stand alone and go alone

 

You should be aloof

and independent — stand alone and go alone.

You should cut off sentiments and detach from perception

and make yourself empty and silent so there is not a single thing

that can be grasped. Cut off the myriad entanglements, and make

yourself free and untrammeled, and reach the stage of great

peace. When this is closely continuous without any leaks,

this is what is called standing like a wall

miles high, lofty and steep.

 

Yuanwu

 

the universe is already a harmonious oneness

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a mother and two young orcas appeared and hovered for minutes.

 

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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know what is enough, and you’ll be rich

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Knowing

others is intelligence; 

knowing the self is enlightenment. 

Conquering others is power; conquering

the self is strength. Know what is enough, and

you’ll be rich. Persevere, and you’ll develop

a will. Remain in the center, and you’ll

always be at home. Die without

dying, and you’ll endure

forever.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 33

 

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with your face smeared with mud and ashes

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At all times just remain free and uninvolved. Never make any displays of clever tricks — be like a stolid simpleton in a village of three families. Then the gods will have no road on which to offer you flowers, and demons and outsiders will not be able to spy on you.

Be undefinable, and do not reveal any conspicuous signs of your special attainment. It should be as if you are there among myriad precious goods locked up securely and deeply hidden in a treasure house. With your face smeared with mud and ashes, join in the work of the common laborers, neither speaking out nor thinking.

Live your whole life so that no one can figure you out, while your spirit and mind are at peace. Isn’t this what it is to be imbued with the Way without any contrived or forced actions, a genuinely unconcerned person?

Among the enlightened adepts, being able to speak the Truth has nothing to do with the tongue, and being able to talk about the Dharma is not a matter of words.
 

Yuanwu

 
 

Hexagram 45 ☯️ Ts’ui (Gathering Together)

like so

 

To lead others toward

the good, one must purify

one’s own character.

 
The I Ching teaches that the world cannot move toward harmony and well-being unless human beings act in unison to further what is good and true. Our power as individuals is multiplied when we gather together as families, groups, and communities with common goals. It is our collective strength that makes positive change possible in the world. However, the tremendous power of human collectives must be directed by a qualified leader. The hexagram Ts’ui encourages you to develop your character into that of a leader.

Before a person may gather others together to achieve good, he must first gather together within himself proper principles. A leader who is not balanced and collected within himself will always be suspected by his followers, and in the hour when he needs them most, they will hesitate. Therefore the first task of the potential leader is to accumulate in his own character all that is good and true and correct.

In a very real sense the progress of the world depends upon your thoughts as an individual now. Concentrate, then, on examining and correcting your thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Improve yourself into the kind of person you yourself would follow wholeheartedly and without hesitation. Learn to accept the natural progress that occurs when you act in harmony with proper principles, and seek no progress at the expense of those principles. Train yourself to avoid misfortunes by anticipating them in advance.

By purifying your character in this way and clinging steadfastly to higher things, you lead yourself and others toward well-being and good fortune.

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 45 / Ts’ui (Gathering Together)

 

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