All Material, Unless Otherwise Noted, Copyright Donald Lockwood 2007- 2009
Inner Sage Tao is graduated approach to living a life in harmony with the absolute.
It is not a teaching that rejects the world, but rather a teaching that teaches
how to live in the world as a self-conscious participant in the worlds creative unfolding.
It reaches back to a formative period before the “Schools” of Chinese thought had
separated out from the earliest material. It focuses on the teaching of three texts
taken within an expanding context. These texts are the Nei Yeh, the Ta Hsüeh and
the Chungyung. All of these texts had an enormous influence on the development
of Chinese thought and social institutions, two of them (the Ta Hsüeh and the Chungyung)
are considered to be part of the fundamental texts of Confucianism. The third seems
to have had a strong influence on the seminal texts of Taoism the works of Lao-tzi
and Chuang-tzi, as well as the work of Mencius, the second sage of the Confucian
Inner Sage Taois a powerful technique originating in the oldest texts of Chinese
Meditation, the Hsin Shu or “Art of Mind” texts of the Guanzi. These short works
were very influential in the foundations of Taoism and the Mencian branch of Confucianism.
The Hsin Shu texts reveal the secret of the Ming Shen or numinous mind, which is
part of the spiritual potential of every person. The numinous mind is the intuitive
mind that connects with the secret essence of all things and allows one to experience
an intuitive apprehension of reality. Modern techniques from NLP (Neuro-Linguistic
Programming) have been harnessed to help people connect with this higher mind quickly
and easily through the constructive imagery of the Inner Sage.
Feng Shui Meditationuses guided meditation to explore the Feng Shui Compass as a
Mandala of the cosmos. Starting literally from the Center with a meditative treatment
of two Chinese Classics the Zhong Yong and the Da Xue (Usually translated as The
Doctrine of the Mean and The Great Learning), the teaching progresses outward through
the eight Trigrams and the Nine Stars to the furthest reaches of the Traditional
Chinese Cosmos, including an esoteric treatment of the I Ching.
I Ching Tao is the way of turning action into effective action. Action which not
only does something but which does what is right given the deep structure of the
situation. I Ching Tao is the path of the Chun-tzu, or the exemplary person (usually
rendered as ‘the Superior Man’). The path of the Exemplary Person is the path of
cosmogenic or harmony creating action and the I Ching or Book of Changes is a manual
for acting so as to maximize ones harmony with the Absolute, the Cosmos, other people
in ones life and oneself.