allow tao to carve you into a vessel for tao


 

To know

the masculine and yet

cleave to the feminine is to be the

womb for the world. Being the womb for

the world, never departing from the

eternal power of tao, you

become like an infant

once again:

 immortal. 

 

To know

the bright and yet

hold to the dull is to be

an example for the world. 

Being the example for the world, 

not deviating from the everlasting

power of tao, you return to

the infinite once again: 

limitless. 

 

To know

honor and yet keep

to humility is to be the valley

for the world. Being the valley for

the world, rich with the primal power

of tao, you return once again to simplicity, 

like uncarved wood. Allow tao to carve

you into a vessel for tao. Then you

can serve the world without

mutilating

it. 

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 28


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right here in the middle of everything


 

With all

this talking, what has

been said? The subtle truth can

be pointed at with words, but

it can’t be contained

by them. 

 

Take time

to listen to what is said

without words, to obey the law

too subtle to be written, to worship the

unnameable and to embrace the unformed.

Love your life. Trust the Tao. Make love

with the invisible subtle origin of the

universe, and you will give

yourself everything

you need. 

 

You won’t

have to hide away

forever in spiritual retreats.

You can be a gentle, contemplative hermit

right here in the middle of everything, utterly

unaffected, thoroughly sustained and

rewarded by your integral

practices. 

 

Encouraging others,

giving freely to all, awakening and

purifying the world with each movement

and action, you’ll ascend to the

divine realm in broad

daylight. 

 

The breath of

the Tao speaks, and

those who are in harmony

with it hear quite

clearly.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 81

 

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gift


 

A day

so happy. Fog lifted

early, I worked in the garden.

Hummingbirds were stopping over

honeysuckle flowers. There was no thing

on earth I wanted to possess. I knew no one

worth my envying him. Whatever evil I had

suffered, I forgot. To think that once I was

the same man did not embarrass me.

In my body I felt no pain. When

straightening up, I saw the

blue sea and

sails.

 

Czeslaw Milosz

 

proper enthusiasm opens every door


 

The I Ching

teaches that there are

two kinds of enthusiasm: one that

leads to misfortune, and one that leads to success.

This hexagram comes as a sign that you can

proceed with confidence now if your

enthusiasm is properly

founded.

 

Improper

enthusiasm is fueled

by the desires of the ego.

People often desire recognition,

wealth, power, or freedom from difficulty.

Such desires can become so great that we will do

anything to achieve them. Our energy rises as we wildly

pursue our goal, but this unruly and egotistical

enthusiasm inevitably leads us into incorrect

and imbalanced behavior and

into misfortune.

 

Proper enthusiasm,

on the other hand, is fueled by

a devotion to attaining and expressing

inner balance and inner truth. When your aim

is not to influence others or to satisfy your ego but to

follow the guidance of the Higher Power in all that you do,

you acquire another kind of energy: a balanced and

bottomless eagerness for living in step with

what is right and good. In this there

is true power and true

grace.

 

This hexagram

reminds you that striving out

of your ego now will only push you further

away from your goals. Seek instead to follow proper

principles: keep to what is innocent, correct, and

kind, and the Creative will come to your aid.

The path of truth is always the path

of least resistance.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 16, Yü / Enthusiasm

 

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