17. Keeping the Everyday Mind Active
1 Seekers of the Dao nowadays should take on an active role and become involved with world activities, instead of shying away from the world. They should adopt the Twenty Watchwords as the basis for cultivating their inner self. As far as their “external” behavior, it is about their communication and getting along with others.
2 The original heart is the Dao heart [Dao mindset] and also the baby’s heart. You want to keep yourselves free from sorrow or anxiety, free from right or wrong, and free from lust.
3 How do we develop an “everyday mind?”
4 (1) Reflect and repent: Hold a glass of water while reciting the Twenty Watchwords a few times every morning and night. Think of the meanings of those words and check to see if you have violated any of them. If you have, repent and correct yourself. If you have not, encourage yourself to continue. This is the Twenty Watchword “manna water.”
5 Drink the manna water after finishing chanting in order to cleanse your heart. Use the Twenty Watchwords to look within your heart and to dust off any pollutants. This is how you use the congenital divine spirit to transform the acquired murky qi.
6 (2) Chant the Grand Orison and the Precious Orisons: Chanting for the vulnerable beings and sending compassionate thoughts can expand our minds, eliminate our selfishness and our opinions, and be one with all of creation.
7 (3) Practice quiet sitting: Temper jing, qi, and shen to elevate your spirituality, go beyond the level of daily living and be in harmony with the universe on a daily basis.
8 (4) Fill out striving card: Do this religiously, making a habit of it. Bear this routine in mind and be self- conscious and apprehensive of not doing it. As a striver of the Church, you should strive for all beings.
9 Everything comes from the heart. When anything presents itself before our eyes, we should not attach any thought to it so as to keep our hearts pure. That is, we should not become obsessed with the appearance of anything or become attached to it. Let things come and pass. Let them run their course, leaving no trace in your heart. Do not be tempted by materials things and do not become manipulated by your environment.
10 Allow emotions such as joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness to disappear as quickly as they appear, then your heart will not dwell on anything, and your body will not know that it has a shell. By then, your mortal heart would have ceased to exist and your heart of Dao has been born.
The Founding Hall, June 6, 1984