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A Spiritually Enlightening Online Magazine. January Theme: "Within" Volume 1 Issue 2 ISSN# 1708-3265

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The Tao of Within
with Tira Brandon-Evans CH FS

"To see Tao the observer must be motiveless.
Those with selfish motives see only the surface, not the innermost depths. These two kinds of observers look alike but differ in the insight of their observations. They look alike because they are both human; within humanity is the key to the door of creation."
The Tao Teh Ching

With selfish motives we blind ourselves to the consequences of our actions. We do harm and pretend others are at fault.

With selfish motives we deafen ourselves. Our words harm others and ourselves. We cannot hear wisdom. We manipulate others. When they rebel we say they are angry for no reason.

With selfish motives we see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear. We deceive ourselves.

The Tao is without motive, without words, without action. It is.

That which is not the Tao is always busy, always speaking, always pretence.

To dwell 'within' the Tao we must be human.

To be human we must dwell 'within' the Tao.

The Tao of Within, copyright (c) 2003 by Tira Brandon-Evans, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Tira Brandon-Evans is the Founder and Moderator of the Society of Celtic Shamans, an editor of Earthsongs: Journal of the Society of Celtic Shamans, and is, herself, a Faery Shaman. Her books, The Green and Burning Tree: A Faery Shaman's Handbook, Portals of the Seasons: A Celtic Wheel of the Year, The Labyrinthine Way: Walking Ancient Paths in a Modern World, and Healing Waters, are all published by Elder Grove Press. She is presently writing a book about the Ogham. You may contact Tira by email.

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