Dots and Cogs??? Do You Mean Dogs and Cats?


No!  I mean Dots, as in Points of Critical Connections that outline an image, and Cogs, as in Wheels of Varying Diameters and Depths which drive precise and desired actions and reactions.

As I stated in my last post, Chapter 16 is all about connecting the dots to form images and turning the correct cogs in the correct order, at the precise time required, so that a desired end-result is achieved upon a predetermined time-frame.  But what are the dots made of and how do you know what dots to connect? This question, I had to refer back to Chapter 16 of the Tao Te Ching for the answer.

Attain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return

So what does the myriad things are all active, I therefore watch their return, actually mean? I honestly don’t have the ability to think about concepts that are too far above my level of understanding, so I take the simplest approach to defining this specific statement.

The first part talks about the myriad things are all active, which to me means that everything is always in motion, and each tiny motion causes reactions elsewhere that may seem to be unconnected, but is actually a direct result of the motion’s cyclical orbit as it travels along its predetermined path.

This is best described by the Butterfly Effect, where small variations of the initial condition of a dynamical system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system. It refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location.

I therefore watch their return means that these changes, which are cyclical in nature, can also be seen as a tiny event that travels through a circular orbit. Some events can be seen immediately, as they have small orbits and the event reveals its result immediately. Other events have very large or even elliptical orbits, and we may lose sight of them, even forget about them as they travel that far-flung orbit. But eventually, and without fail, they return to their place of origin.

We may have forgotten the initial cause of the event and how it was set into motion to begin with. But set them we did, and because everything eventually returns to their place of origin, we have the means to be able to predict what will return and when.

How do we predict what will return and when? In one word—tranquility.

Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one’s nature
Returning to one’s nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity

When we feel a oneness with the universe, we return to our nature and achieve constancy and clarity, which we can then use to be able to discern, not only what is all around us but also within us. Since we are a microcosm of the universe, to see outward, all we have to do is look inward and extrapolate outward.

All of those changes coming back to their source after a period of time traveling through the void, show up as points of light, which I call ‘dots’.  Using constancy and clarity, we can discern the patterns in the points of light.  I call this ‘connecting the dots’. Connect enough dots and we eventually draw huge complex pictures, of which we are able to use to see clearly, what has been, what is occurring, and what will be in the future.

But seeing the images after the dots have been connected is just the first step. After all, what can you do with just some connect-the-dots pictures?  The answer to this question, and indeed, all questions, have already been written in the I Ching, over six thousand years ago.

Unfortunately, the I Ching is cryptic, at best— and we blonde Babes, we just don’t do cryptic— that’s just not us.   So what’s a blonde babe to do?  Well, we go grab our handy-dandy Tao Babe guide book, that’s what we do!

Introducing, The Ta Chuan, a Tao Babe’s Guide Book to Understandingn the I Ching.

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