13 – Honor and Disgrace

Honor and disgrace both surprise us. Great esteem bring trouble because one is bound to their own sense of self-importance. This is why honor and disgrace surprise us. Gaining praise makes one fall – To receive it feels like fear. This is why honor and disgrace surprise us. Trouble is…

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12 – Five Senses

Five colors make your eyes go blind. Five tones make your ears go deaf. Five tastes make your palate dull. The chase and hunt makes one’s mind and heart go crazy. Rare and valuable treasures put people on guard. The sage cares for her inner senses and not her outer…

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11 – Usefulness

Thirty spokes unite at one hub to make a wheel, But what is missing makes it useful. Clay is shaped into a bowl, But it is the empty space that makes it useful. Cut out doors and windows make a room, But its empty space makes it useful. So, what…

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10 – Can You?

Carrying your spirit and your animal nature within, can you keep them as one? Can you nurture your life energy to achieve the softness of a newborn? Can you polish the mirror of your deepest reflections until you are without flaws? Can you care lovingly for your kingdom while remaining…

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9 – Moderation

Filling a cup to the brim is not as good as stopping in time. Staying constantly sharpened can wear out the blade. One cannot protect a home full of jewels. Position and prestige lead to arrogance and eventual downfall. When your work is done, gently withdraw. This is the natural…

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8 – Like Water

The highest goodness is to be like water. Water benefits all the Ten Thousand Things, yet does not compete. Water will go to the low places everyone despises and be content. This is like Tao. Tao dwells in low places. Tao dwells with all people. A home prefers level ground.…

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7 – Universal Self

Heaven and Earth are Eternal because they do not live for themselves. This is the reason they exist consistently through time. The sage puts herself last and ends up first. She identifies herself with the Universal Self And thus remains constant. Isn’t this so because she lacks personal self-interest? This…

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6 – Valley of the Spirit

The Valley of the Spirit is immortal and nourishing. It is called the Mysterious Female, our Creative Power. This Creative Power is our passageway, Revealing the Creation of Heaven and Earth itself. Like a babbling stream, It flows endlessly through our lives – Quietly supporting us always. Read the essay…

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