Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Duality of Quilting and some background
Lao-Tse is considered the first philosopher of the Taoist school. The Te-Tao Ching, attributed to Lao-Tse, is one of the most sacred texts of Taoism. His writings teach the philosophy of the Tao, or the Way, which is reality that naturally exists prior to and gives rise to all other things such as the physical universe and all things in it. Te, which means virtue, is the life energy in things and a sense of morality which constitutes the Way. The Tao can be found by experiencing the oneness in all things - fulfilling life as one with nature and as one with the inner self. The speaking of Lao-Tse's wisdom is what attracts people to follow him and make him the teacher of Taoism.
The 2nd verse of the Tao Te Ching talks of the duality of the world. It states: Under the heavens all can see beauty as beauty because there is ugliness . We can know good because there is evil.
In the Tao Te Ching, Lao-tse writes that there are paradoxes in the universe. Short and tall, ugly and pretty, high and low. And that one must live openly with both in order to be able to see both.
If we follow this thought through to quilting, we can see that our quilting room is both "stocked and full" and "cluttered and never the right material". If we contemplate that duality of our own small universe, we see that we can be happy either way we look at it. Either we can feel happy to pull a piece of fabric from our shelves and use it in the quilt, or we can be comfortable heading out to the quilt shop to purchase a new piece of fabric for the quilt.