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


  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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