Thursday, December 20, 2012

Taoism and Quantum Mechanics

The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.
-Lao Tzu

The Tao is the initial potential, the possibility, the notion to come into existence. The One is the summation of all possibilities, all the energy. The initial burst of energy that begins the universe. From the One comes the Two, Yin and Yang. Yin is the limit, and Yang is the motion. They imply, and complete each other. Now the energy has Negative and Positive, from the possibility against the emptiness emerges the pieces that create the Three. Positive, Negative, Balance. Proton, Electron, Neutron. Henceforth the Three becomes all things.

"Trying to grasp things, you lose them."

"Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations."
 -Lao Tzu

This may refer to the behavior of an electron (wave-particle duality), how it is a wave in it's original state, yet upon observation it appears a lone particle. As a wave it is indiscernible, it is at one with the energy of the Tao. When desiring to prove that this particle is it's own being separate from you you have already created the separation. However, this state of being implies the nonbeing, that you cannot know what that electron really is. It is still uncertain even when you're certain it is particle. Much like the ego, the limited idea of self that can only affirm what it is with what it's not. The Pattern of the Tao repeats at all levels, and the Chinese knew this long ago. They created a binary code known as I Ching before Lao Tzu that could be used for divination by understanding the relationship of division in all things. This philosophy also became the basis for the Taoist process of Internal Alchemy (Neidan), which is the refining of Body, Mind and Spirit (The Three) back into oneness with Tao. (This is a very simplified way to put it)

I look at the Internal Alchemy like this, Spirit is the original state, the summation of all energy, not bound by space or time. Body and Mind are images that reflect on eachother that create an individual's experience of Spirit. Mind is based on Duality (The Brain, Kidneys and Lungs are in 2), and it's beliefs and way of observing energy are what makes it separate from body and spirit.

So whats it all for? It means all things are uncertain except for the One, which cannot fail because it creates neither success or failure. For what I have just written is not certain, it is only the Tao.

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