The Tao and the Oneness of the Mother Within: The Mysterious Female

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The Tao Te Ching (also called "The Tao", "The Dao" or the "Dao De Jing"), by Lao Tzu, is one of the most influential books in history.  It is the source of famous Chinese sayings such as "Those who know do not speak, those who speak, do not know" and "Even a 1,000 mile journey starts with a single step". 

 The Tao says, our mind and soul begin to wander freely in the past realms of psychic and spiritual experience. When  you enter this primordial state you are reunited with the true self and divinity within.

You literally conduct the universal energy. You may see into the past and future, understand the true meaning of existence and begin to understand the order of things. You return to the womb, the cocoon of our material structure and nature's original darkness.

 We descend into the void, into the darkness of deep, inner space.

Darkness activates the deepest centers within the brain, the glands of the Crystal Palace, establishing a connection with the Original Source, the Wu Chi.

The pineal gland connects us to the Universal Energy. From the hypothalamus gland, we project our soul or spirit upwards, and receive the descending Universal Energy.

The pituitary gland receives the Cosmic Force, used to launch the spirit bodies into the earthly or human plane for traveling.

Here we see an involvement of the pituitary gland to launch the spirit bodies into the human plane for traveling. We find that when one studies the concept of darkness and meditation in the Tao, one encounters the Mysterious Female.


The mysterious woman of Taoism with snake lower body and human upper body.


Taoist doctrine suggest that the Tao is a female universal principle and the Taoist attitude is "to be like an infant" or even as an "embryo", so as to experience the Eternal Feminine.

There are two principles that are found in the ancient writings: One is the principle of the female or virgin, and the other is the child.


As the Bible says, unless you come as a child you cannot see the Kingdom. This is consistent with the Taoist attitude to be like an infant.



The Tao which means The Way s a female or maternal image.

"The valley spirit never dies-it is called the mysterious female; The gate of the mysterious female is called 'the root of heaven and earth.'
Gossamer it is, seemingly insubstantial, yet never consumed through use.

There was something featureless yet complete, born before heaven and earth;
silent-amorphous-it stood alone and unchanging. We may regard it as the mother of heaven and earth. Not knowing its name, I called it the 'Way.'"

Lao Tzu

This is the non-manifest or mysterious (occult) aspect of Tao as the womb of the universal embryo, the womb which generates Heaven and Earth, which is the source of life. Briefly speaking, it is nothing but the Mysterious Mother of the world: The inner being which is able to draw to itself the other higher being.


The mother concept of the Tao includes: Tao as "mysterious womb" and Tao as mother-nurse of all beings.

 The Tao speaks of that hidden in the woman (and the inner woman of a man).

The embryo hidden in the womb, like the prototypes of things that are hidden in the "womb" of Tao.

This opinion may be supported by the fact that the images of the womb and embryo are often used by Taoists to describe the "Tao-world" relation. So Tao can be metaphorically defined as the mother of the world, the source of life and being, and the universal female .

"Taoism proclaims that a human being is nothing more than an inseparable psychosomatic unity. So people can obtain immortality only when their body-microcosm becomes a self-sufficient whole--a self-containing reservoir of the vital energy from one side, and when it realizes its potential, isomorphism (RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO ENTITIES) with the world-body of the cosmos from another side." (Professor Tortchinov)

Entering back into the womb of the cosmic mother.

 Therefore, Lao-tzu here compares himself with the nonborn baby.

This baby-sage is "fastened and tied" by his embryonic "clothes" and umbilical cord, which unites him with the maternal body. This holy fetus has "the mind [or heart-the thinking and conscious organ according to Chinese tradition] of a fool," while at the same time it possesses the highest wisdom.

 Thus, the connection between birth in the course of the cosmic evolution world and Tao looks quite like the connection between a mother nourishing her child, and the baby itself.

 But in the case of humans, there appears a self concept, an independent, self-containing "I," as an unchanging subject of actions.

This kind of egoistic self-consciousness harms the original unity, and humans begin to counteract Tao.

The predominant attitude of human actions is no longer the law and measure of the cosmic rhythm of Tao, but egocentric preferences, which change spontaneous natural life into purposeful activities based only on bare subjectivity.

Taoism sees egocentricity as the cause of all human sufferings, pains, frustrations-from mortality to social collisions.

 "The only means, not only to become liberated from sufferings but to obtain the highest happiness, is to restore original unity with Tao, to broaden consciousness and to put an end to the egocentric attitude, that is, to return to the state of the nonborn child who does not know a distinct difference between his or her own body and the maternal body, who breathes the maternal breath and eats maternal food. ...This coming back to the womb of the Mother-Tao is connected with the broadening of the personality to the cosmic scale, when "eternal integrity never deserts you. ... You will return to the state of infancy. ...This state of the nonborn child is the state of immortality, peace, and unity with all beings and with one's own nature: ...The return to the root is called "stillness," stillness is called returning to the "fate-vitality," the return to the fate-vitality is called "constancy." One who knows constancy is called "enlightened". ...Many of the basic ideas and images of Taoism have a profound humanistic sense, deeply rooted in the very structure of our psychical experience.  ... Do we not see the image of the Mysterious Female-Mother of all under heaven in Sophia or Eunoia of the Gnostics, in Shekhina of the Kabbalah, or in Sophia, the soul of the world, the image of the coming all-unity of the Russian philosopher and mystic Vladimir Solovyev?"

 (Professor Tortchinov)

"I have seen everything and everything was only one:
The only image of the female beauty.
Unlimitless entered its measure,
In front of me, inside of me, there is only you."

-Vladimir Solovyev, Three Meetings


It plays itself out as Mary, Fatima, Cyble, Isis, etc.

 It is the cosmic mother who waits for all to return to the womb of meditation to be born again.

The tender mother waits inside for all of us to come home.

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