I am going to visit my friends in Rolla, Missouri. They are members of a group that does table tipping. They call on spirits to move the table. Sometimes the table levitates. But first, we will read Chapter 23 from the Tao te Ching:
“Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.”
I walk in the snow — meditating.
“Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind”
“When it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.”
“If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.”
I am in Missouri. Elaine shows me her photograph book of levitating tables. Her husband, Tom, died a little over a year ago.
“If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.”
I go down the stairs to the basement where they do the table tipping sessions. People leave requests with questions for the spirits — which the spirits answer. I look at the glass locked experimental container — designed to hold objects that paranormally enter and exit while the container remains locked. I look at the boxes on the shelves — they hold copies of letters that people have received from the spirits over many decades.
“If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.”
I look through Tom’s papers and notes.
A cardinal raps on the window, calling for the cat to come.
“Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.”
The cat watches the cardinal.