LAO TZU’S 2500 YEAR-OLD MESSAGE TO ‘THE PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE’ TELLS HOW TO APPROACH OUR GLOBAL CRISIS

Dylan Charles,

The lessons of 2020 just keep rolling in. Everything is being challenged, and so much that had been in the shadows forever is being illuminated by truth. Our system is totally unsustainable. It’s collapsing under the weight of its own hubris, and all of the things we thought brought us security and convenience are turning against us. It’s time to rethink all of it.

My sense is that we have drifted far from the true nature of life, and have grown dangerously out of balance, divided, and fragmented. Over time we have lost our ability to perceive life in its wholeness, and now, in the actual reality of living in a masked, socially distanced, self-isolating world of almost 8 billion people, this truth is unavoidably right in front of our faces.

Humans aren’t as mysterious as we’d like to believe. We’re creatures of habit, predictability and pattern, and we love to follow programs. By carefully observing the patterns in life, the sages and wisdom keepers of generations long gone were able to envision our current predicament.

I came across a passage from Lao Tzu’s the Hua Hu Ching, in which the venerable Lao Tzu seems to speak directly to us today in this time of great crisis. In an oration with a student, Lao Tzu explains how the human mind of the future will deteriorate into fragmentation, specifically noting that the intellectual element of the mind will take over.

“Kind prince, there is great power in an integrated and sincere mind. By keeping their minds whole and untouched, the ancient sages evolved profound mental and spiritual abilities. They understood that intellectual development by itself fragments the mind and can lead a person far from the true nature of life. In the future, humanity will overemphasize the intellectual element of the mind. Instead of recognizing the wholeness of life, people will perceive life as having a worldly aspect and a spiritual aspect that are separate and unrelated to each other. People will also lose themselves in isolated fragments of conceptual information and become the victims rather than the masters of their knowledge.” ~The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching and Hua Hu Ching, translated by Master Hua-Ching Ni

This sounds remarkably similar to the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor which sees the people of North America becoming dominated by the masculine, logical, intellectual mind, as represented by the eagle. The remedy for this is a reunification with the condor of South America, which represents the feminine, intuitive and empathetic qualities of the mind.

Lao Tzu goes on to comment on how we, ‘the people of the future,’ can rectify this situation, noting that we will become dependent on modern ideas which don’t serve us well, while shunning holistic knowledge which may be of great benefit to the times. He offers the following insight.

 

“The remedy for people of the future age of great confusion lies in the ancient knowledge of the integral way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation. The holistic way of life, practiced by the ancient sages incorporated body, mind and spirit as a whole in all activities. Their clothing, diet and dwellings were in accordance with nature. They relied on their limbs for transportation. Their education was broad and comprehensive; it did not emphasize one element of their being while neglecting the others. They did not seek out special activities for recreation; their work and recreation were one and the same. Their forms of exercise developed not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well, through the harmonization of internal energies. Their music functioned as a bridge between mind and spirit and was not just an emotional release. Their leaders were chosen because they were outstanding models of virtue, not for their financial or military capabilities. Philosophy, science and spiritual practice were incorporated as one whole.” ~The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching and Hua Hu Ching, translated by Master Hua-Ching Ni

Life is whole. We don’t live forever, we die. In horrible, tragic, sad, frightening and lonely ways. But we also live, and our disrupted connection from the nature of life is literally physically cutting us off from experiencing life. In this state, all we can see is the end, there is no longer a capacity to see life as a journey. The intellectual mind has framed life as something that must be protected by killing it.

In the passage from the Hua Hu Ching, the student asks Lao Tzu the very question that is on all of our minds today.

The prince replied, “Venerable Teacher, how can people in the future era of confusion deal with their greatly troubled times?

“Kind prince, the people of the future should not blindly accept the new nor reject the old. Things that were developed long ago may still have great value if they have been proven safe and effective by the test of time. The new inventions that appear may seem like shortcuts, but things of temporal convenience will bring hidden troubles later. Future generations will need to evaluate all old and new discoveries and inventions to insure that they are useful and healthy, according to the standards of a holistic way of life.”  ~ The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching and Hua Hu Ching, translated by Master Hua-Ching Ni

I interpret this as a call to rethink the way in which technology and centralized control are affecting our lives. Things that seem like good ideas always end up being used to enslave or control us, and at present, there is no pathway to review or to backtrack on any of the so-called great inventions of the time. It’s all coming at us at light speed, and the more complex the physical world becomes, the more confused and disconnected the inner world becomes.

 

Source: https://www.wakingtimes.com

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4 thoughts on “LAO TZU’S 2500 YEAR-OLD MESSAGE TO ‘THE PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE’ TELLS HOW TO APPROACH OUR GLOBAL CRISIS”

  1. Beautiful post, thank you Edward Morgan! I agree with Joost’s comment here, that we benefit greatly by remembering ancient wisdom, for it’s true (for the most part) that there’s nothing new under the Sun. I’ve begun a 2nd reading of the book “The Journey Home” written by Lee Carrol and inspired by Kryon, published in 1997.

    It’s about a journey of a young man, Michael Thomas of Pure Intent, who travels through 7 energetic portals, experiencing and understanding the larger picture of what it is to be human and what the larger picture is of being alive on planet Earth and be part of humanity’s flowering of consciousness.

    During Thomas’ first visit to the Blue House, he wonders, and I quote:
    “Is it wrong to want out of the Earth experience?” he asked himself. “What about those left behind? They won’t be able to experience the levels of vibratory enhancement that he would. Was it fair?”

    A feeling of melancholy began to wash over him as he thought about his friends and the people he worked with. He was even concerned about his former lover! “What is happening?” wondered Mike. “I’m starting to feel empathy for everyone. This is not like the me I have always been. This is actually painful! I’m starting to regret having something that others don’t have. Does this mean I’m in the wrong? Should I go back?”

    “It is inevitable that you ask yourself that question, Michael,” said Blue (the angel belonging to the Blue House) who suddenly appeared in the doorway and had once again tuned into Mike’s feelings. Although startled, Mike was delighted to see Blue and greeted him with a nod.

    “Speak to me of these things, Blue,” said Michael. “I honestly need direction. I’m beginning to wonder if I have done the correct thing”. “The workings of the Spirit are marvellous, Michael Thomas of Pure Intent,” said Blue. “And the postulate of human enlightenment is this:
    Take care of yourself first, and the honour of your journey will be passed to those around you in a synchronous way, for the intent of the one will always affect the many”.

    “Again, I don’t fully understand, Blue” replied a confused Mike. “Even though you don’t understand at the moment, Michael, your actions will affect others – giving them opportunities for their own decisions – something they would not have had without your decision to be right here, right now. Trust that these things are true, and do not be reproachful with yourself”.

    Mike felt a burden lifted from his soul. Blue hadn’t been able to fully make him understand why things work spiritually, but the assurance was enough, and he felt much better about continuing. (end of quote)

    I myself can relate to this experience of Michael, for on my 30’s birthday, New Year’s day, I woke up in a state of “enlightenment” although I didn’t think of it in that way. My experience of my reality was that all was good as it was, without any need for change or willful influence.

    In the last months of the previous year, I had prayed to the angels for support, for I didn’t know how to put an end to a situation that wasn’t healthy and harmonious. My sense of obligation to “do what needs to be done” was larger than my freedom of choice. What a surprise to receive a most precious birthday gift!

    An enormous sense of relief dawned on me, amidst the troublesome living condition. Elderly people and babies in their prams began to smile at me. Those who lived with me were miles apart in the experience of our reality. After a while, I began to realize that most people around me had no clue of where I “was” with my inner world, my feelings and absence of turmoil. It was at this time that I began to feel exactly as Michael Thomas, described here.

    I had no angel with me, to share my thoughts and feelings with, and I began to feel troubled and concerned, about other people’s living conditions and the difference between how they perceived their reality and how I perceived my reality.

    In that turmoil of confusion and whirring windmills of my mind, you will understand that the sense of all things being exactly right and as they should be, had drifted away from me, my “enlightenment” began to drift away from me too, slowly and gradually.

    Much later, I’ve mentioned this experience during an energy-reading/healing, and the person with me, able to observe my experience from a different level, explained to me that an experience of a former lifetime, as a German man living with the awareness that all was good as it was, with a level of insight that was far greater than those of his neighbours, friends and collegues, had returned to me in a different expression and timeline.

    I was aware that my wish to be on the same page with those around me, with a sense of belonging, and not as an “alien” in a state of enlightenment, was actually what caused the end of that “enlightenment”. In other words, my “havingness” was not yet developed much, at the age of 30.

    I’m grateful for the insight that my worries about the wellbeing of others around me, were covering up my innate right to receive what was freely given as an honour and an answer to my prayers, and for the years I received guidance and training, in the School for Intuitive Development and Creativity, in The Netherlands, on the path of self-healing and healing on an energetic level, where all physical manifestation stems from.

    That has offered me moments of feeling like an alien among my siblings and friends, but the difference it made was the awareness of knowing that I created my reality and that my feelings weren’t “happening” to me, but that they are my own creations based on the interpretation of my reality. Some of us are looking through the right end of binoculars and others through the wrong end of them. It’s my choice to enlarge a picture in my mind and turn it into hell when looking through the wrong end.

    Here I go with my metaphors, don’t know if this makes sense. Does it? To me, it does ?
    My life has changed so much for the better, growing older is a celebration and my inner sparkle has never lost its brightness. Here we go…… ??????
    Wishing you all a lovely ? Sunday and good health.

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  2. Yes, the ancients knew, but we have been made to forget. We are not only here to learn new knowledge, more important is to remember ancient wisdom.

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    • Amen to that, yes, thank you Joost. (You’re Dutch I guess? Ik ook) Ancient wisdom I find in the Diamond Sutra of the Vedic scriptures.

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