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“The Way is easy to find and follow:
empty the mind of conditioned thinking
of seeing things and doing things.

The Way comes from the source of all.
Its power cherishes and nourishes all.
Knowing the source, we know ourselves.

Finding the Way,
we know the nature of things;
we see the comings and goings of things.

Following the Way,
we discover the treasures within;
we simplify the trappings without.
So, we continue the Way with inner joy.”

(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 70)

Tao wisdom is profound and beneficial to humans because it originates from the Creator, who controls everything. As a matter of fact, it is already innate in each one of us, but we need to look inside ourselves with an empty mind. If we let go of our futile attempts to control our own destinies, we will receive the blessings in our lives. Living in this world is all about trust and obedience. Unfortunately, many of us want everything our way or no way!

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"The Way to the Creator has no blueprint.
With faith and humility, we seek neither pride nor blame.
Our actions then become righteous and impeccable.
Our lives are illumined with the Creator’s light.
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 27)

Understanding Tao wisdom has no blueprint-just as having a relationship with the Creator is personal. The wisdom is to have trust and obedience that demand the absence of pride, that is, humility, which is pleasing to the Creator and the ingredient of human wisdom.

"Fame or the self, which is dearer?
Self or wealth, which is greater?
Gain or loss, which is more painful?

Accumulating or letting go, which causes more suffering?
Looking for status and security, we find only suffering.
Knowing our true nature, we find joy and peace.
With nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to us."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 44)

Embracing everything is beneficial because it holds the key to enlightenment, which is the understanding of what Tao wisdom is all about.

Remember: Enlightenment is no more than choice: choosing between humility or pride, letting go or holding on.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau


Tao wisdom emphasizes “wu-wei” (??): “Wu” (?) means “no” and “wei” (?) means “doing.” Due to the literal translation of the original text, “wu-wei” is sometimes misinterpreted as “non-doing,” and therefore even regarded as a “passive” way of looking at life by Lao Tzu. “No over-doing” is a more appropriate translation of “wu-wei.”

Contrary to conventional wisdom, which focuses much on effort, Tao wisdom emphasizes "effortless" effort.

"The softest thing in the world
overcomes what seems to be the hardest.

That which has no form
penetrates what seems to be impenetrable.

That is why we exert effortless effort.
We act without over-doing.
We teach without arguing.

This is the Way to true wisdom.
This is not a popular way
because people prefer over-doing.
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 43)

Remember: Everything in this world happens for a reason, even though we may not know why; we are humans with limited wisdom, and it is impossible to understand the unlimited wisdom of the Creator. Therefore, striving to make sense out of the senseless is human folly. Given that all human actions are controlled by the Creator, the uncontrollable is human futility.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau


Letting go is one of the essentials of Tao wisdom. Understandably, living in this material world, it is difficult to let go of all material possessions because they identify who we are, such as the car we drive or the neighborhood we live in. To acquire these material possessions, we exert control over what we strive to accomplish. In the process, we may make wrong choices and decisions, creating stress and regrets.

“Letting go control,
we no longer strive and struggle.
Without strife and struggle,
there is no resistance.
Without resistance,
there is no suffering.

Living in the present moment,
we see all things that we must do.
Without complaint and resistance, we do them accordingly.
Without seeking control and recognition,
we simplify what we do, however complicated they may be.
Trusting in the Creator, we always under-do and never over-do.”

(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 30)

Remember: Seeking control and recognition is not the Way to human wisdom, which is living in the present rather than living with expectations in the future, which is uncertain and unpredictable.

Stephen Lau
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