reside in the original unity


 

The

origin and mother

of everything in the world is Tao.

Know the mother and you can know

the children. Having known the children,

return to their source and hold on to her.

Abiding by the mother, you are free

from danger, even when

your body

dies.

 

Don’t live

for your senses.

Close your mouth, close

all the body’s openings, reside

in the original unity. In this

way you can pass your

life in peace and

contentment.

 

Open

your mouth,

increase your activities,

start making distinctions between

things, and you’ll toil

forever without

hope.

 

See the subtle and be illuminated.

Abide in gentleness and be strong.

Use your light and return to insight.

 

Don’t

expose yourself

to trouble. This is

following

Tao.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 52


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the spirit is attracted to humility


 

 
Rumi

advised me to keep my spirit

up in the branches of a tree and not

peek out too far, so I keep mine in the very tall

willows along the irrigation ditch out back,

a safe place to remain unspoiled by

the filthy culture of greed

and murder of the

spirit.

 

People

forget their spirits

easily suffocate so they must

keep them far up in tree branches where

they can be summoned any moment. It’s better

if you’re outside as it’s hard for spirits to get into houses

or buildings or airplanes. In New York City I used to reach

my spirit in front of the gorilla cage in the children’s zoo

in Central Park. It wouldn’t come in the Carlyle Hotel,

which was too expensive for its taste. In Chicago

it won’t come in the Drake, though I can see it

out the window, hovering over the surface

of Lake Michigan. The spirit above

anything  else is attracted

to humility. If I slept in

the streets it would

be under the

cardboard

with

me.

 

Jim Harrison

 

things are originally peaceful

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Haven’t you

read the ancient worthy’s saying?

“The white clouds are clear and still, and the rivers

flow into the blue sea. The myriad things are

originally peaceful, but people

make trouble for

themselves.”

 

After all,

this statement is completely

accurate and true. If you know what it means

as soon as you hear it mentioned, you can use it to pass

through birth and death to freedom and no longer be obstructed

by the psycho-physical nexus. You will be like a bird getting

out of a cage — independent and free. With a single

stroke you put a stop to all other actions and

talk, and you no longer fall into

secondary views.

 

Yuanwu

 

a time of darkness comes to a close


 
Receiving

this hexagram is a sign

that you have reached a turning point.

This moment is akin to the winter solstice: the

greatest adversity is past, and the light is beginning

to return. Nonetheless, one cannot force the

completion of the change, and it is wise

to rest. Act only when you can move

gently and innocently, and all

will be well.

 

Fu also comes

as a reminder to return

to the light in yourself. Growth is only

possible when we relinquish the expressions of

the ego: pride, impatience, anger, and desire.

To act forcefully or ambitiously

now will only generate

misfortune.

 

Let things

develop naturally, in their

own way. Simply observe and accept

changes as you observe and accept the rising

of the sun. Allow yourself to rest and gather strength

for a time of growth ahead. By holding to modesty,

gentleness, and correct conduct, you prepare

the ground for a fruitful blossoming

when the light fully

returns.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 24, Fu / Return

 

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