The Flow of the Tao: Empty and Full

Thirty spokes join at one hub,
Yet it is the emptiness inside the hub that makes the vehicle useful;
Clay is molded into a vessel,
Yet it is the hollowness that makes the vessel useful;
Windows and doors are cut out,
Yet it is their emtpy space that makes the room usable.
So, any having makes for excess,
Any not-having makes for usefulness.

Since the Tao is all-pervading, it fills every corner at all times. Yet it occupies no space, holds no form. It is like the hollowness that makes the vessel useful even though the vessel is molded and colored. It is like the empty space that makes the room useful even though it is framed with windows, doors, and walls. This Tao is also like the water flowing in the river, creating both the river flow and carving the river banks. It embraces both the mountain peaks and the ocean floor. The flow of the river energizes and facilitates all things existing on either side by providing the power of not-having, not occupying, and not-attaching. -Secret Teachings of the Tao Te Ching, Mantak Chia & Tao Huang

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Wu-Wei—effortless action

Taoists believe that if we are aware of the subtle energies and flow of our world then we can use these currents to get where we want to go. Going against the flow is hard work, but using the flow is ‘effortless action’.


Tao (as it is spelled in Wade-Giles transliteration) or Dao (as spelled in pinyin transliteration) has several meanings in Chinese, though as it is used in Taoism (Daoism) it is usually translated as "the Way." It may best be thought of, however, as "the way things are." Confucians are more likely to think of Tao as "the way things should be," and therein lies the most prominent difference in approach of the two systems of thought. The concept of Tao may also be found in Zen Buddhism, and there its meaning is quite similar to Taoism's interpretation, though the ways in which Zen Buddhists and Taoists approach the mystic, unknowable process/principle/energy we call Tao differs. In the central text of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing), Lao Tzu (Laozi) uses the following description:

http://home.earthlink.net/~gr8dao/tao.htm

"Compassionate Spirit penetrating through touch" describes Jin Shin Acutouch, the touch which stimulates the energy to flow in the channels of the body. Jin Shin Acutouch is a beautiful combination of the ancient arts of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Five Element Theory, Taoist Yoga, Chi Kung and other meditations, breath therapy, nutrition, herbs, and the principles of Tai Chi Chuan, which offers a complete system of healing.

"Within Oriental tradition, pain and disease in the body or mind stem from, and are manifested by a stagnation or blockage in the vital life force energy called Chi,"...

...With regular Jin Shin Acutouch treatments, Clark's breathing capacity expanded to 75 percent and she has been off steroids since 1978. Comfortable in her middle years, she has not returned to a hospital for an asthma-related illness in 15 years. "Jin Shin is the most powerful natural healing art that I've ever had the blessing to know," she said.

Jin Shin Acutouch works on the energy level which affects the physical level of the body. Energy points are used on the body to release tension, stagnation, and blockages. This allows the energy to flow in its proper patterns and to strengthen the body and the internal organs...

The Jin Shin Acutouch system has its own unique theory and associations. The energy generated through the body by Jin Shin Acutouch is directed up the back of the body and down the front of the body based on the Developmental Theory. The body's energy is said to come from heaven down to the front of the body, which is considered yang, masculine, and influenced by personalities, worry, fear, and activities in this life and then up the back, the earth, which is considered yin, feminine, influenced by past generations, and heredity. The back, as feminine, is quiet and receptive while the front, as masculine, is active and seen by all the world.

"The flow patterns accessed through Jin Shin Acutouch begin to change much as a river bed changes when a tree falls across," Clark describes. "Energy begins to dry up completely in some areas, or trickle, dam up, and stagnate in others, like the river. As this begins to occur in the body, symptoms of disharmony begin to emerge. At the start, the symptoms may go unnoticed until the discomfort cannot be ignored. As long as there is life force, changes can be made and when the body is given sufficient rest, vital energy can be moved and healing will take place."



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Nice post teo. Thank you for sharing.

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1. Tao is the transcendent Way of ultimate reality - unnamable, ungraspable, ineffable. This is hinted at in the opening words to the Tao Te Ching: The Tao that can be spoken is not the true or eternal Tao. Huston Smith writes of this sense of Tao, "Above all, behind all, beneath all is the Womb from which all life springs and to which it returns." It is clear, quiet, eternally existing, yet beyond our intellectual grasp, so that words never quite reach it: "Those who know do not say; those who say do not know."

2. Tao is not only transcendent, but is the immanent, observable way of the universe, "the norm, the rhythm, the driving power in all nature, the ordering principle behind all life" (Smith). We see it in the yin and yang polarities underlying everything, in the self-balancing Organism of Nature, the flow of forces making up the universe.

3. Tao is also the way of human life when it flows in harmony with the way of the universe as described above. This life enjoys the supreme effectiveness of operating by Tao's power, or te.

There is a being, wonderful, perfect;
It existed before heaven and earth.
How quiet it is!
How spiritual it is!
It stands alone and it does not change.
It moves around and around, but does not on this account suffer.
All life comes from it.
It wraps everything with its love as in a garment,
and yet it claims no honor, it does not demand to be Lord.
I do not know its name, and so I call it Tao,
and I rejoice in its power ("te").

http://www.yakrider.com/Tao/Taoism_Daoism.htm

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Thank you for sharing the wisdom Teo.


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The Flow of the Tao: Empty and Full

Thirty spokes join at one hub,
Yet it is the emptiness inside the hub that makes the vehicle useful;
Clay is molded into a vessel,
Yet it is the hollowness that makes the vessel useful;
Windows and doors are cut out,
Yet it is their emtpy space that makes the room usable.
So, any having makes for excess,
Any not-having makes for usefulness.


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Be simple and true to your own nature.
Be selfless and at peace with the way things are.

Lao Tzu

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Thank you for sharing the Taoist wisdom Teo.

The way (Tao) that can be spoken of
Is not the constant way (Eternal Tao);
The name that can be named
Is not the constant name.
The nameless was the beginning of heaven and earth;
The named was the mother of the myriad creatures.
Hence always rid yourself of desires in order to observe Its secrets;
But always allow yourself to have desires in order to observe Its manifestations.
These two are the same
But diverge in name as they issue forth.
Being the same they are called mysteries,
Mystery upon mystery--
The gateway of the manifold secrets.

Lao Tzu

http://myweb.cableone.net/subru/Taoism.html

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Lao Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

("Tao Te Ching")


The Way is like an empty vessel that yet may be drawn from.


To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved
by someone deeply gives you courage.



The master doesn't talk; he acts.


Nature is not human hearted.


If you realize you have enough, you are truly rich.


Just realize where you come from. This is the essence of wisdom.


The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

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Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Author : Lao Tzu


He who accounts all things easy will have many difficulties.

Author : Lao Tzu


He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

Author : Lao Tzu


He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

Author : Lao Tzu


He who talks more is sooner exhausted.

Author : Lao Tzu


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Author : Lao Tzu


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness Kindness in giving creates love.

Author : Lao Tzu



Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Author : Lao Tzu


One who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Author : Lao Tzu


Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.

Author : Lao Tzu


Silence is a source of great strength.

Author : Lao Tzu


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Author : Lao Tzu


The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.

Author : Lao Tzu



To lead the people, walk behind them.

Author : Lao Tzu


To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.

Author : Lao Tzu


To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

Author : Lao Tzu


Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Author : Lao Tzu

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Author : Lao Tzu

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“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”

― Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

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The Flow of the Tao: Empty and FullThirty spokes join at one hub,Yet it is the emptiness inside the hub that makes the vehicle useful;Clay is molded into a vessel,Yet it is the hollowness that makes the vessel useful;Windows and doors are cut out,Yet it is their emtpy space that makes the room usable.So, any having makes for excess,Any not-having makes for usefulness.Since the Tao is all-pervading, it fills every corner at all times. Yet it occupies no space, holds no form. It is like the hollowness that makes the vessel useful even though the vessel is molded and colored. It is like the empty space that makes the room useful even though it is framed with windows, doors, and walls. This Tao is also like the water flowing in the river, creating both the river flow and carving the river banks. It embraces both the mountain peaks and the ocean floor. The flow of the river energizes and facilitates all things existing on either side by providing the power of not-having, not occupying, and not-attaching. -Secret Teachings of the Tao Te Ching, Mantak Chia & Tao Huang


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