Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching, roughly translated as “The Book of the Way and its Power” is a sacred text from China that is the source of Taoism and many spiritual arts such as Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Chi Gong. It is one of the most widely translated texts ever written. It is a collection of 82 poem-like passages that contain mysterious, paradoxical and metaphoric references to the flow of the energy of the Universe. What I would say about the Tao Te Ching is that the key to understanding this sacred scripture is that it suggests that the ultimate power in the Universe is a soft yet powerful feminine energy that eventually, wears down, resolves or overcomes hard, aggressive, male energy. Furthermore, the energy of the female orgasm itself is infinite –it can expand and grow deeper and more powerful in waves – like the Orgone energy of the Universe itself. My blog post “Africa of the Mind, Body and Spirit” elaborates on these relationships through a profile of Maurice Haltom, a master of Kung Fu, Chi Gong, jazz music and African drum and dance, who describes his life journey into exploring these various disciplines.