Can You Yield Until Your Mind is Clear?

The Taoist masters of old were wise and lived in harmony.
Their minds were deep and they kept their skills hidden.
Because their minds can’t be fathomed and their skills were hidden,
How can we understand them?

They were careful, like one standing on slippery rocks.
They were alert, like a sniper looking through his rifle’s scope.
They were polite, like a visitor in a foreign land.
They flowed like an ancient river.
They were as flexible as the potter’s clay.
They bent like the willow in the storm,
Their minds were as clear as
A mirror reflecting the summer night.

Can you yield, give, and bend until your mind is clear?
Can you exhibit the patience needed
To allow inner virtue to arise by itself?
One who merges with the Tao
Doesn’t seek to enforce his will.
By letting things take their course,
You become like the old masters in modern times.

Book recommendation:

The Total I-Ching, by Stephen Karcher, is a wonderful friend, resources, and provider of perspective for difficult questions in one’s life.  I use it every day.


“The I Ching (pronounced ee-ching) is the oldest and most respected oracle or divinatory system in the world. There are currently two translations available which offer somewhat conflicting interpretations – the popular Confucian version and an earlier Taoist version called Zhouyi. Reconstructed by twentieth-century scholars and archaeologists, Zhouyi presents the highly imaginative world of myth and ritual that is the hidden base of thousands of years of Eastern thought.

Now, for the first time ever, Stephen Karcher fuses these two traditions using modern scholarship and archaeological and linguistic research, along with a wide background in Eastern philosophy and comparative religion, and presents them to the modern Western reader in a comprehensive and accessible new form. TOTAL I CHING is a complete oracle with instruction for immediate use in all life situations, but is also the first translation to detail the mythology of the divinatory system, offering a revolutionary new approach to the world’s oldest wisdom tradition.”




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