I often post my thoughts, quoting from Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu and as translated by Jonathan Star. While looking over Number 13, Summer 1996 issue of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, I saw again a little story about being in Tao. I would like to share that with you.
The Rain-maker Story ~ “Interpretation of Visions” Vol. 3 of seminars in English by C.G. Jung (new edn., privately multigraphed, 1939), p. 7
As an example of “being in Tao” and its synchronistic accompaniments I will cite the story, told me by the late Richard Wilhelm, of the rain-maker of Kiao-chau: “There was a great drought where Wilhelm lived; for months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. The Catholics made processions, the Protestants made prayers, and the Chinese burned joss-sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of the drought, but with no result. Finally the Chinese said, “We will fetch the rain-maker”. And from another province a dried up old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days. On the fourth day the clouds gathered and there was a great snow-storm at the time of year when no snow was expected, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumors about the wonderful rain-maker that Wilhelm went to ask the man how he did it. In true European fashion he said: “They call you the rain-maker, will you tell me how you made the snow?” And the…Chinese said: “I did not make the snow, I am not responsible.” But what have you done these three days?” “Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order, they are not as they should be by the ordinance of heaven. Therefore the whole country is not in Tao, and I also am not in the natural order of things because I am in a disordered country. So I had to wait three days until I was back in Tao and then naturally the rain came”. ~C.G. Jung
“The gods are personifications of the energies that inform life – the very energies that are building the trees and moving the animals and whipping up the waves on the ocean. The very energies that are in your body are personified by the gods…The gods are not out there somewhere. They live in us all. They are the energies of life itself.” ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, pp. 25, 26
“I said, ‘You are gods, you are all sons of the Most High.” ~ Psalm 82:6 (NIV)
“Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” ` John 10:34 (KJV)
The macrocosm is the microcosm, the part is the whole, as above so below ! ~ me
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings