Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl


Tao Te Ching – Chapter 52

This chapter reflects the motion of Tao as the origin of all things, manifesting into form and then returning to the source. The image of the divine mother figures prominently, giving us the sense that Tao gives birth to, rather than creates, “all under heaven.” The bond between Tao and the universe is compared to …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 43

This short chapter highlights a theme that runs through the Tao Te Ching. What is most softOvercomes what is most hard Two characters are used for “overcome,” literally meaning to gallop on horseback. Having grown up riding horses, I have wonderful memories of galloping bareback across meadows, hands entwined in flowing mane, hanging on as …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 42

The first part of this chapter carries its deepest meaning. It begins with a brief version of creation. Tao gives birth to oneOne gives birth to twoTwo give birth to threeThree give birth to the ten thousand things Using symbols, this progression can be illustrated by the movement from wuji, or unlimited potential, to taiji, …

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