3. The Characteristics of Tao Dynamics

(excerpts from the Dynamic Tao and Its Manifestations)

The reverting action of Tao is critical to coordinate the harmonious and dynamic relationship of Wu and Yu to maintain the Oneness state. Tao always reverts Wu into Yu and Yu into Wu, via the mysterious mechanism of transmutations.

3.1 Deviation of Man's Mind

What is the source of our deviation from Oneness? Laotzu attributed such deviations to “our minds,” which makes our Chi strong. In Chapter 55, we have:

55

心使氣曰強
物壯則老,

Driving Chi with our minds leads to strength.
Showing strength leads to decay.

When we are driven by our minds, we will lose harmony with heaven and we become weak. Laotzu describes such deviations from Oneness as unstable, and Tao will guide man back to Oneness.

3.2 The Reverting Power

The reverting power originates from bipolar interplay of yin and yang, which is the basic reverting transmutation mechanism in Tao philosophy. Yin-yang transmutation gives rise to Yu-Wu transmutation. This reverting power is a concept of unceasing transformation.

Laotzu called this the reverting power in Tao.

3.3 All-encompassing Power

Tao works in all situations and its reverting power is active in all states of man-heaven relationship. This is an important characteristic of compassion in Tao.  There are many examples for this all-encompassing nature of Tao in the Tao Te Ching.

3.5 The Harmonious Chi

We now come to the origin of Tao dynamics – and see why the reverting power of Tao has such a unique property. We can derive the properties of the states from the characteristics of the Chi quanta in the Tao field.

3.6 Wu-Yu Transmutation

It is clear by now that the relationship between Wu and Yu is complicated. It has been a topic of many debates in Chinese philosophy. Our model provides a unified framework that can delineate the relationship between Wu and Yu.