Tao Sangha is based on this. Actually, “Ki Directs Everything” is how our universe works. You can say that this is a law of the universe.
Ki is usually explained as Universal Energy — the energy that is around us and within us.
Do you know how this Ki is made? Ki is created by words and images. Ki and subconscious are equal.
Usually, people think that energy is everywhere, and there’s nothing we can do about it. They think this same way about the material world and their lives, too. People tend to think, “It was like this before, and it’ll continue to be like this.” This is a very materialistic point of view.
If you think this world is made of material, that nothing exists unless you can see it or it is proven by science, well it’s up to you if you want to believe that way, but Tao Sangha tells us that the world is more flexible, much more free and happy.
One of the three marks of existence that is taught in Buddhism is Anicca, which means everything is impermanent.
All material things disappear one day — things you like, things you thought you had or thought were yours, even people you love. We are so easily attached to things and thoughts, but we can’t take them with us when we die. The money, things, someone. Those things are called Dukkha, which is suffering.
If you depend on those material things and are attached to them, you’ll suffer. This is also a law of the universe. It’s nothing to do with whether you like it or not, this is how the universe works.
So, back to the topic.
Ki is created by consciousness. And that Ki creates the field in front of you, or in other words, this is how you’ll recognize it. You might recognize it as the field or it could be how you recognize your life and your relationships, and phenomena and the world around you.
We usually tend to think passively — “I am like this because the world is like this” — or because someone (could be your parents, family, teacher, or the conditions you find yourself in at the moment) told me or made me so — “that’s why I’m like this.”
But this kind of thinking is an evasion of responsibility.
Our habit of thinking “the way the world is has nothing to do with me” disconnects us from the world. But no, the world is not that insipid. Another one of the three marks of existence taught in Buddhism is Anatta: it means that there is no self, that everything is connected.
The future will come to you as you decide what it will be, through Ki. You just take responsibility for your own life, which means you are deciding your future. Therefore, take responsibility for your own words and images and the state of your heart. If you don’t decide to do this, then you’ll passively receive whatever comes to you, with the result that you’ll become victim-minded. You’ll be thinking and saying, “This is not what I wanted,” “This happened because of someone else” — it’s easy to take this position and blame others.
Why do I know this? Because I was like that, and still do this sometimes. But I decided to take responsibility for my life and whatever happens in front of me.
This is one of the principles taught at Tao Sangha: “Take responsibility for your own life.” It’s not an order, and it doesn’t have anything to do with dogma or anything like that, it’s just following the law of the universe.
[Consciousness] = [Ki → Life, Field, Relationships] = [Phenomena, Material, World]
Your consciousness creates Ki, and this Ki appears in your life, the field in front of you, and your relationships, and this provides you with recognition of phenomena, material, and the world.
This is how the universe works, and if you come to Tao Sangha’s workshops you can experience this as a body sensation through Ki.
When you start to live with responsibility for your life, then you’ll receive wisdom. There is no wisdom without responsibility. Responsibility and wisdom are two sides of the same coin. This is also another law of the universe.
Decide the future you wish to realize, and if you are determined to realize it, then it’ll happen. It’s guaranteed. Because this is also a law of the universe.
Let’s create Ki for a bright future!
(The meaning of determined” is decided by two things:
1. Being determined to do anything that’s required, no matter what.
2. Being determined to realize your future, no matter how long it takes.
The important point is that you decide “what will happen,” not “what to do.”)