Centuries ago, Lao Tzu walked and taught his simple wisdom around China. There he spoke of the four cardinal virtues, teaching that when we embrace them as a way of life, the truth of the universe reveals itself. The ancient Chinese master said that living and practicing these teachings can open you to higher wisdom and greater happiness.
This is because they bring you closer to your innermost source — a place of balance and peace.
These Four Cardinal Virtues are found in the Tao Te Ching, a collection of sayings expounding the principal Taoist teachings. It has 81 short poetic verses packed full of universal wisdom for politics, society, and personal life, and aims to support personal harmony through the right view and understanding of existence.
This ancient wisdom might seem simple, but it has life-changing implications…
EGG is archetypal – perhaps the world’s most potent Fertility symbol. We know human embryos develop from an egg, but it’s so tiny we can’t see it. So the lowly chicken egg gets to hold the honour of Fertility Power. Chinese myths of a dan – an egg or gourd – describe something born out of nothing. The same dan describes our dan tian, the “elixir field” in our navel centre. It’s where we birth our body out of nothing.
Huang ji is the Tipping Point, the moment the cosmic egg cracks open. Yin-Yang first moves and Creation begins. Why or who cracks open the egg? It’s a Mystery. Egg definitely came first, before the chicken. Tao cosmology says the egg is still cracking open. Our process of eternal birthing is happening NOW. We don’t need to get the cosmic yolk (joke). Just laugh. Spring and Easter is a great time to celebrate it!