I enjoy the philosophy of Taoism and the 81 chapters. I read several versions of the Tao Te Ching and compare different versions or translations as referred to by some. Not for right or wrong, for the Tao cannot be examined in such a way, but to witness the flexibility of the Tao.

The Tao cannot be mastered by person, group or organization to be parlayed out to sages. The Tao must be lived, and this is why I enjoy it so…the opportunity to find immortality within my own consciousness and wisdom.

Today…Chapter 16 of the Tao it speaks of the understanding of the only constant, (Change). My version listed below…

Tao Te Ching, 16

Push all thoughts from mind
Place heart in perfect peace
Backward and forward
the world goes,
but anticipates its return.
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All beings return to source
for renewal, this is
peaceful, the cycle of life.
Wisdom comes from
this acceptance
misery if ignored.
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To surrender to nature’s flow
one embrace impartiality.
Being impartial one becomes
an observer of life.
All-encompassing to
the way things are.
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Life and death evolves constantly.
The Sage accepts this cycle
and becomes noble.
This way her physical
decay brings her into
immortality, and this
why she is unafraid.

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The Invisible Dragon

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