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The Taoist Classics

The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

Volume Two


The Book of Balance and Harmony

By Taoist Master Li Daoqun


Translated by: Thomas Cleary


The Source Message Of The Mystic School

“When you are calm and stable, careful of attention, the celestial design is always clear, open awareness is unobscured; then you have autonomy in action and can deal with whatever arises.”

(page 353)



Hermit Poet’s Comments: When making important decisions, it is wise to make sure that you are not fearful, angry, or upset in any way. In other words, the emotional state must be calm so that you can think clearly.

If needed; meditate, take a walk on the beach, or in the woods, etc, to clear the head. During my decision making, I usually will sleep on it, and if I have time I will put the decision aside for a few days and come back and visit the analysis to make sure I’m still comfortable.


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