Chapter 5 for Today – Tao Te Ching Today 0010

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This week we discuss how to implement chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching in our everyday lives. Let’s roll…

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Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today where we talk about the reality of the Tao Te Ching from Lao Tzu’s eyes, I am your host Sean Webb. Ok so, last week we discussed chapter 5, we read chapter 5 and but how do we implement that lesson in to our everyday lives and if you recall chapter 5 was;

Heaven-and-Earth is not sentimental; 
it treats all things as straw-dogs.

The Sage is not sentimental; 
He treats all his people as his straw-dogs.

Between Heaven and Earth there seems to be bellows: 
It is empty, and yet it is inexhaustible.
The more it works, the more comes out of it.
No amount of words can fathom it: 
Better look for it within you.

Ok so, chapter 5 is well summed up in the last sentence, “better look for it within you.”

The beginning of chapter 5 suggest—Heaven-and-Earth is not sentimental; it treats all things as straw-dogs.  And if you recall from last week, ‘straw dogs’ is something that you feel no emotion about, something that’s its existence in your life is useful in your life… yet at the same time, when it’s done you discard it as a thing that its beyond its use. And so this suggests that we move through life without becoming too attached to things, without feeling too much emotion about things as they enter and leave our lives, because it is… simply as it is… and we can live life without the emotional turmoil associated with gaining and losing things, people, etc. as we live our life. But I think the more important lesson in chapter 5 is the last sentence which is, “better to look for it within you”. Because the reality of the Tao… again… is suggested through the first few chapters and again in chapter 5 where it says, “it’s empty, and yet it is inexhaustible. The more it works, the more comes out of it. No amount of words can fathom it” … we can talk about this until we’re blue in the face… but we’re never gonna understand the Tao until we experience it through enlightenment and “better look for it within you.”

Now this is the first suggestion to say where to find the truth of the Tao. Where to find the experience that will allow you to understand everything… look within you.

And so my thought on implementing chapter 5 in everyday life… this is our first suggestion to calm our mind and to meditate and who become a peaceful observer in our everyday lives, treating everything as straw dogs. Treating everything that comes in and out of our life simply as it is, enjoying it during the time that we have it in our lives yet when those things pass from our lives not yearning for them. Not feeling a loss for their absence. Simply observing life as it is, every moment as it moves through and… while at the same time looking inside ourselves for the truth that transcends what we understand.

And so if we could just do those two practices. If we could simply exist in our lives, observing everything as it is without emotional turmoil, without judgment, without labeling. That would be one way to increase the amount of inner peace that we experience while at the same time calming our minds, looking within, doing some sort of meditative practice to quell our turmoil or our demons and to hope for that pristine moment of awakening and understanding that is enlightenment that allows us to understand and fully experience Tao.

And so in living everyday today in our lives, the lesson that we need to take from chapter 5 is—live everyday as ‘an every moment’, accept everything as it is without judgment, without thought, without that emotional turmoil. And then as we move forward, look within for the truth that transcends that which we understand, so that one day not labor to live life every moment as it is. Because we will understand and see from Lao Tzu’s eyes… everything is as it is… and we will understand the Tao and how it creates the universe around us and in front of us.

So I hope that helps you understand a little bit better about chapter 5 and how we might be able to employ its lessons in our everyday lives.

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Tao Te Ching Today 0009 – Reading and Discussion of Chapter 5

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This week we move in the reading and discussion of chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching. Let’s roll…

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Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today where we look at the reality of the Tao Te Ching from Lao Tzu’s eyes. I am your host, Sean Webb.

Ok, so today we’re moving in to chapter 5 which is one of the first chapters that suggest where we can find the truth of Tao. I’m gonna be reading out of John C. H. Wu’s translation. Chapter 5 starts:

Heaven-and-Earth is not sentimental

it treats all things as straw-dogs

The Sage is not sentimental

He treats all his people as his straw-dogs

Between Heaven and Earth there seems to be bellows

It is empty, and yet it is inexhaustible

The more it works, the more comes out of it

No amount of words can fathom it

Better look for it within you.

And so again, we continue into this chapter 5 with some analogies Read more »

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Tao Te Ching Today 0008 – Chapter 4 for Everyday Life

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Ok, so today we move in to the discussion of how we can use chapter 4 in our everyday lives. Let’s roll.

[The Tao Te Ching is a classic Chinese text written by one of the wisest man in history. It is one of the most translated texts in the world and it holds many secrets of living a blissful life. Very few men know all the secrets of Lao Tzu, western Master Sean Webb is one of them]

[Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today. Take a deep breath. Calm yourself. And open your mind. Here now is our guide and host of Tao Te Ching Today, Sean Webb.]

Hi! Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today where we look at the reality of the Tao Te Ching from Lao Tzu’s eyes. I am your host, Sean Webb.

Last week we discussed and read chapter 4 and I just wanted to take a few moments to discuss how we can utilize chapter 4 in our everyday lives. If you remember, chapter 4 read: The Way is empty; yet when you use it, you never need to fill it again—meaning it is like a bowl, it is full of stuff, yet it’s empty, yet at the same time you never have to refill it again. It’s forever perpetually there for you.

Like an abyss! It seems to be the ancestor of the ten thousand things. If files down sharp edges; unties the tangles; softens the glare; and settles the dust. Submerged! It seems perhaps to exist. We don’t know whose child it is; it seems to have even preceded the Lord.

Ok… so… the meaning of our lives, or a lot of comfort that many people get from thinking about life, and in their struggle of life along the way, is that we have a deeper meaning, that there is something more that exist beyond us. And this is one of the reasons that religion is rather popular around the globe is that people love to and maybe even possibly NEED to feel that there is something more than them. There is something greater than what they are doing in their everyday (mundane) lives sometimes. And this message tells us that indeed there IS something more. The Tao is empty—like an abyss. It seems to be the ancestor of all things. There’s something out there more than you that has created everything seemingly.

If files down sharp edges; it unties the tangles; softens the glare; and settles the dust… meaning… the things that cause pain in our lives, the things that we have to be concerned about in life, the things that can be a thorn in our side… this helps alleviate those things, this takes care of those things. This makes them simpler than they may seem to be in our lives. And so, without necessarily requiring faith, this is simply a statement that says there is something bigger, that does allow life to be much better than it is, and becoming in tune with this will allow you to understand it and exist with it… in its flow versus living life in ignorance and trying to struggle against it. And so if files down sharp edges of the things that might cut you; unties the tangles in your rope; it softens the glare from the sun that shines in your eyes, or maybe the glare off of the water as you’re trying to fish; it settles the dust that could cause you respiratory issues or get in your eyes or cause other issues.

There is something more than your daily struggle… and it does make life better. So in our everyday lives, sometimes when we come to those struggles we run in to those issues and we aren’t yet enlightened (which we’re gonna talk about enlightenment much more moving forward). We aren’t yet to that place of knowing, we aren’t yet to that place of understanding, we aren’t yet to that place of experience… and we hit those struggles and we hit those walls. Man… doesn’t it feel better knowing that you’re not alone? I mean even modern day Psychology states that if somebody is compassionate towards you and shares your pain and shares your suffering, your turmoil is reduced. Your perception of that is lessened. Right? You feel better when someone shares your pain. And so in the virtual world of religion when we’re discussing having some sort of deity that can share our pain or share our experiences or be there for us that can be a great weight lifted off of our shoulders. And so this is the same type of message in that… there is something that exists that is bigger than we… that make all of these things seem lesser than we are… and can be used infinitely… in that when you empty the bowl, you never have to refill it. And so, if you’re not yet enlightened, know that where these teachings take us is towards enlightenment, and is towards the understanding of a deeper more profound truth of the universe that CAN be realized and is only understood through experience.

And so that’s what we should take from chapter 4 moving forward.

Next week, chapter 5 is really cool. Don’t forget to get your free audio book from audible.com at taotechingtoday.com/audible. They provide a free audiobook for trying out their free 30-day trial at taotechingtoday.com/audible and if you support them, they support us. We very much appreciate it. Until next week, be well.

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Chapter 4 Discussion – Tao Te Ching Today Ep 0007

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Today, we enter in to the reading and discussion of Chapter 4 of the Tao Te Ching. Let’s roll…

[The Tao Te Ching is a classic Chinese text written by one of the wisest man in history. It is one of the most translated texts in the world and it holds many secrets of living a blissful life. Very few men know all the secrets of Lao Tzu, western Master Sean Webb is one of them]
[Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today. Take a deep breath. Calm yourself. And open your mind. Here now is our guide and host of Tao Te Ching Today, Sean Webb.]

Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today where we talk about the reality of Tao Te Ching from Lao Tzu’s eyes. I’m your host Sean Webb. Today we’re moving in to chapter 4 reading and the discussion. I’m gonna be reading out of Robert G Hendricks translation:

The Way is empty;
Yet when you use it, you never need to fill it again.
Like an abyss! It seems to be the ancestor of the ten thousand things.

If files down sharp edges;
Unties the tangles;
Softens the glare;
And settles the dust.

Submerged! It seems perhaps to exist.
We don’t know whose child it is;
It seems to have even preceded the Lord.

And so in chapter 4 we move right back in to, after a practical discussion in chapter 3, we move right back in to another analogy that points out the ambiguousness of the truth of the universe. The thing that makes everything is as it is, the Tao, the existence of the mechanism of everything and so in that we can’t put words to explain it, we can’t put boundaries around it, we can’t circle it, we can’t point to it, we can’t explain it. This is another example of an analogy that shows the essence of what Lao Tzu wants to talk to us about but at the same time in admitting there are no words that explain it. The way is empty and this is sometimes equated to a bowl.

“The bowl is empty yet when you use it, you never need to fill it again”, so it’s, at the same time there’s nothing there but there is stuff there that when you use it, there’s an infinite supply. So this is one of those paradoxes. This is one of those “it is nothing, it is everything” statements to bring the mystical aura of the Tao to life when you’re trying to explain it.

“Like an abyss! It seems to be the ancestor of the ten thousand things.” And so in its infinite nothingness, it seems to be the creator if everything (the ten thousand things being everything in creation as another analogy).

If files down sharp edges; unties the tangles; softens the glare; and settles the dust. Meaning, the things that might put a pin prick in your day, the things that might be of concern to you. It makes them seem… less so. Files down to sharp edges that you might need to worry about in cutting yourself. Unties the tangles in your ropes, softens the glare of the sun or of the water as you fish and it settles the dust from the wagons, the carts, the “whatever”, that’s going on in the streets or in the wind. It makes those things seem less intrusive, less of a pain.

“Submerged, it seems perhaps to exist”. Yet again another analogy to state, we can’t really put a finger on it. We can’t really point to it, we can’t put a boundary around it, and we can’t put a definition on it. “We don’t know whose child it Is” so we don’t know if it was intended, who invented it, if it is an invention of something or someone.

“It seems even who have preceded the Lord”. It seems to have been here before any perception of God could come in to existence. That’s pretty profound statements so, the question in man’s mind is; ‘was it created by god or did it create god? Or was it created by the universe or did the universe create it or did it come as a part of the universe’? It’s a very profound question without bringing religion, or specific religions in to the discussion. It is a question of we can’t define it, we can’t put a circle around it, we can’t put words around it but it seems so infinite, so vast in its emptiness that it seems to have created everything… possibly even the creator.

Pretty profound thoughts but again, chapter 4 is simply an analogy to bring us into a position of one where we understand that we can’t simply just talk about it and understand it. We can’t simply just point to it and look at it. We can’t simply just define it and discuss it… Tao is something deeper, something more profound, something that is so all encompassing you couldn’t possibly have a discussion about it, which is what the irony of the Tao Te Ching brings forth in words as a discussion of Tao, of the reality of the universe, of enlightenment. First thing it says is… we can’t talk about it. “We’re gonna talk about it but you can’t talk about it.” The first rule of fight club…

So, anyway, next week we’ll move in to how we can utilize this lesson in our everyday lives and in the meantime, if you’d like to pick up a copy of the Tao Te Ching, you can do so from the link in our website. You can get free audio book copy of the Tao Te Ching, if you like, from audible.com by going to taotechingtoday.com/audible and if you go there and support them, they support us. I’ve been an audible member for four years, love them, have multiple audiobooks that I listen to every month and I can do so while I’m walking around the track or working out in the gym. It is incredible. So check out the link at taotechingtoday.com/audible and the will take you directly to our special offer page at audible and that will get you free audiobooks, no risk, 30-day trial.

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Chapter 3 Discussion – Tao Te Ching Today Ep 0006

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Hi! Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today. Today we move in to chapter 3, one of the more political chapters that Lao Tzu wrote for the Tao Te Ching and he peppered these throughout the book because what was asked was that he write a tome that could be read by leaders and the non-leaders alike in living a better life and so we’re moving to that today. Let’s roll.

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Hi. Welcome to Tao Te Ching Today where we talk about the reality of the Tao Te Ching and Tao from Lao Tzu’s eyes, I am your host Sean Webb. Today we move in to chapter 3 and I’ll be reading first from Robert Hendricks translation and chapter 3 starts:

“By not elevating the worthy, you bring it about that people will not compete. By not valuing goods that are hard to obtain, you bring it about that people will not act like thieves. By not displaying the desirable you bring it about that people will not be confused.

Therefore, in the government of the Sage: He Read more »

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