* Tao Inspiration – Your True Self

uncarved stone

If you would seek your true self:

Begin with simplicity,

Overcome your desire for false adornments,

And embrace the nature of the uncarved block.

~ Lao Tzu


The uncarved block is a metaphor representing potential and what is possible. It is also a caution against self-imposed limits.

May we be like the uncarved block at all times, being the material ready to be shaped and used as needed.


Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 317-321). . Kindle Edition.

24 thoughts on “* Tao Inspiration – Your True Self

  1. Familiar with the uncarved block, but love the hollow flute not seen before. I find the letting go the most difficult, when I think I’m there I realise I’m still holding on … so I need to sort out those unmindful moments! Ha, ha ๐Ÿ™‚ Love, David


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