Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl


Tao Te Ching – Chapter 78

Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water Yet nothing is better for overcoming what is hard and stiff   As we approach the end of the Tao Te Ching’s 81 chapters, the text returns to the theme of water. Water is the most common metaphor for the energy of Tao. It flows […]

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 76

A person at birth is soft and gentle At death is hard and unyielding Sprouting plants are tender and supple At death are brittle and dry Stiff and unyielding are associated with death Soft and gentle with life   The wisdom in this chapter is easy to understand from our own observations. Babies learning to

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 25

Divided into two parts, this chapter first attempts to describe the indescribable Tao, and then moves to a description of humanity’s place in the grand scheme of the universe. There is something mysteriously undifferentiatedExisting before the beginning of heaven and earthSilent and formless, unimaginableAlone unchanging This opening passage reminds me of Genesis 1:2: Now the

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Secret Language

The creek speaks a secret languageSo quiet you might miss itBeneath the rushing water songA voice burbles near the bankKneel down in the sponge wet mossLean close and listenCotton soft marimba bellsWhisper messages of mysteryDon’t try to understandThis is the language of the soulAnd only there is it received

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