It's been years since I've read any Taoist texts. Those of you that rely on Taoist texts instead of your experience are free to quote those on this thread. I may or may not read it, but others might and even offer commentary. Some guidance can be useful and even expedient along the way. I have read a fair bit of Taoist texts (and postings from our fellow member that goes by that name), and I am not entirely dismissive of them. Although it some cases (Golden Flower, Taoist Yoga) it could very well lead one far astray from the way. And at times I might borrow from western classical literature to reinforce my position on the subject. Well damn, I am rambling already before even beginning this thread.
The thread is about acquiescence. It is a concept that always raised my curiosity when I was reading Da Liu. It seemed like an advanced state that led one closer to attain the Tao. I considered that it might have been referring to death.
Earlier this morning, "from the beautiful chaos of Shanghai" Svitlana Zavialova posted this: "Don’t simplify the complexity of who you are for those who don’t desire to study it. The joy, the pain, the fear everything creates a symphony that is profound, where the beautiful and the ugly are equally present in the creation. You are amazing with everything you like and dislike about yourself. I see you, I recognize YOU."
And it got me thinking about acquiescence. Right, it seemed kind of like complete authenticity and acceptance. So my thought went to is acquiescence a higher form of acceptance? We get the western word acquiescence from the Latin acquiēscere which means to find rest in. I think that if we have come to a place where we have a higher or complete acceptance, it would be a very restful place. So, that is how I am starting this thread off. I understand that some Chinese words don't have a proper English equivalent and I am not sure if that is the case with acquiescence or not. I look forward to any thoughts any of you feel like sharing. All are accepted.
Not to sidetrack the thread before it starts, but,
I am also thinking about Pu, the uncarved block, the state of full potential. Is acquiescence the carved block or is it a return to Pu? Maybe we'll have to have another thread on Pu, both of these states capture my imagination.