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Empty the mind of everything, let it reside in peace. 
Being at peace you can watch the Ten Thousand Things rise and fall. 
They follow their natural path and eventually return to the source of all things. This is the way of Nature. 
Returning to the source is stillness, for Nature is unchanging.  Knowing this constancy is having insight into all things. Not knowing this leads to disaster. 
Knowing the source, the mind is open. When the mind is open the heart will be open too. Being open hearted, you can act naturally. Acting naturally, you will be at one with the Dao. Being at one with the Dao, you will be at one with Heaven and Earth. Being at one with Heaven and Earth, you can become eternal. 
Although the body dies, the Dao will always be eternal.

 

Any thoughts?

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7 hours ago, Tom said:

Nature is unchanging.  Knowing this constancy is having insight into all things. 


I like this line. 
 

Makes me think that since the 10,000 things arise from Yin and Yang, and then the One (and Dao), that it’s all from the same source. Get to the source and you will have insight into the 10,000 things. 
 

Just like realizing and feeling the energy of all things is the same energy, you have the insight that the minutia of all phenomena is just a play of that One thing. 

 

Wonder if it could be the same thing. :)

 

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Empty the mind of everything, let it reside in peace. 

Being at peace you can watch the Ten Thousand Things rise and fall. 

Emptying the mind of everything is not possible.

You can pretend.  And you can repeatedly empty it, but it is not a stable state of being.

 

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They follow their natural path and eventually return to the source of all things. This is the way of Nature. 

Returning to the source is stillness, for Nature is unchanging.  Knowing this constancy is having insight into all things. Not knowing this leads to disaster. 

As you observe nature it returns to the source like a great machine breathing into and out of the universe.

But who is doing the watching, inside you?
Are you returning to the source?
Can you see yourself?

Mankind is lost in the world, they do not see themselves.

 

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Knowing the source, the mind is open. When the mind is open the heart will be open too.

The mind.

The heart.

No tantien ?  It is not mentioned, therefore he only sees the Tao externally and is a philosphical Taoist.

An immortal is one who has the mind / heart / tantien and has allowed the Tao internally to return.

 

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Being open hearted, you can act naturally. Acting naturally, you will be at one with the Dao. Being at one with the Dao, you will be at one with Heaven and Earth. Being at one with Heaven and Earth, you can become eternal. 
Although the body dies, the Dao will always be eternal.

Many small creatures act naturally, they are not eternal, they are unconscious machines pushed around by great forces.

The Tao flows through them ... and like straw dogs destroys them.

The Tao is eternal but the creatures are burnt as required.

If you are burnt as required then this is not a path to your eternity.

This is the difference between seeing things outside ... and causing your own being to return to the source.

For the straw dog they are part of the energy system of the entire universe, but the sage has individuated himself through discovery of Self, and he has his own energy flow to the Source.  He has changed from a leaf on the tree of the universe, to a mirror of the universe at a small scale and become his own tree planted into the Source directly.

 

 

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Maybe my way of speaking about these things seems very different to traditional explanations ... but I believe it's only a way of explaining things and my views are not so different from traditional views.

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On 1/22/2020 at 11:29 AM, Tom said:

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Empty the mind of everything, let it reside in peace. 
Being at peace you can watch the Ten Thousand Things rise and fall. 
They follow their natural path and eventually return to the source of all things. This is the way of Nature. 
Returning to the source is stillness, for Nature is unchanging.  Knowing this constancy is having insight into all things. Not knowing this leads to disaster. 
Knowing the source, the mind is open. When the mind is open the heart will be open too. Being open hearted, you can act naturally. Acting naturally, you will be at one with the Dao. Being at one with the Dao, you will be at one with Heaven and Earth. Being at one with Heaven and Earth, you can become eternal. 
Although the body dies, the Dao will always be eternal.

 

Any thoughts?

 

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