Thursday, August 16, 2007

Gospel Filter...don't leave home without it.

Hewo!!! Arrived home from work and whatta ya know! There was a sweet little package waiting for me on the front porch...no, not shoes, not clothes, not even keys to a groovy little sports car, not furs or jewels...just the one thing that can buy my affection...A BOOK...oh yes...if I see a box from Amazon, it's "Katy bar the door" 'cause I'm a runnin' and a divin' for it...I will "kick the sick and hurdle the dead"....oh my, so sorry....I saw that on a T-shirt once and fell out laughing...it's just so dysfunctional, I almost wet my pants...So......

I got a "package deal". I bought Dr. Wayne Dyer's new book, "CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Living the Wisdom of the Tao". Along with the book (and the main reason I bought the package) is a scrumptious 4-CD live lecture set of Dyer with Byron Katie (a wonderful woman) under whom I wish to study one day. She is the author of "LOVING WHAT IS" and she is remarkable. I can't wait to hear it. The other bonus is a meditation CD that goes with the book called "Do the Tao Now!"...which seems rather pushy with the exclamation mark at the end...you know, "The Tae...DO IT!!! NOW!!! SERENITY NOW!!!!!!" I feel pressured to be serene. It's oxymoronic but, so am I.

I know Dr. Dyer is considered psycho pop, the equivalent of a sugary drink in an organic restaurant but there is wisdom almost anywhere if I look for it with the intention of finding it. He does, however, quote the author of "A MILLION LITTLE PIECES" (James Frey) who was later found to have made up much of his story of addiction and dependency, and who later came clean about it on the Oprah show (bravo my friend, Mr. Frey); however, it doesn't take away from the wisdom of Frey's words. His story is repeated over and over in addiction and drug/alcohol stories (sadly) and there is wisdom there. Find it. The Tao has great wisdom in it..find it. Look thru the Gospel Filter...the GF and find it.

Lao-tzu, who wrote the Tao (pronounced Dow) lived 500 years before Christ...hmmm...what else was going on then....well....a sturdy little band of priesthood holders were making their way in the Americas. Prophets in Jerusalem were proclaiming repentance. The light of God was shining forth upon all of His children and just like the rain pours down on the rich and the poor, the light of God illuminates all whose hearts are pure and compassionate...how can it not? Look what happened during Joseph Smith's time...Christian Scientist! The Women's Movement! Finally (and rather shamefully late) the Civil Rights Movement! and immediately after JS?...Look at the technology that has paralleled the growth of the Church and priesthood and temples on the earth! Aint it grand!!!

When I first opened the book on the Tao (interestingly, Byron Katie's husband, Steven Mitchell, is the premier scholar/translator of the Tao, and she had NO IDEA what it was when she met him and even after they married!) I turned to the 37th verse....look at it through the GF: "...By not wanting, there is calm, and the world will straighten itself. When there is silence, one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself"....may I add: "Be still and know that I am God"....

Gospel Filter...don't leave home without it. *Be Well*

4 comments:

Stephanie Jette said...

I remember when you started on your meditation track. It got me started. When I feel lost or confused (especially at work) I go into a quite room (bathroom, lol) and just breath and try to think of nothing. I learned all this from you....you are very wise! I love you. Enjoy your Tao.

katzbox said...

Awww...I was just bragging to your sister about how wise you've become...and it's wisdom borne of age and life experience and that ratty old school of hard knocks of which too many of us are A+ students. Love ya punk.

Diane said...

hey...
I went to that school too! Let's have a reunion!

katzbox said...

Oh lets! I'll bring the crow dish I always had to eat!!! You can make the centerpieces...you're so good at that!