Tao by Matsumoto

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Reverse Thinking


How can you open the gate to Tao?

In Chapter 10 Magic words, you find some suggestions like "Make the body soul and the spirit soul embrace Tao".

Or, some Zen monks might say the famous quip "Think without thinking".

It is too easy to say "It is difficult".

Isn't there any practical way to apply this wisdom to everyday life of an ordinary person?

Well, how about reversing the words in a self-evident maxim? (Reverse Thinking)

For example, instead of saying "I thank God (or any higher being) for letting me live my life", you can think, "God (or any higher being) lets us live to thank Him (or It).

Our ultimate goal might not be achieving something in our life.

Imagine how relieved we can feel if our goal is just thanking Him (or It). Anyone can do it at any moment.

Life is just a catalyst or a trigger to thank Him (or It).

Since all the brain activities are conducted through electricity, which is waves, there is no denying that, every time we think, we emit some energy to the air.

This energy creates and sustains holograms, because of which we emit more energy.

This is the notorious cycle of Yin and Yang that has been confusing the western world for centuries.

The purpose to illustrate Yin and Yang is not showing us an oriental dichotomy but teaching us that the opposing and, therefore, contradictory concepts are, in fact, the same.

Yin / Yang, or your hologram / Tao (=you), gives and receives the fundamental energy and circulates it.

It doesn't matter which comes first or which is the origin of the energy. It is as if asking which came first in the evolution of the species, the chicken or the egg.

This is the reason why, by reversing the cause and the result, we often see the truth more clearly.

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-Chapter 2a Yin Yang circle. Yin and Yang could be one of the most misunderstood concepts. It is not a dichotomy. It is a harmony. The expression is a synonym of One.

-Chapter 3c Act without acting. Instead of saying, "Life doesn't go on as we want", why don't we think as life goes.

-Chapter 16 Go back. "Going back to the destiny is called constancy", says Lao Tzu.

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