Tao is a Chinese word that means ‘road’ or ‘path’. But from around 1300 BCE in China, the word started taking on more spiritual meanings. Some of these spiritual texts have survived down to our time, e.g. the I Ching. The spiritual meanings of the word are ultimately indefinable. These include, ‘the way that leads us beyond ourselves.’ Or, ‘a path or discipline of self-transformation.’ Or, ‘the way of Heaven’. Which involves sensitivity to and awareness of a kind of sacred river with its origin in what does not exist (or ‘non-being’). Yet which flows through, and animates all that exists. And which is ultimately […]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter Ten

Tao Te Ching Chapter Ten

Nurturing your body and your souls and embracing the One, can you avoid separation? Can you focus your energy and let your body relax, become supple like a newborn baby? Can you cleanse your inner vision and be without stain, and not throw out the Tao with it? Can you do these things without self-interest, so your emptiness glows from the depths?

Tao Te Ching – Chapter One

The Tao

The Tao that can be captured in words is not the true Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. All that exist was born from what does not exist: this nothing, is the nameless, is the beginning, the source beyond existence, which still exists, now; yet, as the mother of all things, she is nameable, as are all things, their names pointing to their essences, all existence flowing from Tao.