Maybe, like me, you feel you need some wisdom and guidance in your life right now but don’t know where to turn or who to turn to. I suspect I am not alone in feeling somewhat lost. Yesterday I picked up the Tao Te Ching from my book shelf.
Reading the first few verses I had a thought that I would like to see if I can do a drawing responding to each verse over the next weeks. There are 81 verses.
This ancient text seems like the perfect wisdom to the challenges of the present time. Letting the verses inspire through drawing seems like a perfect way to aim to embody some of this wisdom.
Lao Tsu, was an older contemporary of Confucius, and keeper of the imperial archives at Loyang in the province of Hunan in the sixth century BC. Taoism is concerned with spiritual levels of being. It has been translated more frequently than any other book than the Bible. The edition I am using is translated by Gia-Fu Feng.
I have no idea where this art journey will go and I set off with trepidation and excitement, and trying to let go of any fear of not doing justice to such a timeless text but just to try and be with the words for the next 81 days or so. Yesterday I thought I would be doing a 28 day project, but it just got wings!
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
TAO TE CHING – Lao Tsu
I made the egg shapes dipping the inners of toilet rolls into ink and printing them. They seem to make the perfect egg! Who knew?