Listen to your heart for answers

City Talk | 4 Oct 2016

About 5,000 years ago, the Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti, was seeking the Tao and constantly looking for solutions.

Later he met his teacher Guangshenzi and was enlightened by him.

No religions was involved here - merely the Tao.

We will examine the teaching of Lao Tzu.

Not known to many, Lao Tzu was also influenced Guangshenzi. Lao Tzu wrote the famous Taoist scripture called the Tao Te Ching.

The first few chapters of the Tao Te Ching simply deals with all the values that humans hold dear.

The good and the bad, beauty and ugliness, are not natural and do not really exist outside of our arbitrary prejudices.

With the invention of words and language, human beings have come to use language to describe and ascribe things in the world, and this has had the effect of splitting up the world in our eyes.

When humans invent a name, suddenly the thing that is being named appears to stand apart from the rest of the world, differentiated by the contours of its definition.

In time, our perception of the world has degenerated from a holistic view.

In simple terms, we prejudge too many things with the invention of words and language. In our previous column, we mentioned that we live in the Tao and do not realize it.

That is just like the bird that flies without realizing the existence of wind or like the fish that swims in water without knowing the water exists.

Huang Ti sought the Tao 5,000 years ago and we know that he was not talking about any particular religion.

Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam came into the picture only 3,000 years later.

Many readers have been confused by the word Tao, associating it with religion.

From now on, readers should see the Tao as the "way or the teaching of lives."

Knowing this will help readers to go beyond words and language to understand what Tao really is.

It can't be told since words and languages set boundaries to understand it.

Listen to your heart and you will find the answer.

In many feng shui expeditions to find the right meridian spot, words and language can't explain how it can be found.

Only through feeling and inner calmness can we see where the precious meridian spot should be.

Kerby Kuek has published 15 books on feng shui, inner alchemy, Taoism and metaphysics. He can be contacted at

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