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Monday, September 25, 2017

TAO Wisdom to Live Well

Wisdom is an important aspect of living because we need it not so much to make a success of living as to live well. In order to live well, understanding the ancient Tao wisdom plays a pivotal role, especially in its application in contemporary living. Understanding the ancient Tao wisdom is to live well.

What is Tao wisdom? It seems its too profound for human understanding. As a matter of fact, over the centuries, many people have found it intriquing and controversial, to say the least.

The ancient Tao wisdom is expressed in the book Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese classic ."Tao" means "The Way" to understanding the human wisdom in living; "Te" means "virtuosity" and "Ching" means "classic." The book, written by Lao Tzu (meaning "old master"), contains 81 short chapters (only 5,000 Chinese characters), expressing succinctly the wisdom of the great Chinese philosopher. According to the legend, Lao Tzu, who was born with gray hair (a sign of wisdom related with age and experience), was stopped at the city gate when he was riding backwards on an ox; he was just about to leave the ancient capital of China for another country. Lao Tzu was "forced" to record the essence of his teachings; at first, he was reluctant to put anything in writing because he believed that true human wisdom was ineffable and inexpressible, and anything that could be expressed in words would be self-limiting.

Tao Te Ching, written around the 6th century B.C., has become one of the most translated works in world literature because it is regarded by many scholars as one of the wisest books in the world.

Why is it difficult to understand Tao wisdom?

Tao wisdom in simple but profound; it is paradoxical but illuminating. It is all-embracing in that it is applicable to every aspect of life and living. Tao wisdom is universal and timeless wisdom. To fully understand and internalize Tao wisdom in living, you must, first and foremost, have an open mind or an empty mind that would be receptive to unconventional thinking. In fact, you must not only think out of the box but, more importantly, to create your own box of thinking. Your mind must not have any preconditioned ideas about anything. That is to say, you must have an empty mind for reverse thinking before you can intuit the true wisdom of Tao.

"Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Every desiring, one sees only the manifestations.
And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding."
(Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching," Chapter One)

To fully understand the wisdom of Tao, with an empty mind ready for reverse thinking, you must be "ever desireless" because your desires, once conceived, will "dictate" how you "would" like to live, rather than "knowing" the true wisdom of how you "should" live your life. In other words, if you have set your goals in life, you are in fact shaping your own life according to your goals; however, this may not be the true life that God has intended for you. Therefore, "ever desiring" will let you see only the manifestations of your life, not the "mystery" which holds the key to unlocking your understanding of true wisdom. In real life, if you are too preoccupied with what you want, you will miss the essence of life and the true meaning of living.

The Book of Life and Living is a 190-page book on wisdom in living, based on the integration of conventional wisdom, the ancient wisdom of Tao from China, and the spiritual wisdom. The art of living well is holistic living with harmony of the body, the mind, and the spirit.  Life is short. Make the best and the most out of your life. Learn how to use your mind to control your thoughts to live the life you want.

Also, visit my website: Wisdom in Living.

Stephen Lau

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Wisdom in Spiritual Healing

Spiritual healing often begins as a sacred journey of living that involves change, growth, and self-discovery. Spiritual healing is spiritual living such that you live your life to the fullest to attain all-round wellness in the body, the mind, and the spirit. Spiritual healing brings about spiritual health that provides an optimum environment for that sacred life journey towards attaining a healthy spirit for natural self-healing of the body and the mind. 

A human being consists of body, mind, and soul or spirit. Self-healing begins with the mind first, and then the body. But the soul is the essence of being. 

Your mind consists of the subconscious mind (the deep mind) and the conscious mind (the superficial mind. Your body is made up of all the systems, organs, and cells. Your spirit or soul controls both your body and mind, for it is the essence of your being.

To illustrate, if your soul tells you one thing, but your subconscious mind tells you another, and your conscious mind generally follows the direction of the subconscious mind, then there will be disharmony between mind and soul. Remember, your conscious mind connects with your subconscious mind and your soul. Only when there is complete agreement among the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the soul, then there will be balance and harmony--the essence of self-healing. Yes, you have free will: your conscious mind can freely choose whatever it prefers. But the soul is your whole being: it controls everything.

Healthy Spirit for Self-Healing

A healthy spirit is food for the soul. According to Cicero, the celebrated Roman orator, 
"Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body." Therefore, food for the soul is as important as food for the body, and it includes the following:

•  positive morals of mindfulness for compassion, hope, and love of self and others

•  positive values of faith, forgiveness, and integrity

Spiritual living contributes to a healthy spirit for spiritual healing, and hence self-healing of the mind and the body. But the first obstacle to spiritual living is too much focus on self and attachment.

Self and Attachment

According to the Bible, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." (Luke 12:15)

According to Buddha, too much focus on self often leads to attachment, which comes in the form of craving--wanting things one does not have-- and ignorance--craving without knowing the futility of the wanting. Attachment to material things is the source of human miseries. Non-attachment, on the other hand, is not about self-denial: it is the wisdom of knowing the impermanence of things, and therefore the non-attachment. Ignorance, on the other hand, is the absence of clarity of mind, or lack of self-awakening to the truth of non-attachment. 

According to Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, human happiness could be attained only by limiting the needs of man. In other words, the art of living well requires you to find out what you need, and not what you want. For more information, visit the author's website: 
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According to the above, one of the criteria for spiritual living is non-attachment to material things. Non-attachment enables the focus on others, instead of on self. Without non-attachment, there is no spiritual growth, and incomplete spiritual living. Secrets to Eliminate Clutter: 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Why Biblical Wisdom?

Why Biblical wisdom?

The Bible is made up of the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Old Testament comprises thirty-nine books: the Pentateuch, written by Moses, about how the Israelites came to be the chosen people of God; the historical books, written by numerous authors, about the history of Israel, from its rise in Canaan to its downfall in Babylon; the poetical books about wisdom and worship for the Israelites; and the books of ancient prophets, admonishing and warning the Israelites of destruction through their sinful nature and disobedience to God.

These religious writings of ancient Israel focused on the chronicle history of Israel, the questions of good and evil in the world, the subtle relationships between God and man through worship and regulations, and the Covenant of God with man. In short, the Old Testament is the revelation of God’s wisdom to man.

The New Testament is a collection of writings by eight different writers (the Apostles: Matthew, John, Paul, James, Peter, Jude; the Disciples: Mark, Luke), addressing different early Christian churches. This collection of twenty-seven books, comprising the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelation of John, appeared one after another in the second half of the first century.

The New Testament is explicit about the revelation of God’s wisdom to man through the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and the Messiah of Israel. God’s wisdom is expressed through Jesus’ teachings, culminating in the Crucifixion, which symbolizes the conquest of human death due to sin, as well as the fulfillment of the Covenant of God with man.

Biblical Wisdom

Biblical wisdom is not just for the Israelites; it is for all believers and non-believers alike because it is the only way to salvation, which is the ultimate conquest of human mortality.

Human existence is all about life and death. Living for life is making the most out of life and avoiding any disorder in life that may bring about premature death. To meet this tall order, human wisdom is inadequate. Biblical wisdom shows humans how to live life to the best and the fullest, as well as how to conquer death, which comes as the end.


Stephen Lau
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