The Tao is elusive and intangible.
Although formless and intangible,
it gives rise to form.
Although vague and elusive,
it gives rise to shapes....
Although dark and obscure,
it is the spirit, the essence,
the life breath of all things.
Throughout the ages, its name has been preserved
in order to recall the beginning of all things.
How do I know the ways of all things at the beginning?
I look inside myself and see what is within me.
Peace be still.
Painting by Katsushika Hokusai