Some Taoists believe immortality is the attaining of spiritual freedom through effortless spontaneity and creativity.
Perhaps the best known Taoist phrase is, "To be is to do." Such a general phrase has many possible interpretations. Unfortunately, in the West, the most common interpretation is something like, "Don’t bother doing anything." Rather than a philosophy of non-action, Taoism should be considered a belief of creative quietism. Lao Tzu advocated a life of action determined by modesty and individual conscience when he wrote:
The sanest man Sets up no deed, Lays down no law, Takes everything that happens as it comes, As something to animate, not to appropriate, To earn, not to own, To accept naturally without self-importance: If you never assume importance You never lose it..
Image: Chase Alias' Connected
From Endogenous Series, 2010 - 2012 Affective Memory Screen Capture by Chase Alias
That's the exact point. Many confuse the ideas of Taoism. My beliefs are more along the lines of creation on a daily basis. Very Korean in practice. The image is from my Endogenous Series. Which is about
Mixing method acting with gonzo journalism which, is also called Immersionism. The emotions in the images are derived from within the process.
The capture is an amalgam between what was planned and what occurred. The series takes on many aspects of my life as an artist and an Immersionist
It's not as much practice as attempted understanding of existing philosophy. And I'm not sure why it's so amusing. It's always so interesting to me how people seem to be so quick to snappy judgmental remarks without first researching the foundation or credentials upon which they are making these statements.
The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves. -Dalai Lama