A recurring theme for me recently is "this is your life, just accept it." I can't help but to think that multiple times throughout the day, week, and even the past few months. Specifically I am referring to the way that life seems to tick for everyone. We spend our time working in order to accumulate money, which is spent to pay for things that keep us happy and that we usually don't need. But during the conquest for wealth it is often at the sacrifice of happiness. When looked at like that, it doesn't really make very much sense.
"This is your life, just accept it." These thoughts were ringing through my mind like a bell as I approached the temple pictured above. I was wandering around a new part of the city and I came across this temple. It was so serene. Its strange how you can walk past all of the busy businesses and then come across something like this. There was no one there guarding it, no one there praying, it was just empty... peaceful. Then the thought hit me "This is your life, just accept it."
I have accepted it.
In the beginning there was only darkness. Emptiness, a universe full of void. Then light was created. Stars, galaxies, universes.
From the darkness came one, light. From that light created all things. Matter, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, life.
We are made of star-dust. The sun gave birth to the Earth. The Earth gave birth to trees, insects, animals, human beings, all life.
But all came from emptiness. Something came from nothing.
We are something created from nothing. Therefor we are nothing.
Returning to the nothing is melding with Tao. Empty your vessel and it will become full.
If your vessel is full and pour in more, it will over flow.
Infinity is nothing.
Everything is nothing.
Nothing is everything.
Nothing is darkness, light came from darkness, light is the creation of darkness, but light cancels darkness, return to darkness, and one will discover Tao.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
The Dao of Change - 道變化 - Dào biànhuà
by AJ Christoph
biànhuà shì hǎo de
rén dé biànchéng wéi shuǐ
liúshuǐ, zìrán, xiàlái, kǒngjìng, zìyóu
zhè shì dào
The way of change
Change is good
People need to become like water
Flowing, natural, settled, cleansed,
this is the way
©Taijitu House, AJ Christoph 2014
Tao Jing – Tao I Textby Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha 沙志鋼
Tao Jing Pronunciation Translation/explanation
© 2010 Soul Power Institute and Heaven's Library Publication Corp.
Tao Sacred Mantra
How to Create the Jin Dan
Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha
Tao Sheng Yi
Tian Yi Zhen Shui
Jin Jin Yu Ye
Yan Ru Dan Tian
Shen Qi Jing He Yi
Tian Di Ren He Yi
Jin Dan Lian Chang
Bai Bing Xiao Chu
Yu Fang Bai Bing
Fan Lao Huan Tong
Chang Shou Yong Sheng
©Heaven’s Library, 2006-2012
Love for love, hate for hate, anger for anger,
jealousy for jealousy, your external life is a direct reflection of your
internal thoughts and feelings. Your external reality is a program that can be
manipulated simply by changing the way you feel. This was described by the
ancients as karma, or as we all know the common phrase "what goes around comes
If you feel you are experiencing external turmoil, remember it
may be a consequence of your internal thought patterns.
Your social reality is not only formed by your communication with others, but also with
yourself. Prayer is not only a minute here or a minute there, prayer is
communicating with truthful consciousness at all times; it is radiating the
warmth of love, humility, and sincerity with every breath.
To be true is to be real, it is only with the solidity of truth that allows one to be
UPDATE: 3/18/15 The Search for the Hidden Door is now in print again for the first time in 35 years! Buy it here!
I recently obtained an original copy of the increasingly rare out-of-print book The Search for the Hidden Door
by Marshall N Lever. The book was published in 1981, and follows the diary and series of realizations by the author Marshall N. Lever during his sessions with the Chung Fu. Much of the information is not necessarily new concepts since it was one of the first books published about the "Old Chinese" philosophy. If you were/are a student of Chung Fu, Stuart Wilde, Khris Krepcik, or any derivative of "Old Chinese" you will probably be familiar with most of the teachings. Nonetheless the book is worth obtaining and it offers a deeper understanding of the philosophy and history.
Here Marshall first introduces the concept of the Nature Self (the natural you that flows effortlessly like an animal: The instinctual human side of your psyche.), which is the basis of many of Stuart Wilde's books, Geof Spaldings 33rd Sage series, and Chung Fu's own book Under the Plum Tree
edited by Marjorie Giles. To the best of my knowledge this book is the beginning of the publications in regards to Chung Fu with the exception of personal jottings, diaries, or other publications I have not been able to locate.
The purpose of this blog post is to share some of the contents online because it is becoming increasingly hard to obtain a copy, and the information is not readily available. I am limited as to what I can share because I want to respect the current copyright laws, but what I can share will be beneficial and it will bring you one step closer to "knowing" the books contents. Nothing can replace owning a physical copy but for now this is all ya got!
Lets begin with a detailed list of the chapters, something you will not be able to find elsewhere on the web, and I am happy to be the first to share! Each chapter begins with the chapter title and a quote from "An Old Sage." Which is presumably direct words of Chung Fu. If you missed my blog post before last I talk about the correct pronunciation and meaning of Chung Fu. I clarify a few misconceptions that will help you better understand; if you wish to read it please click here
Chapter 1.-- The Search for the Hidden Door.
Spiritual growth is an individual accomplishment. Others may point the way, but you do the growing.
An Old Sage
Chapter 2. --The Journey Begins.
Man never reaches his highest potential when he is safe and takes things easy.
An Old Sage
Chapter 3. --Thought - Word - Action
Your thought can never rise higher than the state of realization created by your thought.
An Old Sage
Chapter 4. --The Universal Laws
Universal Law is the only law. All other laws are formed from the results of the Universal Law.
An Old Sage
Chapter 5. --Denial and Affirmation
An affirmative word used at the right time and with the right thought behind it has more value than a sack of
An Old Sage
Chapter 6. --Impossibilities [in the book the "im" of impossibilities is crossed out.]
Nothing is impossible providing you believe you're God.
An Old Sage
Chapter 7.-- Unlimited Limitations
To be unlimited in thought, word, and action is to be a completely free human being.
An Old Sage
Chapter 8. -- Change
Change is necessary if you ever want to know where you have been.
An Old Sage
Chapter 9. -- The Journey Continues
The man who does a thing always has the thing he has done before his own eyes.
An Old Sage.
The book is fairly short with only 147 pages and 9 chapters, and much of it is wrote in a nontraditional way such as a diary format, thoughts, and etc. Below I have attached some photos of the books contents. I will continue to write about this book as the weeks go on. I am currently reading this book along with two others, The 33rd Sage. A Modern Fable, and Under the Plum Tree by Chung Fu. I will incorporate what I learn into the upcoming articles and hopefully this will give you a better insight into the philosophy, along with a clearer picture of the unveiling of the wisdom that is "Old Chinese."
As always, thank you for reading and visiting my blog. Stay tuned. The Truth Awaits.
UPDATE: 3/18/15 The Search for the Hidden Door by Marshall N Lever channel of Chung Fu is now in print again for the first time in 35 years! Available on Amazon!
The teachings of "Old Chinese" has been a major influence in my life. I was unknowingly introduced to Chung Fu's teachings about 4 years ago. At that time I was in the military when I stumbled across a book by the author Stuart Wilde. Stu was very mysterious in his writings and much of what he writes is in code. There are many things hidden from normal sight, and with experience and dedication many of the secrets reveal themselves.
Through my research I discovered who my teacher's teacher was, and in turn who his teacher's teacher was. It is a long line that goes back some 2,400 years, if not more. These are secrets I am hesitant to share, but I feel it is necessary to help others that are on the same path. I took about 4 years for me to make the connections that lead to the teachings of Chung Fu, and from there it sent me down a path that has been unbelievably deep and mysterious. Some of the books that are required to further my study are so rare they hardly can't be found, and if they are found they can cost upwards of $5,000 a copy. So needless to say the secrets are only available to the select few that are inspired enough to pursue. It isn't a path that is geared for the masses, and we understand that. It is available to anyone, but like any study, it is a discipline, and it also has to coincide with your personal destiny. For me it seems to be the right path.
So what I am wanting to clarify is we have all been slightly confused by the translations of Chinese Mandarin to English. The English word Chung Fu is actually a mistranslation of the pinyin. The reason I want to clarify this is because since I have been learning Mandarin I have had much difficulty finding the Chinese characters to accurately understand what Chung Fu means. The correct pinyin spelling is zhōng fú. So it should more accurately be spelled in English as Zhong Fu instead of Chung Fu. The meaning of "Chung Fu" is inner truth, which in
simplified Chinese is
Zhong Fu comes from the I Ching: 61, and in the above photo you can see a very brief explanation of its meaning. Chung Fu was a Taoist master and disciple of Lao Zu circa 2,400 years ago. Similarly to Chung Fu, Lao Zu was not really the original authors name. In English Lao Zu should actually be Laozi, which simply means old man. Chung Fu is just a reference name to the spirit of Inner Truth. They may or may not be literal people, but the truth remains in their lessons.
I hope this has helped clarify to anyone studying "Old Chinese", and if you would like more information for further research feel free to contact me or leave a comment.
In Taoism there exists an important concept called Wu Wei which literally means non-doing. A good way to understand this concept is the idea of flow. Does a tree force itself to grow or does it grow without effort? Does a lion struggle to find lunch or is a meal provided for it courtesy of the Great Spirit? Wu Wei is action through non-action. It is placing yourself into the natural flow of life without struggle. Struggle is effort laced with negative emotions and desperation.
If the emotions are removed then all that remains is effortless flow. Life was never meant to be a struggle. Step back take a deep breath and quietly work towards your goals. Struggle is opinion because struggle is emotion. One persons struggle may be gentle effort to another. Wu Wei. Remember it.
The Tolemac Symbol
Balance is perhaps the most important & fundamental discipline of life. Balance keeps our bodies alive with the complexities of homeostasis. Balance keeps us erect as we walk, balance is a fundamental element of the physical plane. Without balance nothing would function properly. If one sways too far in any direction you become off balance and stumble.
A comedian requires balance with his words. If he becomes too rude and offensive he is just an unfunny asshole. Balance requires knowledge and understanding of people, your audience, and the currently accepted social norms. My martial arts teacher taught me the importance of physical balance. We would stand on one foot and stretch our limbs before class, the stretching and balancing exercises were approximately 50% of the class. The remaining segment would be meaningless if we were not able to maintain on our feet. Martial arts teaches balance both physically and mentally. The expended energy balances out the chakras (energy centers) of your body. Kinetic movement helps your chi flow. It promotes well being both spiritually and physically.
In Taoism balance is known as yin yang. Yin being the feminine spirit and yang being the masculine spirit. This concept can be applied to everything. It is part of the Universal Law. It spans across all planes of existence: for balance is the root of Karma.
Our spiritual journey is to maintain balance in our lives. We are to take responsibility for our actions. Our lives are our responsibilities and no ones else's.
I strive for truth and balance in my life. For I know, if I seek truth and balance I will not leave any negative energy in my spiritual footprints. Negative energy is the cause of problems, stress, and emotional turmoil. Not handling situations in a neutral and emotionally removed manner is the cause for grief and malice. Maintain balance and no one will have the ability to emotionally control you.
Think of this life as an energy game. Everything is composed of energy. (Energy is the genetic name of the fundamental power of life. I call it "The God Force.") Our energy comes from the sun. The sun radiates quanta's of electromagnetic radiation 93 million miles across space to warm the Earth in only 8 minutes. This radiation allows liquid water to exist; liquid is the perfect balance
between solid and gas. The plants absorb the sunlight and in combination with carbon dioxide photosynthesis occurs. The plants release the oxygen we need to breath, and they also provide the calories necessary for our bodies to sustain life.
The process is infinitely complex and the above description barely touches on the subject. There are entire series of books on photosynthesis alone, but the concept of energy still remains elusive. To begin defining energy let us discuss the nature of atomic physics. Atomic physics begins to zoom in deeper inside the plants and past the cells, through the organelles, inside the atoms to a world that is infinitely small but mostly empty space. Here we begin pondering about the nature of energy, but even that is not sufficient to describe the nature of reality. Alas! Theoretical physics comes to the rescue with a deeper understanding with many subsections of String Theory, M theory, and P Brane theory. But even still the concept of energy escapes us, for reality is infinite. As we discover new it opens doors to other worlds. Other realms reveal themselves as our understanding and technology increases.
String Theory suggests the universe is comprised of infinitely small loops or strings of "energy" that act in a chaotic and totally random manner which compiles together to create quarks. The quarks bind into atoms (the basic unit of matter), different numbers of atoms fused together make the 92 natural elements of the periodic table and molecules. The 92 natural elements that exist in nature makes up the building blocks of our physical reality. IE: your face, the toilet, the grass, your phone, the clouds, and everything that is physically tangible, matter.
If we continue to zoom out and focus specifically on organic elements (CHNOPS) carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur, we are given the building blocks of all things "biotic" This is the study of biology. Here you will discover the perfect balances of the human body, (anatomy, nursing, botany, mycology, and plenty more.) If we continue to zoom out we encounter the social sciences. Which describes how we function in balance as a society and individually. We also encounter the balance of the economy, politics, sociology, culture, history, and more.
If you see the fractal trend of the universal programming everything works in balance. It may not appear relative to your position. A friend or loved one may die which causes your emotions to become chemically unbalanced, but as your loved one dies it acts as a butterfly effect of the continuous change of existence. It opens doors for new life.
Now we are zoomed out far enough to be looking down on the Earth. Imagine us somewhere in space looking at a tiny Earth the size of a baseball. See it resting in your hand. Now think: This is all we know in a tangible sense. Everything on Earth is our home. We can see it, breath it, touch it, hear it, and perceive it. Now turn about face 90 degrees. You see a black infinitely expanding horizon of deep space with an enumerable amount of stars, other worlds existing at the same time, but they are totally separate from our own existence. This moves us from the micro level to the macro level, dealing with the astronomical ideas of galaxies, solar systems, and finally to the totality of the Universe. One of my previous posts I posted a video of Theoretical Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku talking about the idea of multiple universes. Our universe is probably just a tiny grain of sand on Gods beach. Nothing exists to stop this ideas from being true. As we learn our perceptions are opened to new worlds. It wasn't long ago we believed the Earth was flat. It is my belief there is no end.
This is the totality of our physical existence, but it is no where near being totally accurate. We all have our own world we live in. There are worlds inside of your body, mind, and spirit. There are worlds that exist on other planets, there are worlds within worlds. Worlds within the cells of your body. We live in an infinite multiverse, and there are literally no boundaries, from the negative infinity to the positive infinity. It goes for eternity both ways, the smallest of the small to the largest of the large.
It is humbling to accept we are only a small piece of the infinite puzzle of existence. Everything is connected and exists in perfect harmony, and we are blessed to be a piece of the system.
Boundaries are only drawn from the perspective of a finite view. We are all as one and one as all. We are a part of the God Force. Our only responsibility is to contribute in a positive manner, to take responsibility of our own energy footprint, live our lives to the fullest potential, and assist others along the way.
Blessings and understanding.
Balance is an Element of the Universal Law. From the big to the small. Balance is the law.