This is part 1 of a series on Stillness. I have written one previous series so far – one on Awareness. Please check out this series as well if you are new here.
This series on discipline is the third series in our Tao Te Ching Exploration Project. Throughout this project, we will be discussing some of the basic principles brought up throughout the Tao Te Ching. The principles we will cover are Awareness, Stillness, Discipline, Humility, Flexibility, Consistency, Connection, Service and Leadership. I am sure that there are many other principles that have been discussed throughout the text, but these are the nine topics that I am choosing to focus on over the next several months.
I relate to each principle by focusing our attention on each of the nine chakras, based on the Q’ero Shamans’ chakra system that is explained in depth in Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s book, Shaman, Healer, Sage. In this system, the chakras extend outside of our human form, which allow us to recognize our greater aspects of being. With nine chakras and nine disciplines, we will end up with 81 essays on living with the Tao in mind throughout every aspect of our being. (Since there are 81 chapters in the Tao Te Ching and nine is a completion number, I felt this was a fitting tribute.)
I hope that you are enjoying the series and will continue to explore with us throughout the rest of the project.
Let’s begin at the root.
Throughout this series, we will begin in the first post at the root chakra and follow up through each of the chakras to determine how this principle plays out throughout all aspects of our lives. Our chakras are the building blocks of our unique existence. Each chakra holds a key to a unique part of who we are and to aspects of our lifetime roles.
Our first chakra is our root.
Stillness is the very ancestral core of who we are. If you study the Tao, you know that everything comes out of the void – including you. Deep space is an example of this void that we can easily imagine. When I think of the void, I think of deep space. When I think of stillness, I think of deep space. Sound cannot carry where nothing exists. Nothingness is our core. We came from nothingness and go back to nothingness.
The first chakra is core.
Fight or flight. Survival. If you look at animals, they have tremendous ability to be still because they don’t want to be eaten! At times in our lives, we are rushing about and doing all these things, you sometimes need to be still for your own survival. Your stillness is where you get grounded. You come back and be still. Then you know what to do because you have accessed the stillness.
Love and fear.
Love and fear represent the first chakra. We have learned how to fear and we know how to love. Many of us have lived in fear for much of our lives. We need to remember that stillness that is the core of us, this deep love of the still void. This is our primary source.