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Taoism

Step 11: You cannot know it, but you can be it.

Principle: Spirituality

The 14th verse of the Tao attempts to describe the indescribable in terms that we can understand: it's invisible, inaudible, intangible yet through our intuition we can see, hear and feel it as one presence. It is not something we can grasp and hold, but rather something that we can learn to be; and when we have some mastery in the practice we will experience "ease" in our life (tranquility, serenity, harmony, and freedom from suffering).

Text or Verse

That which cannot be seen is called invisible.
That which cannot be heard is called inaudible.
That which cannot be held is called intangible.
These three cannot be defined; therefore, they are merged as one.

Each of these three is subtle for description.
By intuition you can see it, hear it, and feel it.
Then the unseen, unheard, and untouched are present as one.

Its rising brings no dawn, its setting no darkness;
it goes on and on, unnamable, returning into nothingness.

Approach it and there is no beginning; follow it and there is no end.
You cannot know it, but you can be it, at ease in your own life.

Discovering how things have always been
brings one into harmony with the Way.
14th Verse
Tao Te Ching

Practice

Most people find the easiest way to experience the power of creation (or the Creator) is in nature. Walking meditations provide us an opportunity to be in nature, experience the meditative benefits of rhythmic breathing and movement, and be in the moment of the here and now with various objects in nature. As you gaze upon a flower, listen to the warbling of a frog or feel the balmy breeze on your skin, allow yourself to ponder the creative energy which sources and energizes all that is. Experience the "isness." Allow yourself to be in the awe (simultaneous feelings of wonder and fear). Express your gratitude for what stirs your passion. "Discovering how things have always been brings one into harmony with the Way." We come to experience the permanence of the impermanence - the power of eternity.

Resources

Dyer, Dr. Wayne. Change your Thoughts, Change your Life. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2007.

Lao Tzu. trans. by Stephen Mitchell. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version.

 

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