The Uncarved Block

(Submitted by the Art of Living team)

Native North American cultures are a distant echo of prehistoric Asian cultures. Tens of thousands of years ago, both continents were peopled by societies in harmony with The Way, the people of P’u, or The Uncarved Block of Taoist tradition.

The essence of The Uncarved Block is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed. This principle applies not only to things, but to people as well.

'Like an Uncarved Block' is living a path of harmony - simple in its form, but not yet carved by the world around it. This is what one should be, to return to, to find: the true original inner nature of simplicity.

The reality of motion manifests itself in both simplicity and complexity. Balance is needed with both, yet primal simplicity needs to be kept, in order to better deal with complexity. There is nothing wrong with complexity, so long as one isn't swept up in its whirlwind, which will only cause the mind to become congested with impurities. One should see the simple and embrace the primal, so that one is better able to manage the complex.

So, the Tao says to become like an Uncarved Block, untouched by the shaping of reality's complexities.

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