Duality Meditation — A Taoist Exercise from the Hua Hu Ching

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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

Yin and Yang symbol

The yin yang, a sacred Taoist symbol, represents balance and harmony, as well as duality — a concept seen throughout creation.

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.”

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Angela Pritchard is an author and researcher into the universal nature of spirituality and consciousness. She is the co-author of two books on ancient sacred mysteries. Her primary focus is on experiencing spirituality firsthand, including through OBEs, and she has been dedicated to this for the past 10 years. She aims to uncover the hidden roots of what’s really driving the agenda in society and the world in relation to the war on consciousness and awakening, and writes alongside her husband on the website Belsebuub.com.

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  1. Thank you for that suggestion.
    This practice gave me great inshights this week and a picture of myself that i’m looking forward to work on further. Gave me also a picture of how duality looks inside the daily life. Living inside of that continued circulation of glad and sadness, be content and uncontent, in sleep or aware, and more… It is so confusing. A really mess.
    It’s obvious that out of it there is peace. But seems that need to get tired first, like the mind at this practice. :-)

  2. I love this practice, as it is a very simple one to apply to my chattering mind. I found that when i do it longer, the thoughts stop to be exact or concrete, so it becomes very hard to put the opposite to these ‘clouds’ of just forming ideas, etc… So at that stage I usually just apply the opposite “feeling” to the forming thought, or just something like “not this…”

    I would like to hear other people’s experiences with this practice. The closest I got to some kind of result with it was when my mind became so quiet that it was almost strange and I understood that whatever I would focus my attention in that state, I could get the answers outside of my mind immediately, like I tapped into an immense reservoir of knowledge. It was just a moment though, before I returned back to “normal”.

    • Hey Lucia, that sounds like an interesting experience. Although I do not practice it often, when I do I always really like it as well.

      One thing I would like to share that I’ve noticed is how much can be learned from this practice. While I practice it I always get so many insights about certain thoughts I have, and especially about how the mind works.

      Another thing I also noticed (which occurred again when I did the duality practice coming home today) is how it’s possible to consciously get quite far into the process of sleep from it. I saw dream images flash and felt my astral hands moving. Although the aim is to get the mind completely silent for a different experience, I think the practice can surprisingly work well for astral projection too. And I think it happens because (before it becomes silent) it keeps the mind actively engaged, until the body falls asleep.

      Like others, I also look forward to trying it more and seeing what will result from it. :-)

  3. Sounds like a great practice to try for the week thanks

  4. Very inspired practise. Thank you for this post.
    I can’t wait to practise it!

  5. Awesome!

  6. Great practice and very effective. I really hope to be able to use it for longer periods.