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B. Mirror of Dark Depth


Can you concentrate energy and be supple?

The expression "concentrate energy" is likely to be misinterpreted.

The definition of the word "concentration" as we know of has nothing to do with it.

On the contrary, concentration leads you to the blindness to your hologram.

Lao Tzu wants to say, "Don't waste your fundamental energy by creating resistance.

Sometimes, your imagination runs wild and provokes the feelings of anger, confusion, or something that blocks the free flow of the fundamental energy.

"Be supple" can be understood literally.

If you want to go a step farther, you can see the explanation of its deeper signification later in this chapter, at the section of Dark Depth Female.

And can you be like a baby?

A baby cannot resist.

When he is hungry, he just cries out. When he wants to ease nature, his bowels move.

He doesn't have silly pride. He doesn't have righteous resentment, either.

He is a perfect symbol of non-resistance.

Can you clean the mirror of Dark Depth?

Zen Buddhists adore the metaphor of a mirror. Sometimes they use a beautiful metaphor of the moonlight reflected on the drops of water.

It must have been very difficult to explain the concept of holography and how it functions, before, late in the 20th century, George Lucas showed on the screen the 3-dimentional image of Princess Leia projected by the R2D2 robot in the first movie of the Star Wars series. (☞See Chapter 5 Hologram)

Thinkers in the olden days had to invent metaphors to tell the idea. Fortunately, we don't have to do it now, thanks to the word "hologram".


The sentence in the original Chinese text is 滌除玄覧. 玄 [gen] is Dark Depth. 覧 [ran] is a substituted Kanji character for 鑑 [kan / kagami], which means a "mirror".

And can you leave it with no blemish?

It is not desirable that you are fooled by the word "blemish" and impose your moral judgement on the hologram (=the world in front of you).

"Blemish" doesn't mean either bad nor evil.

In the world, which is the hologram you project in your mind, there is neither good nor evil.

There is only you who judge it.

"You leave it with no blemish" signifies that you do not interfere in your hologram directly.

This is one of the most difficult parts in Taoism and Zen for the people with Cartesian mind.

You don't act directly. You just act indirectly.

The best way to face your hologram (=the world) is to accept it as it is.

It's like accepting what you see on the mirror.

Any sentiment against it creates resistance, which is waste.

If it is too difficult for you to have no feelings, you can say "thank you" to anything that appears in your hologram.

Gratitude will fill up your emotional space and make you difficult to have any feelings against your "mirror".

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-Chapter 5b What's a Hologram?. Here comes Lao Tzu's answer. "Between heaven and earth, isn't it a bellows?"

-Chapter 1 Gateway to Tao. How can you go through the gateway to Tao?

-Chapter 10 Magic words

-Chapter 10a Body soul & Spirit soul

-Chapter 10c Caution! You & Hologram

-Chapter 10d Heaven’s gate ones / closes

-Chapter 10e Dark Depth Female

-Chapter 10f Dark Depth Attainment

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