It is that sense of knowing we are here to summon the freedom that Taoism first speaks to. It’s like the artist or writer who flirts with the unknown finding what is sacred within themselves as some might define as their niche, or even wu wei. Interestingly, it is as the blind Taoist monk “Thousand Eyes” defines the true meaning of kung fu in the Netflix series Marco Polo as follows:
Kung Fu is meant to summon the spirit of the crane and the tiger. Kung Fu means “supreme skill from hard work”.A great poet or writer has reached kung fu. The painter and calligrapher they can be said to have kung fu. Even the cook – the one who sweeps steps – or a masterful servant can have kung fu. Practice – preparation – endless repetition. Until your mind is weary and your bones ache. Until you are too tired to sweat, too wasted to breathe. That is the way, the only way one acquires kung fu… and I would add the secret of synchronicity.
Synchronicity only works with the spontaneity that enables change to take precedence. It becomes the experience of arriving at decisions spontaneously, letting our pre-determined approach to life (our mind) speak for itself. (This is the essence of wu wei or what is known as non-action). What we often lose sight of is – it is not simply attempting to “calm and quiet our mind, it is the “not graspingness”, of what lies outside of us that is so difficult. With hopes that our thoughts eventually find insight that helps to define our authenticity.