer return to what you once were.
Which is why I mentioned the moon. It just is. The moon doesn’t attempt to be more than itself, or less. It just is, like that log. It hasn’t whittled itself- through its patience, and naturalness, it comes to be a great influence. The moon can move tides. Of course, its just a metaphor- everything with Tao is. We’re both simply wrong about it, simply because we are talking about it.
How can one help anyone without first helping himself? The poor & powerless can’t do much. Some say money is the root of all evil but the root of all evil is actually being powerless in ones life. I intensely seek enlightenment & to be at my full potential. This is the very essence of life if I were to be any opposite id go against my own blueprint. Desire is the root of all life. & of course I want to help people! Though most of my goals are self beneficial they have to be because it involves self improvement. I’m being the change I want to see in the world. if everybody would live to their full potential as human beings I don’t think I have to get up say be good to each other or help people!
You already are a manifestation of beauty. You don’t need to power up because you are power just standing there! You can’t get more spectacular than nature. But you can cherish it.