As a leader, a specialist in making people feel good from the inside out, a master of the Taoist martial arts, medicine and meditation systems and the author of 14 previous books, I've been living by and teaching the Taoist system for 40 years and have helped millions transform using these techniques and philosophies. Among the collection of august teachers and gurus I trained with was the eminent maverick psychiatrist R.D. Laing, to whose memory this book is dedicated and with whom I studied comparative religion (spiritual paths) as well as the machinery of consciousness, with a bias towards the Western perspective. The Bible was at the top of the reading list he gave me.
According to our own Western, pagan-infused, Judeo-Christian mythology, Moses, described as liberator and leader of the Israelites, but probably an initiate of the Egyptian mysteries, went up on Mount Sinai, had a conference with God and came down with a set of stone tablets inscribed with ten commandments, adherence to which would enable society to function optimally and thus bring it to the so-called Promised Land.
This is allegory, including even the commandments themselves.
The liberation of a people from slavery alludes to the liberation of the self from delusion-born suffering. The character of Moses alludes to the guiding spirit within or, in modern terminology, the subconscious.
The promised land alludes, if not to a full-blown utopia, which is unrealistic in any case, then at least to an enlightened global society governed more by wisdom and trust than foolishness or suspicion, inclined more towards collaboration and cooperation than domination or oppression, in which love, honor and respect comprise the currency and the economy it drives is booming, enabling an unprecedented flowering of the human spirit benefiting everyone on Earth and ensuring we not only survive this most challenging transitional passage but actually thrive by it.
The Ten Commandments themselves allude to the ten ethical principles of natural grace, arising endogenously, spontaneously and automatically once the individual is internally aligned and centered, and thus in command of themselves. The 'thou shalt not' and 'thou shalt' approach to influencing people doesn't even work with children, let alone adults. Treating the Ten Commandments as actual commandments is evidently nonsensical, as the very establishment which claims to follow them itself ordains and partakes of murder (at times of war), robbery (colonizing territories) and lying (disinformation and hypocrisy) on a grand scale.
And Moses represents that aspect of your psyche that yearns to lead you home, to oneness with all that is - the enlightened, transcendent state.
We are obliged now to stop pretending to be irresponsible children with a set of commandments to break and to rise up collectively to the magnificent fullness of who we really all are: ineffable presences in human form - fallen angels nearing the end of a long journey home.
Doing so, learning to follow these ten precepts for enlightenment, we will indeed, circumstances permitting, enter the Promised Land. We will collectively meet the challenge, come through the crisis and move as one to the next evolutionary stage, potentially the most exciting step the human race has ever taken.
This is the message and the time has come to spread it far and wide to every corner of the Earth.
On the ride this book facilitates, we take the Ten Commandments and reposition them in light of the above, from a Taoism-informed, humanism-based perspective and so derive a feasible, effective and necessary template for a new world.
Barefoot Doctor has been a Taoist healer for forty years, and is trained in all forms of holistic Chinese medicine and acupuncture. He has published books on all aspects of Taoism and how to take command of your mind/life.
He was trained initially at the age of 11 by Tio Honsai, his then Aikido master, who himself was a great healer. He taught him how to channel healing force (ki) through his hands, by which he was soon able to help those around him dispel all sorts of aches and pains, and also feel far calmer and clearer-minded.
He subsequently trained in depth and hands-on with one of the greatest of all the great healers of the human soul who ever graced the earth, the late, great R. D. Laing, with whom he gained not only acute insight into the human condition and its mechanisms, but also practical learning by being with many people in states of extreme distress.
He began a healing practice in London in 1983. These were early days for the world of holistic medicine, and being one of the very first and well-schooled, if not yet greatly experienced, thus able to gain good results for people, the practice rapidly grew, drawing to his door celebrities, and inevitably in their footsteps, journalists. The ensuing publicity then enabled him to bring to the world what he'd been working on all the while, a series of offerings by which people could heal themselves-whether by reading a book, through electronic 'medicine music' for meditation or to play on the dance floor, which he composes, produces and occasionally performs, deploying sonic frequencies in various combinations to produce specific healing effects; through online trainings and internet-based gatherings; through other more conventional media; giving talks; holding seminars; running retreats; hosting alternative 'conscious clubbing' club nights; and even at one point, in the true spirit of the conceptual artist, through a range of fragrances and body products he created for fun, but which spontaneously grew into a relatively large commercial concern for a while.
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