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“We must go down to the very fundamentals of life. For any merely superficial ordering of life that leaves its deepest needs unsatisfied is as ineffectual as if no attempt at order had ever been made.” ― I Ching

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“We must go down to the very fundamentals of life. For any merely superficial ordering of life that leaves its deepest needs unsatisfied is as ineffectual as if no attempt at order had ever been made.” ― I Ching

“We must go down to the very fundamentals of life. For any merely superficial ordering of life that leaves its deepest needs unsatisfied is as ineffectual as if no attempt at order had ever been made.” ― I Ching

I Ching, First Edition in English 1950

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Home

 

Scatter Poem

Scatter Poem

Originally posted on A Sign Of Life:

Compartmentalization  is the term my
mother uses to explain what I’m doing
when I force every demon into a box
in my head and place it high on a shelf

where it will never see the light of my
consciousness. It makes me feel sligh-
tly better when I can’t properly feel at
all, and every bitter thought, every offense

taken, every brewing outrage is muted
and eventually “forgotten”, lost in the
rows and columns of other “forgotten”
negativities. It worked for many years

too long, until the boxes weighed
too much for the weak little shelf,
and they

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m

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l

e

d

down and spilled open, scattering

all of the badness I tried

so hard to keep locked up.

Rage feasted upon my heart

and fears devoured my thoughts

like so many ravenous

nightmares.

Try as I might to restore
order by scooping up the
runaway pity
and chasing after…

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Home

 

The Tao of Faith

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Basically, there are two types of people in the world. There are believers, and then there are the skeptics.

The believers often have a problem understanding the skeptic and his/her point of view and don’t realize how difficult it is for a person to go from doubt to having faith.

The problem is that the line between doubt and belief is more like an invisible barrier—a fine line, and until that person is willing to step over it, they won’t be able to have a better understanding of what’s on the other side.

Of course, you just can’t snap your fingers and ask someone to take “a leap of faith,” but you can request that a person be willing to contemplate the question and keep an open mind to the possibilities.

There is an eternal spirit—if you want to see it, you must cross over into another dimension and step through that barrier between doubt and into faith!

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Home

 

Children and Teachers

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For over a year now I’ve been working on a new book, but in as much as this particular piece relates to my work with the Tao Te Ching I’m including it here:

Stop the regimentation in classrooms.  Throw out most of the testing and back away from applying pressure—pressure on the students and pressure on the instructors.

First, concentrate on things that build character and back away from a rigid curriculum.  Give the students more choices and the teachers more freedom to teach.

Then, follow the ancient wisdom: acquire teachers who will love and care for their students and bring it about that students will respect and honor their teachers.

This is a solid foundation for a successful school system.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Home

 

Lao Tzu on Education

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In the United States and around the world, education is a topic of wide interest and criticism.

I believe if Lao Tzu were alive today, he would be saying that there are more pressing things than getting an institutionalized education.  He would ask why so many of us are putting our children into pre-schools.  For ultimately, the real question is this: is it more important for a person to be smart—or—to be a good person?  These are choices, but virtue and goodness must take precedence over knowledge and acquired learning.  Otherwise, the planet will never be at peace.

If Lao Tzu were alive today, he would counsel us not to put so much pressure on our young.  He would tell us to give our children more time to soak up their mother and father’s love.  Also, he would tell us to cut down on promoting competitiveness and concentrate more on producing loving, caring, well rounded human beings.

So the message comes down to this: first be a good person—and then, everything else will fall into place.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Home

 

What’s Most Important about the Tao Te Ching

 

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The Tao Te Ching is not a book on how to achieve sainthood or self perfection.  It’s more about living as a caring human being and learning forgiveness.  It’s about having a sense of humor and going with the flow of things.  It tells us that if we want to succeed in life, then we need to nurture ourselves with love and joy, but at the same time, we need to share that love and joy with others.  The Tao Te Ching tells us never to be selfish and to be willing to join with the rest of the world, so whatever talent that we possess is not to be held on to by us but is to be freely taught and shared with others.  Why would this be so?

The Tao Te Ching teaches that there is a disparity between the highs and the lows in our world.  There is a separation between each of us and the rest of the humanity.  When people are willing to give more of themselves and to get rid of their own selfishness, this brings back the Tao (the unifying factor) and everyone is pulled closer together.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Home

 

The Government Shutdown and The Tao Te Ching

From the Tao Te Ching’s teachings, what might we construe about the government shutdown and deficit default crises happening in the U.S. right now?

First, instead of there being a “union,” there seems to be a great divide in consciousness currently going on in our country, and it doesn’t take a sage to see this.  Also, whenever there is conflict, there is duality.  When duality is present, it can be said that the Tao (the unifying factor) withdraws.  Then, as things progress, even good intentions can get thrown into a dark vortex, and the end ingredient becomes self interest and self defense.  Instead of people following their conscience, the majority think in terms of “party” and “party lines.”

The meaning of the word “Te” from the Tao Te Ching means “Virtue” but another meaning can also be interpreted as “Power.”  One thing the Tao Te Ching emphatically states is that any person or group that attemps to seize power for its own ends will never fully succeed.

Therefore, an agreement will only be possible, when both parties let up on the power struggle and bring the Tao back in.  Then the conflict (duality) can come to its ignoble end.

From my version of the twenty ninth poem in the Tao Te Ching:

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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Home

 
 
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