That there is a difference between the sacred and the profane.
That it is a grave error to profane the sacred.
That it is possible to appreciate the whole of creation as sacred and to act accordingly.
That the highest path for each person is to learn how to appreciate the whole of creation as sacred and to act accordingly.
That each person’s path on this journey is their own and none can undertake another’s journey for them.
That each of us will fall short and stumble on this path over and over and that it is our simple responsibility to always return to the path; though our wandering may be long.
That in stumbling we can be reminded of the aching meaningfulness of every moment that we have in this brief life; thus may the most humble be returned to glory.
That, although each path is singular, they are also all a part of the whole of creation; therefore a part of everyone’s path is to appreciate everyone else’s path as sacred and to act accordingly.
That to discern precisely how to support others in their journey, without undertaking it for them or taking it from them, is a most precious and sacred practice.
That with close attention, we can help pronounce each other’s paths, without ever presuming to tread them, and thus be carried more deeply into our own.
That words and creeds can be helpful, but that only deeds are true and thus, to elevate creed over practice is profane.
"The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the right and to the left.
The ten thousand things depend upon it; it holds nothing back.
It fulfills its purpose silently and makes no claim.
It nourishes the ten thousand things,
And yet is not their lord.
It has no aim; it is very small.
The ten thousand things return to it,
Yet it is not their lord.
It is very great.
It does not show greatness,
And is therefore really great."
-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home."
~ Aboriginal Proverb