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The Yin/Yang of the Three Realms   Leave a comment

First there was the One, Tao

Then there came the Two,  Heaven and Earth,

The Two begets the Third,  Heaven, Earth and Humans

In our selves there are three realms that correspond with these “Three”.  Consider that we are made from the minerals of the Earth. To that the energy of the Heaven was added in the form of sunlight; we humans are a product of the first two.

Our essences is from the Earth and in a way our bodies come from (and returns to) the Earth…. Our spiritual energy comes from (and returns to) Heaven

Earth is Yin and Heaven is Yang the creative forces of the universe or Tao.

We have Human qualities that we can call mental or thinking processes and we have emotional qualities  These two energies make up our “humanness.”  We can also call these things Yin/Yang, where our emotions are considered  Yin and our thoughts are considered Yang.

The way I see it, the three realms stack up like this:

Our physical self’s being of the  Earth (pure Yin)

Our human (mental & emotional) self’s being  Yin/Yang

Our spiritual self’s being Heaven  (pure Yang)

In a very real way even by “scientific” definition we are created by Heaven (the heavens?) and Earth.

The Lettuce Seed   Leave a comment

One day I was eating lunch with my children.  My pre-teen daughter was enjoying a green leafy salad when my 5-year-old son asked me “Daddy, where does lettuce come from?”

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to stimulate his thinking I replied, “Well son, it comes from Heaven.”

He gave me that tilted head look and asked, “What!  How can that be?

I continued, “It’s like this, have you ever seen a lettuce seed?”

He shook his head “no”,

“Well, it’s really really small, you can barely see it. There is no lettuce in it, just a recipe for lettuce, you need to add Heaven”

“How do you do that ?” he said.

“Well,” I went on, “you need to plant the seed in the Earth, that’s a part of Heaven” I reminded him. “Then, the sun light shines down on it from above,  you know, another part of Heaven, and then  ‘poof’ you’ve got lettuce”

“Hmmmm… I get it,” he said. Then he gave me the strangest look ever, I could just feel him thinking, and out popped his next question. “Daddy, where do I come from?”

“Well sweetie, you come from Heaven too!”

“What? Aw come on Daddy, how can that be”

“It’s like this, have you ever seen a human seed?”

He shook his head “no” ”

Well, it’s really really small, you need a microscope to see it. There is nobody in it, just a recipe for a person, you just need to add Heaven”

“How do you do that?”

I said, “Eat your salad!”

Posted November 30, 2009 by The Maui Taoist in Stories

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The Farmer’s Horse   Leave a comment

A Classic Taoist Tale

There was a farmer with a beautiful stallion. He was the envy of all his neighbors.
One stormy night, after a barrage of thunder, the farmer awoke to discover that his prize stallion had run off.
The neighbors all said, “How awful; your wonderful horse is gone!”
The farmer casually replied, ” I don’t know”

About a week later, his neighbors were surprised to see that the horse had returned, and with him a new mare.
The neighbors said, “How wonderful; your stallion has returned and he has brought with him a beautiful new mate!”
The Farmer simply said, I don’t know.”

The next week as the farmer’s son was attempting to break in the new mare, he took a fall and broke his arm.
The neighbors exclaimed, “How terrible that your son has broken his arm, and with harvest so soon!”
The farmer merely said, ” I don’t know.”

After yet another week there came to the village a government man. He was on a mission to conscript “all able- bodied men” into the army to guard the country from the invading enemy horde.
The Neighbors happily stated, ” How fantastic that your son’s arm is broken, now he need not go off to war!”
The farmer just said……

“I don’t know.”

The One Tao

The Way

Man follows the way of   Nature,

Nature follows the way of  Earth,

Earth follows the way of  Heaven,

Heaven follows the Way of  Tao.

First there was the One, Tao

Then there came the Two,  Heaven and Earth,

The Two begets the Third,  Heaven, Earth and Humans

From the Three came the ten thousand things…

The Tao contains everything and yet it is nothing…

Always giving, and yet it is never exhausted…

Extending everywhere and yet it is nowhere to be found…

It is the greatest treasure, and at the same time,

It is the simplest of things.

It will never come, and it will never go.

It is the eternal….

Hello world!   3 comments

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Aloha, Everyone!

I know most people can’t spend the time that I have been blessed with to study these arts.  Also, I don’t think you need to… I dedicated myself to sorting it all out so I can share them with you.

The Taoist arts saved my life, after all the suffering, I found my Way and now I can introduce you to this ancient wisdom in the hope it may do the same for you.

I’ve read so many books, from self help, to martial arts, hundreds:

Spent years training, often over 8 hours a day …

Traveled thousands of miles attending camps and seminars…

Dedicated my life to making these skills available…

Distilling everything down, to see the “big picture”…

Now it all flows out effortlessly…

Everything here is written to be entertaining and enlightening.

Herein you will find lessons, stories, philosophy, a reading list, internet links, a journal of my journey through the universe and all open to inspection and comment.

So look here, and you can subscribe and receive automatic blogs.

Finding the ultimate treasure is far from boring!  Follow along here and I will keep you posted of all the exciting discoveries I have found along the Way.

Thank you all for your support and interest in what I believe are the most important set of skills that anyone can ever know.

Cory

Posted November 28, 2009 by The Maui Taoist in Aloha Message, Uncategorized

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