Daodejing Chapter 1: the essence of the universe

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The way is the essence of the universe. It is so pristine and powerful that mere words are inadequate to define it.

The way is comprised of two complementary elements, much like the left and right sides of a brain. It is the principle that underlies the functioning of heaven and earth and the process by which everything is created. Contemplating the principle of the way requires stripping away all your preconceptions and desires. Contemplating the process of the way requires maintaining awareness of everything that is happening around you.

daodejing dualities

The way is thus nothing and something at the same time. It is invisible and visible, intangible and tangible, the source and the outcome, and the “gateway to all mysteries.”  Tapping into its infinite potential means approaching it with an open mind.

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