correct your mind, the
rest of your life will fall into place.
This is true because the mind is the governing
aspect of a human life. If the river flows
clearly and cleanly through the
proper channel, all will
be well along its
banks. Continue reading
I posted this verse 10 of the Tao Te Ching in June of 2017 and now I am posting it again. I continually come back to the phrase:
“He cleans the dark mirror of his mind,
so that it reflects without intent.”
and the wording: “…it reflects without intent” for me captures the real quintessence of all the practices that interest me. Also the words “He cleans the dark mirror…” express so appropriately in simple words that all practices at some point are simply identifying what it is in my life that is an obstruction to the pure “energy of pure seeing” and then to remove it. Continue reading
The Tao doesn’t come and go. It is always present everywhere, just like the sky. If your mind is clouded, you won’t see it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. All misery is created by the activity of the mind. Can you let go of words and ideas, attitudes and expectations? If so, then the Tao will loom into view. Can you be still and look inside? If so, then you will see that the truth is always available, always responsive.
And then forget that you are there….
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 10
CLEANING THE DARK MIRROR
Maintaining unity is virtuous,
for the inner world of thought is one
with the external world
of action and of things.
These two (the Secret and its manifestations)
Are (in their nature) the same;
They are given different names
When they become manifest.
They may both be called the Cosmic Mystery:
Reaching from the Mystery into the Deeper Mystery
Is the Gate to the Secret of All Life.