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The secret flower of life: The seed in Taoism

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mountain tree by simeon schatz photography

To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~Lao Tzu (father of Chinese spiritual tradition, Taoism, and his text "Tao te Ching")

The seed inside us is the key to our life, just as the seed in a flower holds the secrets to what it will become. We must remember to give our life seeds water and food, through vibrant outlooks and quiet moments in order to provide pathways to openings.

We only need to open our spiritual eyes to be free, to find something beautiful that keeps us alive. The San Francisco Bay Area is beautiful and alive everywhere we turn. As flowers, pebbles of sand on a beach or sensual nature walkers, we can find these pathways.

The over-thinking mind can rob us of the potential openings. Taoism, beautifully described in The Secret of the Golden Flower, features this space. Carl Jung relays an important point in his commentary on the text: "the intellect does indeed do harm to the soul when it dares to possess itself of the heritage of the spirit."

It is so precious to find our unique balance.

The Chinese could not disconnect the intellect from the spirit, believing in the polarity of all life. When yang has reached its greatest strength, the dark power of yin is born within its depths, for night begins at midday when yang breaks up and begins to change into yin.

It is important not to force the opposites in man's nature so far apart that all conscious connection between them is lost. We have gems within each side of us, and we know them intuitively. Discomfort felt in our depths can be magic in disguise.

Feel it, live it, breath it.



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