Ancient Beginning

Ancient Beginning

There is a thread running from the beginning of time through the present and forward to the end. Yet it has no beginning and no end. It is known by all, but forgotten by most. Remembrance occurs in a flash and requires no special skill or knowledge. It is both change and changeless. It is here and not here. Know the ancient beginning, but live it now. Tao is but a word that suggests the essence. Truth can only be experienced firsthand.

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Fourteen

Look, it cannot be seen—it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard—it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held—it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert

Infinity

Infinity

Legend has it there is a path to immortality. Most of us want to believe it is a true path and not a false one. However, if there are immortals among us, they guard their secrets well. Like many others, the Taoist have a tradition that speaks of immortality, but when we read their ancient texts, we see passages that encourage us to do less and permit nature to take its course.

Kevin Akers was a long-time student of Gia-Fu Feng. In this video we posted on YouTube, https://youtu.be/UjjpIIMoVVQ, he teaches a simple Chi Kung exercise that is called the “Infinity Exercise”. Rather than approaching this exercise as something new to learn, we suggest you think of it as a way of letting go of the things that keep you from remembering who you are. With this ritual of relinquishment, you will find the Tao and perhaps extend your days.
Bamboo Grove Infinity Exercise
Chapter 48

In the pursuit of learning, something is acquired every day.
In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is relinquished.
Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is governed by letting things take their course.
It cannot be governed through interference.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert