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The Old Sage

Temptation (6/18/13)

From the Old Sage Chapter 44

Monks laughingWe will be tempted by fame,
By money,
By the pursuit of success and the fear of failure.
It is more difficult to recognize the value of integrity and
The pursuit of happiness.

If we remember to look to ourselves for fulfillment
And to our hearts for happiness,
We will be successful.

When we realize what we have,
There is nothing we need.

Lessons of Love (3/15/13)

From the Old Sage Chapter 70mommyotter

The lessons of love are easy to grasp
And can be practiced effortlessly.
You cannot make them into rules
Which you follow with your mind.

Love’s teachings are older than creation
And beyond meaning.

You can find them in your heart.

Feeling (4/8/14)

Guidance from the Old Sage, Chapter 1


When my client says,

I can’t tell you why; it’s just the way I feel,”

I need to remember to start from there.

Just let it be the truth.

This is compassion.

©2014 Deborah Valentine Smith

The Old Sage Chapter 4 (6/30/14


The Old Sage Chapter 4

Love has no limits.

Endlessly pouring from some place older than God.



©2014 Deborah Valentine Smith

Helpers (4/30/14)

The Old Sage, Chapter 2.Devon & Dragonfly

We like to hear praises about our children,

But “good” or “bad,” we love them, because we know their souls.

This is the same place we aim hold for those we serve in our practice:

“Strong” or “weak,” they rest in the heart.

Looks or attitude; grace or intelligence are different for each one;

We hear about accomplishments and shortcomings,

But there is no grading system here.

How can you compare one soul to another?

It is our job to offer a means to insight and nourishment.

They may remember who they are and thrive,

But it’s not up to us.

Only the soul knows the way home.

Though we will always want to know how it’s going,

It’s not about us.

©2014 Deborah Valentine Smith

*Thanks to Marge Mendel for “Devon and the Dragonfly.”

Love isn’t Exclusive (5/25/14)

The Old Sage, Chapter 3

Love isn’t exclusive.

It neither accepts nor rejects.

There is no “good” and “bad” inside its spaciousness;

What is, is.

Can I acknowledge all my parts?

That’s wholeness.

~From the Old Sage, 3. DVS

Waking peaceful and grateful for all my blessings today,

I’m resting in golden light like sweet, nourishing nectar.

I am joyously expanding this light to all my relations…

And then I get stuck,

When I try to include her inside it.

Irritation and anxiety arise,

A reaction that is hardened and old.

She could strike out at me

Like a rattler from under a rock.

To take her in, I’d have to be willing to die.

I can’t make the feelings go away,

So I include the irritated and anxious part of myself

Inside the golden light, just as I am.

I love myself anyway.

I can feel the hardness softening as that part of me expands, a little,

Into the space vacated by judgment.

And then a miracle happens.

Now, I can include her as well, as she is.

And I am at peace.

Meditation:   Begin by watching your breath, not changing it or judging it; just paying attention to it.  As you settle into its rhythm, imagine yourself in a cocoon of beautiful golden light. Take a roll call of every part of yourself to make sure they are all included, whether you like them or not. Just let them be as they are. Return to the breath.

©2014 Deborah Valentine Smith

More About What You Might Find Here (8/4/15)

dvsheadshotgerald.My plan is to post something here at least twice a month. Each posting will have one or more of these parts:

  1. A verse from my book-in-progress, Guidance from the Old Sage. My favorite book on Taoism is The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, so don’t mistake this for another scholarly translation of the Tao Te Ching. It is just I what heard the old sage say when I asked about my own life, my family, or working with other people. I fully embrace my imperfect interpretations, because even though flawed, they have given me insight, perspective and peace. Regarding terminology, I read “The Great Mother” and “The Tao” as other names for “The Great Mystery” of Native Americans, “The Emptiness” of Buddhism ,” and the Judeo-Christian “God.” Whatever words we use, “it” is formless, full of compassion, gives birth to all things and, when you get right down to it, can’t be named. I’ve mainly called it “Love.”
  2. A piece from another book-in-progress, taken from my anatomy and physiology course by the same name, Western Body, Eastern Mind, Integrated Anatomy & Physiology. This will be on some aspect of Chinese Medicine from the perspective of Western Science. Or vice versa.
  3. Teaching Stories about people, acupressure and Chinese Medicine that I use to illustrate stuff in teaching.
  4. Short, easy Meditations  for the reader.

©2015 Deborah Valentine Smith

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