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Which Way is the Way?

Symbol of Tao“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.”

This is the famous first line of the Taoist classic, Tao Te Ching.

It can also be translated as:

“The Way that can be named is not the eternal Way,” or “The Path that is well-marked is not the eternal Path.”

“Although the true Way or Path has always existed in eternity and conforms to precise laws, it must always be discovered for oneself…The ‘ordinary’ isolated intellect is not the agent through which the living present moment can be experienced.”

From, Tao Te Ching, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • Karen Rossi

    Reply Reply February 16, 2015

    If we only had an ‘owner’s manual’ for the isolated intellect’s off switch…we’d be all set. 🙂

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply February 16, 2015

      It always come back to the manuals…I have to stop throwing them out! 🙂

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