Some people believe that following the Tao is a costly and privileged path, granted to only a select chosen few with the money and the means to be able to seek out the best teachers and the best schools that money can buy.
I think that’s complete bunk.
I believe the Tao is (and should be) free and available for anyone who is willing to expend the energy and love to reach and communicate with the Source. All they need is their very own ‘illustrated primer’ and a serious attitude about learning it.
From the Tao Te Ching:
Heaven and Earth are impartial
They regard myriad things as straw dogs
The sages are impartial
They regard people as straw dogs
The space between Heaven and Earth
Is it not like a bellows?
Empty, and yet never exhausted
It moves, and produces more
Heaven (the Universe) is crying out to be heard and to be able to give expression to her thoughts. She is casting her beacon out in waves and particles, aiming at everyone and no one in particular, and hoping someone will listen. She would not cause bad karma to occur to people who gave it their best effort to listen to her and to respond accordingly.
If there were more people who would be open to listening to the Universe, the world would be a better place. For Taoist masters to think that restricting Taoist information to a chosen few is somehow keeping it pure, or keeping themselves out of trouble, or heaven forbid, doing the Universe a big favor, I think they may perhaps be pleasantly surprised that it’s not quite as bad as it is believed to be.
And if Taoist masters are a dying breed because they can’t pass their teachings on for some reason or another, then at some future point in time, I can, quite convincingly, call myself a Taoist Master, because who is going to be left to challenge my claim?
They’ll all be dead with no followers to continue their lineage.
I honestly believe that following the natural path that Taoism points at requires for us to act naturally and bumble along (like my favorite sage, Winnie the Pooh) to eventually arrive at my destination, fully formed and completely connected to my Mother, the Universe in a very unique way. We each have our own paths to travel, and since I figured out my own Taoist path, it would be very unique indeed, n’est ce pas?
Also, if acting naturally is going to take me several lifetimes to get it all straight, that’s quite fine by me. Maybe I’m meant to take a number of lifetimes, to figure this out. Maybe I’m meant to just be a princess and experience and enjoy my life, and let others do the hard work. I’d rather enjoy figuring it out on my own anyway.