Category: Lesson

Tao Te Ching 7th Verse Thoughts

Heaven is eternal – the earth endures.  Why do heaven and earth last forever?  They do not live for themselves only.  This is the secret of their durability For this reason the sage puts himself last and so ends up…

Tao Te Ching: 6th Verse Thoughts

The spirit that never dies is called the mysterious feminine Although she becomes the whole universe, her immaculate purity is never lost.  Although she assumes countless forms, her true identity remains intact. The gateway to the mysterious female is called…

Tao Te Ching: Verse 5 Thoughts

Heaven and earth are impartial; they see the 10,000 things as straw dogs.  The sage is not sentimental; he treats all his people as straw dogs The sage is like heaven and earth:  To him none are especially dear, nor…

Tao Te Ching: Fourth Verse Thoughts

The Tao is empty but inexhaustible, bottomless, the ancestor of it all. Within it, the sharp edges become smooth; the twisted knots loosen; the sun is softened by a cloud; the dust settles into place. It is hidden but always…

Tao Te Ching: Third Verse Thoughts

Putting a value on status will create contentiousness. If you overvalue possessions, people begin to steal.  By not displaying what is desirable, you will cause the people’s hearts to remain undisturbed The sage governs by emptying minds and hearts, by…

Is it a setback or an opportunity?

The doorbell rings and FedEx drives away. With eager anticipation, I rip open the envelope to look over the contents. Background:  I’m trying to refi my house so I can get my ex-wife off of the loan.  It’s been a…

Allow and free yourself

Dealing with… Coping with… Putting up with… Bear With… Tolerating… Enduring… Expressions that I’ve used and I’m sure, many of you have as well.   We tend to use these words as if they are positive or that we are…