Attunement - 點化 - Diǎn huà
The heavenly travels of a celestial sphere,
cause ripples to pass over this tiny, turquoise orb;
Seasonal vibrations so attuned
that source and object can barely be told apart.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Tao is everywhere, it is right here. It is we who are not always in harmony with it.
Tao proceeds on its own path. It is we who are not always ready to follow.
Tao possesses no consciousness, but yet has supreme will. It is we who think and act compulsively.
Therefore, turning ourselves to Tao is the first, and most basic, task. We must make ourselves into the perfect instrument, to resonate with the heavenly harmonies. We must have our strings adjusted. If we are less than perfect, then we will remain out of tune, and shall not be able to harmonize with the universal music. Once we are attuned, we then become open to Tao. Where it leads, we may follow without hesitation. A musician must exercise and express his/her individual talent, and yet, may also blend their energy with the swelling magnificence of an orchestra without losing anything. So too, must we followres of Tao remain human, and in harmony with the universe.
As the celestial spheres begin a new cycle, spring follows behind. The air warms, as the world rejoices. A new breath comes over a world frozen in slow decay, and even the crushed, sodden leaves are attuned to the rhythm. Turn your face to the sun, as the flower. Turn your mind to Tao, as we all should do.