The Tao for Now

IMG_3406.2016-07-09_162535_kindlephoto-77292004 by Dana Taylor

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Some 2,500 years ago a Chinese prophet and keeper of the Imperial archives in the capital city of Luoyang grew weary of the continual warring factions of his time. He decided to leave them all behind and journey into the desert. A gate keeper named Yin Hsi recognized the wise man, Lao-tzu, and implored him to write the essence of his knowledge for spiritual living before disappearing into the wilderness. The wise man left behind 81 verses known today as the Tao Te Ching.

During this summer of political turbulence, senseless violence, fear, hatred, lies, mob hysteria, and relentless war, I’ve sought peace in returning to the simplicity of the Tao Te Ching. Passed down through the centuries, translations abound. Two of my favorites are from Stephen Mitchell and another from Wayne Dyer entitled Living the Wisdom of the Tao. Both offer a mental retreat from the chaos of the daily news.

TaoWhat exactly is the Tao (pronounced Dao)? Modern terms might be God, Source, Creator, The Field, or for Star Wars fans–The Force. Verse 21 puts it this way:

The Tao is elusive and intangible.
Although formless and intangible, it gives rise to form.
Although vague and elusive, it gives rise to shapes.
Although dark and obscure, it is spirit, it is essence,
the life breath of all things.*

In this materialistic, competitive world, wise words from verse 67 puts things in perspective:

I have three treasures which I hold fast and watch closely.
The first is mercy.
The second is frugality.
The third is humility.*

Lao-Tzu had a great deal to say about government and leadership. Seeing his homeland being destroyed by discord and violence inspired many passages:

Verse 46
When a country is in harmony with the Tao,
the factories make trucks and tractors.
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
warheads are stockpiled outside the cities**

Verse 57
th-5If you want to be a great leader,
you must follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.

The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.**

Verse 60
Governing a large country is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.*

In an age where everyone appears to be an “activist”–marching, yelling, posting, and tweeting–the Tao Te Ching offers a perspective toward finding a healthy balance.


Verse 29
Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?
I do not believe it can be done.

Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel and cannot be controlled.
Trying to control leads to ruin.
Trying to grasp, we lose.

Allow your life to unfold naturally.
Know that it too is a vessel of perfection.
Just as you breathe in and breathe out,
there is a time for being ahead
and a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion
and a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous
and a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe
and a time for being in danger.

To the sage all of life is a movement toward perfection,
so what need has he
for the excessive, the extravagant, or the extreme?*

These ancient words of wisdom illustrate there truly is “nothing new under the sun,” to quote another wise man, Solomon in Ecclesiastes. Arrogant leaders, down-trodden masses, and violence is nothing new. Yet, there is a path to inner peace despite the outward turmoil. Turning off media devices and delving into ancient wisdom is a good start. To quote the most famous Tao Te Ching passage:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

If you’re seeking mental clarity and calm during this calamitous season, pick up a copy of the Tao Te Ching and take a long walk in nature. I’ll see you there!

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Bright blessings,

Dana Taylor

*From Living Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne Dyer

** From Tao Te Ching translated by Stephen Mitchell

 


   

 

Spirited Woman Top 12 Spring Book List Announced

The Spirited Woman, founded by Nancy Mills, spotlights spirit-minded women in various fields around the globe. The Spirited Woman Foundation raises funds and donates to charitable organizations that heal and empower women. Four times a year 12 books are picked that illuminate and inspire spiritual and emotional growth. I’m very honored to be included in this newly released list. Please check out the other fine books and authors on the list.
SPRING is the time of new beginnings, reinvention and rejuvenation. On our Spring Top 12 Book Pick list, we’ve included an array of gifted authors to help you be inspired. We urge you to support these spirited talents! Save this list all year round! A great book resource for you.

MY NOTHING – Stepping out to discover self. Rosie revisited her broken childhood to forgive and release her past. Ultimately beginning her personal healing. Trust led her to a 1,000-year-old Banyan tree who like a mother provided comfort, allowing new found wisdom. A story of Rosie’s empowering quest to discover the nothing space deep within. From nothing you have everything. www.rosiebanyan.com.

MOMENTS: MAGIC, MIRACLES AND MARTINIS – During times of uncertainty, challenges and change, how do we find a ray of hope to move forward? In Amy Van Atta Slater’s bestselling book, she offers a torch of inspiration, motivation, mindfulness and authenticity that illuminates even the most desperate of situations with possibility. Order your copy today to see what the buzz is all about: www.AmyVSlater.com Amazon.

HEART TOOLS FOR COUPLES: 8 WAYS TO A LOVING RELATIONSHIP – Offers simple but profound tools for anyone wanting to bring more love, understanding and deeper connection into their relationships. The book is down-to-earth, drawn from Ani and Bill’s 30-year marriage and work as therapists, winning much praise from relationship and visionary pioneers Harville Hendrix and Anodea Judith.compassionaterelationships.com.
BEYOND THE HORIZON – by Marilyn Stacy, describes astral (out of body) travel based on her own experiences. She writes of having lucid and precognitive dreams, spirit visits, and past life experiences, and how to see auras, to dowse, and more. Her book offers instructions that can open new dimensions to those who are curious and willing to believe. www.marilynstacy.com lulu.com.

G-VITES: EVERYDAY INVITATIONS FROM GOD – by Patty Kogutek, Ed.D. is a handbook for practical spirituality. In this book Patty shares how she found God in ordinary circumstances after living as a nun for seven years. You will identify the Divine, dwelling in your everyday life. You will discover how to interpret these lessons to give purpose and meaning to your life. www.pattykogutek.com.

SUPERNAL ADVENTURES: EXPLORING THE NEW NORMAL OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL LIVING – What happens after a “miracle healing?” Author Dana Taylor and two friends set out to understand the mysteries behind the miracle. Their mystical experiences weave through the subjects that arise – Energy Healing, Past Lives, Akashic Records, Pre-Life Planning, Spirit Communication and more. Welcome to the New Normal.Amazon SupernalLiving.com.

REINCARNATION: PAST LIVES AND THE AKASHIC RECORD – by Lois J. Wetzel, MFA. This is Lois’ second book on case studies of past life readings. What she sees resonates deeply with her clients, and that knowledge can powerfully heal them of still active ancient past-life trauma. Parallel and overlapping lifetimes are discussed, and spontaneous past life memories.HotPinkLotus.com Amazon.

TRAPPED: VISITOR FROM HEAVEN – A redemptive story narrated by Archangel Ramiel. A woman’s firsthand experience rising from the depths of abusive power that led to a persistent search for truth, psychic and spiritual phenomena, complete surrender and a healing likened to a modern day resurrection.  The heroine’s journey demonstrates the power of faith and the force of the mind. www.behealedforever.com Amazon.

WHOSE COUCH IS IT ANYWAY? – Highlights insightful stories about five families – you’ll find solutions to the challenges of living with Boomerang Kids. Over 20 million Millennials have moved home, are underemployed and carrying over $1 trillion in student loans. These are the cold facts behind this dilemma. Learn how to communicate, compromise and cooperate as you navigate the generation gap. Amazon.

EVER-FLOWING STREAMS: CHRIST, REIKI, REINCARNATION AND ME – 2014 Indie Spiritual Book Award Winner. Go see that woman! Despite trepidation, author Dana Taylor heeds the internal command to set an appointment with a Reiki therapist. She receives not only healing, but a whole new world view. Break old cultural barriers with this engaging spiritual memoir. Available at Amazon SupernalLiving.com.

IMAGINE: A WHOLE DIFFERENT KIND OF MEDICAL CARE – by Dr. Tina Marcantel. A practical, empowering guidebook to understanding root causes of chronic health issues like fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and more. Dr. Marcantel explains in simple language how stress and lifestyle affect hormonal imbalances that lead to common conditions and tells how you can take charge of your health! DrMarcantel.com.

EDINA: ENERGY MEDICINE FROM THE STARS! – by Lois J. Wetzel, MFA. For years human-sized golden beings worked alongside Lois in the massage room. One day five enormous blue beings appeared, conversed telepathically, and healed clients with her forever changing her life and the lives of thousands of clients and healers worldwide who work with them. EDINAHealingTemple.com Amazon.

spirited woman bookWould you like your book to be “showcased” in our Top 12 Book Pick List? Next book pick list is coming for summer – a great time for reading books. We now offer you a logo with the list to get more recognition for your book. This list is by invitation only. Call Nancy to insure a spot at 805-698-3555 or via e-mail:NancyMills@TheSpiritedWoman.com.

I literally could not put this book down

Ever-Flowing Streams: Christ, Reiki, Reincarnation and Me

Book One ~ Supernal Living Series

What others are saying about Ever-Flowing Streams~


F“Dana Taylor has written an engrossing and powerful memoir that touched my soul. I literally could not put this book down until I had finished the last page. I read with an open heart and an open mind, and I came away with a new and amazing awareness of my own inherent ability to heal myself and to offer healing thoughts to others. Dana’s story and her suggested healing exercises have strengthened my Christian faith, and I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is curious about the healing power of prayer.” Donna Fasano, USA Today Bestselling Author

“The honesty displayed in Dana Taylor’s memoir, Ever Flowing Streams, is immediately evident. From her painful battle with panic attacks, choking sensations, and chronic inflammation, she leads the reader patiently, but determinedly through her struggles for answers. Sleepless nights, more often than not, lead to too much alcohol to deaden the pain and allay the fears. The author lays out life struggles for the ultimate good of any reader open to the possibility of a spiritual solution.

Her Christian upbringing and beliefs blend, not always easily, with other forms of spiritualism. At times, she fights to open her mind to the belief that Reiki, for instance–often viewed by Christians as evil–might help her discover the awareness to heal her ravaged body and spirit, and possibly to help others.” Mary Cunningham, author Cynthia’s Attic Series

Powerful stories and raw emotion are masked beneath her subtle humor and down home personality. While the book is not a tutorial or a lesson, it is a guidepost to consider something more.” Karen Syed, Echelon Press

This is a book not to be missed. I highly recommend anyone interested in energy medicine, healing or miracles read this powerfully moving and illuminating book.” Lois Wetzel, author of Reincarnation: Past Lives and the Akashic Records

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Available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.

Celebrating the release of Supernal Adventures: Exploring the New Normal of Multidimensional Living, Book Two ~ Supernal Living Series

Supernal Adventure

 

Explore the New Normal of Multidimensional Living

 

Supernal Adventures 

Supernal AdventureIn 2005 my friend, Paula, experienced a “miracle” healing of an “incurable” disease, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome), through a Reiki therapist. RSD is an excruciating condition. It generally begins after an injury. The nervous system keeps sending the pain signals. First noted in the Civil War, surgeons performed amputations in an attempt to halt the pain. The result was “ghost pain.” Though the limbs were gone, the soldiers still felt the throbbing, unrelenting agony.


A fall on a stairway began a seven year descent into misery and disability for Paula. She was ultimately on 29 medications and had two battery devices installed into her back with lead wires attached to her spine to offer pain control. Her entire right side was involved. She often used a cane and occasionally a wheelchair. She became part of a control group of an RSD specialist at UCLA. In the summer of 2005 the doctor told her they were out of options and to prepare herself for a life confined to a wheelchair and ultimately a bed. She was 50 years old.

Given that grim future outlook, she and her sister, Sue, took my suggestion to visit me and schedule appointments with the wonderful Reiki therapist, Helen, I had recently met. At the very least, it would be a fun vacation for them.

Much to our amazement, after three Reiki sessions, Paula no longer suffered from RSD. Her healing opened up a whole new world for us. Paula, Sue, and I began exploring energy healing, quantum physics, alternative medicine, and meditation. Our weekly meditation sessions took on a mystical life of their own. We began calling ourselves the Supernal Friends.

Being a writer and observer, I took notes of what happened in our sessions. Over the course of time, I filled pages and pages of what I called the Supernal Journals. Now, a decade later, I’ve used those journals as the basis for my new book, Supernal Adventures: Exploring the New Normal of Multidimensional Living.

Join the Supernal Friends on their many adventures. You may discover the new normal of multidimensional living for yourself!

Available in paperback and ebook at Amazon

Wayne Dyer Teaches Passion and Purpose

Book Review by Dana Taylor

In June of 2015 I uncharacteristically spent over $2,000 to attend a Hay House Writer’s Conference on Maui featuring Dr. Wayne Dyer. An inner urgency compelled me to pony up the money on what felt like a very frivolous expenditure. I fought the impulse for quite a while and finally gave into the internal nagging and bought the tickets. Would I meet someone special? Would there be a career-making encounter?

Wayne-Dyer1Upon reflection these months later, the weekend was a soul-inspiring event when “you had to be there.”  Wayne Dyer and Hay House President, Reid Tracy, sat in two comfy wingback chairs and casually chatted. Wayne was seventy-five years young. Truly, he seemed ageless. He was brilliant, funny, and wise, which you might expect from a man who’d been a celebrity for over 40 years. What I didn’t expect was his kindness and connection to people. Most of us build an invisible protective barrier around ourselves. It’s our natural state. We don’t look strangers in the eye. We fear intrusion into our personal space. Somewhere along the line, Wayne Dyer dropped his barrier. He embodied the meaning of “Namaste” ~ I bow to the Divine in you. He appeared to actually see the Divine spark in each individual. I wondered as I left the conference, How did he reach that level of awareness?

41+6gBMC3-L._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_It made a profound impression on me. As did his unexpected passing a few weeks later on August 29th. As it turned out, that conference was my last chance to be in the presence of Wayne Dyer in this lifetime. After his death, Hay House provided deep discounts on his books and I purchased both the ebook and audio version of his autobiography, I Can See Clearly Now, which was his last solo manuscript.

It sat in my library several months, but I recently finished listening to Dr. Wayne recall the events that molded his life. I’d heard some of the stories at the conference, so it was like being in his presence again to hear the recording. Wayne wasn’t born a spiritual guru, although he was always brilliant and different from the pack. But he had his issues. He harbored deep anger and resentment toward the absentee father he never knew. His ego-driven early years brought success, but also stress and alcohol dependency. Yet, he always worked at improving himself.

“I am a teacher” was his over-riding life theme. In the 1970’s he brought pop-psychology to the masses with the bestselling book of the decade, Your Erroneous Zones. In the course of his life, he lectured around the world, helping people find their highest selves. His forty-one books were all hand written on legal pads and most hit the New York Times bestseller lists. He raised over 200 million dollars for Public Television through nine specials that he personally promoted at stations all across the country. 

Those are the big achievements, but the most compelling parts of I Can See Clearly Now are the “Divine appointments.” Time and again, Wayne relates “lucky breaks” and “chance meetings” that changed the course of his life. Even his worst setbacks turned into learning and growing experiences. Besides being a great teacher, Wayne was a great seeker of truth and wisdom. That compulsion led him from philosophers like Thoreau to psychologists like Karl Jung and ultimately to great spiritual mystics–Christ, St. Francis, Lao Tzu, and Rumi. Wayne walked up a ladder of  spiritual awakening his whole life. 

Wayne received fame and fortune, but his focus was often on giving time and attention to others. At home, he fathered eight children, who obviously delighted him. After reading an article about a woman who been caring for a comatose daughter for twenty years, he sought her out and became a life-long friend. At one of his appearances he noticed a compelling African woman in the crowd and knew he needed to learn her story. Her name was Immaculee Ilibagiza, and she survived the massacres in Rwanda hiding in a bathroom with seven other women for 91 days. Wayne Dyer followed his internal guidance and encouraged her to tell her story to the world. He mentored and promoted her. He even gave her the title for her book, Left to Tell, which became a bestseller. A few years later, he read an amazing story of healing on a chat room website and contacted the young woman, Anita Moorjani, who had come back from near death with great spiritual insights. Once again, his intervention resulted in an inspiring story and message going from obscurity to global recognition. Moorjani wrote the bestseller Dying to Be Me and lectures around the world.  Dyer was a living example of generosity in his personal and private life.

Many of the milestones in I Can See Clearly Now are Wayne’s books. He clearly loved the writing process and his prolific legacy is certainly enviable to anyone who has spent time wrestling with book writing. I remember a moment at the conference when he confessed the thrill at receiving the first copies of each book. They were his creative “children.”

By the end of his life, Wayne Dyer had made peace with his greatest struggles. He walked in High Awareness, listening to Spirit and reaching out in compassion to everyone he encountered. I can see clearly now that attending that conference gave me a wonderful example of one person who figured out how to live a life of passion and purpose.

I don’t think Dr. Wayne died, but rather ascended. He lived out his dharma and moved on. After his ashes were cast into the ocean, his family snapped a picture of the sea. If you look carefully, you’ll see the last “impression” of Wayne Dyer. img_dyerFace

I Can See Clearly Now is an inspiring testament of a life well-lived. 

 

 

 

 

Reincarnation: Past Lives and the Akashic Record

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One of the most fascinating and wisest women I’ve come to know through cyberspace is Lois J. Wetzel. She recently released of an audio version of Reincarnation: Past Lives and the Akashic Record. You don’t want to miss this one!

The book description:

In “Reincarnation: Past Lives and the Akashic Record” Lois J. Wetzel, MFA, has written the long-awaited sequel to her first book, “Akashic Records: Case Studies of Past Lives.” Yet “Reincarnation” takes the reader on a trip to the past like none other. Once again, riveting stories of the past lives of scores of different people are narrated. These lifetimes go back hundreds of thousands of years on Earth, allowing the reader glimpses of long-lost civilizations not contained in our historical record. In this book, unlike the first, the author challenges our ancient history as wrong, giving ample examples of proof we have lived on this swirling ball of minerals for hundreds of thousands of years! She talks about her past life readings for clients, but she also shares some of the spontaneous past life memories which others, including famous people, have had. 

The past lives of Lois’ clients are shared so that the reader may learn and grow from the experiences of her clients. Naturally, clients’ names and identifying information have been changed to protect their privacy. Surprisingly, some readers have said they actually felt some of their own past life issues were resolved as they read about the prior lifetimes of others. 

Why learn about our past lives? Isn’t this lifetime enough to handle? Because the whole story of who we are has to do with everything we have experienced. We know that who we are has a lot to do with our childhoods. Why would it not have to do with who we were in our prior lifetimes? Knowing about our past lives allows us to know more fully who we actually are at the level of the Immortal Soul. Why are we terrified of, instantly despise, or immediately adore someone we’ve just met? Why would we avoid visiting a certain location, even though there is no reason? Why do cruise ships or horses terrify us? Why are we so powerfully drawn to bow-hunting, cake decorating, scuba diving, fashion design or sailing having never experimented with it before? Why do some things come so easily people swear we have done it before? Why were we born with these predispositions? Are the answers in past lives? 

The author also includes correspondence between the clients and herself before and after the reading was done, so that we can see the client’s experience of the reading, and the reaction to the reading and the information which came out of it. 

“Reincarnation” also discusses some truly strange concepts, like parallel and overlapping lifetimes, and why it may be possible to be alive in two bodies in different locations on a timeline that overlaps. Or how can we die and come back into the same body, remembering the out-of-body event with conscious awareness of ourselves while not in our bodies? 

All these topics and more lie between the pages of this fascinating and compelling book.

Lois J. Wetzel

Lois J. Wetzel

Available in the Kindle Store at Amazon