YouTube Transcript: Daily Taoist 11
Okay. Anyway, just took a break I found—
Man, seems I’ve got a lot of stuff I’ve got to get out of the way.
Before I record that audio book.
So… you guys are getting a whole bunch of bonus material here.
Hope you appreciate it…
Let’s see… anyway… Let’s continue on.
We’re on page eleven out of sixty-nine pages.
Yeah, yeah. a couple left.
A lot of pages of commercials in the back here.
Sheesh. About six pages of ads about myself.
But anyway, it looks like the content actually goes to page 62.
Then there’s a bibliography… so 62 pages. We’re on page 11.
TAO #2 of Tao Of Taoism
The nature of each person is a collection of various characters and identities.
Even the best or most pronounced abilities do not represent anyone as a description.
And that’s so true of the “5 Soul Theory.”
Somebody is a soldier that doesn’t mean they’re a WARRIOR.
That means they’re a WORKER acting in a WARRIOR capacity.
Now some of them are WARRIORS.
You can pick those guys out. Those are the lifers and the people who seem to thrive.
And you hear the stories about them.
And and I’ve met some of them, you know.
They’re— they find their place there. They accept their place, you know.
In the battlefield… the danger…
The fact that they noticed that other people can’t handle it, and they can…
They start to realize, “Hey I’m different.”
And so they just kind of accept it.
But yes, there are WARRIORS.
But they’re a small percentage.
I’m not sure how they got in there or where they came from.
Like I said, I don’t know the designs and origins of these “SOULS.”
I’m calling them.
But anyway… okay, so like I said, just because you’re a Marine doesn’t mean you’re a WARRIOR.
It means you’re a soldier which is a WORKER acting as a WARRIOR.
That’s not a WARRIOR.
What — Is YOUR Nature?
Describe your own nature as you know it.
Oh man I’ve been talking about mine.
How does your nature guide you?
Well, real quickly…
I was gonna try to finish this page real fast
but that that’s been one of the things I’ve had to figure out.
It’s been one of the conflicts.
Cuz like I said, my family’s been always saying,
“Go this way. Go this way.”
I’ve always wanted to go: this way, this way…
And so I’ve had this push-shove and I felt guilty.
And then sometimes when there was nothing going on…
And I wasn’t in a band… I didn’t have any money…
And then they would say, “Go get a job!”
And how can I defend my position you know?
How can I convince them:
that me staying home doing nothing or writing music
and playing and recording and writing poetry…
How can I convince them that that’s more important
than going and getting a job?
I can’t. I couldn’t. I still can’t. [LAUGHS]
Now if I made a million bucks and I was Stephen King…
They’d be going, “Do it. Do it Richard…”
That’s a shame, if they actually would have supported me
and helped me or promoted me… made my life better you know…
Given me more time to promote myself as a writer that
they’d probably be proud of me as I make millions of dollars.
But anyway… How do you know when you’re in conflict with your nature?
Like I said, it’s when I’m just doing things that—
and I can’t do music— I can’t write— and I’ve got these ideas and I can’t do it.
And I can’t make a phone call like I’m a MANAGER.
I can’t. They say, “On no. You can’t do it.” [USE PHONE]
You have to wait ’til your lunch break.
In fact, in those days we didn’t have cell phones.
So that means you’d have to go to a payphone.
Which means I couldn’t do that.
Which means… So when I went to a union carpentry job I was gone all day.
And I’d leave early in the morning. So maybe I could catch them at night.
But they’re gone by the time I get home.
And you know… so you can’t have two lives.
You’re either a carpenter or a musician.
I couldn’t be both. But I tried. So that was one…
How Did You BECOME You?
So how did your nature develop unconsciously?
Well like I said, I’ve always been driven to be music.
I’ve played music all my life.
My whole life, I’ve just done it.
And when I was 13 and I told my parents to trade in my—
Actually might have been 12— but we’ll say 13.
Yeah was 12. When I was 13 I told my parents
to trade in my trombone and get me a guitar.
They took my trombone and put in a music shop.
Got some money…
“Where’s my guitar?”
“We’re not gonna buy you a guitar!”
That was 1966. [LAUGHS]
So anyway in 1967 I got a guitar.
I went and got a paper route and I saved up enough money for a down payment.
50 bucks on a 150 dollar Fender Mustang, red Mustang.
And then I made payments on it and paid it off.
Ironically, I found out that by the time I was done
giving my parents the money that I owed for that thing
my dad kept paying it off for another five, six months.
Because he was paying it off in smaller pieces than I was.
So I paid it off faster than my dad could pay it off
But anyway— I was just trying to show you how I was—
I was so determined to get my guitar.
And then when I was exiled to Newfoundland and I was up there—
Exiled in Newfoundland – Performing to Geese
Before they finally sent me my guitar—
My uncle had a South American guitar. So I played that.
And every day I played it for them.
But I used tell that story.
Maybe you haven’t heard this one.
After I was done working— I had 600 wild fowl.
I was on the Oxen Pond Game Reserve.
If any of you are Newfies out there?
You’re going to go, “Really you?
You’re—“ and maybe they’ve even heard about me.
Maybe I’m a legend. I doubt it.
I lived there for a year. Less than a year.
A half a year.
Anyway before they destroyed it.
They cut it and they killed all the animals. Terrible story.
I was there and then I had to…
Then I took up with a television producer.
She adopted me.
So I’ve got an interesting story there in Newfoundland
But anyway… Wait.
How did I get on to that? That subject?
Oh, when I was playing for the geese.
Anyway, so anyway, I’d do all my work
Do the geese in them and
I’d sit out on the balcony and I’d play that guitar.
And all the geese would come.
It was sixty acres you know.
So, but the geese would come from all over the place…
and come up there.
Mostly because I was feeding them.
I wasn’t gonna walk sixty acres.
So I’d go down about that far… and that far…
and put out the food and stuff like that.
But I didn’t want to walk all the way up there…
Anyway it was more hassle.
I’d just keep them spread out… it was easier.
So anyway I’d feed them out there twice a day.
In the morning and then I’d feed them.
In the evenings I’d feed them.
And then I had Ospreys and snowy owls
down below in the basement that I had to go feed every day and take care of.
And so anyway in the evenings I’d play the guitar
and all the birds would come down and collect.
And they would just sit there and be totally quiet.
And when I stopped— they’d all raise up their necks…
[CACKLE, CACKLE, CACKLE]. I was like “WOW!”
First time I was like, “They gonna attack me?”
It sounds like this… sounds like they’re complaining…
Maybe they don’t like my music. [LAUGHS]
But no. As soon as I’d start playing they’d be quiet.
I’d play, I’d sing and it was the coolest….
I’ll remember that the rest of my life.
Anyway I did that for a few months.
Yeah! Playing for the geese.
My… one of my first audiences.
As a soloist they were my first audience.
[LAUGHS] That’s me. Playing for the birds.
Okay I’m talking about Canadian Geese, ring-necks…
all kinds of really you know, big stuff. 600.
And wood ducks… oh I can’t remember all their names now.
Wood ducks and all kinds of stuff.
And it was my job to clip their wings so they couldn’t leave.
So that’s why I knew I always had like 600 of them
because every few months you have to
cut off from their primaries underneath…
so they kind of fly crooked. They can still get up.
They could you know do something…
but they can’t go airborne because they kind of go in circles.
Anyway that’s how we kept them captive.
The Exploratory Tao of Buddha Zhen
Where we going? How many? Seven minutes.
Let’s see if I can wrap this up real fast.
I’m not sure I’m trying to make little teeny sections.
I don’t— like I said, I don’t even know where I’m…
Well I know where I’m going.
But I’m kind of like finding the Tao you know.
This is like an exploratory Tao.
Usually when I talk about your Tao and your path, that’s a regular journey.
You’re making that on a regular basis… it’s the same type of path.
But right now I’m forging off into New Territories.
If you want to remember that soup analogy: I’m not sure…
but there’s a big hunk of beef coming…
Here we go… Where are we?
Who or what influenced your nature to be what it is?
I found out— I’m born with some of it.
I used to give certain credit to certain people and things that are influences.
But what we do is— We can decide who we’re gonna be.
So that’s why like I said, somebody who’s a WORKER
can imagine themselves as a WARRIOR,
and maybe go out and be a soldier and do a good job.
That’s what it would be it would be.
It would be a job. And they would do a good job.
And that’s a soldier.
How can you— what can you do to improve or develop your nature?
For me it’s not work.
I shouldn’t have taken any jobs.
Number one: Don’t work for anybody else.
I mean I’m really kind of struggling right here.
I gotta hope that I make some money soon because I really don’t want—
Well I can’t. I’m actually—
I’m not hirable. I’m 66 years old.
Who wants a philosopher-poet-musician-manager
whose companies aren’t making more than a hundred, couple hundred a month?
What is Success of Tao Of Taoism?
So anyway, I just have about… I don’t have a fan club right yet.
Here we go.
What can you do to improve or develop your nature?
I’m with you right now. This is part of it.
I told you I was gonna— I decided the day that Oscar died— that day.
And then he died in his sleep that night.
That day… that’s when I put it on my calendar.
I was gonna start doing this book on Tuesdays.
I was gonna record a chapter like each week.
I’d do a section. Edit it. Make it real professional.
And upload to YouTube.
And then edit the audiobook and build
a really professional audio book.
And so that’s what I had decided the day that he passed away.
And so I’m saying, I know… I’m kind of—
I don’t know think I should talk about those things on the professional video or the audio book.
So I’m getting it all out with you.
Yeah, thank you for being here listening to my stuff.
I was hoping to get out of here quicker. I’m sorry.
What can you do to improve or develop?
Like I said, I’m doing it.
I’m being me. I’m gonna develop my products
and things that I’ve finished.
I’m gonna take them to the next level instead of just
letting them sit on my shelf where nobody’s gonna ever see them.
Like this book. Remember— I wrote this book back in the ‘80s.
Redeveloped it in the early ‘90s.
And then turned it into this version ten years ago.
And still, nobody’s read it.
So that’s taking it to the next level…
Maybe now somebody’s gonna run into my book.
And go, “Hey. Hey my friend should have this book too.”
Alright, let me see… where are we?
Do You KNOW What a Friend is?
Oh by the way, that’s what a friend is.
A friend is anyone that improves your life.
You can know all kinds of people… call them friends.
But if they’re not making your life better…
supporting what you’re doing…
You feel like they’re actually a support team
or an improvement team…
Or an investor team, whatever…
That— that’s your friends.
Your friends are the people who improve your life.
Maybe I shouldn’t have said “investor”
because maybe they don’t care about improving your life.
They’re just trying to improve their bank account.
They’ve got to want to improve your life.
So it’s gotta be a part of their motive too- okay,
that’s what it is: it can’t be accidental.
Which of your natures is most prominent or receives the highest priority?
That changes. That changes.
Sometimes the WARRIOR gets up there.
And you know I’m the Kung Fu master.
How do you think I learned all these weapons
and taught all these classes for 40 years?
But mostly I’m a MUSICIAN.
That’s why I even as a Kung Fu guy—
I always had fun with my students.
Never beat anybody up… Hurt people…
want anybody to get hurt… like a hippy….
hippy… hippie Kung Fu master.
That’s what I am. A Hippie Buddha.
The Tao of Your Future
Okay. Let’s see—
Which of your natures should be most prominent for the next five years?
I’ve got a nice blend going on now.
They’re all kind of in harmony.
So for me, my Tao is very complex.
That’s why I say, “Don’t use me as your example to be you.
You probably just have WOMAN / WORKER / WOMAN / WORKER.
That’s it… and that’s fine. And I’m gonna show you how to master that.
And how to use it. Because it’s a support team.
You’ve got four people working together.
So if you can figure out how to get this person to support this one
to support this one… and this one supports that one…
and this one supports that one…
You get that type of— that creates power.
So that’s what you want you know.
And everybody just doing their own thing… but in harmony together.
Which of your nature’s should be most prominent?
Well I guess the MUSICIAN’s up front.
But I’m trying as hard I… sadly…
I’m trying as hard as I can not to write any music or play anything.
I’ve got this one song that’s been haunting me for like a week.
I went and just recorded some of it a few days ago thinking,
“Oh hey, let’s get it out of my head…”
But it didn’t because I really didn’t get it.
Did I know… I’m not gonna say at all… “that’s good.”
So this is a song that’s like bugging me… to get out…
And I’m just trying not to.
I’ve got all this— really— I mean I’m seriously not
I’m in a terrible bind. I’m on death ground trying to
make enough money because in the next three months
I’m gonna have all kinds of domains coming up.
My web hosting coming up. My… I’ve got my fees for
my smog test and my car registration, and something else.
I mean, all these bills are happening like within a two-month window…
and I just don’t have that much money yet.
I know how much I’ll get each month and I’m— [LAUGHS]
How can I make some more money come in?
So that’s why I’m actually kind of late trying to let you finish some of these projects.
Because even this one— maybe I’m not gonna make any money right now.
Audiobooks by Buddha Zhen / Richard Del Connor
But if I can get that audiobook done…
And it used to be I had to have five finished audiobooks done.
I started this before I went homeless back in 2011.
I was trying to get my audiobooks to be an
audiobook producer for Audible.
And so if I could get my audiobooks and get them out there…
I think that they could sell.
I think that people like my voice.
And so I don’t know why it’s so kind of raspy today.
Actually I’m not singing in like one or two weeks.
My voice is actually. Gosh listen to this.
This is what happens when I do not sing for over two weeks.
I’m not driving around in my car or anything.
I don’t have any gas money, and my car’s got an engine light on.
So I’m like anyway… well, I’ve gotta sing.
And I’ve got it on my calendar.
I’m supposed to be singing every day. I’ve got it every day—
I got a little window I’ve gotta play flute…
every day that I’m supposed to sing…
I’m trying to regiment myself a little.
Push myself into some good habits.
Okay. So… but—
Which of nature’s for the next five years?
It’s gonna be a blend.
My goal is to harmonize. And yours too now actually.
So as far as prominent— if it’s will get on that another time.
14 minutes. Okay.
[SHAOLIN SALUTE GOODBYE]