Differentiating the undifferentiated. Fashioning form out of the formless. Easing beyond the edge. Embodying the single cycle within the limitless swirl. Creating some-thing out of no-thing. Such is the work of the conscious life.
Consciously creating context out of the contextless. This is the primal & holy work of the Yangwei, our Outer Gate.
Existing boundaries are the pre-existing differentiating work of those who came before us. Moving beyond the existing boundary allows us to engage our own capacity for “boundary making,” our own capacity for the creation of context. An elegant and engaged and unpolluted Yangwei responds with innate intelligence to all manifest contexts within time and space.
Our Yangwei allows us to navigate gracefully beyond the edge of our existing, comfortable contexts into the less familiar, less differentiated world. A harmonious Yangwei moves confidently and quiescently into the undifferentiated wholeness that enfolds and embraces us all.The creative process (the process of creation) moves us and requires us to move from the direct experience of the world in its formless form of undifferentiated wholeness or less differentiated wholeness towards the making of form, the creation of context, of meaning.
To an extent, each “creating of form” is a re-creation of our original forming of ourselves.
To an extent, each “creating of context” is the re-creation of the original formation of our cosmos.
It is a process that must be expressed at its earliest stages symbolically, then metaphorically and finally, when at all possible, through the formation of structured language, structured process, structured institutions, and structured structures in the way of gates, roads, buildings and the world we “live” in.Each structuring, each making of a form out of the formlessness moves the edge and requires us to reach further into the depths of our undifferentiated space to move beyond the edge. The human capacity for doing so (stored in the Chong, Ren, Du) has become less fluid, less graceful, as we “settle into” and “settle for” the boundaries we have constructed.
Our capacity to meet and creatively define and construct our world has become calcified, rigid, tamed, more civilized.
We “know” what we “like” in advance of the experience. Our ideas are constructed and rigidly adhered to no matter the reality of the world as if flows at us.
We export our expertise to navigate the world to outside “experts.”
There is a comfort to be found in all of this to be sure. There is a sense of security, or order. The Way is mapped and therefore safer and more predictable.
But the Map is not the territory.
Our ever increasing reliance on Pre-Existing & Pre-Constructed maps of the Way have deeply constrained and contracted our capacity for expanding out into world and navigating our Way with grace and ease.
We are embodying this hyper-contraction and it manifests in our lives and bodies as deep sense of isolation, depression, stress, stiffness, pains, headaches and a loss of connection with the limitlessly gracious and giving world in which we live.
To be free of this “pain” we must engage our capacities for meeting the world with our senses literally touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, breathing in and eating all that is momentarily outside us with awareness and gratitude. The ordinary is the extraordinary. In this process we learn from the natural world outside of us, both from our successes and our failures. Along the Way, we gather a sense of confidence and ease as we navigate the magnificence that is our world.