28 – Uncarved Wood

cc image by Rubber Dragon on Flickr

cc image by Rubber Dragon on Flickr

To know one’s strength, stay passive.
Be a valley beneath Heaven.
Constant virtue never diminishing,
The eternal river returns again to one’s childlike innocence.

Know your purity,
But stay open to your darkness.
Be a pattern for the world, ancient virtue never failing,
Returns to a place of unlimited perfection.

Know your glory,
But maintain humility.
Become a valley below Heaven.
The world’s valley – always virtuous,
Returns to the simplicity of uncarved wood.

Carved wood becomes useful tools.
Great leaders use the tools without carving the wood.

Read the essay on Chapter 28

2 Comments

  1. Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks a ton!
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    • Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. It is nice to get some feedback. I have found it challenging to find blogs on topics similar. There are a few, but not many…perhaps my favorite one is Roshi Hogan’s Teachings of the Tao. Roshi Hogan is thoughtful and the posts are beautiful. Another good one is The Rambling Taoists – there are three “scribes” for this blog and they have quite a few interesting series on the left panel that keep things interesting. Another good one is Brian Browne Walker. He has written several books on the topic of Taoism so is a good resource. I hope this helps! Good luck in your search!

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