Rev. Jessica Johansson

Rev. Jessica Johansson

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life: Part I – The Tao Te Ching


The Tao Te Ching is an ancient text that contains wisdom that is still applicable today. It is one of the most popular and influential books in Chinese history. It teaches that there is an underlying order to the universe.

The word “Tao” has been translated as “The Way.” When we align ourselves with the Tao, we are able to live in harmony with all of creation. The teachings contained in the Tao Te Ching are simple, but they can have a profound impact on your life.

Here are five more simple concepts that I’ve learned from the Tao Te Ching:

  1. Qi (氣), which means “energy.” This concept teaches us that everything in the universe is made of energy. We can use this energy to our advantage by aligning our own energy with the universal energy.
  2. Tzu jan (自然), which means “naturalness” or “spontaneity.” This concept teaches us to go with the flow of life and not to force things. When we are in harmony with tzu jan, we are in alignment with the Tao, or the natural order of things.
  3. Wu wei (無為), which means “non-doing,” or “effortless action.” This concept teaches us that true power comes from within. We can achieve our goals by aligning our actions with our inner wisdom.
  4. Pu (樸), which means “simplicity.” This concept teaches us to let go of what is no longer useful or necessary. When we live simply, we are able to focus on what is truly important.
  5. Yin and yang (陰陽), which means “balance.” This concept teaches us that everything in life is connected — even so-called opposites (day and night, light and dark). We must find a balance between our inner and outer worlds.

 These are just a few of the many things that we can learn from the Tao Te Ching. I hope you’ll take some time to read this ancient text and discover its wisdom for yourself.

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