Lao Tzu’s 2500 Year-Old Message to ‘The People of the Future’

Lao Tzu’s 2500 Year-Old Message to ‘The People of the Future’ Tells How to Approach Our Global Crisis

“The lessons of 2020 just keep rolling in. Everything is being challenged, and so much that had been in the shadows forever is being illuminated by truth. Our system is totally unsustainable. It’s collapsing under the weight of its own hubris, and all of the things we thought brought us security and convenience are turning against us. It’s time to rethink all of it…

[W]e have drifted far from the true nature of life, and have grown dangerously out of balance, divided, and fragmented. Over time we have lost our ability to perceive life in its wholeness, and now, in the actual reality of living in a masked, socially distanced, self-isolating world of almost 8 billion people, this truth is unavoidably right in front of our faces…

I came across a passage from Lao Tzu’s the Hua Hu Ching, in which the venerable Lao Tzu seems to speak directly to us today in this time of great crisis…”

“In the future, humanity will overemphasize the intellectual element of the mind. Instead of recognizing the wholeness of life, people will perceive life as having a worldly aspect and a spiritual aspect that are separate and unrelated to each other. People will also lose themselves in isolated fragments of conceptual information and become the victims rather than the masters of their knowledge…

The remedy for people of the future age of great confusion lies in the ancient knowledge of the integral way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation. The holistic way of life, practiced by the ancient sages incorporated body, mind and spirit as a whole in all activities. Their clothing, diet and dwellings were in accordance with nature. They relied on their limbs for transportation. Their education was broad and comprehensive; it did not emphasize one element of their being while neglecting the others. They did not seek out special activities for recreation; their work and recreation were one and the same. Their forms of exercise developed not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well, through the harmonization of internal energies. Their music functioned as a bridge between mind and spirit and was not just an emotional release. Their leaders were chosen because they were outstanding models of virtue, not for their financial or military capabilities. Philosophy, science and spiritual practice were incorporated as one whole.

[T]he people of the future should not blindly accept the new nor reject the old. Things that were developed long ago may still have great value if they have been proven safe and effective by the test of time. The new inventions that appear may seem like shortcuts, but things of temporal convenience will bring hidden troubles later. Future generations will need to evaluate all old and new discoveries and inventions to insure that they are useful and healthy, according to the standards of a holistic way of life.”  ~ The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching and Hua Hu Ching, translated by Master Hua-Ching Ni

“Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation”

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/202839-the-heart-of-the-buddha-s-teaching-transforming-suffering-into-peace-j

“Do not lose yourself in the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. Do not get caught in your anger, worries, or fears. Come back to the present moment, and touch life deeply. This is mindfulness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The Stellar Man

http://www.unicusmagazine.com/PDF/John-Baines–The-Stellar-Man-Hermetic-Philosophy-book-2.pdf

“The ability to see reality is not a congenital capacity. The human being is only able to observe the map that he himself created from a subjective, limited, and rationalized
interpretation.

This process creates a personalized pseudo-reality, of which there are as many as there are inhabitants of this planet. I call this imaginative creation “social reality,” since in practice, the individual is a mere cultural resonator and an appendage of the collective psyche of humanity.

This is why people live “half-way” and are a mixture of good and bad; why they are a little asleep and a little awake; why they are insignificant even with all their delusions of grandeur. In other words, they do not live profoundly and cannot even grasp the overwhelming significance of this fact. They just graze the surface of the planet and the epidermis of knowledge.” ~John Baines, The Stellar Man

Thich Nhat Hanh Wisdom

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9074.Thich_Nhat_Hanh?page=1

“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”

“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.”

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

“The soil of our mind contains many seeds, positive and negative. We are the gardeners who identify, water, and cultivate the best seeds.”

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

“Due to attachment, anger, and foolishness, I have committed numberless mistakes in speech, deed and thought. I bow my head and repent. I vow from today to begin anew, to live day and night in mindfulness, and not to repeat my previous mistakes.”

“When you love someone, you have to offer that person the best you have. The best thing we can offer another person is our true presence.”

“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.”

“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”

“My actions are my only true belongings.”

The Art of Communicating, by Thich Nhat Hanh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDW6FYdIoYE
[full audio book]

Mail Bombs to Trump Critics Reminiscent of Post-9/11 Anthrax Attacks?

https://www.globalresearch.ca/mail-bombs-to-trump-critics-reminiscent-of-post-911-anthrax-attacks/5658145

“In his important book on the anthrax attacks, titled “The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy,” Graeme MacQueen connected the incidents to 9/11.

Falsely blamed on Muslim jihadists and their backers, the incidents were used to launch Washington’s global war OF terror, not on it. They unjustifiably justified passage of the police state USA Patriot Act, trampling on the Bill of Rights. The legislation was written, on the shelf, ready to go long before 9/11 – awaiting a pretext to introduce and enact what no free society would tolerate…

Graeme made a compelling case, connecting the anthrax attacks to 9/11 – both state-sponsored, both transformational, most Americans none the wiser about how they were deceived. The deception continues to the present…

The mail bombs were likely all about influencing the upcoming November 6 midterm elections, undemocratic Dem dark forces likely behind them, hoping the incident translates into winning back House and/or Senate control – wanting elements connected to or supporting Trump blamed for what happened…

Major media transfixing the nation on the mail bombs political stunt diverts attention from what’s most important to report.

Fake bombs hurt no one. Real ones massacre countless numbers of civilians and others in all US war theaters. The carnage continues daily, largely unreported, most Americans mindless about what’s going on. Their attention is diverted to bread and circuses, along with incidents like fake mail bombs, intended to scare and likely achieve a political aim, not cause harm.

That’s how manipulating the public mind works.”

“Repeat After Me”

http://www.serpentfire.ca/blog/2018/3/25/repeat-after-me

“It is a privilege to be tested. I am grateful for the lessons. They are all necessary experiences on the path of becoming.

I humbly accept the tasks set before me. I will not shrug off their poignancy, though I will ask for help if I need it, knowing that boundaries are important. I have made an agreement with the cosmos, that my tests are for my Will to understand, execute and overcome in my own time, at my own pace, but that they are mine. No one else’s.

It is a gift to be alive, and to endure the tests therein.  I graciously embrace it all: The good, the challenge, the pain, the relief.

I will become alchemy at its finest, and transmute the lessons into self love for myself and others. I will serve only my highest good. And when I cannot, I will take my leave and rest, knowing that tomorrow is another opportunity to try again.”

~Devany Wolfe (excerpt from upcoming book)

http://www.serpentfire.ca/

LAO TZU’S FOUR RULES FOR LIVING

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/05/15/lao-tzus-four-rules-for-living/

“Many centuries ago, Lao Tzu spoke of the four cardinal virtues, teaching that when we practice them as a way of life, we come to know the truth of the universe. The ancient Chinese master said that living and practicing these teachings can open you to higher wisdom and greater happiness, as they realign you to the source and enable you to access all the powers that source energy has to offer…

The four cardinal virtues, or rules for living life, can provide a framework for a life filled with inner peace and purpose.

1. Reverence for all Life

This virtue manifests as having unconditional love and positive regard for all creatures in the universe, starting with ourselves, then this will naturally flow out to all others… When we live with reverence for all life, we surrender our need to control and to dominate. We naturally come into heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for all of life. This first virtue is the key to diminishing the ego.

2. Natural Sincerity

When we are sincere and act with integrity, we move towards peace and inner tranquility. Our conscience clear, we don’t have the inner niggles over our dishonest actions that can erode a peaceful mind. Much of these four pillars relate to karma, the law of cause and effect, and maintaining equilibrium and impeccability. This virtue is honesty, simplicity, and faithfulness…

3. Gentleness

Gentleness is a deeply powerful trait. Often interpreted as weakness, gentleness is sensitivity, respect, and reverence for all life… Gentleness is an umbrella for forgiveness, acceptance and love. It is much like the yogic term ahimsa, or non-violence. When we give up being right and being superior, we start accepting ourselves and others, and so much conflict in our lives drops away…

4. Supportiveness

When we are supportive of ourselves, with kind words, loving actions and self-care, we are naturally supportive of others. This virtue is the basic tenet of humanity… When we give to others, share and support others, we become happy.  Our lives become meaningful and our hearts full. Supportiveness is about service. Open hearted service for the sake of helping others and benefiting others, with no thought to our own gain…

Let these four virtues fragrance your life, and notice the grace and ease that will come your way. For each one of these virtues brings in a way of being that is light, graceful and flowing and will help you shed destructive, self defeating patterns that sabotage your inner peace and happiness.

Jordan Peterson – 12 Rules For Life

https://jordanbpeterson.com/12-rules-for-life/

“Rule 1 / Stand up straight with your shoulders back

Rule 2 / Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping

Rule 3 / Make friends with people who want the best for you

Rule 4 / Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today

Rule 5 / Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them

Rule 6 / Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world

Rule 7 / Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)

Rule 8 / Tell the truth — or, at least, don’t lie

Rule 9 / Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t

Rule 10 / Be precise in your speech

Rule 11 / Do not bother children when they are skateboarding

Rule 12 / Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street”

Russell Brand & Jordan Peterson – Kindness VS Power | Under The Skin #46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL61yQgdWeM

20 Quotes : ‘The Alchemist’

http://www.thelawofattraction.org/20-stand-out-quotes-from-paulo-coelhos-the-alchemist/

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist