Cultural Intelligence:

World Cultures

Taoism

A Teaching about the Way and Unmotivated Action

By: Vadim Kotelnikov

Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration, Achievement, Innovation and Happiness unlimited!

 

"In the Taoist tradition, when we quiet our thoughts in meditation, we let go of trying to manipulate the world based on our inner fantasies of how things should be. We attain a humble sense of peace simply by observing and responding directly to what's happening in the always-new present moment."

~ John Selby

 

Tao Meditation Leading to Mystic Realization2

The Six Steps as clarified by Lao Tzu and his followers

  1. Concentrate on the centre of your own being

    • "Can you concentrate without deviating?"

  2. Be aware of your breathing experience

    • "In attuning your breathing to induce tenderness, can you become like a new-born baby?"

  3. Purify your mind

    • "In cleansing and purifying the Mystic Mirror, can you make it free from all stain?"

  4. Love without interfering

    • "In loving the people and ruling the state, can you practice non-interference?"

  5. Allow your softer, more intuitive, and less dominating feminine qualities to rise to the fore, so that you're surrendering rather than dominating, receiving rather than broadcasting, loving rather than fighting.

    • "When the Heavenly Gate opens and closes, can you play the party of the Female?" (As the Heavenly Gate opens and you enter a mystic state of consciousness, can you surrender to this experience rather than try to manipulate it?)

  6. Nurture balance

    • "When your light shines forth in all directions, can you ignore it with perfect equanimity?" (Can you remain balanced and unattached when you enter into a deep spiritual state of being and reached a high level of realization?)

The Tao of Happiness

 

 

Selected Quotes from Tao Te Ching

  • Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.

  • The Tao principle is what happens of itself.

  • The Tao is told is not the Tao.

  • The Tao never acts with force, yet there is nothing that it can not do.

  • The great Way is easy, yet people prefer the side paths. Be aware when things are out of balance. Stay centered within the Tao.

  • If you can find true contentment, it will last forever.

  • Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.

  • Tao loves and nourishes all things, but does not dominate it over them.

  • The more regulations there are, the poorer the people.

  • The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone... More

 

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I-Ching the Secret of Success

Two Systems of I-Ching

1. Space and Time I-Ching System

2. Taoist Methodology, or The Tao of Change

Space and Time I-Ching System

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The Space and Time I-Ching System helps you forecast events through the use of the date, time, and Five Elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Unlike many other methods of forecasting, Space and Time I-Ching System does not simply foretell future events, but also helps you turn opportunities to your advantage by offering sound 5Ws advice on:

  1. Who: the best person whom you should deal with

  2. What: the action to be taken and what should be done

  3. When: the best time in which something must be done

  4. Where: the direction in which you should proceed

  5. How: the way of doing things, how you should start and maintain the direction... More

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Ancient Taoist Meditation

  • I close my eyes... and see clearly...

  • I stop trying to listen... and hear truth...

  • I am silent... and my heart sings...

  • I seek no contact... and find union...

  • I am still... and move forward...

  • I am gentle... and need no strength...

  • I am humble... and remain whole...

The Tao of Leadership

The leader is best,

When... The people say, "We did it ourselves."... More

Tao

Tao - the Chinese character Tao (Way)Tao is Chinese for "Way" or "Path," and forms the basis for Taoist philosophy. Tao is the natural order of the cosmos, the path of equilibrium or enlightenment. In early days, before it received its present name, Taoism was often called 'the Way'. The 'Way' that Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, had in mind is not easy to define. "The Tao principle is what happens of itself," wrote Lao Tzu. Tao is really Nature's way: the order, course of pattern of all things created. For Taoists, every person and thing is only what it is in relation to others. Events fall into harmony if left alone. Everything grows and operates independently, on its own, but in harmony with all. A follower of the Tao is someone who intuitively understands this energy and balance in Nature, and works intelligently with spontaneous natural phenomena.

The Law of Nature

The Tao is the law of nature and the basic principle of universe. It is the law of your true self.

Yin and Yang the Symbol of Tao

Yin and yang are symbols of the Tao and Taosim. They are the dynamic force of the Tao, constantly interacting with one another.

According to the ancient Chinese philosophers, in the beginning was Tao. But then Tao separated into the two prime principles, yang and yin. And from the many combinations of yang and yin everything else that is in the world has emerged.

Yang and yin produced the 'five elements', which are metal, wood, fire, water and earth. Everything in life is in a constant state of flux; in fact, the only thing that you can be sure of is that it will change.

Lao Tzu, the Founder of Taoism

Taoism in general received a great jolt from Lao Tzu's powerful teaching. Lao Tzu was a native of Ch'u, a large state on the southern periphery of civilized China in ancient times. "He was a truly revolutionary thinker who directly challenged the status quo and lauded humble human qualities that anyone could aspire to; he measured greatness not in wealth and accomplishments but in personal integrity and inner harmony. He was in favor of leaders supporting the welfare of the people, and entirely against war, violence, official corruption, exorbitant taxation, and all undue interference in the life of community. He posited an ideal leadership that was invisible and enlightened, knowing firsthand the deeper spiritual path to governing."1... More

The Tao of Leadership

Wu Wei: the Taoist Approach to Life

Observe nature and yourself just as it is and learn to participate without manipulation in the spontaneous unfolding of the present moment. The principle of wu wei, of not forcing things, is a natural corollary to the Taoist vision of the world. "Working with the grain, rolling with the punch, swimming with the tide, trimming sails to the wind, taking the tide at its flood: these are metaphors that reflect the spirit of wu wei. If the follower of the Tao understands the principles, structures or trends of human nature, human society and the natural order, then he can expend least energy in dealing with them. When he does exert this power at the right moment, his efforts will have a spontaneous, natural or unforced quality about them."3

Universal Integrity the Unique Gift of the Taoist Tradition

Taoism points our attention towards our natural capacity for transcendence. "A unique gift of the Taoist tradition is that it does not see transcendent experience as separate and "other" but fully integrates inner and outer, everyday and mystic, pragmatic and transcendent. The Tao is a path we can all readily follow without fears of falling over some esoteric edge, because the Tao points directly to everyday reality and says, right here before you, in your everyday routine, you will find transcendence - you will encounter the Tao."1

Restoring the Link with the Present Moment

The founders of the Taoist culture of ancient China, identified the judging, analytical thinking mind "as the perpetrator not only of our particularly human blessings in life, but also of our particularly human courses. They understood clearly that by dwelling in thoughts grounded in memory, imagination, beliefs, and assumptions, we humans have gained vast powers to think logically, reflect upon past experiences, and manipulate the world to our advantage. However, because thinking is a past-future function of the mind, we have tended to lose touch with the vital experience of participating spontaneously in the present moment."1

To restore this "lost in thought" dilemma, you should distance yourself from the constant barrage of thoughts from your inner virtual reality, and shift into a deeper consciousness. By learning to calmly watch thoughts flowing through your mind without being attached to those thoughts, you liberate yourself from chronic identification with your ego's limited notion of what life is all about and open yourself to deeper spiritual wisdom, insight, and nurturing. By quieting the dominant thinking mind, you awaken your latent spiritual consciousness; by gaining release from your worries and mental torments, enjoy life more fully.1

Te a Perfect Virtue

 

Te is close in meaning to power or virtue. Chuang Tzu, a great master of the Taoist school of thought, expressed it thus: 'In an age of perfect virtue, good men are not appreciated; ability is not conspicuous. Rulers are mere beacons, while the people are as free as the wild deer. They love one another without being conscious of charity. They are true without  being conscious of loyalty.'

I-Ching the Secret of Success

I-Ching, also known as the Book of Changes, is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. I-Ching is the secret of all success in life and business. The key to success is living in harmony with nature. I-Ching reflects the changes that are constantly operating throughout all levels of the universe the cycles and tides of luck which you must learn and ride if you wish to achieve success. It helps you understand these mysterious rhythms, and to re-align your live so that you can live more in harmony with the laws of nature. I-Ching is divided into two systems of wisdom: Space and Time I-Ching System and the Tao of Change.

  Yin-Yang of Entrepreneurial Creativity

The Tao of Change, or Taoist Methodology

The Tao of Change consists of many sets of guiding principles that help you understand the universal laws. The person who fights the universe always loses because the will of the universe cannot be changed. Nothing stands still. For everything there is a proper time. Nothing lasts forever. All that exists must change. Everything, including success and decline, follows a specific pattern of succession and occupies a specific period in time. The pattern of change is repetitious.

The Tao of Change helps you understand this pattern and, thus, find true contentment. Fighting decline or any other changes will result in misery, Do not strive to hasten good fortune prematurely and accept inevitable decline if you wish to achieve true contentment. Tread the middle path of balanced progress to avoid all conflicts by aligning yourself with steady rhythms of the universe and finally become one with Tao.

The Tao of Change Management

 Case in Point  Rob Tomas

Rob Thomas, a famous singer and songwriter, lives Tao. He loves the book "Tao of Pooh," which explains Taoist principles through Winnie the Pooh.

Is Taoism something Rob subscribes to?

"I can't say fully, but I really think that some of the philosophies of it are simple maybe I'm just lazy," he says. "It seems with Taoists it's good to be lazy and to leave it up to fate."

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. Seven Masters, One Path, John Selby

  2. The Guiding Light of Lao Tzu: A New Translation of the "Tao Te Ching", Henry We

  3. Effective Leadership Masterclass, John Adair

  4. Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching, James A. Autry & Stephen Mitchell

  5. The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff

  6. The Tao of Success: The Five Ancient Rings of Destiny, Derek Lin

  7. The Tao of Leadership, John Heider

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