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Tapping into Your Integral Nature — A Taoist Exercise for Experiencing Consciousness

According to the Hua Hu Ching, here’s how to tap into one’s integral nature in order to experience consciousness…

Tapping into Your Integral Nature — A Taoist Exercise for Experiencing Consciousness

A painting of Lao Tzu, the Taoist sage to whom the Hua Hu Ching teachings are attributed.1

The ancient Taoist text the Hua Hu Ching explains how to tap into one’s integral nature in order to experience consciousness:

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If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will rail into place. This is true because the mind is the governing aspect of a human life. If the river flows clearly and cleanly through the proper channel, all will be well along its banks. The Integral Way depends on decreasing, not increasing: To correct your mind, rely on not doing. Stop thinking and clinging to complications; keep your mind detached and whole. Eliminate mental muddiness and obscurity; keep your mind crystal clear. Avoid daydreaming and allow your pure original insight to emerge. Quiet your emotions and abide in serenity. Don’t go crazy with the worship of idols, images, and ideas; this is like putting a new head on top of the head you already have. Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear.”

~Hua Hu Ching, Chapter forty-five. Translated by Brian Walker

To do this practice, as the text explains, rather than daydreaming, simply focus on what you see around you. Pay attention to what your senses take in, naturally. Do not go along with thoughts or emotions, but rather, keep clear and work towards experiencing consciousness, your integral nature.


  1. By Lawrencekhoo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

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