Tag: Tao

In the Tao te Ching

In the 2nd Tao te Ching it says “When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.  When people see some things as good, other things become bad.” It goes on to say “Being and non being create each other.  Difficult and easy support each other….” Our judgement of circumstances cause internal conflict. If we view right and wrong as being absolute we get caught in the mind trap that there are no alternatives to the way we are living.  Yet if we choose to experience the gentle sensations inside of us, these seeming judgements begin to drop away and we again return to harmony and a life in balance.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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The Tao that can be told

The Tao te Ching in the first section says “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao”.  It goes on and on about the desire to know and the willingness to enter the mystery explaining that both arise for the same source… the unknown.  If we think of feeling as the connection that opens us to the mysterious and over active mind that keeps us caught in the drama of life, we begin notice a pattern. Sensation allows us to experience an open ended life, one filled with the mysterious.  The over active mind keeps us caught in the continual mind story, the drama that never ends.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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The Tao is like a well

“The Tao is like a well used but never used up, It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.” The Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell

As we reconnect to our feelings and unwind our fears, we realize who we are and are again filled with infinite possibility.  Alain & Jody Herriott  

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As we continue the journey of feeling

As we continue the journey of feeling and unwinding our limiting beliefs our foundation of understanding evolves. This allows us greater insight. For example, the Tao te Ching #10 says: “Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness?……” As you unwind your emotions the mind quiets. Now sensations begin to be sensed throughout your body, seemingly moving through you of their own accord. You are experiencing a flow, a sense of balance and at the same time an unwinding of limiting experiences. You have arrived in Presence. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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The Tao is like a well….like the eternal void

#4  The Tao is like a well:  used but never used up.  It is like the eternal void:  filled with infinite possibilities.It is hidden but always present….  excerpt from the Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell

The more we unwind our limiting feelings, the more we experience the eternal void.  Some are concerned that this means we can’t think or function normally in the world.  Actually, we function even better because as the internal conflict drops away, the mind is not only quiet and peaceful but more efficient and clear. We realize that the quiet, the eternal void truly is filled with infinite possibilities and creation is only a moment away.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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In the pursuit of knowledge everyday

“In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.

In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is dropped.

Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non action.

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone……” — Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell 

The mind is like a river, once in motion it hard to stop.  As we add feeling to our life we begin to understand that the mind becomes quiet when we don’t feed it.  We feel what limits us and the mind’s chatter begins to drop away. If we let ourselves do this every day we will finally arrive at a quiet, peaceful mind.  When the mind is quiet nothing gets in our way and nothing is left behind either.  As the internal conflict drops away we experience inner peace and a harmonious life.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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