Conservation. Excerpt from Chapter 27 of the The Dixie Taoist Handbook

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“I have three treasures
I hold on to them and protect them
The first is called compassion
The second is called conservation”
excerpt from Tao Te Ching Chap 67

The Second Treasure Conservation 9, 23, 50,

Tao Te Ching Chapter 59
In governing people and serving Heaven
There is nothing like conservation
Only with conservation is it called submitting early
Submitting early is called emphasis on accumulating virtues
Accumulating virtues means there is nothing one cannot overcome
When there is nothing that one cannot overcome
One’s limits are unknown
The limitations being unknown, one can possess sovereignty
With this mother principle of power, one can be everlasting
This is called deep roots and firm foundation
The Tao of longevity and lasting vision

Conservation is a very powerful virtue in several respects. In the text above the old sage is sharing the wisdom that in controlling our desire and ego tendencies can we keep our alignment with the Tao (source). Through conservation, the preservation of this “divine” connection we strengthen our connection by following the virtuous path. When we can hold this connection the ancient (Lao Tzu) tell us that when we become at one with virtue,

“there is nothing we cannot overcome”

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That is a pretty dramatic statement. So if this is true, then the Tao cultivator can overcome anything by controlling the ego and staying on the path of virtue and wisdom.
And then it gets even better.

When there is nothing that one cannot overcome
One’s limits are unknown
The limitations being unknown, one can possess sovereignty
With this mother principle of power, one can be everlasting

By staying on this path, “one’s limits are unknown”. When we possess sovereignty (control over ego) “one can be everlasting”
Thus this is the secret to long abundant and extraordinary lives. This is how the Tao cultivator creates and controls destiny. This is authentic power.

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