What is the Tao Te Ching – Verse one – Week 2

Living the Mystery of the Tao Te Ching

What is the Tao Te Ching?

The Tao Te Ching has been described as a book of wisdom. It’s been translated more than any other book in the world other than the Bible.  It’s considered by many to be a foundational discussion on the nature of existence.

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In the preface Wayne talks about the Tao Te Ching as “The Way” but I ask “Way to what?

This is week 2 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of
Change your thoughts Change your life” by Wayne Dyer

Read Chapter 1 – Living the Mystery

What exactly are we talking about here?

It’s suggested that it’s a way of life that guarantees integrity, joy, peace, and balance.  A way of living that’s balanced,  moral, and spiritual that works for all facets life.
Read verse 1 of the Tao Te Ching below and discuss

‘What is the Tao Te Ching’?

Verse 1
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

The Tao is both named and nameless
As nameless it is the origin of all things;
as named it is the Mother of 10,000 things.

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery;
ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations.
And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding.

What is the Tao Te Ching?

Pre-Mastermind discussion…
(add your thoughts in the comment section at the end of this post)

Here’s some questions to get you started.

  • What do YOU think the Tao is?
  • Why do you think it’s referred to as ‘The Way’?
  • Why do you think Lao Tzu says the ‘Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao’?
  • What do you think he means by ‘the mystery’?
  • How can the mystery be the doorway to understanding?
  • How can something be named and nameless?
  • Do you think Lao Tzu is saying it’s ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ to have desires?

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  • This was a Great discussion! Turns out we could spend more than one Saturday on each verse LOL

  • It’s funny how things can happen in a split moment! I desire nothing more than to stay in the flow. Not so much as in the know of everything, That’s none of business. Just stay in the moment as best you can! Good discussion everyone!

    • Great place to be Donna! simply in the flow. No frustration, no worries, simply just be and allow.

  • Thank you everyone for sharing your insights today!
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  • Thank you for being here with us!! I can’t wait for next weeks Abundance ReBoot!!!!!

  • Thank you all. So good to be here!

  • Here is the Butterfly story Sandy was talking about

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  • What I find interesting and refreshing is the presence and allowance of paradox in the Tao. That the Tao is inclusive of all things therfore it can be defined and yet remained beyond definition. I have been mediating on this especially in relation to desire this week with the new moon presence. What am I seeking? How died this manifest in my body and life and what happens when I simply allow the desire and perhaps thinghappening in ways I could have never imagine. What happens when I allow everything to be without excluding or labeling. I really also love the living the Tao section to witness myself and all the things happening in life, to witness what happens, to simply be what is, rather than trying to let go of it, label or deny.

  • It’s so counter intuitive isn’t it? We are taught from birth to be a gadfly…Asking questions and analyzing is the method we’ve been taught to discover and expand. However, I’ve found over the past 9 months that it is actually just the spirit of keeping chaos and confusion going in my world. Allowing that energy to be in control will keep us crazy for sure! LOL

  • Morning all!

  • Would you agree that it is simply saying stop trying to control the divine order and what is present in the moment is no more or less what you are experiencing?

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  • Good Morning Ashni here! Avid lovely of the Tao te Ching and really excited to dive into living the tao. Thank you for starting this discusssion and initiating the tao into our lives <3

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  • Good Morning Everyone!

  • I agree with you Samantha! These mysteries cannot be described in words. The moment you engage the brain enough to identify and “label” something you have lost the frequency of the mystery. Labels bring with them every experience the listener has ever had with that label, it completely destroys the purity. The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao because our language simply cannot describe the vast knowledge that surrounds us and envelops each cell in our body.

    The name that cannot be named, to me, speaks to that which was before language, before the minds of men insisted on labeling things as “something”.

    Desiring something brings expectations. To desire something you have to label it as…good or desirable. Your brain immediately starts searching for ways to get what you desire…in other words you have just engaged the mind. Once the mind is engaged it disengages the heart and the Mystery fades from experience. I think they are pointing out that desires bring limitations.

    How can something that cannot be understood be the doorway to understanding?? Although the Mystery cannot be adequately described in words, it can be felt in the heart and soul. This “knowing” supercedes any years of education and learning. This is the Knowing we are born with.

    Books and education come from the minds of men….the Mystery is of God.

  • The first section that tells us the Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao is saying that It’s impossible to define the undefinable.
    As soon as we name it, it changes. It reveals something we didn’t know before.

    But it’s also beyond the capability of words. Words can’t describe it because it’s more than words. It’s feelings, physical and emotional. It’s everything and it’s nothing all at the same time. Every time you think you have a grasp on reality there is a larger or smaller possibility.

    No matter how small you look into micro biology, they find a way to look farther into smaller realms.
    No matter how far out they look into space to see how large the universe is, there is always the possibility to see further.

    And, it’s all relative depending on your perspective.

    In the hugeness and vastness of the universe we are so tiny that we would appear to be the size of molecules or even atoms in comparison. We would appear as almost nothing, insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

    and yet, right here and now from our personal perspective we are giants. We are everything. We are the center of everything that matters in our own universal existence.

    So we could say that we are everything AND we are nothing.

    And so when we say we are something or we label a thing as something specific, we give it meaning in relation to ourselves.

    Deepak Chopra, in his book “Synchrodestiny” talks about how something as simple beans can have a completely different meaning to every individual.

    An accountant might see the beans as only something to count.
    A Chef might see all the possibilities of the beans to be made into delicious recipes.
    A horticulturist might see all the different ways that beans could be cultivated to grow crops
    A fortune teller might look at the beans and see a blessing or disaster coming

    I think it’s about everything. About Opening ourselves up the the fact that we don’t know and can’t ever know everything. All we can truly know is only an interpretation based on our own personal perception, experiences, and what we’ve learned about the nature of things in our lives.

    I believe it’s important to realize that there really is no one and only truth. Everyone sees everything differently. And that’s ok. That IS key. To realize our perspective on everything is only a single possibility and it is just as true for us as someone else’s perspective is for them, is FREEing.

    That is kind of the mystery of it too. Everything can be every way all at the same time depending on who is looking at it.

    I also think the last section is kind of like mediation, opening yourself up to just simply listen. quieting your mind of the ‘10,000 things’ so that you can see deeper beyond the physical realm into the mystery.

    When we open ourselves up to the mystery of it all and realize we only know one tiny little aspect of anything, I think it makes it easier to let go of those things we think we know and allow for new knowledge and possibilities to show themselves.

    It’s ironic how letting go of what you think you know, can make you feel so much closer to the answer of it all… Like Wayne says in this chapter, it’s a paradox.