The Study of Discipline: Part 6

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This is part 6 of a series on Discipline. To read the other parts, please visit our Discipline Page. We have also have a series on Awareness and one on Stillness, so please check those out as well if you are interested.

This series on discipline is the third series in our Tao Te Ching Exploration Project. Throughout this project, we will be discussing some of the basic principles brought up throughout the Tao Te Ching. The principles we will cover are Awareness, Stillness, Discipline, Humility, Flexibility, Consistency, Connection, Service and Leadership. I am sure that there are many other principles that have been discussed throughout the text, but these are the nine topics that I am choosing to focus on over the next several months.

I relate to each principle by focusing our attention on each of the nine chakras, based on the Q’ero Shamans’ chakra system that is explained in depth in Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s book, Shaman, Healer, Sage

. In this system, the chakras extend outside of our human form, which allow us to recognize our greater aspects of being. With nine chakras and nine disciplines, we will end up with 81 essays on living with the Tao in mind throughout every aspect of our being. (Since there are 81 chapters in the Tao Te Ching and nine is a completion number, I felt this was a fitting tribute.)


I hope that you are enjoying the series and will continue to explore with us throughout the rest of the project.


The Sixth Chakra: Our Third Eye

How does discipline relate to our third eye? Part of it is remembering to consistently come back to our meditation practice or any practices that serve you, connecting you to your higher power and to your source. The sixth chakra is about insight. How do we work with our intuition? How do we be with it, trust it?

How do we integrate our intuition into our everyday experience? 

To me, nature is a huge source of support. One of the reasons the Tao speaks to me is because I love nature so much. Nature, to me, is an element of my intuitive aspects. Nature is all around us. Even if you live deep in the city, there is still nature around. There are trees. There are plants. Animals. There is the moon and the stars and the sky. All of those things are present for us all the time. They are always there, they are disciplined. They don’t run off.

The moon doesn’t just decide, “OK, today I am not going to shine.” 

If you haven’t done so yet, check out The Lunar Tao. This book has fascinated me recently. A lot of Taoism is woven into the Chinese culture and the cultural activities are based on what is happening with the moon. The reason for this is because of that constantcy. The Tao is so much about the cycles of the planet. So these natural cycles bring us back and remind us of our discipline. They remind us of being part and being connected and having that be together with the natural world.

The natural world teaches us so much about our intuition.

When we create that space for nature, when you are standing in the woods or in a field, there is a quietness that comes from that. That is the space. That is the space that you have. Even if you close your eyes sitting in your car in a parking lot, you can be standing in a forest. It has a similar effect as being in the forest. Creating that space for yourself that is quiet and still is part of this discipline in the sixth chakra.

Where does your intuition come from? 

How do you perceive things? Is there sound? Do you feel it in your body or do you see pictures of things? How is it that you notice things? What sort of discipline do you have around developing that? What are some resources that you need to develop that further? Feel free to answer these in the comments or just think about it.

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  1. Intuition for me is often about a knowing that comes from deep inside of me. And other times I just feel things in my body. I really connect with the moons energy. Thank you for sharing about the book The Lunar Tao. Great post Amy.
    Suzanne McRae recently posted…Autism and Power Outages: Autism FilesMy Profile

    • That’s great, Suzanne. I think that I am very similar to you in this way. I just know things. They feel settled inside me and I know they are right.

  2. I am with you and Suzanne sometime we just know things. I call this my inner wisdom it is separate from the intellect and we don’t question it.
    Athena Brady recently posted…Giving Something Back 13My Profile

    • I think that the art of distinguishing intuitive knowledge from what you WANT to happen should be taught in school.

  3. I agree that intuition is enhanced in nature. I definitely don’t spend enough time staring and dreaming out the window or sitting in the garden. I am more connected to my inner self when I’m quiet and calm and connected to nature. Thanks for this post, Amy.
    Naomi recently posted…The heart we share with our familyMy Profile

    • You’re welcome, Naomi. If I stared out the window this morning, I would be staring at SNOW! Does it really snow in April? I guess so.

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