The origins of the Tao (Dao)

The origins of the Tao (Dao)

The foundation of Tao

Tao originated sometime around the 4th or 3rd Century BCE in China. The Scholars can’t come to an agreement on when the Tao was formed and maybe believe there is no founding date for Taoism at all.

Lao-tzu (Loazi) and the inspiration of the Tao

Many scholars believe Lao-tzu (Laozi) was the first to man to receive the inspiration of the Tao. Once again they do not agree on when he lived in history and some scholars don’t believe he ever lived at all.  

The ‘Old Master’

Lao-tzu is translated from Chinese to ‘old master’. This could also make us believe that he was just an ideal or a vision rather than a real person.

The definition of Taoism in the Webster dictionary is defined as ‘a Chinese philosophy based on the writings of Lao Tzu that speak of living simply and honestly and in harmony with nature’.

‘The way’

Tao in our western mind is translated into ‘The way”. The Way speaks about returning to our true nature. How we were when we were babies before all the stresses of modern life got in the way.

Tao-te Ching

An important book which is part of the Daoist (Taoist) philosophy is the Tao-te Ching. This book talks about PU which is translated into the ‘uncarved block’. This is nature at its most powerful in its most original state.

‘The uncarved block’ is the concept of our existence before the idea of right and wrong, good and bad or ugly and beautiful came to exist. PU is a state of being free of any judgements or worries that society places on us.

Don’t get in your own way

According to Tao things are best in their most natural state. Life was much simpler for us before society got in the way. Change what you can, accept what you can’t, practice Tai Chi every day, go with the flow and there you will find inner peace is waiting for you. Sign up to my live class and if you can't make it to the set time of the live class then just go with the flow and Follow my prerecorded Qigong 8 brocades

Or as the father of Taoism said:

Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like - Lao Tzu

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