The concept of the Tao as a river of light in all things, was a very advanced concept when the idea was first suggested in 500 BC. Very few people could read in those days and beliefs were very rudimentary, there wasn’t any metaphysics in that age, which makes the text of the Tao so extraordinary.
Lao Tzu knew of the power of the feminine saying, “…the Tao is the mother that rears the ten thousand things”, and he and the Taoists wrote of their reverence of the ebb and flow of the spirit of nature, that today we call Gaia.
These lines below show a great understanding of the power of the Universal Feminine that we call Om, and the concept of the mysterious female.
“The Valley Spirit never dies
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry. (chap. 6, tr. Tao De Ching, Arthur Waley— The Way and its Power).
Lao Tzu attempted to describe in an uncomplicated way how the Tao existed before the Universe began. He managed this at a time when people knew nothing of the solar system, never mind the Universe. It is fascinating to wonder how did he know these things?
He and the other Taoist writers must have seen all of these advanced concepts in their visions, as there was no teaching or science they could have followed.
Gaia is warm. It’s pure love, not an emotional love, just love expressed as selflessness and a gentle heat, that heat heals you, align to that love and the magical animals come to protect you…and it takes you higher to a new spirituality, so the Tao is as relevant today as it was 2500 years ago in Old China. (sw)
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