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The Bow that Drives Attention: From the Individual Mind to the Collective Mind - Tao and the Zero Field - The Way of the Tao and the Observer Effect

Lao-Tzu is a central figure in Chinese philosophy and culture . He is considered the founder of Taoism, one of the major schools of thought in ancient China . Lao-Tzu is believed to have lived in China during the 6th century BC. According to legend, he was a sage and a librarian in the court of the Zhou, the ruling dynasty of the time. However, disillusioned with the corruption and decay of society, Lao-Tzu decided to leave civilization and seek true wisdom in the mountains.

According to legend, upon leaving, he dictated the "Tao Te Ching" to a border guard, who asked him to leave his teachings before leaving. "Tao Te Ching" is a foundational text of Taoism that offers guidance on how to live in harmony with the Tao, the fundamental principle that permeates the universe. It is made up of 81 short chapters that explore themes such as the nature of the Tao, virtue, detachment and the ideal path.


In its first chapter, the Tao Te Ching tells us:

Tao that can be here
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
it is not the Eternal Name.

The nameless is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, perceive the mystery.
Trapped in desire, you only see the manifestations.

However, mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called Mystery.

The Mystery of mysteries.
The gateway to all understanding.

Here Lao Tzu speaks to us about form and essence. The essence is the Tao, the void, which cannot be said or named, as this is already form, it is already manifestation.

With desire - within the individual mind - we will only see the shell, the form, the manifestation. Without desire - within the Universal Mind - we will understand the essence, the mystery.

But both - both the essence and the form - are inseparable and originate in the Mystery of mysteries that is the Tao. How are they united, integrated? This is the Mystery of mysteries -- each thing is, in itself, a portal wide open before us -- all things lead us to the essence that is the Tao.

Just with this short text, we can say that the characteristics of the Tao are very similar to those of the Zero Field defined by quantum physics. Both represent a basic state, prior to manifestation, both are characterized by an inherent energy that permeates everything, even the vacuum, and can be seen as the primordial origin of all creation.


Lao-Tzu's central philosophy is that the Tao is the source of all things and that the path to happiness and fulfillment lies in aligning ourselves with the natural flow of the universe, rather than resisting it. He emphasizes the importance of Wu-Wei, which means "non-acting action."

In its second chapter, the Tao Te Ching tells us:

As long as the world understands that beauty is beautiful, ugliness will exist.
As long as the world understands that good is good, evil will exist.
From this we learn that:
Existence affirms non-existence,
Ease affirms difficulty,
The long and the short delimit each other,
The high and the low incline
The tone and the sound harmonize,
The before and after follow each other.

In the same way,
The wise man performs his tasks without acting,
transmits teachings without words,
Produces without appropriating anything,
But he does not deny them aid to the things that act;
rather, it means that he accepts things as they are,
without making any demands.
And so merit never leaves him
And his meritorious works remain."

Being and non-being, beautiful and ugly, good and evil, generate each other. This is the flow of the Tao in duality, in manifestation. All things act and the wise man does not deny them help, he helps the flow of energy of the Tao, as everything harmonizes by itself : "the long and the short delimit each other, the high and the low incline, the tone and the sound harmonize, the before and after follow each other". The wise man performs his task without action, without asking for gratitude and without getting attached. And so it will always have merit.

In Quantum Physics, the Observer Effect shows how only with observation by a consciousness in the Zero Field , quantum particles manifest themselves. For me, the correct use of attention is the task of the wise man, who fulfills it without needing to act. The Observer Effect accepts everything that is, does not get attached, creates manifestations according to quantum laws, which seem to be the laws of Tao, both describing the Universe as an interconnected Whole:

So what is the way of the Tao?

In chapter 77, Lao Tzu tells us:

The Way, The Tao is like the bending of a bow.
The upper part is disturbed, pressed down.
The lower part is raised from its place.
The gap is compensated, the narrow width is expanded.
The excess is reduced and the deficiency is replenished.

The way of the Tao follows the laws of the Tao. The laws of Tao are the best because they are what form the world. There are no others. In manifestation, in duality, everything is complementary and interconnected like the movement of a bow when bent. Opposites complement each other, delimit each other and naturally compensate each other.

Another translation of the same Chapter:

Bend the bow to imitate the Path of Heaven:

pulls the rope resolutely,

the arc changes length and width,

turning inward.

Released with determination,

the bow projects its arrow fixedly at a target,

when equalizing.


The bow can shoot up or down as needed,

always seeking to balance flexibility and cohesion,

always seeking to resolve energy excesses and deficiencies.

Equalizing, balancing and resolving

They are the Ways of Heaven.

In order to be able to shoot the arrow of attention towards the target of the Universal Mind , outside the perspective of the Individual Mind , it is necessary to turn the bow towards oneself: self-observation without intention, also called Healing , which is the conscious use of attention , focusing on the portal that, after all, we are, and connecting with this expanded SELF, flowing in our essence and not in our shell.

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