Practicing Taoist cultivation inevitably helps one become more aware that all living things are one. It becomes apparent that power flows to and from the indivual and others.
Wherever there is life, energy flows. The practitioner understands this truth by experiencing it in his body. After these experiences, selfish motives gradually dis- solve. To take from another is to take from oneself, for one is the other. To dirty another’s stream is to dirty ones own: there is one stream in all creation, and that is the stream of life.
From Taoist Secrets of Love, By Mantak Chia