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57. The universe is a vast net of energy rays.
The primary ray is that which emanates from the
Subtle Origin, and it is entirely positive, creative,
and constructive.
Each being, however, converts the energy of this
primary ray into its own ray, and these lower rays
can be either positive or negative, constructive or
destructive.

An individual who is not yet fully evolved can be
adversely affected by negative energy rays in the net
around him.
For example, the combined influence of several
negative rays might cause an undeveloped person to
believe that his life is being controlled by an
invisible, oppressive ruler.
Such a misconception can be a significant barrier to
enlightenment.

To attain full evolution and the status of an integral
being, you must be aware of this intricate net and
its influences upon you.
By integrating the positive, harmonious energy rays
with the positive elements of your own being, and
eliminating the subtle negative influences, you can
enhance all aspects of your life.

In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply
ignore them.

To integrate the positive influences, consciously
reconnect yourself with the primary energy ray of
the Subtle Origin by adopting the practices of the
Integral Way.

Then all the rays in the net around you will merge
back into harmonious oneness.

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56. If you wish to become a person of Tao, then study that
which serves the nature of life, and offer it to the
world.
Allow your devotion to learning the Taoist ways to be
complete.
Partial practice and partial discipline won't do:
You can't know the body by studying the finger. and
you can't understand the universe by learning one
science.
If you study the whole of the Tao wholeheartedly,
then everything in your life will reflect it.

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The holistic practices of the ancient masters integrate
science, art, and personal spiritual development.
Mind, body, and spirit participate in them equally.
They include:

1.Yi Yau, the healing science which incorporates
diagnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicine,
therapeutic diet, and other methods;

2.Syang Ming, the science which predicts a
person's destiny by observing the outward
physical manifestations of his face, skeleton,
palms, and voice.

3.Feng Shui, the science of discerning the subtle
energy rays present in a geographic location to
determine whether they will properly support
the activities of a building or town constructed
there;

4.Fu Kua, the observation of the subtle alterations
of yin and yang for the purpose of making
decisions which are harmonious with the
apparent and hidden aspects of a situation. The
foundation of Fu Kua and all Taoist practice
is the study of the I Ching, or Book of Changes.

5.Nei Dan, Wai Dan, and Fang Jung, the
sciences of refining one's personal energy
through alchemy, chemistry, and the cultivation
of balanced sexual energy.

6.Tai Syi, the science of revitalization through
breathing and visualization techniques;

7.Chwun Shi, the transformation of one's spiritual
essence through keeping one's thoughts in
accord with the Divine Source;

8.Shu-Set, the attunement of one's daily life to the
cycle of universal energy rays;

9.Bi Gu, the practice of fasting on specific days in
order to gather life energy emanating from the
harmonized positions of certain stars;

10.Sau Yi, the science of embracing integral
transcendental oneness in order to accomplish
conception of the 'mystical pearl';

11.Tai Chi Ch'uan, the performance of physical
exercises to induce and direct energy flows
within the body to gain mastery of body,
breath, mind, the internal organs, and life and
death;

12.Fu Chi, the science of reforming and refining
one's energy with pure food and herbs;

13.Chuan Se, the inner visualization of the unity of
one's inner and outer being;

14.Dzai Jing, the purification of one's energy
through ascetic practices.

15.Fo Jou, the drawing of mystical pictures and
writing and recital of mystical invocations
for the purpose of evoking a response from the
subtle realm of the universe;

16.Tsan Syan, the process of dissolving the ego and
connecting with the Great Oneness through the
study of classical scriptures and daily dialogue
with an enlightened master;

17.Lyou Yen and Chi Men, the mystical sciences of
energy linkage for the purpose of influencing
external affairs.

Of these, the most important for beginners is the
study of the I Ching, which enables one to perceive
the hidden influences in every situation and thus
establish a balanced and spiritually evolved means of
responding to them.

All are instruments for attaining the Tao.
To study them is to serve universal unity, harmony,
and wisdom.

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54. In ancient times, various holistic sciences were
developed by highly evolved beings to enable their
own evolution and that of others.
These subtle arts were created through the linking of
individual minds with the universal mind.
They are still taught by traditional teachers to those
who display virtue and desire to assist others.

The student who seeks out and studies these teachings
furthers the evolution of mankind as well as her own
spiritual unfolding.
The student who ignores them hinders the
development of all beings.

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53. True understanding in a person has two attributes:
awareness and action.
Together they form a natural tai chi.

Who can enjoy enlightenment and remain indifferent
to suffering in the world?
This is not in keeping with the Way.

Only those who increase their service along with their
understanding can be called men and women of
Tao.

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52. Do you think you can clear your mind by sitting
constantly in silent meditation?
This makes your mind narrow, not clear.
integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present
in all places and at all times.
That is true meditation.

Who can attain clarity and simplicity by avoiding the
world?
The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the
world.

Why not simply honor your parents,
love your children,
help your brothers and sisters,
be faithful to your friends,
care for your mate with devotion,
complete your work cooperatively and joyfully,
assume responsibility for problems,
practice virtue without first demanding it of others,
understand the highest truths yet retain an ordinary
manner?

That would be true clarity, true simplicity, true
mastery.

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51. Those who want to know the truth of the universe
should practice the four cardinal virtues.

The first is reverence for all life; this manifests as
unconditional love and respect for oneself and all
other beings.
The second is natural sincerity; this manifests as
honesty, simplicity, and faithfulness.
The third is gentleness; this manifests as kindness,
consideration for others, and sensitivity to spiritual
truth.
The fourth is supportiveness; this manifests as service
to others without expectation of reward.

The four virtues are not an external dogma but a part
of your original nature.
When practiced, they give birth to wisdom and evoke
the five blessings: health, wealth, happiness,
longevity, and peace.

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50. What good is it to spend your life accumulating
material things?
It isn't in keeping with the Tao.
What benefit in conforming your behavior to
someone's conventions?
It violates your nature and dissipates your energy.
Why separate your spiritual life and practical life?
To an integral being, there is no such distinction.

Live simple and virtuously, true to your nature,
drawing no line between what is spiritual and what
is not.

Ignore time.
Relinquish ideas and concepts.
Embrace the Oneness.

This is the Integral Way.

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49. Thinking and talking about Integral Way are not
the same as practicing it.
Who ever became a good rider by talking about
horses?
If you wish to embody the Tao, stop chattering and
start practicing.
Relax your body and quiet your senses.
Return your mind to its original clarity.
Forget about being separated from others and from the
Divine Source.

As you return to the Oneness, do not think of it or be
in awe of it. This is just another way of separating
from it.
Simply merge into truth, and allow it to surround
you.

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48. Do you wish to free yourself of mental and emotional
knots and become one with the Tao?
If so, there are two paths available to you.

The first is the path of acceptance.
Affirm everyone and everything.
Freely extend your goodwill and virtue in every
direction, regardless of circumstances.
Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious
Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it.

The second path is that of denial.
Recognize that everything you see and think is a
falsehood, an illusion, a veil over the truth.
Peel all the veils away, and you will arrive at the
Oneness.

Though these paths are entirely different, they will
deliver you to the same place: spontaneous
awareness of the Great Oneness.
Once you arrive there, remember: it isn't necessary to
struggle to maintain unity with it.

All you have to do is participate in it.

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47. Dualistic thinking is a sickness.
Religion is a distortion.
Materialism is cruel.
Blind spirituality is unreal.

Chanting is no more holy than listening to the
murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more
sacred than simply breathing, religious robes no
more spiritual than work clothes.

If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don't get
caught up in spiritual superficialities.
Instead, live a quiet and simple life, free of ideas and
concepts.
Find contentment in the practice of undiscriminating
virtue, the only true power.
Giving to others selflessly and anonymously, radiating
light throughout the world and illuminating your
own darkness, your virtue becomes a sanctuary for
yourself and all beings.

This is what is meant by embodying the Tao.

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46. The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to yin and yang.
Yin and yang give birth to all things.
Now forget this.

The complete whole is the complete whole.
So also is any part of the complete whole.
Forget this, too.

Pain and happiness are simply conditions of the ego.
Forget the ego.

Time and space are changing and dissolving, not fixed
and real.
They can be thought of as accessories, but don't think of them.

Supernatural beings without form extend their life
force throughout the universe to support beings
both formed and unformed.
But never mind this; the supernatural is just a part of
nature, like the natural.
The subtle truth emphasizes neither and includes
both.

All truth is in tai chi: to cultivate the mind, body or
spirit, simply balance the polarities.
If people understood this, world peace and universal
harmony would naturally arise.

But forget about understanding and harmonizing and
making all things one.
The universe is already a harmonious oneness; just
realize it.

If you scramble about in search of inner peace, you
will lose your inner peace.

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45. If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall
into place.
This is true because the mind is the governing aspect
of a human life.
If the river flows clearly and cleanly through the
proper channel, all will be well along its banks.

The Integral Way depends on decreasing, not
increasing.
To correct your mind, rely on not-doing.
Stop thinking and clinging to complications;
keep your mind detached and whole.
Eliminate mental muddiness and obscurity;
keep your mind crystal clear.
Avoid daydreaming and allow your pure original
insight to emerge.
Quiet your emotions and abide in serenity.
Don't go crazy with the worship of idols, images, and
ideas; this is like putting a new head on top of the
head you already have.

Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your
integral nature will appear.

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44. This is the nature of unenlightened mind:
The sense organs, which are limited in scope and
ability, randomly gather information.
This partial information is arranged into judgments,
which are based on previous judgments,
which are usually based on someone else's foolish
ideas.
These false concepts and ideas are then stored in a
highly selective memory system.

Distortion upon distortion: the mental energy flows
constantly through contorted and inappropriate
channels, and the more one uses the mind, the more
confused one becomes.

To eliminate the vexation of the mind, it doesn't help
to 'do' something; this only reinforces the mind's
mechanics.
Dissolving the mind is instead a matter of not-doing:
Simply avoid becoming attached to what you see and
think.
Relinquish the notion that you are separated from the
all-knowing mind of the universe.
Then you can recover your original pure insight and
see through all illusions.
Knowing nothing, you will be aware of everything.

Remember: because clarity and enlightenment are
within your own nature, they are regained without
moving an inch.

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43. In ancient times, people lived holistic lives.
They didn't overemphasize the the intellect, but
integrated mind, body, and spirit in all things.
This allowed them to become masters of knowledge
rather than victims of concepts.
If a new invention appeared, they looked for the
troubles it might cause as well as the shortcuts it
offered.
They valued old ways that had been proven effective,
and they valued new ways if they could be proven
effective.

If you want to stop being confused, then emulate these
ancient folk: join your body, mind, and spirit in all
you do.
Choose food, clothing, and shelter that accords with
nature.
Rely on your own body for transportation.
Allow your work and your recreation to be one and the
same.
Do exercise that develops your whole being and not
just your body.
Listen to music that bridges the three spheres of your
being.
Choose leaders for their virtue rather than their wealth
or power.
Serve others and cultivate yourself simultaneously.

Understand that true growth comes from meeting and
solving the problems of life in a way that is
harmonizing to yourself and to others.

If you can follow these simple old ways, you will be
continually renewed.

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42. Nothing in the realm of thoughts or ideologies is
absolute.
Lean on one for long, and it collapses.
Because of this, there is nothing more futile and
frustrating than relying on the mind.

To arrive at the unshakable, you must befriend the
Tao.
To do this, quiet your thinking.
Stop analyzing, dividing, making distinctions between
one thing and another.
Simply see that you are at the center of the universe,
and accept all things and beings as parts of your
infinite body.

When you perceive that an act done to another is done
to yourself, you have understood the Great Truth.

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41. Good and bad, self and others, life and death:
Why affirm these concepts? Why deny them?
To do either is to exercise the mind, and the integral
being knows that the manipulations of the mind are
dreams, delusions, and shadows.

Hold one idea, and another competes with it.
Soon the two will be in conflict with a third, and in
time your life is all chatter and contradiction.

Seek instead to keep your mind undivided.

Dissolve all ideas into the Tao.

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40. The natural laws of the universe are inviolable:
Energy condenses into substance.
Food is eaten through the mouth and not the nose.
A person who neglects to breathe will turn blue and
die.
Some things simply can't be dismissed.

It is also a part of the cosmic law that what you say
and do determines what happens in your life.
The ordinary person thinks that this law is external to
himself and he feels confined and controlled by it.
So his desires trouble his mind, his mind troubles his
spirit, and he lives in constant turmoil with himself
and the world.
His whole life is spent in struggling.

The superior person recognizes that he and the subtle
law are one.
Therefore he cultivates himself to accord with it,
bringing moderation to his actions and clarity to his
mind.
Doing this, he finds himself at one with all that is
divine and enlightened.
His days are passed drinking in serenity and breathing
out contentment.

This is the profound, simple truth:
You are the master of your life and death.
What you do is what you are.

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39. If you go searching for the Great Creator, you will
come back empty-handed.
The source of the universe is ultimately unknowable, a
great invisible river flowing forever through a vast
and fertile valley.
Silent and uncreated, it creates all things.

All things are brought forth from the subtle realm into
the manifest world by the mystical intercourse of
yin and yang.
The dynamic river yang pushes forward, the still valley
yin is receptive, and through their integration
things come into existence.

This is known as the Great Tai Chi.

Tai chi is the integral truth of the universe.
Everything is a tai chi: your body, the cosmic body,
form, appearance, wisdom, energy, the unions of
people, the dispersal of time and places.

Each brings itself into existence through the
integration of yin and yang, maintains itself, and
disperses itself without the direction of any creator.

Your creation, your self-transformation, the
accumulation of energy and wisdom, the decline
and cessation of your body: all these take place by
themselves within the subtle operation of the
universe.

Therefore agitated effort is not necessary.

Just be aware of the Great Tai Chi.

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38. Why scurry about looking for the truth?
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off
the tip of your nose.
Can you be still and see it in the mountain? the pine tree?
Yourself?

Don't imagine that you will discover it by accumulating
more knowledge.
Knowledge creates doubt, and doubt makes you
ravenous for more knowledge.
You can't get full eating this way.
The wise person dines on something more subtle:
He eats the understanding that the named was born
from the unnamed, that all being flows from non-
being, that the describable world emanates from an
indescribable source.
He finds this subtle truth inside his own self, and
becomes completely content.

So who can be still and watch the chess game of the
world?
The foolish are always making impulsive moves, but
the wise know that victory and defeat are decided by
something more subtle.
They see that something perfect exists before any move
is made.

This subtle perfection deteriorates when artificial
actions are taken, so be content not to disturb the
peace.
Remain quiet.
Discover the harmony in your own being.
Embrace it.

If you can do this, you will gain everything, and the
world will become healthy again.

If you can't you will be lost in the shadows forever.

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37. A superior person cares for the well-being of all
things.
She does this by accepting responsibility for the energy
she manifests, both actively and in the subtle realm.
Looking at a tree, she sees not an isolated event but
root, leaves, trunk, water, soil and sun: each event
related to others, and "tree" arising out of their
relatedness.
Looking at herself or another, she sees the same thing.

Trees and animals, humans and insects, flowers and
birds:
These are active images of the subtle energies that flow
from the stars throughout the universe. Meeting
and combining with each other and the elements of
the earth, they give rise to all living things.

The superior person understands this, and understands
that her own energies play a part in it.
Understanding these things, she respects the earth as
her mother, the heavens as her father, and all living
things as her brothers and sisters.

Caring for them, she knows that she cares for herself.
Giving to them, she knows that she gives t herself.
At peace with them, she is always at peace with
herself.

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36. It is entirely possible for you to achieve immortality,
and to experience absolute joy and freedom forever.
The practice of undiscriminating virtue is the means
to this end.

Practicing kindness and selflessness, you naturally
align your life with the Integral Way.
Aligning your life with the Integral Way, you being to
eliminate the illusory boundaries between people
and societies, between darkness and light, between
life and death.
Eliminating these illusions, you gain the company of
the highest spiritual beings.
In their company, you are protected from negative
influences and your life energy cannot be dissolved.
Thus do you achieve immortality.

Remember: it is not that those who cultivate
wholeness and virtue in themselves do not encounter
difficulties in life.

It is that they understand that difficulties are the very
road to immortality: by meeting them calmly and
openly, however they unfold, and joyfully
developing themselves in response to them, they
become as natural, as complete, and as eternal as the
Tao itself.

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35. Intellectual knowledge exists in and of the brain.
Because the brain is part of the body, which must one
day expire, this collection of facts, however large
and impressive, will expire as well.

Insight, however, is a function of the Spirit.
Because your spirit follows you through cycle after
cycle of life, death, and rebirth, you have the
opportunity of cultivating insight in an ongoing
fashion.
Refined over time, insight becomes pure, constant,
and unwavering.

This is the beginning of immortality.

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34. All things in the universe move from the subtle to the
manifest and back again.
Whether the form is that of a star or a person, the
process is the same.
First, the subtle energy exists.
Next, it becomes manifest and takes on life.
After a time, the life passes away, but the subtle
energy goes on, either returning to the subtle
realm, where it remains, or once again attaching to
manifest things.

The characters of your existence is determined by the
energies to which you connect yourself.
If you attach yourself to gross energies - loving this
person, hating that clan, rejecting one experience or
habitually indulging in another - then you will lead
a series of heavy, attached lives.
This can go on for a very long and tedious time.

The way of integral being is to join with higher
things.
By holding to that which is refined and subtle, she
traverses refined and subtle realms.
If she enters the world, she does so lightly, without
attachment.
In this way she can go anywhere without ever leaving
the center of the universe.

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33. Just as the world can reveal itself as particles, the Tao
can reveal itself as human beings.
Though world and particles aren't the same, niether
are they different.
Though the cosmic body and your body aren't the
same, neither are they different.

World and particles, bodies and beings, time and space:
All are transient expressions of the Tao.
Unseeable, ungraspable, the Tao is beyond any
attempt to analyze or categorize it.

At the same time, its truth is everywhere you turn.
If you can let go of it with your mind and surround it
with your heart, it will live inside you forever.

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32. The ego says that world is vast, and that the
particles which form it are tiny.
When tiny particles join, it says, the vast world
appears.
When the vast world disperses, it says, tiny particles
appear.

The ego is entranced by all these names and ideas, but
the subtle truth is that world and particle are the
same; neither one vast, neither one tiny.
Every thing is equal to every other thing.
Names and concepts only block your perception of this
Great Oneness.
Therefore it is wise to ignore them.
Those who live inside their egos are continually
bewildered: they struggle
frantically to know
whether things are large or small,
whether or not there is a purpose
to joining or dispersing,
whether the universe is blind and mechanical or the
divine creation of a conscious being.

In reality, there are no grounds for having beliefs or
making comments about such things.
Look behind them instead, and you will discern the
deep, silent, complete truth of the Tao.
Embrace it, and your bewilderment vanishes.

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