Taoism is something that I find interesting if only in practice. I mean really Taoism is more a philosophy than a religion to me. I can see how it could be considered a religion but it is not one that I would practice. There are just somethings I disagree with. There are things I agree with but there are also more things I disagree with. For that reason Taoism is not for me.
One of the things I agree with is living life simply. I agree with that, and it is something I may be adding into my own philosophical practices. I mean I enjoy things like going to the movies, going to the occasional party, and having fun. However I personally see that there is such a thing as to much of something. I find that a simple life with the occasional fun is perfectly fine.
I’d rather have a simple life of school, homework, housework, and classes than a life where I had many people dependaning on me, and tried to do to many things. While there are a lot of things I would like to do in my life, I’m not going to have them get overcomplicated. I’ll focus on one area at a time. Hell I may not even do some of the things I want to do just so I can keep my life simple.
I also agree with the fact that life is the most precious gift we have. With out life we would be unable to learn the lessons we need to learn in order to ascend to the next state. Life teaches us lessons. Life also provides context for the mysteries. Life is essential. While I do believe in reincarnation, I believe that each life is precious and each life has value. So it is important to take good care of yourself and your body. It will have an effect on your future.
I find it interesting that Taoists believe that there is a unified force behind all of nature, but they don’t worship this force. It seems to me that if you were to believe in a supreme connecting force that you would worship it in some way. I mean if there is one force which unites all life, wouldn’t that force also be able to help you address your needs and desires? To me its odd. I find religions with out Gods to be well.. I honestly can’t really understand having a religion with out Gods. I know they exist but I don’t understand how they work.
I am a polytheist. I worship a being called Alshara. Alshara is the first ageless one. Alshara knows all and is all. Alshara to me is sort of like the Tao. It is a force that unites all life and all creation. I worship Alshara because with out Alshara there would be no life. So for me Alshara is essential to life.
Again this is because I see a unifying force like the Tao as a divine being. The only other thing I can think of is that the Tao could in someways maybe be viewed as the force that I use as a witch in my witchcraft. I don’t worship the force that I use in witchcraft. I work with it. I direct and manipulate the energy of that force to specific goals and ideas.
The force I use in witchcraft is simply that. A force that unites all things on this world. By tapping into that force I can cause changes in my life through spells. So if the Tao isn’t a God maybe it’s just another way of expressing magic and how magic works? I am not saying that Taoists are witches, I am saying that maybe there is a little correlation between the two. Maybe they are culturally different expressions of the same truth?
Do I believe in a unifying force? As a divine being yes. As an actual force in the world yes. So maybe I could be a Taoist, if I believed that working witchcraft would be effecting the Tao and my life the two philosophies could in some ways work together. If the Tao is a force that is not magic, then they are different practices. For now I’ll say that while they may be simialer I don’t believe witches to work with the Tao. I believe the Tao to be a specific force. What that force is I might not understand, but it is there.