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The Teachings of Yen Tzu shakes the very pillars of modern thinking and practice.


With esoteric secrets, enlightening stories and insightful wisdom, its provocative lessons present a forgotten yet powerful alchemy for meaning and purpose.
  • Each volume has six insightful lessons
  • Full of enlightening parables
  • Obscure knowledge made accessible including:
  • How to be in the right place at the right time
  • And how to achieve more while doing less

Realising Desires; Needing Nothing

Harnessing Conscience Power

Lesson IX
Raising Awareness and Concentration

Cultivating Your SuperConscious

Lesson XI
Following Your True Nature

Lesson XII
Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Hermit Wei glimpsed three eagles soaring above him. Calling them down to him he requested of the first: ‘How much to carry me across the plains to the neighbouring state, please?’

‘It’s a two day flight at least and you are a heavy load,’ replied the first eagle, ‘I would like ten fish, a goat and a flagon of soya milk.’

‘So much,’ said Hermit Wei, and turning to the second eagle asked, ‘What will you do it for?’

‘It is right you are a heavy load,’ answered the second eagle, ‘yet as I am due to go in that direction in any case, I would want five fish, a kid-goat and a flagon of rice-water. It is a long trip that will require sustenance.’

Asking the third eagle what the charge would be, the hermit was surprised to hear: ‘Five fish and a litre of water.’

‘What kind of fool answer is that?’ Wei shouted. ‘Why do you possibly ask for an amount that will not even sustain you for the trip?’

‘I needed the order,’ said the crestfallen eagle.

‘Needed the order!’ the hermit returned angrily. ‘Well my desire to go will not be at the mercy of your need. In compromising your worth you compromise my life! Come,’speaking to the second eagle, ‘let us plan our trip. With your desire to go my way and your considered charge, I know my journey is assured.’

The Polarities of Desire

Healthy desire is the starting point of all achievement. The desire to live, for instance, is the unconscious motivation to take our first breath of life. There are, however, polarities to our desires, so that, depending on how much we want something, we can unwittingly bring about adverse conditions. A simple illustration of this can be seen by an ambitious individual, who desiring to impress others, brings about the opposite effect.

Our desires attract to us the elements which make us what we are and form our behaviour. The experiences we manifest in our lives, therefore, come from what we consciously or unconsciously attract to us. Every living thing displays a peculiarity because it has attracted a particular element to become so. The insect living in the mud displays different qualities to the insect living in the beautiful flower. The soaring eagle displays different qualities to the tiny sparrow. Man, who is the finished specimen of creation, reveals this doctrine in its fullness. His success and failures, his sorrows and joys, all depend on what he desires and what he has desired for himself. It is the nature of his intent behind those desires that counts.

The question then arises: ‘why would I want to desire elements which are undesirable to me, such as failure and sorrow?’ The answer is that you did not desire them as you see them now, but as you saw them before. One does not seek pain purposely, one seeks pleasure, yet very often pain is hiding behind the facade of pleasure. Similarly a seeker of success may not see failure hiding behind what he or she believes to be success.

Desires spawned from a false self lead to false activity and subsequent discomfort. One who desires a partner for the sake of parental pressure, appearance, security, jealousy, obsession, infatuation, habit or loneliness, will soon discover pain behind short-lived pleasure. Another who desires success for the sake of promotion, acquisition, status, title, money, respect or receiving the credit, will similarly experience a hollowness to their rewards.

As the whole principle of creation is based on the power of intent, it is important to think and understand what you want and why you want it. When you enter into business with another, you must know the philosophy of your partner. When young people are in love, the intensity of their passion blinds their respective philosophies. With the short-term need satisfied, long-term limitations to deeper desires are overlooked. In complaining to ourselves that we never receive what we consider we are duly entitled to, there is no end to our complaining. Unconsciously we, in effect, desire something to complain about. Therefore, in order to have no complaints, we must become aware when and why we complain.

In desiring things, we must distinguish, at each step in life, what we must manifest for ourselves and what we must not manifest for ourselves. Our lives are decided by our innermost pictures, generated by what we might wittingly, or unwittingly, desire from life. Fortune is not external; it is decided by how you desire it.

The Importance of Desire
Desire is a form of energy linked to our lower physical and higher mental energies. Only when desire is out of balance with the higher energy functions of the mind, and serves the lower instead, does trouble follow. Out of physical desire, for example, a person may lose their calmness and clarity of mind and be compelled to act against their better judgement.

The fact is, however, nature has designed desire and its proper use as one of the most important elements of life. Implanted in every living being is a strong desire for that which is necessary for well-being, nourishment and growth. Where perhaps spirituality gains release, for example, religion seeks control and, in censoring Man against the curses of having desires, has, metaphorically speaking, thrown the baby out with the bath water. Many of us counteract our desires with guilt, particularly in regard to relationships and wealth.

The importance of desire is that with its power you already have the capacity to manifest, or attract, whatever you want in your life. The very fact you have a desire, the Latin root of which translates as ‘of the father,’means that you have the God-given ability to achieve it. In other words you would be incapable of holding a desire unless you had the capability to create its reality. Although most of what we are taught to believe conflicts with this, your desires are the very tools that assist you in expressing your purpose. It is because of false indoctrination, however well-meaning, that the art of manifesting our desires for positive benefit has been forgotten.

Colin Turner

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