If you are interested in learning about Taoism I highly recommend "Foundations of Taoist Practice" by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart as an introductory article. It explains such concepts as: the Way (Tao), nothingness (Wu Ji), primordial energy (Qi), Yin And Yang, the Five Elements (Wu Hsing), the Eight Trigrams (Pa Kua), Martial Arts, Sexual Practice, Feng Shui and more.
Having just arrived back from an interfaith conference and opened my waiting email in-box, I find this news report from the Sydney Morning Herald about Jamie Cavanough:
A candidate for Bob Katter's fledgling political party declared his preference for buying ''guaranteed non-halal meat'' so his money does not ''go to the Muslim community''.
Jamie Cavanough, who is standing for Katter's Australian Party in Sydney's most marginal federal seat, Greenway, is under fire for the apparently divisive comments he made to a community forum in one of the city's most ethnically diverse areas.
Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. That's no way to introduce yourself to a Greenway resident like me. Particularly since I'm one of the Christians you're expecting to vote you in. Particularly since a good friend of my son is a Muslim. Particularly when his Dad, who is also a Muslim, is the well respected head of the P&C committee for the local public school which my son attends. Particularly since I've just came home from an Australia Day weekend where I met a wonderful Muslim woman who was kind hearted, curtious and every bit the exemplary Australian citizen. Particularly since our local church only recently staged Christmas carols where halal options were served as part of the free BBQ in celebration of the giving season. Jamie Cavanough, it looks like you and some of us voting Christians from Greenway need to have a talk.
"I have been suggesting that the way in which we think dualism is often
unnecessarily subject to oppositional, hierarchical patterns. Samkhya has shown us one
way in which dualism – the difference of spirit and matter – need not imply the
subordination of one to the other but can denote a dynamic, necessary relationship
between two non-reducible partners."
This is related to some of what I was exploring through my "sacred marriage" meditation, that there are vertical (hierachial) and horizontal (non-hierachial) dualisms within Christianity which we'd be wise not to confuse. Michelle Voss Roberts gives us another way of thinking about this. But I'd go further and suggest that even within hierachial dualisms we have a tendancy to get divine "power" upside down.