Yes and O.K., what's the difference?
Jing and Qi, how can we differentiate them?
When we give a name to something which is subtle and difficult to discern, we risk obscuring it, even losing it, because the hardness or fixedness of the name shines light on something which only exists in the dark.Â This isn't an argument against naming, only a reminder that naming is a kind of aggression.
Chapter 15 (Wangbi numeration) of the Daodejing,
The ancient masters of the Way
aimed at the indiscernible
and penetrated the dark
you would never know them
and because you wouldn't know them
I describe them with reluctance
they were careful as if crossing a river in winter
cautious as if worried about neighbors
reserved like guests
ephemeral like melting ice
simple like uncarved wood
open like valleys
and murky like puddles
but a puddle becomes clear when it's still
and stillness becomes alive when it's roused
those who treasure this Way
don't try to be full
not trying to be full
they can hide and stay hidden
This translation is by Red Pine and I think it is great.Â He also translates commentaries on all the chapters, like this one by Ho-Shang Kung, "Those who aren't full are able to maintain their concealment and avoid new attainments."
What a contrary piece of advice:Â Avoid new attainments.
What does someone who is "empty" look like?Â Well, like they are walking on slippery thin ice without breaking it--very light, very delicate, precise with out being confident.
I think the phrase, "worried about neighbors" means attentive in all four directions.
Guests wait to be invited into action but help out generously if they are needed.
Melting ice is always becoming less.
The uncarved wood here is like big pieces of lumber, it is very useful but it is in a potencial state, uncommitted.
To practice being empty is a Daoist precept.Â In martial arts emptiness seems like a pinnacle of achievement, but then I read this I'm reminded that fullness is hard to give up.
Empty and full, what's the difference?