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Knowledge, Wisdom, and the Tao Te Ching

Speaking of the Unspeakable Which is Unknowable and Inexpressible

Nancy WyattThis topic is on my mind today because it creates problems for me. It’s about providing wisdom…or not. I am a personal growth and spiritual guidance teacher. I also offer writing and editing services and teach basic business and presentation topics. However, the greatest challenge I face in the first categories is the total failure of words to encompass the concepts. As a Life Coach and as a writer, I know the ideas I want to convey are greatly reduced by the use of words.

Reiki symbol wisdomAnyone who practices (or experiences) Reiki and other healing techniques knows exactly what I mean. There are no words which wholly depict the experience. Physical and spiritual sensations may manifest as radiance, heat, healing, tingling, and sacredness. It is true regardless of whether one is giving or receiving Reiki. But those words are insufficient descriptions and serve to unduly limit a limitless awareness. It’s kind of like using the word “God” to describe “God.”

Contemplation of this dilemma leads me back to one of my favorite teachings: the Tao Te Ching. 

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