The “I” wisdom ring
The “I” wisdom ring is based on my favorite life-changing book and one of the best books ever written - the book of Tao
, attributed to the Chinese philosopher Lao Tse
. The Taoism is a philosophy based upon the understanding of the laws of the universe - the Yin and Yang. The balancing powers, existence and nothingness, the female and male. Taoism explains the effortless way of action called - Wu Wei
The tao itself is an undefined term although verbally known as the way or the path. The use of the term always appears in some combination (the natural path for example) that is because of the undefinability of the term Tao. The Tao philosophy reminds us of Buddhism in which consciousness is also undefinable and reality is absent. Like Buddhism, the Taoism was also born out of retrospection of a natural process of the universe and deploying them on the way humans should act in order to achieve perfect balance and effortless action. The best way to try to define the Tao is to treat it as the principle of action from which all things are derived from - Yin and Yang, existence and nothingness.
The book of Tao includes 81 short poems, describing the right actions according to Taoist perception which aspires to balance between the elements and reaching harmony with the universe. Such harmony is achieved by living simple life according to the three treasures - compassion, frugality and humility. The Taoism also supports minimum intervention in the world around us. The result of denying these ideas is seen everywhere around us today as humanity is on the brinks of economical and ecological destruction due to hatred, and unrestrained lust.
On the ring appears the motif of two fish which represent the Yin and Yang and the effortless flow of the Taoist way of life. Around the ring is a sentence from the book of Tao:
“Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.
This sentence comes to emphasize that by knowing our true selves we can understand the Tao and how it works - that is true wisdom.