Research Association of Laozi Taoist Culture

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One of the greatest feats of a man or woman today, is to be able to embrace their true individual being. This is difficult to manage when most of us are afraid to know what lies beneath the shadows of the soul. In each passing moment there are flashes of what is, what was, and what will be. As each decision is made, our choices shift in an endless pattern of tangled chance and purpose, that weaves the web of destiny. To be able to embrace that which is true, you must first be able to see truth. So often people are left with opaque half-baked ideas of who they are supposed to be. This inevitably leaves them in a state of limbo, with their potentiality dampened over decades. Sifting through countless trial and error phases, without a sense of real purpose, they fumble through life. There always seems to be a current of energy flowing in the opposite direction these empty souls are traveling, because they are not learning to follow the path that leads inward, to the true self. Their pathetic attempts at projecting outward, the image that they create in their vain egoic fantasy, create huge fault-lines in their personality. Over the years the projections get weaker, taking more and more energy to support, due to the weak nature of a literal facade that their personality is painted on. This leaves for little substance in the lives and existence of these poor souls. There is hope however for those who are open minded, and able to accept that sometimes to become knowledgeable, you must unlearn all that you have learned. We call this stripping away the nonessential. The I Ching is one of the oldest and most spiritual books in the world and, coupled with the Tao Te Ching, it makes up the fundamental sacred teachings that command a special place in all Taoist’s hearts. For many Chinese thinkers and philosophers the I Ching is as important as the Bible is to Western society and philosophy, although it’s received and consulted in a totally different way. The book acts not only as a spiritual compass but also offers a wealth of beautiful poetry and Chinese philosophy that stretches back 5000 years into the origins of ancient Chinese customs and values. Its wisdom has the potential to stimulate your , creativity, sensitivity, and resourcefulness; even while experiencing the most challenging and onerous emotional periods of your life…”It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events,
by which the path to success may be recognized.” (From the I Ching) This leads us back to where we started, embracing the true you. As you grow confident in your ability to just “BE”, and take in the essence of life, we are enlightened with the gift of awareness. It is in this awareness that our individual truth is realized, as a minute, but integral piece of the elaborate rubix cube we call life. There is nothing in, or out of existence that does not have a balancing counterpart. The Yin and Yang, as people commonly know it as, is ever revolving and compensating. Light and darkness, good and evil, build and destroy, 8, these are all symbols of the infinite dance that is forever going on around and within us; necessitating the journey into self, in order to discover the immaculate light that exists within each and every human being on this earth. Regardless of the evil deeds an individual has done, they must have good in them to exist! So as you are lead astray by thoughts of worthlessness and self contempt, clear your mind, focus on the inherent goodness and light that exist within, and raise to the occasion and break through the facade, to reveal the inherent greatness and light that is waiting for your awakening. I will part with this,” within every stone , is the seed of a man, and within every man is the seed of a universe.”


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