When I asked John U.K. this question, he said, " There is the Tao."
What is the Tao, I asked?
"The Tao is everything." he responded. "Many will label it different names; God, Goddess, All that Is, Allah, Mother Nature, Life Force, etc. You could call it Suzie if it works for you and that is how you want to visualize it. What helps you to understand the Tao is what you can use to help define it. But be aware that by labeling the Tao, you limit your understanding or experience of it."
"Dividing the Tao into manageable size parts and studying those particular parts can help your understanding, but remember your understanding will be limited. The drawback of course is that you can miss other parts at the expense of comprehending specific ideas. But by maintaining balance and keeping the totality of the Tao ever present in the mind, this is a workable and useful technique.
Balance is a difficult part. Human nature tends to cause all to become specialists in a certain area. Therefore, in order to maintain balance, one should limit the mount of time spent in any one particular concept.
If you are doing a Goddess ritual, for example, then of course the Tao can be represented by the Goddess. If you are doing a Life Force ritual, then the same idea applies. But once the purpose of the exercise is completed, your mind should then revert back to the idea of the totality of the Tao and tune in for specific ideas or concepts once they are completed. You can then revert back to the totality of the Tao.
As your experience and understanding grows, then your necessity for this technique will diminish. Therefore, as your spiritual nature evolves and improves, then this idea of substituting parts for the whole will cease to be necessary."