“The path of the Taoist Alchemist is to turn the Light of Awareness ‘around’—to bend it inwards so that we can observe our essential nature and drink from the fountain of Vitality and Longevity. With the use of spiritual tools such as Qi Gong (energy yoga), meditation, introspective analysis, philosophical teachings, and quality time in nature, the Taoist adept wakes up to the True Nature of the Universe and is free from the reigns of mental bondage and slavery.”
“To abandon knowledge was to abandon names, distinctions, tastes and desires. Thus spontaneous behavior (wu-wei) [response] resulted”
“Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees. He lets go of that [reaction] and chooses this [response].”
“Lao Tsu taught that all straining, all striving [reactions] are not only vain but counterproductive. One should endeavor to do nothing (wu-wei). But what does this mean? It means not to literally do nothing, but to discern and follow natural forces—to follow and shape the flow of events and not to pit oneself against the natural order of things. First and foremost to be spontaneous in ones actions.”
The “bold” emphasis added in the quoted material above links Taoist beliefs to Simple Reality.
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Also find a much more in-depth discussion of Simple Reality
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