By Reverend Nelson Templar
When you walk the spiritual path of Dudeism you are presenting yourself as a Dudeist, not only to those who know you but to all others that you will meet on your journey through life. When people watch The Big Lebowski after meeting you, they will be able to watch the movie from a new perspective. Because they were able to meet The Dude, you, in real life. That will affect their perceptions, and what they are able to learn from the film. Any spiritual awakening that they may have after watching that film will be from the seed that you planted in their soul. So be careful and act wisely and responsibly for you are guiding the next generation of Dudeists. The foundations that you create will set the standard for Dudeists for centuries to come.
Uh, sorry if I just put a bunch of weight and pressure on your shoulders, that wasn’t my intention. However being the first generation of followers in a new religion is never easy. Even though the religious philosophy of Taoism has been around forever, interpreting it in a new way can be tough. So please be patient with me if I ramble on a bit.
As Dudeists we realize that this is such a complex and wonderful universe that we live in. It is large and moving at an incredibly fast pace, with no intention of slowing down anytime soon. So no matter where you are in the world and no matter how fast the world is moving around you, we Dudeists know that it is possible to live simply if we just slow down and take things at an easy and relaxed pace. We know that we, not only as Dudeists but as human beings as a whole, need to stop rushing around. For there is always something to learn from each other regardless of where your path has taken you, or whatever path that may be. Because your path to your experience of the abiding calm of Dudeness is yours and it is because of that each Dudeist is unique. There is always something to learn and to gain from each other.
As Dudeists, we know that some people go throughout life comparing and judging each other over cars, clothes, jobs, size of their bank accounts, power, and social status among other things that really in the end mean nothing. They are allowing their emotions, their desires, and their need to please others to end up controlling their actions and reactions. Which causes them to stumble and fall along the path to their own spiritual awakening. They are doing this basically because they are not slowing down to enjoy and appreciate the beauties and wonders of life and the universe all around us.
As a Dudeist when you choose to slow down, to relax and live simply while following your own path of the Dude way, you will notice that previous resentments, grudges, conflicts and stresses will eventually dissolve. This is a choice, you have to choose constantly each and every day. How you feel, think, act and speak is your choice and therefore your responsibility.
So embrace living purely and honestly through Dudeism, and in time you will be able to say good-bye to your negative thoughts and actions. Your experience of living purely and honestly through following Dudeism will inspire you to continue to bring light and energy to share with the rest of the world. Living simply will bring you many wonderful and unforgettable experiences.
When you are happy your mind is in a state of abiding calm which matches the wholesomeness of your heart. For eventually it will become a heart that is clear of delusions and corrupted thoughts. Many have sought his Abiding Calm of the mind, and they do succeed, but only after many hardships and hard lessons. Lessons that have to be learned in order to come to the abiding calm of understanding one’s own Dudeness. While facing the hardest of adversities is when you need to remain grounded and believe with your heart and mind that all will come together, and be as it should be. All of your spiritual practices need to also be done with a clear and a calm mind, with a clear and relaxed mind the happier and more free you will become.
As the world becomes so filled with chaotic and materialistic people, it is still important to maintain the integrity of your own inner Dude. Your life has a purpose and that is to be all that you can be by living in a calm and relaxed way. For when you are peaceful in your life those who know you will want that for themselves, and by your example you will be able to bring some order to the chaos that has become their life. Yes there are challenges and with those challenges are lessons, and through them is great wisdom and knowledge that can be shared with others. Each of you has something of your own inner Dude to share. And through sharing that aspect of your Dudeness with each other we will all grow together as humanity.
We have all seen people who live simply through embracing their inner Dude, have you ever noticed that they are – happy? They have accepted all that they are right here and now in this and in each moment. They greet each and every day, and every person that they meet, with grace and enthusiasm. Each new experience brings them the opportunity to learn something new, make friends, renew hope, and so much more.
You want peace, and we all do. So I suggest that you immerse yourself in your journey to find the Dude that exists within you. There will be days when you don’t want to get up, we all have those kind of days. When those days come you have to try to get up anyway, greet the day with a smile, and cleanse away any lingering shadows from your spirit. Then you must open the door to the spiritual temple within your heart, and begin your journey again along the path of the Dude Way. Remember, future generations of Dudeists are counting on you.
And as always: Abide.