What is a Daoist? I personally don’t worry about such a label. Almost anything with an –ist applied indicates we seek to identify with a larger group; a group that most likely trots out its dogma and/or its customs and rituals and expects us to follow. Following the way of the Dao is not a matter of dress, a ritualized behavior, or any other kind of stipulation. It’s not about listening to people in fancy robes with ‘lineage’ telling us what to think or do. Being about the Dao is being about following a philosophical approach to life that emphasizes freedom, peace, love and a respect for others and the earth. We need to find the Dao that flows within and cultivate it and use it in our own unique manner. Only then can we really reach our true potential.