Wisdom from Living Tao

After my last post regarding Brain Education, many people asked me to talk further about Step 3, Brain Refreshing, regarding management of the emotions.

I was reading the Living Tao book the other night, a new book out by Ilchi Lee which is based on his Tao 12 Markers lectures, and I found a passage that I thought was perfectly aligned with the subject.  So I thought that I would post that passage here for all of you to chew on 🙂  Enjoy!

The power to control emotion comes form the soul. When the soul is weak, the energy of emotion engulfs you like a wave.  Conversely, when the energy of the soul is mature, the energy of emotion feels tiny, as if it can’t even put up a fight. If unhappy things have happened in your life because you couldn’t successfully control your emotions, it is because your soul was weak and immature.  If you have been able to wisely govern and make us of your emotions, then your soul has become truly mature.

In order for our souls to control our emotions,  there must be proper dialogue between the two. First, the soul must cease to identify itself with the emotions.  The soul must seize leadership of the emotions by declaring, “My emotions are not me, but mine!”  In the instant my soul makes that proclamation, the emotions will say this to the soul: “You’ve always listened to what I said. We’ve been one, you know. Why are you suddenly saying that we’re no longer one? You’re my friend, aren’t you?”

Then the soul must be able to say to the emotions, “That was then, not now. You are emotion; I am soul. You are not me, but mine. I have the power to watch and control you.”

Even though you make this declaration, it still won’t be easy to be free from the domination of your emotions – at least not at first.  As this dialogue between them continues, however, the soul will gain the power to lead the emotions, and the emotions will be tamed by the soul. The soul will recover its central place, its seat as master, and the emotions will act as helpers, assisting in the soul’s growth. Once the soul learns to master the emotions, it will come to know that it can also create new emotions.”

~ Ilchi Lee, Living Tao

4 Thoughts.

  1. Thank you Danielle for this quotation. I have long loved the Tao Te Ching. It is so rich, deep, and mind boggling :)) as it seems to say contradictory things. But there is so much wisdom in these writings. I have ordered ilchi lees book to help me gain further insight as the one quotation you gave was very clarifying. One of my favourite passages in my copy of the Tao Te Ching is:

    “Look it cannot be seen – it is beyond form.
    Listen it cannot be heard – it is beyond sound.
    Grasp it cannot be held – it is in tangible.
    It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
    Stand before it as there is no beginning.
    Follow it and there is no end.
    Stay with the ancient Tao
    Move with the present.

    Empty your self of everything. Let the mind become still.
    The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches.
    Being divine you will be at one with the Tao
    Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
    And though the body dies the Tao will never pass away.”

    Chapter 14,16 Tao Te Ching Lao Tsu

    • Thank you for sharing this Charlene – it’s a great passage! Have you ever heard of the Chun Bu Kyung? This is exactly speaking of the principles of the Chun Bu Kyung – an ancient asian sacred text from 9,000 years ago. It is said that even “Taoism” has it’s root from this text.

  2. There are a few posts you’ve left recently that I haven’t had a chance to comment on (just got too busy), but as always I read everyone.

    Anyway, I liked the idea here of viewing emotions almost as a separate entity. I find that to be a very useful tool because it allows me to step back from the emotion and prevent it from dominating me and from affecting my decision making, which in turn allows me to examine the situation intellectually and coolly and to make a rational decision. I still feel the emotion, it just doesn’t control me at that point – I control it and use it as I wish. I often then take the emotion and put it into my painting or music (I play piano) or writing, letting the emotion color my creative outlet, at which point the emotion becomes quiet because it’s been allowed to be expressed but in a safe and useful way.

    I see emotions as tools. They tell you when things are going right or when things are going wrong. They tell you that what you are doing is working and when what you are doing is not working. If you listen to them, they will tell you when changes need to be made in your life. But you can’t let them take over and speak for you. You need to speak for yourself and make changes in your life yourself. And then, of course, you need a way to dissolve them once you are done listening to them, at which point a creative outlet works wonders. Shove them into your creative outlet – into the poem you are writing or the song you are composing or the picture you are drawing – and the emotions will wash out of you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *