the universe is already a harmonious oneness

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Forget

about understanding and 

harmonizing and making all things one. 

The universe is already a harmonious 

oneness; just realize

that. 

 

If you 

scramble about in

search of inner peace, 

you will lose your 

inner peace.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 56

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openness & gentleness deliver the correct solution

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Arriving

at the correct solution

to a difficult situation requires a

receptivity to inner truth. Unless we are

willing to put aside the strong emotions of

our egos and devote ourselves to discovering

what is right, there can be no hope of

progress at this time. Help only

comes when we invite it with

a sincere and innocent

attitude.

 

The

I Ching teaches

a simple but effective

method of influencing difficult

people and arduous situations. It advises

us first to lay aside our prejudices — our feelings

of being wounded, angry, or in the right —

and second to seek to understand the

positions of others and the lesson

that the Sage is teaching

us with the

situation.

 

Even

when another is

truly out of line, it is only by

accepting this and remaining balanced

that you make it possible for positive change

to occur. Gentleness and understanding

create in others an unconscious

willingness to

be led.

 

The

superior person

therefore avoids the use of anger

and force in trying times, knowing that they

only prolong conflict. It is far wiser to accept that

each experience we have is necessary for us to learn

something about ourselves and about the higher

laws of life. The greatest openings come when

we meet difficulty with acceptance,

gentleness, and a desire to

understand the lesson

underneath.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 61, Chung Fu / Inner Truth

 
 
 

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People

of  the Way

are quiet and still,

within and

without.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 61

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the wise person puts himself last

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Heaven is

eternal, earth everlasting.

They endure this way because

 they do not live for

themselves.

 

In

the same way,

the wise person puts

himself last,and thereby finds

himself first; holds himself outside, and

thereby remains at the center; 

abandons himself,

 and is thereby

fulfilled.

 

Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 7


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life is short and the world is at least half terrible

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Life is short,

though I keep this from my children.

Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine

in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,

a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways

I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least

fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative

estimate, though I keep this from my children.

For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.

For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,

sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world

is at least half terrible, and for every kind

stranger, there is one who would break you,

though I keep this from my children. I am trying

to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,

walking you through a real shithole, chirps on

about good bones: This place could be beautiful,

right? You could make this place

beautiful.

 

Maggie Smith