This week’s featured ancient exercise is from a Chinese text that was banned, but is believed to contain the oral teachings of the great sage Lao Tzu. It is a practice of being aware in the present moment.
The Hua Hu Ching, a Taoist text said to contain the teachings of Lao Tzu, explains the following approach to seeing reality through awareness.
It also explains the priceless “blessings” and “wisdom” accorded to those who help others to find the “Integral Way.”
“… there are two kinds of wisdom. The first is worldly wisdom, which is a conceptual understanding of your experiences. Because it follows after the events themselves, it necessarily inhibits your direct understanding of truth. The second kind, integral wisdom, involves a direct participation in every moment: the observer and the observed are dissolved in the light of pure awareness, and no mental concepts or attitudes are present to dim that light. The blessings and wisdom that accrue to those who practice the Integral Way and lead others to it are a billion times greater than all worldly blessings and wisdom combined.”
~Hua Hu Ching, Chapter 26. Translated by Brian Walker