Category Archives: The States of the Unions

Do You Want To Improve The World?

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter 29 Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done. The world is sacred. It can’t be improved. If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it. If you treat … 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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Keep Your Balance

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter Thirteen Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear. What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure? Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your … Continue reading

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We Join Spokes Together

Introduction Tao Te Ching – Chapter Eleven We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever … Continue reading

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Marches, Movements, Manifestations

Introduction Updated 1.25.17 Tao Te Ching – Chapter Ten Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness? Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child’s? Can you cleanse your inner vision … Continue reading

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Bowls, Borders, Bounty

Introduction Tao Te Ching Chapter Nine Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and … Continue reading

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Church and State

Introduction Tao Te Ching Chapter Eight The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao. In dwelling, live close to … Continue reading

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