Tag: Taoism

Tao Te Ching 16-25

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This is Part II of a VI part series introducing the Tao Te Ching in audio form.  There are links to the entire text of the Tao at the end of the post, as well as to the previous parts to the series.

Two thousand four hundred years after it was composed, we need the Tao Te Ching’s lessons in self-awareness more than ever. Little can be said with absolute certainty about the origins of the Tao Te Ching. Consensus suggests it was written around 400BC by one Laozi. Laozi translates simply as “old master” – a hint that the author’s (or authors’) true name has been lost for ever.

The Tao Te Ching is a 2,400-year-old reminder that today, as then, every one of us has a choice to practice self-awareness and exercise our own power in and over the world. That might come as more of a nasty wake up call than a comfort to some of us.  Either way, Study this ancient text and be all the wiser on your path to enlightenment!  Namaste!

Chapter 16:

If you can empty your mind of all thoughts
your heart will embrace the tranquility of peace.
Watch the workings of all of creation,
but contemplate their return to the source.

All creatures in the universe
return to the point where they began.
Returning to the source is tranquility
because we submit to Heaven’s mandate.

Returning to Heaven’s mandate is called being
constant.
Knowing the constant is called ‘enlightenment’.
Not knowing the constant is the source of evil deeds

because we have no roots.
By knowing the constant we can accept things as they
are.
By accepting things as they are, we become
impartial.
By being impartial, we become one with Heaven.
By being one with Heaven, we become one with Tao.
Being one with Tao, we are no longer concerned about

losing our life because we know the Tao is constant
and we are one with Tao.

Links to Previous Parts:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

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Tao Te Ching 46-55

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This is Part IV of a VI part series introducing the Tao Te Ching in audio form.  There are links to the entire text of the Tao at the end of the post, as well as to the previous parts to the series.

Two thousand four hundred years after it was composed, we need the Tao Te Ching’s lessons in self-awareness more than ever. Little can be said with absolute certainty about the origins of the Tao Te Ching. Consensus suggests it was written around 400BC by one Laozi. Laozi translates simply as “old master” – a hint that the author’s (or authors’) true name has been lost for ever.

The Tao Te Ching is a 2,400-year-old reminder that today, as then, every one of us has a choice to practice self-awareness and exercise our own power in and over the world. That might come as more of a nasty wake up call than a comfort to some of us.  Either way, Study this ancient text and be all the wiser on your path to enlightenment!  Namaste!

Chapter 46
When the world follows the Tao,
horses run free to fertilize the fields.
When the world does not follow the Tao,
war horses are bred outside the cities.

There is no greater transgression
than condoning people’s selfish desires,
no greater disaster than being discontent,
and no greater retribution than for greed.

Whoever knows contentment will be at peace forever.

Links to Previous Parts:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

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The Harmony Of Feng Shui

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Complete Holistic Health wouldn’t be so complete if we didn’t give you a quick overview on the practice of Feng Shui.  As Asian culture becomes more popular in the United States, the ancient Chinese  method of creating a harmonious environment, feng shui, is becoming more and more popular.

Feng Shui:   Balancing The Energy Flow

By altering how energy or “chi” flows around and through your surroundings, you can promote happiness, prosperity and good health, and feel energized, positive, and passionate about life.  Feng Shui is a powerful way of making a positive change.  Pronounced “fung shway,” feng shui literally means “wind and water.” Its  roots are 5,000 years old.  Feng shui seeks to promote prosperity, good health, and general well-being by examining how energy, qi, pronounced “chee,” flows through a particular  room, house, building, or garden.

Feng shui considers yin, feminine and passive energy, and yang,  which is masculine and hot. It also looks at the five elements – water, fire,  wood, metal, and earth, and the external environment.  The points on the compass, with eight separate directions – north, northeast,  east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest – are also important.

A feng shui expert, known as a geomancer, will  consult an individual’s Chinese horoscope to figure out what is best for that  person and use complicated mathematical calculations from the ancient I  Ching,  (Book of Changes), to determine what aspects of the house  are out balance.Miraculous Endeavors New Age Spiritual Metaphysical Online Store New Age Music New Age Yoga Gifts

How To Apply Feng Shui

The easiest way to begin is by transforming your home or workplace. Include some strategically placed elements in your environment. There are numerous objects which have long been recognized for improving the flow of positive chi.  Various live plants as well as objects have been introduced to Feng Shui practice for enhancing positive “chi” and counteracting negative “chi” so that luck, fortune and wealth come your way.

The most popular objects and live plants are lucky bamboo, money plants, crystals, coins, and other good fortune symbols. It can used for celebrating a grand business opening, the purchase of a new house, or for bringing good luck.

Lucky bamboo can bring success in your career, health and relationships. According to Feng Shui, lucky bamboo is an excellent way to attract positive “chi” or energy. For centuries, Chinese have considered it a lucky symbol. It is said three stalks attract happiness; five attract wealth; seven result in good health; and twenty-one stalks offer a powerful, all-purpose blessing. Lucky bamboo makes for a perfect gift.

Ten Easy Steps For Applying Feng Shui

De-clutter Every Room

This is absolutely fundamental to ensuring a harmonious home and life. Clutter in the home restricts the flow of positive energy, and can result in cluttered thinking. Having a tidy, organized home will result in feelings of calm and relaxation. Anything that is broken, unused, or brings back unhappy memories should be thrown away.

Position Furniture Correctly

Furniture should be positioned so as not to restrict free passage through the room, as this is a reflection of the flowing of energy. People should be able to sit with their backs to a wall whenever possible.

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Keep Work and Rest Areas Separate

Any work or home office space should be kept very distinct from living or sleeping areas. If these are mixed then relaxation will be impossible, and work material kept in the bedroom will prevent getting a good night’s rest.

Make Repairs Promptly

Any house features such as stairs, doors or windows that are broken or not working restrict the flow of positive energy. Repairs should be made as quickly as possible to allow the energy to flow freely again.

Hang Mirrors

Mirrors are believed to reflect positive energy, therefore doubling its potency.  They also work by preventing the flow of negative energy around the home.  However, it is not recommend placing a mirror facing a front door, as it reflects good energy back out the house.

Display Plants, Flowers, and Fruit

Displays of fresh flowers and plants promote positive energy, although ones with thorns should be avoided. A bowl of fruit rather than flowers should be situated in the bedroom to encourage sexual health, and displays of oranges and lemons throughout the home are thought to bring good luck.

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This is essential to the successful implementation of feng shui, which translates as wind water. A water feature will promote feelings of relaxation and harmony.

Fill The House With the proper Colors

Colors have a special significance in feng shui, with different colors representing different things. For example, green symbolizes nature, and is therefore representative of life and hope. Yellow represents power, and red and purple are said to be lucky. Relaxing colors are best used in living spaces.

Avoid Sharp Lines And Corners

Roundness is preferred in feng shui. Sharp corners are though to emit negative energy.  Wherever possible corners should not point to beds or chairs, as they will prevent calmness and relaxation.

These 10 feng shui rules you should follow show how to begin to create a more harmonious and prosperous home. This ancient art has helped millions of people around the world to organize their lives in such a way as to promote calmness and well-being. Although there is a lot to learn with feng shui, these rules show that there are some basic initial steps which can be taken to begin to make a difference in your life.

Wonderful Overview Of 9 Principles Of Feng Shui

Tao Te Ching 1-15

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Two thousand four hundred years after it was composed, we need the Tao Te Ching’s lessons in self-awareness more than ever. Little can be said with absolute certainty about the origins of the Tao Te Ching. Consensus suggests it was written around 400BC by one Laozi. Laozi translates simply as “old master” – a hint that the author’s (or authors’) true name has been lost for ever.

Tao Te Ching translates very roughly as “the way of integrity”. In its 81 verses it delivers a treatise on how to live in the world with goodness and integrity: an important kind of wisdom in a world where many people believe such a thing to be impossible.

us how we might see things if we could spend more time in awareness, and less in naming. “Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place.” This, from the third verse, sounds positively heretical to the work- and productivity-obsessed modern mind. Perhaps if we were more aware, we would worry less, and could see better what actually needs doing.

The Tao Te Ching is a 2,400-year-old reminder that today, as then, every one of us has a choice to practice self-awareness and exercise our own power in and over the world. That might come as more of a nasty wake up call than a comfort to some of us.  Either way, Study this ancient text and be all the wiser on your path to enlightenment!  Namaste!

Chapter One:

The tao that can be described
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be spoken
is not the eternal Name.

The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of creation.

Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.
By having desire, you can only see what is visibly
real.

Yet mystery and reality
emerge from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness born from darkness.
The beginning of all understanding.

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