Orbs by Sky

•03/17/2010 • Leave a Comment


I’ve been fully ensconced in orb research for the past 5 years.  Information presented is not always true or  it may be for the moment and then it morphs. Orbs teach through experience and that has remained constant throughout my personal experience. Their communication is more of a ‘resonance’. When I am presented with information from another source, the orbs resonate the truth and non-truths  to me. There are times people are writing about something when it’s really the orbular consciousness that is speaking to them or through them. They are so very fully around us and so very conscious. Just as when they want you to take pictures,  they communicate through impulsings. 

 Besides my orb fascination, I also take alot of flower pictures and have been busy this spring in the prolific Seattle area. I’ve recently bought a new camera and my energy hasn’t fully anchored into the camera yet, so in the interum I am seeing into their world at a different level. There are also multitudes of orbular fields in the backgrounds of the flower photos. The orbular energy has a pull to it, and pulled me into recognizing them in the background when I was so intently focused on the flower.

Orbs certainly have a presence to them and are extremely knowledgable about what is going on in our lives. I was ‘notified’ that my grandson would be crossing over two years ago. This happened about a month before the incident. It was actually one of my most spectacular photography days. I was photographing above a maintenance building in Glacier Park.  The snow was about 5 feet deep. I was watching a beautiful violet/purple orb circumferenced by a deep indigo blue. In the next photo, there was an frost angel or fairy embracing  the orb, when they told me about the upcoming death. I’ve always had a ‘we’ll see’ attitude, even though they are always right. That particular experience has rocked my family from one end to the other. I believe the orbs are responsible for fully healing one faction of the family. I have hopes for my two youngest daughters, but nothing yet.

These orbs are something like spirit guides, but beyond  spirit guides. I have done healing work for over 30 years so I am familiar with healing processes. These past 5 years have been the most intense I have ever experienced. They have also given me a recalibration tool through the breath which is phenomenal. What I have learned is that no matter what happens, even the death of an innocent little 6 month old baby, with my family disintegrating right before my eyes, I can still make it through and deal with AnyThing.

The day after my photography experience began, my son-in-law was murdered in Alaska. Many people have shared that their experience with the orbs began with a death in the family. I know this isn’t always the case, but it has been in my world. They certainly offer an ascension path if you have the guts to step onto it. It’s been the hardest but most fascinating thing I’ve ever done and there is no stopping nor no going back.

This orbular experience hasn’t all been gloomy. I’ve had incredible experiences as well. I would also like to insert the thought that when we see familiar faces in the orbs, possibly of deceased loved ones, it could also be that the orb is showing us this face, because they know of our connection with this person,while there are orbs who are the spiritual body’s of deceased ones as well. 

Over the past 3 years, they have been instructing me in how to work with their light. Sometimes it has me spinning so hard, if my body wasn’t holding me in one place, I’d be somewhere out in the cosmos. The pendulum swing is so extreme in these clearings. It’s certainly not for the feignt of heart.

I’ve done alot of teaching in the past, but I’ve also been in a spin cycle that is very personal for the time. Trust is paramount when you surrender to their guidance. 

My latest experience with these frequencies seems to be all about my hair. They are in my hair. They are very small and very beautiful. I have to say that it’s the same process, the same impulsing that the other orbs showed up as, the same process. A very distinct impulse to look in my hair with the camera – not something I’d choose to do on my own. Then I found myself calling them in (in the beginning) and then being present as they show themselves was all something I would have never thought of. I began to notice changes in my hair a few years back. My friends would comment on how different my hair was looking. In those days, my hair was absolutely white. When the photography began, my hair started to turn colors. I have streaks of just about every color in my hair now. Some streaks are blonde, some are black, some are auburn, and rich brown. The texture of my hair has also greatly changed. It’s almost as if every strand is very alive. There have been times when I’ve been out in the wind and I almost feel like a have a medusa (sp) head with my hair going everywhere. I’m working on cropping some of the photos and will be putting together a slideshow and will post it here when it’s done.

When they began addressing me as ‘PearleySky’ I had no idea my hair was going to take on a pearle-like lustre.

Orbs in my hair…..sometimes makes me feel like I’ve gone over the edge, of which they’ve commented that if we are not living on the edge, we are taking up too much room. These orbular experiences have put me on the edge much more often than my ‘Sky thought processes’ would have ever chosen or thought I could accomplish. I’m pedaling as fast as I can.



Drops of Jupiter

•03/16/2010 • Leave a Comment

Tibetan Orbs

•03/15/2010 • Leave a Comment

 My very first conscious experience with this orbular frequency was at a Gyuto Monk concern in Seattle in April of 1994.  I’ve been guided to include some beautiful music of Ani Choying (Buddhist Nun) in my next video, I appreciate the confirmation mentioned in this video.



•02/27/2010 • Leave a Comment



CRYSTALLINE ORBS by James Tyberron

•02/15/2010 • 2 Comments

 Quite often, I come across articles written by other people, sometimes channeled. While I have written communication with these frequencies beginning in 1994, their information has always been more about the ascension pathway that they have provided for us over these past 16 years.  They have also taught me over the years, through books, movies, others’ conversations, through nature,  etc.  They seem to ‘ride on my shoulder’ when this happens, and often times they will have me read a paragraph (or more) over and over a few times, when i don’t realize yet that they are teaching me something. Most often, I can feel the energy change and know a teaching is about to begin. 

Often times, this type of information will tie into something that I’ve recently experienced.  I don’t believe in re-inventing the wheel, and so in the wonder of the magic presented, I share with you these informational pieces.

This piece was written through  James Tyberron  and Metatron.  James’ work has often correlated with the phases I have undergone in this process.  I am aware that other channels are utilized to bring information to me (and others), supporting the orbular processes.    Much thanks to James for all that he does for the planet and sharing his information with us.

Crystalline Orbs

Among these effects are the phenomena you refer to as Orbs. These will vastly increase in quantity and quality. Orbs are not new to the Earth dimensions, but were stepped down from crystalline in order to be tangible in duality. These most often occurred as blue or golden spheres before the establishment of the 144 Crystalline Grid. The Crystalline Orbs are light energies of higher dimension and operate in crystalline function. They are receptacles and tools of coded Akash and are evidence of the increasing presence of the Quantum Crystalline Field. They contain requisite particulate of matter/antimatter imbued with purposed intent, or blueprints.

They are Divine Conscious Intelligence that hold keys to the earth and humanities re-formation. To be more precise, they are magnetic blueprints that beckon and attract higher energies that complete the process and link the chains of transformational operandi. They are catalytic mechanisms of the Ascension, and occur in myriad geometrical matrixes. Some of the orbs are for the MerKiVic transformation of humans, and others are for the macro conversion of the planet.

Orbs are crystalline charges of expansion. At present most humans can only see these ‘orbs’ through digital technology photograph images and intuitive ‘third eye’ perception. The Crystalline phase of the Cosmic Trigger will enable these to be seen with the naked eye for those of you who attract them thru your light quotient and MerKiVic advancement.

Excerpted from:
The Cosmic Trigger Phase II – AAMetatron via James Tyberonn.pdf

and another…

Orbs Are Metatronic Crystalline Codes

  The quickening of the crystalline energy is evidenced by the appearance of what you term ‘orbs’. Indeed these have created quite a stir in the ‘New Age’ of metaphysics. We tell you these orbs are tangible evidence to those of you who see them and photograph them on your digital technology cameras. Orbs are one very real aspect of the emerging crystalline field on the earth. Those of you that choose to evolve into Crystalline MerKaNa will indeed begin attracting and generating orbs as you achieve the Integrity of Sacred Oneness. 

  These are affirmation of increased and increasing ability to perceive energies of higher dimension within the coherent light of the Divine Self. 

You see, crystalline orbs are geometric emanations of Metatronic coherent light. They are codes and communications that are the demonstrative underpinnings of revelations. Revelations that reveal that the overlaying veils that have separated your from the ‘Impeccable Gestalt’ of Creator God are evaporating. 

There are several types of orbs. Some are for humanity in mass, others for individuals. All orbs are of Metatronic origin and carry a coded geometric imprint of unique purpose. The ones that are charged masses of swirling energy, are (*among other utilities) etheric energy telegrams. They are then the artists & authors of your true Crop Circles. Others are intended for the individual as you grow into Mer-Ki-Vic, Mer-Ka-Vic and Mer-Ka-Nic Consciousness. These orbs can and do manifest specifically to interact with you as you seek to shed the old fragmented aspects of polarity and develop your coherent crystalline nature.

 The geometrics and crystalline orbs helix in a pattern that assists you in reprocessing and upshifting 12-strand DNA, 6-Strand RNA and the 3 sacred glands. You see crystallization is also required for the pineal, pituitary and thymus. These also are super imposed with the geometrics of the individual level of your Mer-Ki-Va, Mer-Ka-Na and Mer-Ka-Na and rotate in sync within and without them in matter/antimatter flux. These activate a double wave of the infinity pattern within. 

Akashic Records on Orbs & Extraterrestrials by Jen Eramith MA

•02/07/2010 • 7 Comments

Akashic Records on Orbs and Extraterrestrials

a message from Akashic Records channeled by Jen Eramith MA

Sunday, 7 February, 2010

Will human beings ever be able to see extraterrestrials (ET’s)?

Yes.  In fact you are already able to see beings from outside this world.  “Beings” can be spiritual beings such as angels, so we will use the term “ET’s” to describe actual physical beings or physical manifestations of beings from outside this world.  ET’s are currently visible to human beings.  The question of whether or not you are able to see them or if you actually do see them depends on you.

Some of you have a contract to work with extraterrestrial life or you have a contract to go through a lesson or personal growth process that will stem from an encounter with an extraterrestrial being.  Those of you with these contracts are able to and will see ET’s at the times and in the ways that help you fulfill those contracts.

Many of you do not have these kinds of contracts and do not have any divine purpose for seeing ET’s.  It would not serve you to see physical beings, though you will interact with them in the form of spirit.  You do this often with angels and other spirit beings.  Even if you have the physical ability to see ET’s, you will not see them and you will not cross paths with them unless your higher self determines that it will serve you to do so.  In the same way, it is the very same function by which if you are not meant to meet a certain person in this life, you are not going to cross paths with that person.

That being said, every one of you has the mechanical tools needed to be able to see ET’s.  Anything that exists physically can be seen optically.  But the human mind is brilliant at blocking things out.  Many tests have been done to show that one might look at a picture and see something entirely different from what another person sees in the picture.  Your vision depends on who you are and how your mind has trained itself to shut out certain information and notice other information.  Some of you may actually have an encounter with a physical being from another planet but you do not remember it or you do not register it as real in your mind.  Again, there is always a reason for what you experience in this life.  Your minds are brilliant for protecting themselves from seeing things that you are not ready to see.  Even if you have an encounter with an ET, if you are not ready to deal with the questions the encounter will raise for you about the nature of reality and what is possible in this world, then your mind will block it out.  This function is actually a brilliant and very advanced mechanism you have in your minds to protect yourselves.

When will First Contact occur?

This idea of First Contact is one that has been created by people, and we are going to define it here because it has several definitions in your collective consciousness.  For the purpose of this answer, First Contact as an event in which all of humanity comes to recognize the physical presence of ET’s on your planet.  This is the kind of event that you have seen depicted in movies.  It occurs when there are either enough ET’s present and physically seen, or there are enough people who have had encounters and there is enough evidential proof to kind of force the majority of humans to acknowledge the physical presence of extraterrestrials.

There is no scheduled date for the version of First Contact, though it does not appear to be coming any time soon.  First Contact will most likely occur not through a large singular event like a spaceship arriving in a massive way that can be documented on television.  Instead it is most likely to continue to occur the way it has been occurring which is one by one, as each of you who has a contract to work with ET’s awakens to that contract either by having an encounter or by coming to recognize and honor the fact that ET’s have already been a part of your life.

Your individual contacts with ET’s are beholden to the same rules and dynamics as your contacts with fellow human beings.  ET’s can appear as humans or as something other than human.  When you encounter an ET, it is only because your higher self and the highest part of that being have agreed to meet.  There is always a reason based on your highest ultimate benefit, though that can sometimes come in the form of a challenging experience.

Encounters with ET’s are most often for a benevolent purpose and many of you who have these contracts to work with ET’s will not suddenly meet an “alien.”  Instead, you come to realize that some of the people who have been in your life were actually ET’s visiting you from outside this world.

Encounters with ET’s, like human encounters, help you come into a new perspective about the meaning of your life, your relationships, and your choices.  What you learn from relationships with ET’s, and ultimately the conclusion you should come to (as you would with any relationship whether it is with a regular human being or an extraterrestrial human being), is to realize a deeper sense of your own power and connection with love and light.  Ultimately as a human being in any encounter, you are remembering and reclaiming your power to direct your life and to bring more light into the world.

Again, it is possible for First Contact to occur as a singular, massive event.  Right now, however, that is not the plan and therefore there is no timeline scheduled for it.  It serves you best not to wait for First Contact, but instead to work in your sphere of influence to bring Love into the world.

Can you give us more information about spiritual ORBS?  They show up in photographs and some of us can sense their presence.  Please tell us who they are, what they want, and what they are doing here.

This is more complex than many of you wish to believe.  As we mentioned, many of you are awakening and coming to realize that there are different beings in this world that are not of this Earth.  These beings are assisting humanity to evolve toward Love and Light.  Sometimes they help by getting in your way, just like people do, but always it is assistance and it is always with your permission.

These beings come in all kinds of different forms.  They come in physical forms such as ET’s, but it is far more common for them to come in energetic forms.  The energetic forms of beings in this world are incredibly numerous.  There are angels, fairies, nature devas and nymphs; there are animal totems and ancestor spirits, spirit guides and protectors.  There are so many variations of energetic beings and they are incredibly numerous.  Most energetic beings who are here working as spirit guides for humanity, and many of you are awakening to their presence.

This awakening involves redeveloping your six senses (yes, we mean six!) to enable you to interact with these beings in a more conscious way than you ever have before.  You have already been interacting with angels and other spirit guides on a subconscious level.  Unconsciously, you are constantly in communication with them helping to determine the safest way for you to learn your lessons, always leading you to the right place at the right time to fulfill your destiny.  You are constantly in communication at a spirit level.

The awakening that is happening through Enlightenment is bringing many of you to an expanded gift of sight.  The connections between your physical eyes and your physical brain are being rewired to enable you to visually see more than you could before.  Just like with any new form of sight, at the beginning, it is blurry.  It is the way for an infant, and it occurs for you when you are learning to see something that was previously not visible to you.  At the beginning those connections between your eyes and your brain are so basic that you cannot make out the subtle or even not-so-subtle differences between different beings that you are encountering.

When human beings capture orbs on film or when you are able to see them or sense them in your presence, what you are seeing or sensing could be one of hundreds of different kinds of beings.  It might be an angel, a fairy, a spirit animal, or countless other kind of being.  What or who it is depends on what your soul has called to interact with you at that time.  What you tend to see is a circular ball of light, because that is the message that your eye is capable of conveying to your brain and that your brain is capable of conceiving in response to what you see.   That is the basic image that you are able to process at this beginning stage of expanding your sight.

All of you, as you continue to expand your consciousness, utilize things like faith and intuition.  You also utilize logic and reasoning to come to new conclusions about reality.  You are going to further develop this connection between your eye and your brain that enables you to see more than you were able to see before.  Many of you have done this already and many of you have even graduated to the next step.  Some of you are able to see different outlines, colors, and shapes.  Some of you are able to see the aura of energy around other human beings.  Some of you can differentiate between different kinds of beings, and some of you are able to see the potential for what is to come.

There are many things you are able to see, not just as visualization in your mind, but actually by using your physical eyes and your optic nerves.

Most of you are at the beginning of building this new connection.  In this stage, what you see are orbs.  People would like to believe that orbs are a single category.  That all orbs are the same kind of being, but actually orbs can be your way of seeing an angel or an animal spirit, or any other kind of energetic being.  What you will see is an orb because that is what your eye is capable of registering.  You will need to listen to your heart and listen to your intuition and use whatever clairvoyance you have to determine what kind of being is there and what message or what energy they are bringing for you.

It is vitally important that you enjoy the period of time when you are seeing orbs.  This is a magical new beginning, and the orbs are sign of your progress.  They are cause for celebration, and the vision of orbs is meant to bring an experience of joy, love, and excitement.  Do not strive to skip past this stage.  Just as an infant is curious and delighted with the slow development of shapes and colors, allow yourself the same delight with what you see.  Trust that your vision will develop further in perfect timing for you.

Ultimately this should be really fun.  Those of you who can see orbs are at the forefront for humanity in developing this new technique.  In the past it would have taken many generations for humans to evolve a new capacity for their eyes, but it is actually possible for all of you to develop this in the current generation.  That is how quickly you all are moving now.  Some of you will develop it more than others and there is no use for judgment.  What you see will simply be a matter of what you have been called to do.  Have fun!  All of the beings you see as orbs are beneficial.  They appear as light because they are a manifestation of Light and Love.  Have fun, embrace the magic that they are bringing and enjoy this phase of infancy and the magic and mystery in it.  It is a delightful time on Planet Earth!

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•01/06/2010 • 1 Comment


There have been times when I’ve struggled with how to explain the changes that we’ve experienced in our interweavings with WU. For those of us that have experienced WU, we each have been asked about it – what is is, how does it work, etc.  For each one of us, our brain instantly moves into a still point as there are no words to truly describe our experiences.

 Our internal changes are always deep and very personal. The prayers in the language are called ‘personal recipes’.   Numerous times I’ve regretted not journaling through these shifts.  They always begin subtley and most times I’ve been into the shift for awhile before I realize that another one has begun.  It’s so much akin to the birthing process, of which they frequently commented on ‘birth is immanent’.

 The article  “Turtle Medicine” is about one of these shifts.  When these shifts are going on, your issues rapidly surface to be released. We we become aware of the thought processes we breathe through the issues to release them. This breathwurk is connected to the frequencies of WU which appear in my photography.  After the releasing process, we  come back to center to resonate at a higher frequency.  The Tao is not adverse to throwing in a few tests to show us the pattern is gone. No matter how much we would like to return to that pattern, for whatever reason, it’s not possible.  At times I’ve experienced deep sadness over what was released, as at times I did not feel I was ready to release.  Always in hindsight, I understand the wisdom in releasing the person/place/thing to allow more freedom to my being.  There are many times the shifts are so subtle, that we don’t realize we’ve shfted.  WU then orchestrates experiences for us to realize that we have indeed shifted.  They have often spoken of not being afraid to do thing that we would have never tried  in the past to realize the fear is indeed gone. Other times, in larger discordant patternings the processing is like tsunami’s.  My turtle medicine experience was my latest tsunami experience. 

In the lving light language of WU, in the first level, the wurd “WU TAO” was presented, which encompassed all the energy work of the previous languaging that had came through.  This section of language was predominantly a shamanic healing language, working in all realms of shamanism.  

The below article accurately depicts where the shifts take us.  WU’s holographic ability also works with our dimensional selves or our soular family, drawing them into alignment with the Tao as well.  Past life issues as well as future life issues are addressed as well. Oneness is an inside job with  WU reflecting the original arrangement of the perfect universe.

The Modern Taoist Sage
By Jos Slabbert

1. A harmony of paradoxes
A wise man knows himself to be more precious than fame, and so, obscure, remains. The Taoist sage consists of paradoxes that would mortify most people, but do not seem to bother him at all.
The sage
– is detached, yet compassionate;
– enjoys life, yet does not cling to it;
– is a perfectionist, yet indifferent to success or failure;
– is a man of honour, yet avoids reaping honour;
– ignores ethics and morals, but lives a life of the highest moral order;
– does not strive, yet achieves;
– knows the answers, but prefers to remain silent;
– has the innocence of a child, but incredible inner strength.
These paradoxes are in harmony in the sage, the same way nature itself seems to be a harmonious blend of paradoxes. This makes it difficult to describe the sage in conventional terms and categories. In fact, in most societies the sage’s qualities would be seen as negative, even harmful.
2. Close harmony with nature
All things end in the Tao
as rivers flow into the sea.

The Taoist sage lives in close harmony with the natural rhythm and flow of life. His closeness to nature is organic and spiritual. It is undogmatic and vital. Even in the midst of the city, he remains intimately close to the instinctual and natural in himself, and his innate goodness guides him so that he never becomes part of an ignorant society’s furtive scramble to reach an imaginary pinnacle.
He feels at home in nature – in deep forests or on misty mountains – away from the artificial and the contrived. When moving in artificial corporate environments, the sage is true to his natural impulses, and even though he does not feel at home in a milieu of envy and greed, he remains if not untouched, then at least unstained by the destructive negative emotions around him.
3. Travelling light
The sage gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to.
The Taoist sage, in harmony with his natural environment, lives a carefree life, and he does so effortlessly, in the full knowledge that happiness cannot be bought or won, or accomplished, for it is not a prize, a commodity, an aim or a position. In fact, even the attainment of happiness is an aim the sage does not consider. He knows thinking about eating cannot replace the joy of eating. Instead of thinking too much and talking too much, he lives contentedly in what most sophisticated people would see as a simple, naive way.
The sage lives an unostentatious and modest life by the standards of a world dedicated to material gain and vanity. He lives with little desire and almost no expectation. If wealth should happen to come his way, he would accept it graciously, but without clinging to it. If necessary or unavoidable, he would relinquish his material possessions with hardly a whimper.
He relishes every moment of life there is to enjoy, and suffers with grace when his inevitable turn to suffer has arrived.
4. Equanimity
When there is no desire,
all things are at peace.
Calmness in victory.

Tranquility in defeat.

Serenity when confronted by the inevitability of suffering.

The sage does not rely on externals to provide him with spiritual strength, for he knows: dependence on external factors – such as status, wealth, popularity, hedonism, success, knowledge and relationships – is the reason why modern man crumples so easily in the face of defeat, failure or loss.

The sage is indifferent to success or failure. He understands that life driven by self-centered ambition will never make sense, no matter how successful you are or with how many positive externals you care to adorn it.
Life itself acquires meaning only when you satisfy your spiritual needs by living in total harmony with the Tao.
5. The peaceful warrior
There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than to prepare to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.
Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.
The sage is a man of peace. Yet, he carries within him the formidable qualities of a warrior.
He abhors weapons. He detests warfare. The great warrior, according to him, is the one who has avoided conflict and has never had to use violence. As a warrior, he has learnt the art of subduing his adversary without humiliation.

He has the courage of someone who has conquered himself. He does not cling to life, nor is he driven by his own passions. He is unintimidated by death. He is able to face impossible odds and the worst adversaries with grace and courage.
He is no pacifist. When left with no other option, he will fight skilfully and dispassionately, but he will not rejoice in victory, for he sees victory parades as the gory exultation of ignorant butchers. Nor does he fear defeat: it does not carry the sting of humiliation to someone who has very little ego to hurt.
6. The invisible tree
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
The sage does not believe that the action makes the man. He has not fallen for the misconception that it is the fruit that makes the tree good. He knows the fruit is good because the tree is good. The sage realizes you have to start with yourself first. It is what you are that turns a deed into something good. He will therefore not become a “man of action” in a vain effort to prove his virtues. The sage knows virtue in motion easily turns into vanity and even cruelty, in this way defeating its own purpose. He would rather be a man of no influence, carefully avoiding self-centered action, and he would obey those natural, spontaneous impulses that spring from genuine compassion.

For this reason, the sage does not make a show of charity. You will never see him smiling at flashing cameras while presenting a donation to some charitable organisation. The sage understands that any form of public recognition or acclaim could diminish any positive spiritual affects a “good deed” could have had on all parties concerned. In fact, it could corrupt and turn virtue into vanity. It could easily be used to give a respectable veneer to corruption and greed. We have all witnessed the spectacle of charity as a public relations exercise. We have all seen how organisations, notorious for their merciless exploitation of man and nature, parade their gifts to charities just in time to raise their turnovers at festive seasons. We have been subjected with nauseating regularity to the sickening public display of charity by politicians hunting for votes just before elections. The sage shuns the kind of charity which is in the service of power and profit, and which comes to fruition in the glare of limelight.
However, if necessary and unavoidable, the sage will go public, but he will do so with the apprehension of someone crossing a winter river covered by thin ice, aware of the fact that publicity weakens the spiritual benefits for all participants.
The sage embraces the anonymous donation, for he knows it inspires and moves civilization forward. The hidden act of mercy is an act of pure compassion; it is the living proof of the victory of the spirit over the ego, which is the essence of an enlightened society.
7. The outsider
Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the sage makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is at one with the whole universe.
The sage is a loner. He avoids unnecessary contact with people. He does not feel at home with small talk. He abhors gossip. He avoids talking too much. Most people would probably find his company dull. Not that he would mind, for he is indifferent to his own popularity.
The sage is timeless. He lives outside the collective paradigms and ideologies controlling and manipulating society at any given time. He seems immune to even the subtlest efforts of indoctrination or manipulation.
He moves in society without being immersed in it. He stands aloof from the conceptually fashionable. He does not become part of socially acceptable prejudices. He refuses to participate in the pretentious verbal exhibition of the latest in intellectual chic.
Historic paradigm shifts do not unsettle him. He knows that everything changes and yet nothing changes. His perspective is timeless, vaster than any scientific dimension. For this reason the sage remains calm in times of upheaval. Even when humanity is losing its faith in whatever it has lately invested its faith, the Taoist sage remains unperturbed. He does not invest his faith in man-made concepts and therefore has no faith to lose.
The sage lives outside the dictatorial reach of the “group mind,” untouched by the mindless Zeitgeist of his era, and he therefore has little part in the collective guilt of the society of his day. But he will try to live on the periphery of human folly as unobtrusively as possible. Only when he is left with no other choice, will he actively oppose the predominant delusions of his day, and he will do so courageously, suffering any resulting persecution with quiet dignity.
8. The outlaw
Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.
The sage does not fret over rules or laws. He acts in seeming oblivion of ethics or morals. He does not work out first if something is acceptable to society before he acts. He lives a spontaneous life. He simply follows his natural urges, and yet these urges are so virtuous, so in total harmony with the Tao, that he lives a life of the highest moral or ethical order. But he does so unconsciously and without a trace of contrivance.
Of course, the sage will inevitably break rules or laws where they stand between him and compassion. The more unjust the society he lives in, the more will he come into conflict with those laws that violate common decencies. The sage could in this way involuntarily become “political,” but he would do so reluctantly and undemonstratively, always searching for an amiable solution. It is exactly because of his obvious distaste of political life that the sage becomes so effective when he takes up a political cause.
9. The non-striver
The pursuit of knowledge continuously
creates the thirst for more knowledge.
But whoever lives the way of the unfathomable
becomes humbler everyday.
The Taoist sage is not interested in knowledge as a form of power. He does not want to win arguments. He knows winning arguments does not change human beings for the better. Neither does he want to win arguments by being silent. He does not want to argue. No hidden agenda can be traced in him. He loves to be silent, truly silent.
The sage knows that knowledge inevitably leads to contention – that it should be treated with the kind of reverence and fear reserved for weapons of destruction. So he will avoid becoming competitive in his knowledge, and he will be careful to shield his knowledge from the jealous gaze of others.
The Taoist sage does not have the Western intellectual’s desperate belief in the liberating power of knowledge. Knowledge, he instinctively knows, is just another form of bondage, just another commodity with which to parade one’s superiority. It is just another means to control and to manipulate. As such, it is a form of power that has nothing to do with the bliss that comes when living in harmony with the Tao. Therefore the sage would rather sit in the shade of a beautiful tree, sipping wine in blissful union with his surroundings, than waste time in the hectic pursuit of knowledge that ultimately leads to greater bondage.
The Taoist sage is not interested in acquiring wisdom, for he knows the wisdom of the sage is often perverted to tools of manipulation and destruction by the powerful and the wicked. He would point out how books containing wisdom, in particular books claiming divine inspiration, have been misused by the powerful to instigate and to justify evil.
The Taoist sage does not consciously try to acquire virtue. He knows that virtue in motion inexorably evaporates and leads to vanity and desire for fame. In their desire for fame, men crush each other and compassion turns into cruelty.
To the Taoist sage, knowledge, wisdom and virtue too easily become the tools of the manipulators, and therefore the very source of evil.
The Taoist sage instinctively knows that he could only become knowledgeable, wise and virtuous by not making these three qualities his ultimate goal.
10. The silent one
Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the sage’s way
The Taoist sage understands that it is mostly futile to argue about imponderables. He realizes that our concepts of God are imperfect images created by our own minds. He would not argue about whether the Tao exists or not. He knows that you cannot understand the incomprehensible and prove the unprovable. He accepts that man is partially blind, in particular to spiritual dimensions, and that arguing rarely increases man’s ability to see more clearly.
The sage lacks the zeal of bright-eyed young missionaries. He appears withdrawn, even suspicious, and he is wary of sharing his insights with anyone. He rarely communicates his more profound views verbally, for he realizes that understanding, insight and perspective mostly grow from direct personal experience, and rarely emerge from hearsay, secondary sources or catechistic instruction.
Insight, he knows, is untransferable. It is not something you can give to somebody, like a gift. Every person must come to his own understanding at his own time, in his own way and according to his own experience.
The sage knows language is limited. It is useful, sometimes even essential, for the communication of concepts that might bring the individual closer to insight. But then the recipient must be at a stage of his development where he will react positively to the concepts communicated. He realizes that the communication of concepts to people who are not ready for them is a waste of breath and could even be counterproductive.
Acute sensitivity to the needs and emotions of other people is therefore a crucial part of the sage’s communicative skills. The sage is a good listener and he has the sensitivity to know when verbal communication will be effective. He will seldom convey his views to larger audiences or strangers.
Being aware of the dangers and limitations of language, the sage will only speak when it is unavoidable or crucial, and he will do so with caution, eloquence and skill. But his natural state is one of silence.
The sage is acutely sensible of the fact that truth tends to be corrupted rather than enhanced by verbal communication. He has not fallen for the Christian-Muslim-Jewish superstition of the unblemished power of the Word to transmit virtue and transform people. The Word, the sage knows, is vague and open to corruption. Its effects are often unpredictable and uncontrollable. It is capable of infecting its environment with the malignant even as it tries to transmit the wholesome. So the sage prefers to be silent.
He does not carry with him the immodest air of indispensability and urgency found among some religious groups who seem to fear that the spirit might become extinct if they should stop spreading it by Word, almost as if they underestimate God.
The Taoist sage trusts the Tao so much that he sees the Word as supplementary, often superfluous, and the individual as dispensable.
Like a child, he believes nothing can go wrong, for the Tao is the mother of all good things.
He does not underestimate the Tao.
He knows the Tao does not really need him.
So he prefers to be silent.
11. The innocent one
He who is in harmony with the Tao
is like a new-born child.
The Taoist sage operates instinctively, intuitively and spontaneously. Like a child, he is unaware of his innocence and his virtues. His compassion is as natural to him as breathing, and he is as unaware of it as he is of his own breathing.
He instinctively moves in close harmony with nature, like a baby snuggling up to its mother’s warm breasts.
His ignorance of his own virtues is his most endearing quality in a world satiated with pomposity.
12. The inferior one
Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharp;
I alone am dull.
Other people have a purpose;
I alone don’t know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.
The Taoist sage is often not taken serious by “men of the world”. Somebody who cares so little about material wealth could only be judged as inferior and foolish by a world intoxicated by material possession. Someone so untouched by hierarchical structures could only be a failure in the “age of the manager,” which measures success by one’s ability to manipulate and to rule. Someone who is honest and open like a child can only be an imbecile to a world obsessed with devious manipulation and power.
Not for the Taoist sage the compulsive preoccupation with several problems simultaneously. He does not fret about his future strategies while frantically trying to deal with his immediate problems. He does not use his cellular phone while simultaneously eating and negotiating with someone across the table. Unlike your ambitious managerial type, he does one thing at a time, and enjoys doing it. He eats when he eats, sleeps when he sleeps, and enjoys company for the sake of company. He lives now and now only, for he knows the past is past and the future mere fiction.
He will only take upon him as much as he can handle without losing his compassion. He knows that being too busy inevitably leads to spiritual starvation and distress, and the loss of meaning to life.
The sage does not move with the counterfeit self-assurance of your crawler up the hierarchical ladder. He is totally honest about his own doubts and shortcomings, as well as his disagreements with authority or management, to a point of what to the world is naivety. He does not think in hierarchical categories and he refuses to choose friends according to their relative usefulness to him in his social, business or corporate environment. He is kind even to people who are mobbed by management and their lackeys.
Hesitantly, he moves among society as if on thin ice, withdrawn like a guest in a strange house. He is wary of any group, for he realizes that a group is often worse than the sum total of its members’ inflated egos and prejudices.

He distrusts committees and councils, for they often legitimize prejudice. He refuses to have anything to do with cliques and societies, who often boost their own egos at the cost of others. He avoids meetings and gatherings, where gossip and meanness are often given respectability. He is disinclined to become part even of groups with the loftiest ideals, for grand schemes often serve as facades to ego trips towards fame and prestige.
In a Vanity Fair of brash, inflated egos, he prefers to be invisible. In a pretentious world of self-aggrandizement where status rules supreme, the sage longs to remain unnoticed. In a society clamouring for public honour and fame, he remains out of sight.
13. The failure
If you want to take control of the world and run it,
I can see that you will not succeed.
The world is a spiritual being,
which can’t be improved.
To try to manipulate and control it
is to create disorder.
To try to stabilize it
is to destroy it.
The Taoist sage would be derided as inactive and indecisive by “the man of action”. The sage is innately suspicious of public action, for he realizes it is often a compulsive vanity trip leading to harm.
The sage believes in the virtues of non-manipulative action and non-interference, of containing his influence, of reducing his ego, of remaining silent. He acts when compassion dictates, and his actions are often unpremeditated and spontaneous. He prefers to work out of reach of the public eye. Whatever he does, he does well, but he would finish what he has to do, and then retire, without clinging to his achievements, careful to avoid any honour, influence or advantage it might bring him. He clings neither to responsibilities nor to positions. He is never possessive.
The sage knows the only influence that moves the spirit forward is the presence of character based on compassion and integrity. Character cannot be developed by the crude exhibitionism of modern role models; nor can enlightenment be inspired by your upper-middle class ideal: the smooth respectable perpetration of egotism glossed over by education, good manners, proper language, affluence, good taste and just the right touch of religiosity. Least of all can civilization be improved by the corrupting and self-inflationary “management” of human beings and their lives.
The Tao sage avoids “managing” other people’s lives, for he knows the world is a spiritual thing that should not be controlled or interfered with. He tries to restrict his own influence on others. He will rather suffer loss than manipulate others to reach his aims. Freedom to him has spiritual implications: it is to avoid any form of interference or manipulation. He therefore rejects the basic tenets of power. He prefers to be seen as a loser if success entails tampering with the lives and fates of others.
The Taoist sage is honest in his relationships, never calculating. He does not flatter. He would treat his “superiors” with the same honesty than he would deal with his “colleagues” or “subordinates.” He does not cringe when threatened, nor laugh ingratiatingly at the boss’s jokes. He has no hidden self-promotional agendas. Responding to his natural impulses, he would spontaneously do what is virtuous, and instinctively avoid the false and the mean. He would participate in an organization and obey orders as far as they are of benefit to sentient beings, but he would go no further, no matter what it might cost him in terms of career, promotion or prestige. His incorruptibility is remarkable, for it springs from the inner strength of a person who has diminished his own ego to a degree where he has become independent of the judgement of society. He is essentially, genuinely anarchic: he is master of himself, and he will not be controlled by any system of power.
What the upwardly mobile person would find unforgivable in the Taoist sage is his lack of ambition. The sage avoids a life brimming over with goals and objectives, which he finds a hindrance rather than a help. He realizes that some goals might be essential for survival, and some might even be useful to make life pleasant. Most goals, however, do not give meaning to life. In fact, striving with great effort to reach numerous goals often destroys compassion as one becomes insensitive to the needs of others.
The sage instinctively avoids becoming too busy, which he sees as the worst form of laziness. Mostly, being too busy is nothing but the effort to sidestep the issues that really matter in your life. No matter how lofty or altruistic your goals might seem to be, being too busy is often a form of egomania, regularly accompanied by a martyr complex, in which the protagonist overtly or subtly displays how much he is “sacrificing” himself and “suffering” for “others” or for “the company” or some “worthy cause”. Instead of giving meaning to your life, hyperactivity can create delusions which alienate you from your own self and increase your confusion.
Being too busy is like running fast without knowing where you are going. The sage refuses to run blindly in any direction. He moves at leisure with his eyes wide open, sensitive to the needs of living beings around him. Like the Good Samaritan, he will have enough time to help his fellow traveller lying, helpless, next to the road.

14. The detached one
Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don’t care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.

The Taoist sage seems strangely detached. He functions unconstrained by his own emotions. He knows that his own observations, emotions, thoughts, concepts and judgements are just ripples on the mind’s surface, inconstant and perpetually changing. He realizes that the mind can only reflect compassion clearly – like a tranquil pool the perfect moon – when it has become free of the ripples of thoughts and emotions.
Acts of mercy are not acts of passion to him: they come as naturally to him as sneezing or falling asleep.
Therefore you can rely totally on the sage: his mercy is not dependent on his emotional state, his affinity or aversion to an object, what he believes or any thoughts that might be disturbing the tranquility of his mind.
In a world of inconstancy and illusion, his compassion is constant and real.

15. The heathen
Therefore the sincere man concerns himself
with the depths and not the surface,
with the fruit and not the flower.
He has no ego to follow.
He dwells in reality,
and lets all illusions go.

By almost any Western standard, the sage qualifies as irreligious. Stale ritual has little meaning to him. Even if liturgy should be filled with emotion, the sage remains aloof and suspicious of it. Emotions come and go, and religions that depend on something so volatile as emotions usually forsake their followers when they need comfort most.
Prayer to the sage is not asking God for favours.
Prayer is to dissolve the ego and to become still.
The Taoist sage has experienced it:
the purest revelation is stillness and silence.
16. The coward
The sage views the parts with compassion
because he understands the whole.
His constant practice is humility.
He doesn’t glitter like a jewel
but lets himself be shaped by the Tao,
as rugged and common as stone.
The Taoist sage shuns competition, for it nurtures egotism, fosters brutality and justifies humiliation. The triumphant pose of the strutting victor is a sign of spiritual bankruptcy to the sage. The demonstratively humble acceptance of the prize, with the losers looking on in awe, is the pinnacle of vanity, and might corrupt even the purest of hearts.
He does not see God as his personal mentor, coach or advisor supporting him at the cost of others as he moves up social or corporate ladders. He realizes the Calvinistic urge to prove your closeness to God through competition and the outward show of success is a futile exercise in vanity. Proving your superiority at the cost of somebody else is a proof of inferiority and ignorance. Trying to show you are more in God’s favour than someone else is evil. Insulting other religions to demonstrate your own nobility is an insult to your own religion and yourself. Persecuting because you differ on the incomprehensible, as Christians or Muslims or Jews have been doing in their sad histories, is a form of barbarism.
To the sage, feelings of superiority based on adherence, creed, position, possession, appearance, intelligence, performance or achievement are symptoms of spiritual poverty. The sage’s vision is non-divisive. It is one of unity. But he does not see unity on a grand political scale. He lives his own vision of harmony in the simplest of ways in his everyday life. He is quite simply unaffected by differences between people, and he is untouched by pride, vanity and greed.

17. The traitor

Nothing is impossible for him.
Because he has let go,
he can care for people’s welfare
as a mother cares for her child.
The Taoist sage has the tolerance of someone who knows his ideas are less important than his own well-being. He lives with the constant awareness that his convictions are not as precious as the well-being of others.
He has the patience of someone who knows his insights are limited and subject to continuous change.
He has the humility of someone who realizes what really matter are mostly beyond the grasp of mind and language.
Creating discord to defend your own limited vision is absurd to the sage who believes that harmony is the essence of meaningful life.
Therefore the sage does not take sides in intellectual pursuits.
He does not wear the colours of any sect or party.
He does not wave flags patriotically in the wind.
He does not sing anthems with tear-filled eyes.
He refuses to “die for his country”.
He refuses to kill for some nationalistic cause, or in patriotic fervour, or to satisfy the greed of his rulers, or because he has fallen for some propaganda.
He is a true warrior. He would rather be declared a traitor than betray himself. He has conquered himself and therefore cannot be conquered.
18. The mystery
Look, and it can’t be seen.
Listen, and it can’t be heard.
Reach, and it can’t be grasped.
The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things.
God or Tao or the Absolute or Allah or Jehovah or Brahma – or whatever you prefer to call whatever is or is not wherever or nowhere or everywhere:
It is not a feeling that can be conjured up in liturgy.
It is not a riddle that can be solved intellectually.
It is not a concept that can be captured in science or philosophy.
It is not a dogma that can be formulated in Theology.
It is not something lurking in the ultra-depths of our psyche.
It is not going to be discovered in our DNA.
It is not something still undetected on the sub-quark level.
And yet it is all of these.
For all things come from it
and all things return to it.
The whatever-you-prefer-to-call-it becomes real to you if you live in harmony with it.
It is there to be lived, and that’s that.
You either live it, or you don’t.
The Taoist sage lives it, and yet he doesn’t.