Category Archives: Tao Te Ching

Force and Counter-force

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter 30 Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men doesn’t try to force issues or defeat enemies by force of arms. For every force there is a counterforce. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds … Continue reading

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Love Prevails

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter 28 Know the male, yet keep to the female: receive the world in your arms. If you receive the world, the Tao will never leave you and you will be like a little child. … Continue reading

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The Power of Positive Influence

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter 27 A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and … Continue reading

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The Way Things Are

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter 26 The heavy is the root of the light. The unmoved is the source of all movement. Thus the Master travels all day without leaving home. However splendid the views, she stays serenely in … Continue reading

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Four Great Powers

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter 25 There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born. It is serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. It is the mother of the universe. For lack of a better name, … Continue reading

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Your Turn

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter 24 He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand form. He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can’t know who he really … Continue reading

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Forces of Nature

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter Twenty Three Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun … Continue reading

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