What does it mean to take non-action? Why should you never try to force things to happen before the universe is ready? An important lesson in the Tao Te Ching is practicing wu wei, or non-action. When we observe instead of act, it opens us up to a whole new world of possibilities. We must also learn to let go of ambition and the need for external validation because earthly pleasures only act as distractions from finding true fulfillment. Keep reading to learn more about non-action in Taoism.
Why is there no such thing as “good” and “evil” in Taoism? How can one achieve balance through objectivity? The Taoist belief is that one must live a balanced life and can achieve this by living objectively. This means that a Taoist master must embrace all people without labeling or defining them. Continue on to learn more about objectivity and balance in Taoism.
What are the nine Taoist virtues? What are the four levels of faith? How does one become a Taoist master? According to Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching, there are nine Taoist virtues that make up the “Supreme Virtue.” By embodying those Taoist virtues, a master is able to embody the four levels of faith. Keep reading to learn more about the Taoist virtues and masters.
What does it mean to be a Taoist leader? How can Taoist leaders guide other leaders? Why must Taoist leaders never introduce the concept of “goodness”? In Taoism, leadership is used to promote harmony and balance. A Taoist leader needs to learn to be trustworthy, use action over words, be unbiased, and guide others to the Tao. Keep reading for more about Taoist leaders.
What does the Tao Te Ching teach? What are the beliefs and virtues of Taoism? The Tao Te Ching is the foundational text of Taoism. The spiritual text was written as a poem and has been translated and interpreted by many over the years. The book discusses the nature of the Tao, objectivity and balance, non-action, and harmonious living. Continue on for more information about the Tao Te Ching.
How can you live a harmonious life? Why can’t humanity live in harmony with the world? To live a harmonious life means to do what the universe requires of you and nothing more. Unfortunately, humanity has fallen out of harmony with nature because of its need to industrialize and consume. But you can still live a harmonious life within a corrupt world. Keep reading to learn how to live in harmony with the Tao.
What is the “Supreme Good” in Taoism? How is the Supreme Good like water? How does living by the principles of the Supreme Good allow you to have objective wisdom? In Taoism, the Supreme Good is like water in that it provides nourishment to all living beings without bias. If you live by its principles, you will be respected by others and will be able to stay centered despite the chaos in the world. Continue reading to learn more about the Supreme Good.
What is the Tao? Why does it go against Taoism to try to understand it? How can you engage with the Tao? In the hierarchy, the Tao falls above all else, even the Universe. It is the supreme entity and the source of all life. Although you shouldn’t try to understand how the Tao works, it is possible to engage with it and become enlightened. Keep reading to learn more about the nature of the Tao.
Looking for Taoist sayings from the Tao Te Ching? Do you want to better understand Lau Tzu’s philosophies? The Tao Te Ching is the primary Taoist text written by Lau Tzu, the founder of Taoism. This article contains five inspirational sayings from the Tao Te Ching with interpretations and explanations of their meanings. Keep reading for Taoist sayings and explanations.
What is meant by inner energy? Where does it reside and how can you access it? When spiritual traditions talk about inner energy, they may call it by different names (e.g. Chi in Chinese medicine, Shakti in yoga, Spirit in the West), but they are referring to the same thing: the subtle energy that’s drawn from the inside of your being. Inner energy is always available to you if you don’t block it. Keep reading to learn about the source of inner energy, what happens when it gets blocked, and what you can do to unblock it.