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Stephen Lau's website on getting your wisdom from books.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Wisdom of Letting Go

The Wisdom of Letting Go

The pursuit of human happiness is forever elusive and evasive. Why? It requires human wisdom to ask the right questions, and spiritual wisdom to seek self-enlightening answers to the questions asked throughout our life journey.

Human wisdom comes from the mind: an empty mindset with reverse thinking; mindfulness living in the present with no expectation and no picking; and spontaneity with understanding of the natural cycle of all things, that is, what goes up must also come down. The ancient Tao wisdom from China may enhance human wisdom.

With human wisdom, one may see the wisdom of letting go of all attachments in the material world. Attachments are the raw materials with which we often create the self-delusive realities of the ego-self. Letting go of the ego and all its attachments may let us see the true nature of everything: who we really are, not who we wish we were, and what we really need, not what we desire.

The ego is the human flaw that not only undermines the natural human wisdom but also distorts the lens through which we see the world around us. Therefore, we need spiritual wisdom to complement the inadequate human wisdom, to guide the soul on our life journey. Spiritual wisdom can only be attained through trust and obedience to the Creator, which is letting go to let God.

The above is what this book is all about.

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Stephen Lau

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Attributes for a Better and Happier You

To become a better and happier individual, you need love, compassion, and altruism. These are the attributes necessary not only for redeveloping or reshaping your personality but also for sustaining yourself in this aggressive and ever-changing world. They are the daily foods for your soul to provide you with happiness, inner satisfaction, and joy.

Humanity and Self

Without compassion, you lack self-confidence, which often gives way to anxiety, fear, and insecurity. Compassion enables you to see your own connectedness with others, and you are not alone all by yourself. Once your inner world becomes imbalanced and disharmonized by a lack of self-confidence, you lose your inner calmness, without which you cannot properly utilize your wisdom. Without wisdom, you mind becomes obsessed with negative thoughts of self, leading to wrong actions and toxic consequences. This is where Tao wisdom may come into play by diminishing your ego-self and letting you focus more on others, rather than solely on yourself. Letting go of the ego-self may help you develop compassion and cherish a sense of responsibility for humanity.

Anything and Everything

Awareness of your own responsibility for humanity may enable you to rein in your temper and inhibit your anger. Better understanding of humanity lets you acknowledge the destructive forces of anger, and thereby instrumental in reducing their strength. Your short temper can benefit from Tao wisdom, which shows you the importance and necessity of embracing all—the easy and the difficult, as well as the pleasant and the unpleasant. In life, difficult and unpleasant experiences not only train but also enhance you mental stability to control your temper, which often undermines your compassion for others. Tao wisdom teaches you not to pick and choose but to embrace anything and everything in life because any situation in life can make you become either a teacher or a student. Life is about anything and everything that you can learn from, and this is where true wisdom comes from.

Understanding that anything is everything may also make you see things very differently. People and things do not exist independently. When there is long, there has to be short; they do not exist simply because of their own nature. Everything in life is not only relative but also related. Viewing any life situation—whether it is good or bad—with this profound human wisdom may help you see that anything is everything, In other words, any life situation is not under its own power but depends on many present causes and conditions, as well as many past causes and conditions; otherwise it could not have come into being. With this perspective, you can see much more of the whole picture, and thus you can see the reality of the situation.

Stephen Lau     
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tao Wisdom to Change You Into A Better You

Tao Wisdom to Change You Into A Better You

There is absolutely nothing that you can do about your past or your own personality development over the various stages of your life. Nevertheless, do look back at the past, and conduct your own life review. Understanding what has made you become who and what you are right now can still help you change the direction of the pathway your life is currently following.

To harness the power of change, do ask yourself the following questions:

Are you still searching for direction or purpose In your life?
Are you afraid or anxious to make changes in your life?
Are there major life decisions you made in the past that you now regret?
Are you feeling that the old days were much better than the present ones?
Are you feeling that, as you grow older, you have become more like your true self?
Are you open to considering options in your life to make you become a better, happier, and wiser individual?

Asking the above questions may help you reflect on the need to change in order to change yourself into a better and happier you.

Don’t just change for the sake of change, but change because to remain static is to wither away, while to hold on to the best moments of your life is simply impossible and unrealistic. The change must be adaptive to your already developed personality, as well as to your current conditions and environment.

There is always a possibility for change at any stage of your life. The recognition of human wisdom can help you have more confidence to change what needs to be changed. When you feel discouraged by negative thoughts, such as “I’m too old” or “I’m simply not good enough,” true human wisdom may help you find the ideal balance between change and stability. This is where Tao wisdom may play a pivotal role to initiate the change inside you to become a better and happier you. Yes, you can do it. Anyone can do it with Tao wisdom.

Stephen Lau     
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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Darker Side of Life

Life is always imperfect, and living is forever a bed of roses with some thorns. We are imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world. As such, the art of living involves the wisdom of knowing who you really are, and how things happen and work in your life. Without this profound understanding, you will forever be haunted by the awareness of the darker side of life.

The Bible calls the darker side of human nature “sin.” None of us is exempt from sin. Life is always an inner struggle between what is perceived in an individual’s moral system as “right” and the dark opposing force inside to do just the opposite. To make matters worse, most of us are really quite good at self-deception. Either we deceive ourselves into thinking that the dark opposing force does not exist in ourselves, or we simply inflate our own personal virtues to overshadow the dark force within us.

Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous Scottish novelist, calls this darker side of human nature the duality of man. In his famous story of “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” he presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde both having a dark side within them, where evil is lurking to surface anytime. Both of them hide their evil away, pretending it never exists. In the end, it turns out that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are actually one and the same person.

If the darker of life is deemed as something “evil” as depicted by Robert Louis Stevenson, it may immediately lead to self-denial and downright rejection. The darker side is ideally described as a “not-so-good” quality, or just human flaws and weaknesses that we see in others as well as in ourselves. Whatever the definition may be, the darker of life, ironically enough, makes life wholesome, without which life is incomplete and unreal—at best, a self-delusion. Human darkness is part and parcel of human existence. Denying its existence only leads to more pain, regret, and resignation. But understanding the dualistic human nature offers a way to return to wholeness, which is an important ingredient in the art of living well.

Also, find out more about the essentials of Tao wisdom.

Tao wisdom is the essence in the art of living well. It is the profound wisdom of the ancient Chinese sage, Lao Tzu, the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, one of the most translated works in world literature. The book has been popular for thousands of years due to its wisdom, which is simple but controversial, profound and yet intriguing. To fully understand it, you need to get all the essentials of Tao wisdom.

Stephen Lau
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Let Go of the Human Flaw

The Human Flaw

Humans are given a physical body, a mind, and a soul or spirit. They have to be in balance and harmony with one another, that is, in total alignment, the lack of which is due to human flaw.

The body lives in the material world, and is equipped with the five senses to live and survive in the physical environment. The mind, as the mediator between the body and the soul, is given the gift of free will, which is the freedom to process any input in the form of thoughts and sensations from both the body and the soul. That is to say, whenever we wish to do something, the soul intuitively provides the instinctive judgment, the mind then gives the analysis and the interpretation, and the body eventually executes the appropriate action or decision of the mind. In other words, what we want to do and how we are going to do it are all in the mind. Therefore, the human mind plays a pivotal role in understanding the ultimate truth about the origin of the human flaw of attachment, which is essentially the human ego that brings about the identity crisis.

The misalignment of the body, the mind, and the soul may stem from the human flaw of attachment, which may adversely affect the body; given the close body-mind connection, the mind contaminated by the body may ultimately infest the soul too.

The body is like a wild horse, unbridled, running here, there, and everywhere. The mind is like the horseman, riding on its back, trying to rein it in and bringing it back on the right track; to do just that, human wisdom is required of the horseman. The soul, existing in a totally different dimension with its inherent spiritual wisdom, supervises both the horse and the horseman, providing the latter with a compass and a roadmap so that both the horse and the horseman may continue the journey on the right track and reach their final destination.

What role does the human flaw play?

The human flaw may negatively affect the behavior and personality of the horse, and thus challenging the skill and horsemanship of the rider. This may lead both the horse and the rider onto the wrong track and get lost. 

To overcome the human flaw, we need the wisdom of letting go of all attachments with an empty mind.

Stephen Lau     
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Complement of Human and Biblical Wisdom

Wisdom comes from asking questions and seeking answers to the questions asked.

Asking Questions

Albert Einstein once said, “Thinking is difficult; that’s why so few people do it.” Thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-introspection. It is the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve problems by asking questions. Through solving problems, the mind can then make things happen.

Seeking Answers

Seeking answers may not be that easy; just as Albert Einstein also said, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

Understanding requires both human wisdom and Biblical wisdom.

According to Ronald Reagan, “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”

When we ask, we may also receive—just as Jesus said: “Seek and you shall find.” That said, many seek but still do not find, just as many ask questions but do not receive answers because they do not have the spiritual wisdom to guide them in what they seek and in the questions they ask.

Lack of Spiritual Wisdom

Seeking answers to all the questions asked requires spiritual wisdom to show us that we are all living in a material world full of problems, that solving others' problems does not help us solve our own, and that solving our own problems does not guarantee that we will not have any more problems to be solved. Spiritual wisdom can only be intuited in the presence of God.

The lack of spiritual wisdom is often due to excessive attachment to the material things in the physical world. The human flaw of attachment can be discerned and even overcome with human wisdom, which is no more than the ultimate truth of human existence. In the Christian tradition, truth begins with God, and not with the self. However, in Eastern cultures, the understanding of self is the first step in the pursuit of true human wisdom.

Get the wisdom of letting go to attain the complement of human and spiritual wisdom.

 Stephen Lau     
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