This week’s featured practice comes from ancient China and the sage Lao-Tzu. It is a practice that can be used to slow down and neutralize the driving force of the mind so that the spiritual can be perceived.
Original article from AncientSacredKnowledge.com
The Hua Hu Ching, an ancient Taoist text, explains the following about duality in the mind:
“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.”
~Hua Hu Ching, Chapter forty-one. Translated by Brian Walker
To do this practice, sit down in a comfortable position and relax the body and mind as best you can. As thoughts enter your mind, put the opposite to it. For instance if you have the thought, “how do I do this exercise”, apply the contradictory thought, “I know how to do this exercise.” If you do it well, eventually you will settle the mind completely, and “dissolve all ideas into the Tao.”