December 2019


Excerpt from The Tao of Thoth

By Ethan Indigo Smith

The world is increasingly complicated. The increased complexity is in part due to more people being less aware of simple principles and simple practices. Simple principles and practices are often overlooked amid the complexity of the world. Yet it is exactly simplicity that tends to be effortlessly helpful and near endlessly applicable in situations of complexity. Complexity normally has limited applicability, while simplicity normally has unlimited applicability.  


Complex principles and practices are as difficult to stand on as clouds and tend to result in clouded situations instead of clarity. Simple principles and practices provide a great base to develop on, near endlessly. Complexity is often pursued because in the design of the status quo, complex practices and principles offer a quick means to ends, a way to win money.


The results of complex pursuits are complex problems. Simple pursuits do not result in complex problems. Simplicity does not blossom from complexity, only more complexity. Simplicity blossoms from simplicity as does potential ability to solve complex problems.    


The unsustainable status quo of humanity is illustrated in the allegory of the islander who leaves home. The proverbial ‘go-getter’ islander leaves home in pursuit of gaining enough money to obtain an island home, only when he finally returns the island has changed due to aggregate complexity. His island is no longer the same. Simplicity is remaining on the island or going to an island to find work and a home there.


All too frequently simplicity is overlooked because the most profitable pursuits in an unsustainable world are complicated. Simplicity is not necessarily the most rewarding means to ends. Simplicity is often a quality, whereas complexity yields mostly quantities. This distinction makes complexity a preferable pursuit to win money sure, but also as a whole modality unto itself it is actually easier to keep busy with quantifying things rather than qualifying ourselves and surroundings, rather than performing inner work.


Sometimes complexity is preferred because complexity profits, and sometimes complexity is preferred because it is a distraction, a way to keep our attention on obtaining stuff rather than paying attention to our own stuff, rather than performing the difficult duty of performing the great work; the inner work. And directly due to this lack of development, many sensible systems, ideas, truth and fairness, and even the ability to obtain clean water on whole continents, are all being left behind for complex profitable means with complex and dire results.


Truth and fairness have been removed and shifted in order to uphold the profitability of various complexities globally. Sometimes we learn about these transgressions of truth and fairness, sometimes we can assume, we do not learn of their occurrence, even as we are living through their consequence. The energy oligarchies and related institutions are among the most obviously guilty of gross lying about destructive actions with endless complex consequences.


Truth and fairness are generally overlooked in relation to gaining means towards ends. People will boldly exclaim that they are conducting their business for profit. Hardly any proclaim their pursuit of truth and fairness. We, collectively, presume most all other institutional functions are formed in order to profit, truth and fairness be damned. And it is apparent, clean water be damned. In fact, we have allowed some of the most preposterous greedy pursuits to infiltrate our institutions of humanity maintenance, healing, and social development worldwide.


The majority prefer complexity and artificiality due to bureaucratic training, for the perspective is suitable for the development of institutions. We end up institutionalized, in one form of survival mode or another, where questioning beyond the status quo is outside our scope and seeking individuation, self-development, is hardly considered. Most prefer not to think much and not to think much differently than the majority. The impulse to not think much and not think much differently are institutionally pushed from Beijing to London. Alternative and critical thinking has been continuously subtly punished, and is increasingly overtly punished. We are institutionalized to the point we accept systems of individual detriment in order to progress institutional development. This is evidence of manipulation and such thinking and being must be removed for your development and the collective.

 

           “Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” ~ Bruce Lee

 

To not question and not reason goes against our true nature. Asking ‘why’ repeatedly and near obsessively is perhaps distinct in human nature. It is our first impulse when we first are capable of communication. Following complexity and artificiality without question requires prompting and training immersion to the point we do not notice what is around us. Institutionalization rather than individuation damages and degrades the psyche to the point we do not observe self nor surroundings.


In this increasingly complex world we are trained to not consider, to not reason, and to not seek truth to the point that the knowledge and wisdom found in the teachings related to The Tao and to The Tenets of Thoth are denied importance and ridiculed as antiquated. We are further repetitively steered to think not as individuals, but as institutions, and perform all sorts of work which builds institutions, and not our own individuation.


There are many ways humanity is steered to be inhumane, but a large portion of it all can be understood as removal of, or distortion of, simplicity. If we stand on simple principles we are not so easily steered off base. When we know a few simple practices we are not so easily tricked with proverbial carrots on strings. If we are immersed in complexity without principled rooted-ness and practices for development of steadiness we easily topple to the winds of institutional and artificial influences.


The most blatant outcome of a complex world without a majority of reasoned individuals is obviously the planetary pollution saturation. The artificiality destroying the planet and transforming ecosystems into lifeless zones is due to humanity celebrating complexity. Humanity has collectively decided that the complexity of being wasteful at the cost of our environment is preferable to simplicity of secured and sustained existence. Humanity altered the planet to the point that we are responsible for extinctions of species because of our illogical, unreasonable, unsustainable greed.


We collectively destroy and allow for the destruction of simplicity while enabling complexity. We collectively have obfuscated truth and authenticity for artificiality with dire results. Simple principles and practices result in the tendency to be less manipulatable. Complexity and the dire results of artificiality are less considered, let alone chosen. Simplicity provides the ability to shake off artificiality in part because it provokes curiosity rather than culling it.


One of the simplest concepts leading to the most profound ideas and observations is The Taiji. The Taiji is what is typically known in The West as The Yin Yang symbol. The Taiji is the symbol of The Tao. The Taiji is made up of four parts. There is Major and Minor, Yin and Yang aspects. There is a set of four, or a duality of polarity displayed that can be highly effective at raising considerations of contrasts and transforming observations into potential paradigm thought, energy and invention.


The innumerable ideas spawning from and related to these four parts all start with the simple contrasts of Major and Minor, Yin and Yang. The Major parts are the swirls and the Minor parts are the circles within the swirls. Try to utilize the contrasts presented in this format pertaining to any number of perplexing conundrums or situations requiring deep contemplation and new perspective. You may find a solution to problems or new direction for more balanced patterns through utilizing the contrasts in any number of ways.


There is usually an obvious positive and obvious negative, and often an unnoticed subtle positive and subtle negative too which may offer preferable outcomes in numerous situations. You might consider the active and the passive and also the passive in the active and active in the passive as well. 


The Tao of Thoth presents principles and practices based on deep simplicity and broad applicability for shifting negative patterns and raising consciousness through comprehension of The Tao and Thoth Energy. Most systems of artificiality are based on complexity and limited applicability, restricting consideration of applicability and comprehension of relatability. The simple principles put forth here are applicable toward refinement of the individual and betterment of the collective in broad terms. The Tao of Thoth unites East and West through Thoth Energy and offers layered lessons to yield a whole new formation towards your individuation and inspiration.


The Tao of Thoth is based on the Taiji of The Seven Tenets of Thoth as illustrated in The Kybalion written by The Three Initiates. The Tao of Thoth is inspired by the relationships of The Tao and The Tenets of Thoth. The Tao provides parallel lessons with The Tenets of Thoth, and each aim towards enhancement and embodiment of lessons pertaining to self-development.


The Taiji symbol and Taiji practice represent the principles and practices embodied in what is commonly referred to as The Yin Yang symbol and Tai Chi. The Tenets of Thoth are among the simplest and most vividly potent philosophical approaches to understanding the world and the self. And The Taiji depicts the simplest and most potent practical approaches to understanding the world and developing self.


Both The Tao and The Tenets of Thoth lack ardency and in such promote expansion. The ideas of The Tao and The Seven Tenets of Thoth are simple and essentially inarguable in their lacking ardency. And without ardency the ideas can be applicable to innumerable situations, subjects, and objects. The Tao and Tenets of Thoth are entirely simple and yet near unlimited in their applicability and profundity.


With The Tao of Thoth the liveliness of these diverse streams of knowledge, of Taoism and Hermetics, are united as a formation of principles and practices toward individuation, based on observation of nature. The Tao of Thoth breathes life into Hermetic philosophy, and provides enhancement of each of the tenets and exemplification for each with the enrichment of Taiji theory and practice.

 

“The possession of knowledge unless accompanied by manifestation and expression in action is like the hording of precious metals, a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge like wealth is intended for use, the law of use is universal and he who violates it suffers by reason of his conflict with natural forces.” ~The Kybalion

 

It is my hope that The Tao of Thoth will inspire the pursuit of and enable the embodiment of wisdom through simple and natural practices and principles. When we are balanced we can simplify the complex. Peace to all individuals.

         

About Ethan: Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. You can connect with Ethan on Facebook, check out his author page on Amazon, or visit his new websites, Geometry Of Energy and Meditation 108, where Ethan offers lessons on individuation, meditation, the conceptualization of energy, and the metaphysical significance of 108.


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