Effortless Living: Wu-Wei and the Spontaneous State of Natural Harmony by Jason Gregory (Author)

A guide for achieving an enlightened mind through the art of non-doing

• Details meditation practices, focused on stillness of the mind, along with Patanjali’s yoga methods to maintain a consciousness referred to as “being in the zone”

• Builds on Taoist, Confucian, and Hindu principles along with scientific findings to support wu-wei–the art of non-doing, non-forcing–as a way of life

• Explains how wu-wei practitioners cultivate intelligent spontaneity and effortless action to allow the natural harmony of the cosmos to prevail

The practice of non-doing, non-forcing is an essential aspect of Taoism known as wu-wei. Attributed to the great sage Lao-tzu, the philosophy of wu-wei teaches you how to develop a natural state of consciousness not bound by thought or preconceived limitations. Experienced by the greatest artists, athletes, musicians, and writers, this heightened state of consciousness, referred to as “being in the zone,” is where intelligent spontaneity and effortless action flourish via a practice rooted in permitting the natural harmony of the cosmos to prevail.

Merging Taoist philosophy, Hindu principles, and Confucianism along with scientific findings, Jason Gregory outlines the practice of wu-wei as a vehicle to realize our innate freedom, revealing that when we release our ego and allow life to unfold as it will, we align ourselves more closely with our goals and cultivate skill and mastery along the way. Equating “being in the zone” with a stillness of the mind, Gregory shares meditation practices coupled with yoga exercises from Patanjali that allow you to approach life with a mastery of acceptance, releasing deluded beliefs of how to achieve success that make your mind “sticky” and poised for conflict. The author shows how practicing wu-wei paradoxically empowers you to accomplish all that you desire by having no intention to do so, as well as allowing you to become receptive to nature’s blueprint for expressing beauty.

Revealing wisdom utilized by renowned sages, artists, and athletes who have adapted “being in the zone” as a way of life, the author shows that wu-wei can yield a renewed sense of trust in many aspects of your daily life, making each day more effortless. As an avid wu-wei practitioner, he provides keen insight on how you, too, can experience the beauty of achieving an enlightened, effortless mind while reveling in the process of life’s unfolding.


JASON GREGORY is an author, philosopher, and teacher specializing in Eastern and Western philosophy, comparative religion, psychology, cognitive science, metaphysics, and ancient cultures. He is the author of Fasting the Mind, Enlightenment Now, and The Science and Practice of Humility. For several years he has lived in Asia studying the classical spiritual traditions of the East.

Jason lived in India studying the Hindu schools of Vedanta and classical Yoga, and the Buddhist schools of Mahayana and Zen. While living in Nepal he studied Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism. He lived in South Korea studying Korean Buddhism, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and Taoism. In South East Asia Jason lived in Thailand studying Theravada Buddhism and its monastic Forest Tradition, while taking numerous research trips into the monasteries and temples of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Jason has traveled extensively to over 15 countries.

His work is focused on the benefits of Eastern wisdom in the modern world and how it can transform our lives to live more optimally and peacefully. Jason travels worldwide lecturing about the East, its science of mind, and the methods and practices that define the East, and how its philosophy is a cure not only for the individual’s mind but also for the cultural, social, and religious problems in the world. Visit the author’s website at http://www.jasongregory.org

Flow and Wu-wei

In this episode of Enlightenment Today you will learn about what a state of flow truly is and its original ancestor known in Chinese as wu-wei from ancient China, which is a concept at the heart of Taoism and martial arts. Flow is a term we use for an athlete, musician, writer, craftsman, or any artist when they appear to be in the zone. But our understanding of flow and how to induce it is at a novice level. You can tell this by how the word is loosely thrown around in popular culture. Most of us incorrectly think that this dimension of effortless skill and peak performance is a state of mind isolated to world-class performers. You need to eliminate this way of thinking and really absorb the information I am about to give you. This episode will give you the inside dope.

The Four Rules Of Living According To Lao Tzu

Published on Aug 23, 2017 

The Four Rules Of Living According To Lao Tzu

Author Matt Caron for Sivanaspirit.com
The original article can be found here: http://blog.sivanaspirit.com/sp-gn-ru…

Music by Incompetech.com
Photos from Upsplash and Pixabay.

The TAO – Eckhart Tolle & Wayne Dyer – great audio!” 

Published on Aug 7, 2017

How I was inspired to spend an entire year reading, researching, and meditating on Lao-tzu’s messages, and practicing the wisdom of the Tao te Ching. Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer

Alan Watts: Don’t follow rules imposed from the outside

Published on Aug 1, 2017

Alan Watts: Don’t follow rules imposed from the outside

TRUE HAPPINESS COMES FROM LIVING LIFE IN HARMONY WITH ALL THAT IS
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If you do any type of research on this topic you will find that there are many winning traits.

Of course everyone has their own personality and life would be boring if we were all the same. What you need to learn is how to take your own personality and then nurture it with the traits outlined in this channel.

When you develop that genius mindset you will be identified as someone who has the power to attract people to your side. Successful sales people often have this type of personality. They do not have to oversell, instead they attract people to them so that they see the value in what they have to offer.

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The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey by Derek Lin (Author)

If you have not encountered Chuang Tzu before, prepare yourself for a treat. He was the sage who stood apart from all others in Chinese history. He was a unique presence, a great mind like no one before or since. Chuang Tzu quickly distinguished himself and became well known for his deep understanding and sense of humor. His mastery was such that he could explain the Tao with simple stories, and his humor was such that he could see the joy in ordinary things. He taught his students about “carefree wandering”—the path of moving through life with a free and happy heart, regardless of how turbulent the journey might be.

It is time for modern readers to join in on the fun. Chuang Tzu’s wisdom is not just for Eastern culture, but for all of humanity. We may not have the instability or the clash of massive armies indicative of Chuang Tzu’s time, but we have a lot of stress and tension in our modern world. Many of us find ourselves fighting little battles on the personal front just to get through the day. We can benefit greatly from Chuang Tzu’s teachings. These parables are presented throughout this book and juxtaposed with the charming and intelligent prose of modern-day Taoist teacher and author Derek Lin. Together, Chuang Tzu and Lin will present you with simple lessons that will have a lasting impact on your life.


Derek Lin is the award-winning author of The Tao of Daily Life, The Tao of Success, The Tao of Joy Every Day, and The Tao of Happiness. He was born in Taiwan and grew up with native fluency in both Chinese and English. This background lets him convey Eastern teachings to Western readers in a way that is clear, simple and authentic.

Lin has utilized his linguistic skills to create a Tao Te Ching translation that has been lauded by critics as setting a new standard for accuracy and faithfully capturing the lyrical beauty of the original. He is an active speaker and educator on the Tao Te Ching and the Tao in general. More information about his work is available at http://www.DerekLin.com.

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2015-11-15 – Derek Lin – The Tao Perspective on Terrorist Attacks

Published on Nov 15, 2015

Per request of meeting attendees, Derek talks about the Tao perspective on terrorist attacks

Tao Te Ching


This is an introduction to the Tao te Ching. Throughout the journey of my own introspection no one piece of wisdom has been at my side more than the Tao te Ching, and it is an honor to present the Way in this light. The Tao te Ching speaks to everybody on many different levels of understanding. The Tao is a book that is felt rather than intellectualized, and it can be read in its entirity in one afternoon yet contemplated for a lifetime.

Tao Te Ching Introduction – Read By Jacob Needleman

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The Tao of Forgiveness: The Healing Power of Forgiving Others and Yourself by William Martin (Author)


Bestselling Taoist author William Martin brings the power of the Tao to the essential practice of forgiveness, creating a unique path from guilt, blame, and shame to peace of mind and freedom.

How do we forgive when forgiveness seems impossible? William Martin, author of the bestselling The Parent’s Tao Te Ching, provides practical and time honored answers. He weaves excerpts from the ancient sacred Taoist scriptures together with insightful teaching stories, bringing the practice of forgiveness to readers of all spiritual backgrounds. Each chapter contains two parts-a journey toward forgiveness and a practical exercise in forgiving-and also includes personal anecdotes, poems, and simple exercises.

With the devastating personal and societal damage caused by resentment, anger, guilt, and shame in mind, Martin patiently and compassionately helps readers overcome the ills of “holding on” with the openness of the Tao. In this accessible work, he illustrates how forgiveness is freedom and that the pathway to overcoming anger is also the way to spiritual liberation.

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William Martin is a best-selling Zen and Taoist author of four books. He and his spouse, Nancy, are the founders of The Still Point, a Taoist/Zen Center in Chico, California, where he conducts classes and workshops on Taoist and Zen thought and its application to parenting, aging, relationships and forgiveness.

The Tao Is Silent by Raymond M. Smullyan

The Tao Is Silent is Raymond Smullyan’s beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners.

“To me,” Writes Smullyan, “Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing.”

This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as “one who is not so much in search of something he hasn’t, but who is enjoying what he has.”

Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they’re human.

From a renowned mathematics and philosophy professor comes a beguiling, whimsical look at Taoist philosophy.

Raymond M. Smullyan, an internationally known mathematical logician, is the author of several books including Alice in Puzzle Land, This Book Needs No Title, and Five Thousand B.C. and Other Philosophical Fantasies.

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The Tao Is Silent by Raymond M Smullyan

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Allow Your Light to Fill the Darkness: A Primer to Living the Light within Us According to the Tao by Daniel Frank

How do we recognize error in our thinking? How can we enjoy the spiritual benefits of practicing our religion while not condemning the religion of others? These questions, and so much more, are addressed in the eighty-one commentaries included in this book. These commentaries refer to, but are independent of, the illuminating and compelling essay collection about Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, as voiced in Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

Living “right,” according to the Tao, anticipates that we have both the understanding needed to make right choices and the knowledge to recognize the types of behavior that are important for us to change. However, of equal or greater significance to these skills are the feelings that drive our internal motivation at our center. Many of us need to learn the life lessons that keep popping up as issues in our lives. They keep resurfacing again and again until we finally recognize the lessons and actually learn them. We know we have really been learning our lessons when we notice that our intentions are genuinely beginning to change. Not learning them holds us hostage and keeps us repeating the same dumb behavior.

Each commentary has at least one labeled graphic that represents one or more aspect of the main idea of each section. The purpose of these graphics is to provide visualization for what otherwise might remain more abstract . We have absolutely no concept of how the connections we feel and know to be real actually come about, between ourselves and others, between us and the happenings of life, or between us and God. We often describe these feelings or experiences as resulting from some type of energy, but what might that really mean? Reflecting this unexplainable, invisible, but vital connection on the written page through symbolism provides our minds with a crutch to assist understanding and recall.

Although the illustrations as drawn may have little or no basis in the facts, as they are accepted today, or even as new discoveries may reveal, the understanding of the concepts that develop through their use helps us apply the “gems” that Lao-tzu speaks of in the Tao, to our lives.

With a modest upbringing and supportive parents, Daniel Frank completed his teacher training at the age of eighteen and started his nonstop forty-two-year teaching career the following year. He acquired his BA and BEd while working full time. In January of 1978, his interests led him to a course offered at the local secondary school based on the book How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. Schaeffer, a “theologian and philosopher . . . [with] forty years of intensive study of humanism and Christian truths” It stirred something within him to search for more answers to the question asked by the title of Schaeffer’s book. Although many of the authors he has read to date have contributed to the view of God he holds today, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer tops the list.

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Silent Power ~ Stuart Wilde

Silent Power, book & CD, is like its bestselling predecessor Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle, is filled with practical advice on living more fully using your “silent power.” Author Stuart Wilde claims that there is a silent power within you, an inner knowing that grows because you understand its infinity. Silent power teaches you hour by hour; it is with you this very minute! As you begin to trust your power, it can lead you step by step to the next person and place in your life. Stuart Wilde is a bestselling author and lecturer whose style is humorous, controversial, poignant and transformational.

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Stuart Wilde – Silent Power

Stuart Wilde is considered by many the greatest living metaphysician in the world today. Many of the most famous New Age, New Thought writers and teachers have privately studied with him, or they have been greatly influenced by his work.

5/06/12 Stuart Wilde: Silent Power, Fringe Dweller & The Tao

TOPICS: Silent Power, Fringe Dwellers, Reading People, Leaning In Life, Desperation, Go The Other Way, Inexpensive Pleasures, Happiness, The Tao, Greed, Crisis, Collapse of America Dollar, Psychic Protection, Working On Your Darkness, Stigmata, Jesus Hands, Purple Light

Dr Imke Bock-Möbius : Qigong Meets Quantum Physics – ‘Experiencing Cosmic Oneness’

Quantum physicists have reached a point commonly only attained by mystics: they understand something with amazing clarity yet can only talk about it in parables and metaphors. In this context, qigong with its Daoist background is a powerful way to integrate these apparently opposing ways of apperception and understanding. It allows us to realize cosmic oneness in the activities of daily life.
This book succeeds in presenting both an easily accessible outline of quantum physics and also an appreciation of mysticism beyond vagueness and obscurity. From here it describes the physical and mental movements of qigong as a way of integrating body and mind, head and heart, detailing specific exercises and outlining their rationale and effects.

Imke Bock-Moebius
holds a Ph. D. in physics, worked in China and began active qigong training; back home she studied Chinese language and philosophy. Experienced in other forms of energy and light work, she resides in southern Germany where she teaches qigong, practices shiatsu, and gives lectures at both academic and popular venues. http://www.qigong-shiatsu-
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Author of ‘Qigong Meets Quantum Physics’, Imke studied Nuclear Physics and Particle

Physics and became interested in Qigong after she experienced a dramatic healing in Beijing. During her teens she had questions such as, ‘What operates behind visible reality?’ and ‘How was the Universe Built?’

She explains how Qigong and Quantum Physics meet, Non-local interactions, the Observer effect and Entanglement.

‘All things only exist because they arise together with their complementary opposite’. ‘There is no such thing as an isolated particle; can there be such a thing as an isolated human being?’. ‘The oneness of emptiness and the world of apparent phenomena is the last secret on the path to understanding reality’.

The Tao Is Silent By Raymond M. Smullyan

The Tao Is Silent Is Raymond Smullyan’s beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners.

“To me,” Writes Smullyan, “Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing.”

This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as “one who is not so much in search of something he hasn’t, but who is enjoying what he has.”

Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they’re human.

Raymond M. Smullyan, an internationally known mathematical logician, is the author of several books including Alice in Puzzle Land, This Book Needs No Title, and Five Thousand B.C. and Other Philosophical Fantasies.

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Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda ~ Robert Svoboda, Arnie Lade

Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda explores the enduring features of humanity’s longest and continually practiced systems of medicine. These two indigenous healing arts arising independently in China and India communed and exchanged experience, techniques, and therapeutic substances over the epochs of their development. This book’s interesting and valuable comparison provides a pioneer effort in examining side by side two great systems of medicine, studying closely the historical, theoretical and practical relationships. In so doing, it offers these ancient paradigms into the practice of modern healing for a synergistic, inclusive approach.

Robert E. Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training, his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda, tutored him in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore. After moving to India in 1973, he lived there for more than a decade. Since 1985 he has traveled the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writing. The author of more than a dozen books and audio works, he has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, and Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. To read more about Dr. Svoboda and his travels, visit his website http://www.drsvoboda.com.

Arnie Lade RMT, RAC is an internationally known acupuncturist, author and teacher specializing in energetic healing. Arnie has been in practice for more 30 years, having originally trained in Polarity, massage and manipulative therapies before studying acupuncture in China in the early 1980’s. More recently, Arnie graduated from the professional Feldenkrais Teacher Training Program in 2001. Arnie is well known for his rich clinical experience and his innovative, eclectic methods of helping clients recover their health and wellbeing, often being able to offer help and hope to many people who’ve “tried everything”.

Arnie is also the developer of Somatoenergetics, an integral philosophy and practice of Energy healing, which he teaches professionally. Arnie has an international reputation as a gifted teacher who offers very practical and applicable learning to his students.

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