Beyond Religion and Spirituality

Beyond the well-known world of Spirituality and Religion lies The Great Unknown.

The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders*

Everything under the Sun has a beginning and an end. In the known world, everything has a name and, with it, a beginning and an end; it is finite.

The eternal has no name, but it is the origin of heaven and earth. Everything under the Sun has a name.

Transcendence has no name and, therefore, no meaning; a name gives meaning and evokes desire.

Name and nameless are completely different yet emerge together. Their unity is known as the Mystery, the Door to all Wonders.

The Great Unknown in the “world” is not spiritual but Transcendent. The transcendency is beyond the world one knows of. The transcendency offers no meaning, so it remains unknown.

The Path can only be walked intuitively, without desire, yet completely fulfilling.


* Copyright and translation: Derek Lin

The Gestalt of the Soul

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a “Gestalt” definition of a composite entity that functions as ONE (Gestalt).

Lao Tzu describes it in Tao Te Ching 11 like this:

“Thirty spokes join in one hub
In its emptiness, there is the function of a vehicle
Mix clay to create a container
In its emptiness, there is the function of a container
Cut open doors and windows to create a room
In its emptiness, there is the function of a room
Therefore, that which exists is used to create benefit
That which is empty is used to create functionality.”

One overlooks the function because one falls for the “form,” the primary illusion. You can call this spiritual poverty.

The Gestalt of the Soul

The Soul has no form; therefore, one is unaware of it. The function of the Soul is all-encompassing, and it makes us live and move on all levels of existence. Without the Soul, there is no function.


“The Gestalt of the group Soul is world encompassing
Walk the Path of the Soul with like-minded people,
detach yourself from the world
In the created emptiness, there is the function of all-encompassing resonance, Soul Consciousness.”