INNER CORE PREVAILS
AS ALL THAT WOULD BE NAMED POISON
IS WELCOMED AS RELEASE
RUMI’S LANCED BOIL*
PIERCED BY TAO'S BREATH
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how can it heal
and how can you regain your health?
Your situation is agonizing now
but it will free you from what has been blocking you.
The Rumi Card Book
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we are open and non-judgmental.
We know that we belong and we act accordingly.
We are ready for all life brings, including death.
From Tao Te Ching, Chapter 16
is an open and accepting mind.
It is not tossed about
by waves of fear,
by tides of desire,
or by winds of change.
It senses the Web of Life
and feels the connections that exist
between every part of the Cosmos.
It knows that being lost, forgotten,
abandoned, or forsaken
So it is free to act
with power, joy, and love.
and courageous acts that arise so naturally in my spirit?
- My fearful mind that tells me stories of injury, loss, and even death.
- My wanting mind that tells me to go get the things I want
and let others worry about themselves.
- My “monkey mind” that keeps me in a state of Attention Deficit Disorder
through its inane chatter.
But my quiet mind is my natural mind and it always brings me back to myself.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
Tao Te Ching #16
Stephen Mitchell Translation
that degrade you back towards disease and death.
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A fool came and shouted at him "Why are you ruining the soil!?"
"You Fool" The man replied,"Go away and don't bother me!
Understand the difference between destruction and growth.
How could this soil become a rose garden or wheat field
Before it's broken up and ruined and made ugly?
How could it become orchards and harvests and leaves and fruit
before it is utterly destroyed and worn down?
Before you pierce an abscess with a knife
How can it heal and how can you regain health?
Until the doctor purifies your humors with his cures
How can your illness disappear and true healing arrive?
When a tailor cuts up a cloth, piece by piece,
Does anyone go up to him and strike him and say,
'Why have you torn up this beautiful satin;
What can I do with scraps of torn-up cloth?"
Each time that builder comes to repair an old building
Don't they begin by destroying what was there before?
Look at the carpenter or the blacksmith or the butcher;
With them too, you'll find destruction precedes renewal
If you don't subject wheat to the grinding millstone
How will bread ever come forth to decorate your table?"