Tao Te Ching Excerpts

Tao Te Ching Excerpts: While much of this ancient text applies to the Akashic Records. For me, Verse One and Verse Six speak of the originating boundlessness and its connection to us in this moment.

These verses are from Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition with translation and commentary by Jonathan Star. The Tao Te Ching is attributed to Lao Tzu.

Verse One

A way that can be walked is not The Way

A name that can be named is not The Name.

Tao is both Named and Nameless

As Nameless, it is the origin of all things

As Named, it is the mother of all things

A mind free of thought, merged within itself, holds the essence of Tao.

A mind filled with thought, identified with its own perceptions, beholds the mere forms of this world

Tao and this world seem different but in truth they are one and the same

The only difference is in what we call them

How deep and mysterious this unity is

How profound, how great!

It is the truth beyond the truth, the hidden within the hidden

It is the path to all wonder, the gate to the essence of everything!

Verse Six

Endlessly creating

Endlessly pulsating

The Spirit of the Valley never dies

She is called the Hidden Creator

Although She becomes the whole universe

Her immaculate purity is never lost

Although She assumes countless forms

Her true identity remains intact

Whatever we see or don’t see

Whatever exists or doesn’t exist

Is nothing but the creation of this Supreme Power

Tao is limitless, unborn, eternal —

It can only be reached through the Hidden Creator

She is the very face of the Absolute

The gate to the source of all things eternal

Listen to Her voice

Hear it echo through creation

Without fail, She reveals her presence

Without fail, She brings us to our own perfection