Cultivating the Mysterious Essence: on Authenticity

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I. “The ancient masters cultivated the

mysterious essence.

They were profound, subtle –

beyond our ability to comprehend.

For this reason we cannot know them,

but we can try to describe their

existence:

Cautious, as if crossing an icy river in

winter.

Vigilant, as if surrounded by unseen

dangers.

Reverent, as if receiving honoured

guests.

As malleable as ice when it begins to

melt,

as unspoiled as an uncarved block,

as receptive as a vast and open valley.”

Tao Te Ching (15), interpretive translation by Robert Brookes, Kindle edition

II. “Know the male, but hold to the female.

Imagine a river flowing through a

valley,

never departing from its original path.

Do this and you will return to a state of

innocence.

Perceive the bright, but hold to the

dark.

Like a river, let yourself flow with

virtue,

and set a faultless example for the

world.

Do this and you…

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