"The Tao that is voiced is no longer that of eternal Tao.
The name that has been written is no longer that of eternal name.

The nameless is the beginning of the cosmic universe.
The named is the mother of the myriad creatures."
- Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu, the Old Master
Lao Tzu1

I would like to offer the following quotes from Tao Te Ching to serve as a guide for all Lighworkers on the Path and especially for all ascended masters who have become divine mediums. The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu1 has been my source of inspiration and guidance as a Way of the Tao since the early beginning of my Traditional Chinese Medicine studies and my path to self-realization and ascension. Let me share with you nine of the 81 chapters taken from Tao Te Ching translated by Edward Brennan and Tao Huang2 which are my golden treasures for contemplation.

Chapter 1

  1. The Tao that is voiced is no longer that of eternal Tao.
    The name that has been written is no longer that of eternal name.
  2. The nameless is the beginning of the cosmic universe.
    The named is the mother of the myriad creatures.
  3. Being at peace, one can see into the subtle.
    Engaging with passion, one can see into the manifest.
  4. They both arise from a common source but have different names.
    Both are called the mystery within the mystery.
    They are the door to all wonders.

Chapter 14

  1. Look for it and not to be seen, it is called invisible;
    Listen to it and not to be heard, it is called inaudible;
    Reach for it and not to be touched, it is called intangible.
  2. These three are beyond reckoning, so
    When these three merge, they are One.
  3. As for this One, there is nothing above it remaining to be accounted for,
    There is nothing below it that has been excluded.
    Ever searching for it, it is beyond naming.
  4. It returns to no-thing.
    Its state is described as no state,
    Its form is described as formless.
    It is called the vision beyond focus.
  5. Follow after it, and it proves endless.
    Go before it, and no beginning can be found.
  6. Employ the Tao of today in order to manage today's affairs and to know the ancient past.
  7. This is called the principle of Tao.

Chapter 15

  1. The ancient sages of Tao are subtle and mysteriously penetrating.
    Their depth is beyond the power of will.
  2. Because it is beyond the power of will,
    The most we can do is describe it:
  3. Thus, Full of care, as one crossing the wintry stream,
    Attentive, as one cautious of the total environment,
    Reserved, as one who is a guest,
    Spread open, as when confronting a marsh,
    Simple, like un-carved wood, Opaque, like mud,
    Magnificent, like a valley.
  4. From within the murky comes the stillness.
    The feminine enlivens with her milk.
  5. Keeping such a Tao, excess is undesirable.
    Desiring no excess, work is completed without exhaustion.

Chapter 16

  1. Reaching the ultimate emptiness,
    Concentrating on the central stillness,
    All things work together.
  2. From this I observe their returning.
  3. All things under heaven flourish in their vitality,
    Yet each returns to its own root.
    This is stillness.
    Stillness means returning to its destiny.
    Returning to its destiny is steadfastness.
    To know steadfastness means enlightenment.
    Not to know steadfastness is to act forcefully.
    Acting forcefully brings disaster.
    Knowing the steadfast implies acceptance.
    Acceptance is impartial.
    Impartial is regal. Regal is heaven. Heaven is Tao.
    Tao is beyond danger even when the body perishes.

Chapter 21

  1. The marks of profound action follow only from the Tao.
  2. The substance of Tao is boundless and unfathomable.
    Unfathomable and boundless,
    In its center there is form;
    Boundless and unfathomable,
    In its center there is an object;
    Embryonic and dark,
    In its center there is essence;
    The essence is very pure,
    In its center there is trust.
    From now to the days of old,
    Its name never dies,
    Because it creates all things in their beginning.
  3. How do I know the source of all beginnings?
    From this.

Chapter 33

  1. To know others is to be knowledgeable,
    To know oneself is enlightenment;
    To master others is to have strength,
    To master oneself is to be powerful.
  2. To know what is sufficient is to be rich.
    To act with determination is to have will.
    Not to lose one's substance is to endure.
    To die, but not be forgotten, is to be immortal.

Chapter 39

  1. Those from the past have attained Oneness.
  2. By attaining Oneness, heaven is clear.
    By attaining Oneness, earth is at peace.
    By attaining Oneness, the spirit is quickened.
    By attaining Oneness, the valley is filled.
    By attaining Oneness, the king puts order in the whole world.
    All these result from Oneness.
  3. Without its clarity, heaven is liable to explode.
    Without its peace, earth is liable to erupt.
    Without its quickening, the spirit is liable to die out.
    Without its fullness, valleys are liable to dry out.
    Without proper esteem, the king is liable to fall.
  4. Esteem is rooted in the humble.
    The high is founded upon the low.
  5. This is why the lords and rulers call themselves widows and orphans without support.
    Is this is not the root of being humble?
  6. Much praise amounts to no praise.
  7. Without preference, Being is as resonant as Jade and as gravelly as stone.

Chapter 51

  1. Tao enlivens.
    Action nourishes.
    Matter forms.
    Mechanism completes.
    For that reason, all things worship Tao and exalt Action.
  2. The worship of Tao and exaltation of Action are not conferred, but always arise naturally.
  3. Tao enlivens and nourishes, develops and cultivates, integrates and completes, raises and sustains.
  4. It enlivens without possessing.
    It acts without relying.
    It develops without controlling.
  5. Such is called mystic Action.

Chapter 79

  1. The Tao of heaven is like drawing a bow.
    The high bends down, the low rises up.
    The surplus decreases.
    Insufficiency is supplied.
  2. So the Tao of heaven reduces what is surplus and enhances what is insufficient.
    The human Tao reduces what is insufficient and caters to the surplus.
  3. Who can use the surplus to benefit the heaven?
    Only those who possess Tao.
  4. So the sage
    Exists without ownership,
    Accomplishes without holding on.
    It is thus, without desire, that the wise see.

(above Tao Te Ching courtesy of Universal Tao)

Taoist Yin Yang SymbolNOTE: There are many translations of Tao Te Ching and I have read most of them. I find that the translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching by Edward Brennan and Tao Huang2 is the one that suits my present understanding of the Tao and the Taoist teachings. I have been contemplating the above passages as part of my daily meditation practices. I also find from my experience that they are also a means ¾ through the encoded energy vibration within the poetic words and Lao Tzu's voice ¾ to induce a meditative superconscious state enabling the reader to contact Ascended Master Lao Tzu's wisdom and the light and love of the Tao or Spirit during regular contemplation of the passages.

And finally, I have included this page as an epilogue to this "How to Become a Divine Medium" website because it relates conclusively and in non-linear poetic terms the goal of self-realization and ascension (Sacred Union) in all its aspects ¾ absorption or merging of your consciousness with the Source of All There Is ¾ The Tao, from whence you came.

Footnotes:

1 Lao Tzu, Ascended Chinese Taoist Master and one of the Eight Immortals in the Taoist tradition.

Lao Tzu (Old Master)Although ascetics and hermits such as Shen Tao (who advocated that one 'abandon knowledge and discard self') first wrote of the 'Tao', it is with the sixth century B.C. philosopher Lao Tzu (or 'Old Sage' -- born Li Erh) that the philosophy of Taoism really began. Some scholars believe that he was a slightly older contemporary of Confucius (Kung-Fu Tzu, born Chiu Chung-Ni). Other scholars feel that the Tao Te Ching, is really a compilation of paradoxical poems written by several Taoists using the pen-name, Lao Tzu. There is also a close association between Lao Tzu and the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huang-ti.

According to legend, Lao Tzu was keeper of the archives at the imperial court. When he was eighty years old he set out for the western border of China, toward what is now Tibet, saddened and disillusioned that men were unwilling to follow the path to natural goodness. At the border (Hank Pass), a guard, Yin Xi (Yin Hsi), asked Lao Tzu to record his teachings before he left. He then composed in 5,000 characters the Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power).

2 Tao Huang, a Taoist Master and Lao Tzu's channel medium.

Tao Huang, Taoist MasterMaster Tao Huang believes that cultivating Qi and Ching (sexual energy) through the Microcosmic Orbit and other Qigong practices should be integrated with Lao Tzu's Heart-sealed Teaching (similar to the Melchizedek method) wherein he quoted, "Sexuality is the base of everything, but mystic insight is the seed. This is the ultimate yin and yang, the harmony of body and mind."

The following three chapters from Tao Te Ching reveal the basis of Taoist Yin /Yang concepts and Lao Tzu's Heart-sealed teaching as expounded by Tao Huang in his book "Door to All Wonders":

Chapter 41

  1. Tao moves by returning.
    Tao functions by weakness.
  2. All things under heaven are born of being.
    Being is born of non-being.

Chapter 42

  1. Tao gives rise to one.
    One gives rise to two.
    Two gives rise to three.
    Three gives rise to all things.
  2. All things carry yin and embrace yang.
    Drawing chi together into harmony.

Chapter 69

  1. Everyone in the world says I am great, great without parallel.
    Being without parallel is what enables greatness.
    If there is a long standing parallel, it becomes small.
  2. I always have three treasures:
    First is compassion.
    Second is frugality.
    Third is to not dare act in front of the world.
  3. So compassion enables courage.
    Frugality enables abundance.
    Not daring to act in front of the world enables the mechanism to endure.
  4. Today there is courage without compassion.
    There is abundance without frugality.
    There is appearance alone without substance.
    This means no-life.
  5. Through compassion: fight and win; defend and be secure.
  6. When the heaven establishes itself, it always relies upon compassion.

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