if you want the fruits of enlightenment…

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If

you wish 

to enjoy the fruits 

of enlightenment, abandon 

regard for the conventional and 

the communal. The Way is a path 

for one. Then it narrows 

until there’s not

even space for

you.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 51

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if you perpetuate the tao, it perpetuates you

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In the

reconciling of

resentments, ill will often

lingers. What’s the

good in

that?

 

The

person

who is truly good

concerns herself with what she

owes others, never with

what they owe

her.

 

The Tao

of heaven is impartial.

If you perpetuate it,

it perpetuates

you.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 79


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caring for trees, earth, sky, we care for ourselves

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A superior

person cares for the

well-being of all things. She

does this by accepting responsibility

for the energy she manifests,

both actively and in

the subtle

realm.

 

Looking

at a tree, she sees not

an isolated event but root, leaves,

trunk, water, soil and sun: each event

related to the others, and “tree”

arising out of their

relatedness.

 

Looking at

herself or another,

she sees the same thing. Trees

and animals, humans and insects,

flowers and birds: these are active images

of the subtle energies that flow from the

stars throughout the universe. Meeting

and combining with each other

and the elements of the earth,

they give rise to all

living things.

 

The superior

person understands this,

and understands that her own

energies play a part in it. Understanding

these things, she respects the earth

as her mother, the heavens as her

father, and all living things

as her brothers and

sisters.

 

Caring for

them, she knows

that she cares for herself.

Giving to them, she knows

that she gives to herself.

At peace with them,

she is always at

peace with

herself.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 37

 

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agitated effort is not necessary

fisherman

If you

go searching for

the Great Creator, you will

come back empty-handed. The source

of the universe is ultimately unknowable,

a great invisible river flowing

forever through a vast

and fertile

valley. 

 

Silent

and uncreated,

it creates all things.

All things are brought forth

from the subtle realm into the manifest

world by the mystical intercourse of yin and yang.

The dynamic river yang pushes forward, the

still valley yin is receptive, and through

their integration things come into

existence. This is known

as the Great

Tai Chi. 

 

Tai chi

is the integral truth

of the universe. Everything is a tai chi:

your body, the cosmic body, form, appearance, wisdom,

energy, the unions of people, the dispersal of time and places.

Each brings itself into existence through the integration

of yin and yang, maintains itself, and

disperses itself without the

direction of any

creator.

 

Your creation,

your self-transformation, the

accumulation of energy and wisdom,

the decline and cessation of your body:

all these take place by themselves

within the subtle operation

of the universe.

 

Therefore

agitated effort is

not necessary. Just be

aware of the Great

Tai Chi.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 39

 

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in times of stagnation, attend to your attitude


 
It is an unavoidable fact of life that inferior influences sometimes prevail: improperly motivated people ascend to power, there is injustice and conflict and poverty, and spiritual life in general descends into darkness and decay. While these difficult times are inevitable – and the arrival of this hexagram indicates that this is such a time – this does not mean that we have to stagnate personally as well. By turning inward and realigning ourselves with proper principles, we initiate the return to light, truth and progress.
 
The image of P’i is of heaven moving away from the earth. When this happens, the inferior qualities in ourselves and in others come to the surface and seek expression. It is unlikely now that you can affect what others do and say or that your activities will bear much fruit. While it is natural to feel anxious and disappointed about this state of affairs, it is essential to disengage from these inferior emotions now. To indulge in them is to abandon your superior self and plunge into a state of disintegration.
 
What is wise now is to accept that external progress is unlikely. Turn your attention inward and examine your own thoughts and attitudes for inferior influences and departures from the principles of the Sage. By withdrawing into solitude and refining your higher nature, you continue to grow while all else around you stagnates.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 12, P’i: Standstill, Stagnation

 

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