What’s in a name? Nothing at all.

The name that can be named
is not the external Name.

Verse 1 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao TzuTao Te Ching

What is in a name –  a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, and yet, it is still a rose. When I say the word – rose – a particular shape comes to your mind. Maybe that shape has a color and a smell, maybe even a texture if you have a good imagination. If I were to say to you “The flower smelled sweet” then different people would have different images, colors and smells. Those images would still all be defined by the term flower. Now if I only said “There is a scent.”, then there would be an even greater variety of images and scents or, perhaps, there would be less. Perhaps some people would have to wait for more information, more details, before their imagination kicks in.

The point is that as soon as you give a name to something, it is defined and then it has limits. Even God is given limits by the name of Her. He/She is now not me, outside, separate, something else, a presence, an essence, all encompassing, all knowing, all around, within everything and everyone, everywhere at all time and yet still limited by

“The name that can be named…” We cannot conceive within our selves, within our minds, what something is without a name. Yet that very naming of the Tao or the Unified Consciousness, or God, or Spirit means that you can not fully understand it. Makes your brain hurt, huh? To be guided to understand the Tao, to fully become one with it, you must follow the heart. I can give you many names for all that it is: love, balance, harmony, letting go, connection, rest, and it is still none of these. Words do not encompass its vastness and its microcosm. Yet, words, ideas and concepts are the signposts that are used to find “The Way.” So if you find within yourself one day a feeling, a connection, or an understanding that you cannot name, then welcome them for they are the stepping stones on the path. Do not try to name them or understand them, or define them. Just accept them and be with them – fully embracing them without the desire to define… and therein lies the Tao.

In love and light



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