The Spirit Works
DR. GREGORY TUCKER
Welcome to “The Spirit Works.” After reading the works of Wei Wu Wei, I dedicated this web site to his memory, writing short articles in his style, or as close to it as I could get. Wei Wu Wei wrote a total of eight books, dating from 1954 to 1974. He died in 1986 at the age of 90. He achieved some notoriety during his lifetime, but since his death he has become a household name to those who enjoy “The Perennial Philosophy.” This is a code word for those seekers whose mission is to grasp the true nature of reality and the part people play in this context.
I wrote for “The Spirit Works” on a weekly basis for over four years. It was my challenge to see if I could simplify Wei Wu Wei’s message. Sometimes he got caught up in language and became as arcane and ‘mystical’ as those he sometimes criticized.
If you follow his awakening through the writing of all eight books, it serves as his journey into the anatomy of consciousness. He knew the truth, just like you do, but it is one thing to know the truth and quite another to step out of our habitual attachment to our preferred version of reality.
He often delivered snippets of insight, the syntax of which resonated at some very profound, deep level. You knew he was one with the truth, but the shift from the vernacular, even the acceptable, is a clear index of the writer’s freedom to tell it like it is. Our attachment to the lie the self is real locks the writer into concerns about what the audience will say about what he or she writes. Most of us write from the lie someone exists to write. If we write, we are inclined to call ourselves “writers.”
In the course of ‘waking up,’ Wei Wu Wei made the shift from the lie people exist to write, to the truth only a dreamer in this dream ‘exists’ to write, and only as an event in the dream. There are no writers to be found anywhere. Most dreamers are stuck in the fiction they are “writers” whose writings serve to reinforce the fiction everything is ‘real’ and nothing is content in a dream. All of this ‘writing’ serves to reinforce our preferred version of reality, and adds nothing to bring us any closer to the truth that only dreamers write, sculpt, paint, or use time to play the part of a ‘real person’ in this dream.
Creativity grabs us when we know that what is ‘going on’ is delivered by a dreamer who is telling the truth about the nature of the dream. What makes a great painter “great” is the dreamers’ ability to capture truth on canvas. You know it when you see it. There are piano players who play the piano, and then you run into a piano player whose message transcends the instrument. You are in the presence of a dreamer who shows up in the dream with an extraordinary gift. The music has the power to dissolve the fiction called “duality.”
Wei Wu Wei was a dreamer whose gift was marvelous because he was willing to illuminate the fact that nothing is what it appears to be because, in fact, nothing is what it appears to be. He had no interest in relativity when it comes to truth. There is the absolute, which includes everything we do to dismiss the absolute, as if what we do can achieve that outcome. This is where his humor thrived.
His deliverance in the dream took him to a place of total clarity: the dream is what ‘right now’ is; it is always ‘on,’ and the context for ‘everything’ is the dream itself. What ‘we’ in the dream refer to as “reality” is nothing more or less than a huge, integrated, Mind-generated fantasy in which ‘the cast of characters’ use time to play the part of ‘real people’ who, more often than not, keep the charade alive by pretending they have no memory for the fact that nothing ‘going on’ has ever had anything to do with people.
As dreamers in this dream, are we not famous for our ability to forget truth in order to prolong the fiction ‘this’ is ‘real’ and not content in a dream? The dream features ‘us’ doing this, and when this fact comes into focus, there is a moment of knowing that is indescribable. What was obscure becomes obvious and transparent, and like the man said, who exists to be “the seeker” of anything when ‘seeking’ itself is only something dreamers do as part of their personhood parody in this dream. If Wei Wu Wei showed up, again, he would say with total incredulity, “so how’s ‘the seeking’ working out for you”?
Everything I do is devoted to the memory of the great, the wonderful, dreamer named ‘Wei Wu Wei,’ whose real name was “Terence Gray,” or so the story goes. He would be the first to remind you that there never was anyone to have a name. Dreamers require ‘names’ to individualize their presentation in the dream.
This issue heralds the resuscitation of “The Spirit Works.” I still see it as a forum for dreamers to share their devotion to the fiction they are people en route back to the truth they are dreamers using time to portray people in this dream.
This dreamer used the last four years to synthesize Wei Wu Wei’s message in order to assemble an alternative to traditional psychotherapy. Heretofore, I was stuck in the fiction people were the subject of psychotherapy, but what Wei Wu Wei made crystal clear is that the dreamer needs assistance in the dream to recover the truth that is what it is. I only work with dreamers now because that is what there is to work with, and dreamers ‘know’ everything there is to know, so I merely provide the reminders they need to recover the fact they are dreamers in a dream using time to play the part of people, often less than okay people. I call this work “The Recovery Process” and this site links to that site.
The dreamer gets to suffer in this dream as long as it uses time to prolong the fiction it is a real, less than okay person. This charade takes place in the dream, but the dream is what ‘right now’ is, and if you scan the dream you will witness all of the ways the dreamers suffer because nothing they do in the dream, including the creation of suffering, will work to cancel the fact the dream is the context for “The Whole Show.”
The dreamer exists to wake up in this dream because our status as dreamers in this dream is fixed, permanent and non-negotiable. The question isn’t whether you are one or not; it comes down to what brand of suffering do you depend on to maintain the fiction suffering will prove you are a person. If nothing a dreamer creates in this dream can alter the fact the dream is the context for the whole drama, then the dream includes the opportunity for any dreamer to recover the truth and to find out what it would be like to be who they are and can only be, instead of who they aren’t and can never be. As Wei Wu Wei reminds us, “everything is a case of mistaken identity.” When the dreamer ‘sees’ this clearly, laughter warns us that we are about to get in touch with what we know and worked so diligently to dismiss.
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