I am scared of ghosts and ghouls.
There, I said it. It shames me to no end that I, the great dame of Babe Taoism would have the most cowardly Tao Babe soul of anyone I know, but I cannot rationalize it away. Truth is, a Tao Babe should not be scared of spooks and ghosts and spirits. Tao Babes are supposed to be strong and full of courage. We should be able to climb tall buildings with a single bound, stop a speeding bullet with our hands, and we should be able to do exorcisms!
Sadly, that is not me. I am deathly afraid of ghosts, and there is nothing I can do to alleviate this inconvenient fact about my psyche. I live alone, and on the occasion, I sleep with the lights on when I get a chill in my bones that I cannot shake. I am a wuss, a big baby when it comes to scary things. It doesn’t help that I have a wondrous and fertile imagination either, or that, as an artist, I can see things in all sorts of patterns. It is also quite unfortunate that I sometimes sense and see things I cannot explain. I don’t try to explain any of the anomalies to anybody. People would think I was crazy, and Tao Babes are supposed to be cool and glamorous, not wild-eyed and frothing at the mouth.
Imagine my great consternation then, that opening my third eye is supposed to be part of the big Taoist benefit. Taoists are supposed to be able to utilize the powers of their third eye. It is what separates the practicing Taoist from one who just thinks the bagua is a cool pendant to wear around one’s neck as a good luck charm.
There are a couple of ways to open up the third eye. One method is to use a dharma and a written spell, much like this one, which has been burned and smeared in the general vicinity where the third eye is supposed to be— right in between and slightly above your two regular eyes.
(My apologies. I have taken this written spell off due to a concerned Taoist informing me that it is a dangerous spell. It is akin to leaving a loaded weapon in easy access of the unwary)
The other method is the one more often prescribed, where I must meditate to the point where the sixth chakra is able to open and ‘see’. It is this second method which concerns me.
I love to meditate because it calms and stills my soul, but I have been shying away from diving into the deep end because I really do not want to open that third eye. I know myself, and I know that it would not take very much prodding for my third eye to open up. I have this natural affiinity for this sort of thing, which I cannot explain, but I am absolutely certain that if I made any attempt at opening up this eye, it would gladly take the opportunity and open wide. My fear is that once it is opened, I won’t be able to close it again, and I will spend the rest of my days, seeing ghosts and ghouls and spirits and demons, everywhere I go.
In an effort to come to grips with my fear, I decided to delve into this great mystical subject, to try and come to terms with it and with myself. I decided to think about it as I would any other entity or object that I would come across in my daily journey through life. There are no accidents in this universe. Everything and everyone has a place and a reason for existence, even ghosts and demons. They have the right to exist, just as much as I have the right to exist. I needed to approach this from the point of view of a Taoist.
“Men, animals, ghosts, demons— all deserve sympathetic consideration. Formed from the great Tao, Matrix of the Universe, all are equally necessary to nature’s purposes. If we destroy any being without good cause, how can we expect our fellows to treat us less belligerently? Let live, leave well enough alone, abstain from exaggerated reactions and one may be sure of remaining on good terms with all the hosts of heaven, earth, and hell. Even corpse-devouring demons are capable of gratitude.” — John Blofeld.
My Taoist glasses are firmly perched on my nose. I am looking through them, and as I begin to understand and appreciate my unique placement in the universe, I come to terms with my fears and understand that they are healthy fears, designed to keep me healthy and sane. I do not need to go where angels fear to tread. Truly, I don’t. I am happy just to keep my rose-colored lenses on. Perhaps one day, there will be a need for me to open up that third eye, to see what I need to see, but for now, I think I will continue to keep my rose-colored lenses on, and enjoy my stay here on the receptive earth. The unexplainable fills me with dread.