Below is a list of things I have been working with that make sense to me right now. It’s too early for me to make any claims on the veracity or effectiveness of this list, as I have never read or heard of this type of list before and have not had enough time to experiment with it. I can say that it is a fairly advanced list of practices to work with as they all go right to disarming ego and ultimately outgrowing/transcending ego and realizing enlightenment.
I like this list because its a list of things not to do, which can sometimes be easier than a list of things to do. In any event, I have been experimenting with this list long enough to share it here. I welcome any constructive comments. Remember, the taoist path involves a lot of reduction; “in the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added; in the pursuit of the way, every day something is taken away.” It also involves using ego to outgrow ego. This can be a painful and difficult process. Ego is necessary sometimes, until it isn’t, meaning, until you outgrow/transcend ego, you will have to rely on ego to do so, AND to manage your life in the interim. So, when we talk about ego, like so many things regarding spirituality, we must be a little nuanced about it.
-don’t assume you know anything
-don’t make a big deal out of anything
-don’t try and be or have anything
-don’t ignore or try to avoid anything
-don’t try and control or force anything
-don’t be afraid of anything
-don’t have opinions about yourself
-don’t accept less than 100% responsibility for yourself or your life
-don’t place EW above or before TFB
-don’t spend the majority of your non-working free time engaged in fantasy or intoxicants