In the contemporary world, a common adage advises us to buy only what we need, not what we want. However, through the lens of Saam Law Taoism, this perspective is not always applicable. The wisdom of Taoism encourages us to delve deeper into the distinction between needs and wants, and how striking a balance between the two can lead to a more fulfilling and prepared life.
The Heart’s Guidance and Preparedness
In Taoism, the heart is believed to guide us by expressing desires. These desires, when cultivated wisely, can open paths for personal growth and preparedness. For instance, a farmer plants seeds not because they need fruits immediately, but because they want fruits in the future. Similarly, preparing for emergencies or investing in security for one’s home might not be an immediate need, but a desire to be prepared. This preparedness can be invaluable in times of crisis, saving time, money, and reducing stress.
The Interplay of the Heart and Mind
While the heart might sometimes lead us towards impulsive wants, it is essential to engage the mind in evaluating these desires. By considering the long-term value and implications of our wants, we can make more informed decisions.
The Pre-Heaven and Post-Heaven Energy Bodies
Taoism speaks of the pre-heaven and post-heaven energy bodies. Our senses, such as sight and hearing, absorb elements like light and wind into our pre-heaven energy body. In contrast, the post-heaven body represents our physical existence. A Saam Law Taoist adopts a proactive role by using the post-heaven body to influence the pre-heaven energy body. This reverse role allows us to educate and refine our heart, leading to better guidance in the future.
The Impact of Possessions on Well-being
Quality possessions can have a positive impact on our well-being. When we acquire better tools or indulge in finer things, our heart opens up. This openness allows the release of potential, leading to enhanced creativity, efficiency, and productivity. For students, having a conducive environment and good tools can significantly improve their academic performance.
The Importance of Preparedness in Life and Cultivation
Life is about being prepared. Whether it is preparing for the day ahead or cultivating skills for self-improvement, preparedness is key. This principle also applies to the cultivation of Taoist magic. Cultivating magic should not be a reaction to adversity but a proactive pursuit. This cultivation prepares one to face challenges head-on.
The Call to Action
It is imperative to recognize the importance of balancing needs and wants through the wisdom of Saam Law Taoism. Cultivating this wisdom allows us to lead more fulfilled and prepared lives.
If you are intrigued by the insights shared and wish to delve deeper into Taoist wisdom, consider getting ordained to learn more about Saam Law Taoism. This path is open to all, regardless of age or background. Additionally, for those who seek further enlightenment, we recommend reading the eBook "Tao Te Ching Simplified" available in our store. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom that can guide you in transforming your life.
Embark on this journey of self-discovery and cultivation, and embrace the Taoist wisdom that empowers you to balance your needs and wants for a more harmonious and prepared life.