Is the truth in the orient? Instinctively it seems to be. Although the truth can be anywhere, even in the stars or even within us. We might just be honest to ourselves! There are a lot of reasons to think so, the newest Jean Raffa’s contribution has deeply touched me ( https://jeanbenedictraffa.com/2021/03/02/reviews-of-two-books-with-heart/ ), and I was overwhelmed as I read it. One of these two books is known worthy to us (The Shepherd’s Daughter, by Deborah Gregory http://www.theliberatedsheep.com/). And the other one is Heart of a Sufi, by http://Rahima Milburn, Ashen Venema http://Ashen Venema (I think we know Ashen well), Zohra Sharp, and both books are about the love and the wisdom of its curing. And also, I must not forget to remind the latest book by Jean Raffa: The Soul’s Twins, http://The Soul’s Twins , highly recommended.
Yes! I am from Orient and, even if I was grown up free, with a touch of western culture, I have kept all the acknowledgement of their wisdom in my heart. It is always interesting how the genius in the West is fascinated by the wisdom of the East. Like Dr Jung, and as I avouch myself as a Jungian and have happily been obliged to these adorable Ladies as friends.
Here is a magnificent poem by Tao Tzu which I’d like to share with you, enjoy 🙏🤗💖
“Man follows the earth. The earth follows the sky. The sky follows the tao. The tao follows what is natural. ”~ Lao Tzu
Something formed enigmatically, Born before heaven and earth.
In the silence and the vacuum,
It stands alone unchanged,
Always moving here.
Maybe she is the mother of myriad things.
I do not know its name.
Let’s call it tao.
Not finding a better description, I say great.
Being great, it rolls.
He walks away, he comes back.
That is why “the tao is great”
The sky is great “
The earth is great; the
lord is also great”.
These are the four great forces of the universe,
Man follows the earth.
The earth follows the sky.
The sky follows the tao.
The tao follows what is natural.
[Notes from the book “Tao Te Qing” by Lao Tzu]
In case anyone missed it: (The Tao Te Ching, along with the Zhuangzi, is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism. It also strongly influenced other schools of Chinese philosophy and religion, including Legalism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, which was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts when it was originally introduced to China. Many artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and gardeners, have used the Tao Te Ching as a source of inspiration. Its influence has spread widely outside East Asia and it is among the most translated works in world literature.)