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Table of Contents

Foreword
Shedding Skin to Liberate the Mind
by Damo Mitchell

Acknowledgments

Introduction
The Effortless Mind

PART 1
The Origin of the Effortless Mind in the East

1 The Way of Nature Is No Ideology or Theology

2 The Way of Nature Is No Religion or Dogma

3 The Way of the Tao Is Harmony

PART 2
The Science and Practice of an Effortless Mind

4 The Virtue of the Nonvirtuous

5 Parasitic Patterns of the Unnatural World

6 Natural Government Born of Tao

7 Trust Is Unity

8 The Practice of Yin Cultivation and the Art of the Skillful Craftsman

PART 3
The Art of Effortless Living

9 Synchronicity Is the Language of the Effortless Mind

10 Nothing Is More Useless than Wu-Wei

11 Living Wu-Wei in the Tao of a New World

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Jason Gregory is a teacher and international speaker specializing in the fields of Eastern and Western philosophy, comparative religion, metaphysics, and ancient cultures. Author of Fasting the Mind, Enlightenment Now, and The Science and Practice of Humility, he divides his time between Asia and Australia.

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"Immersing yourself in the origins and underpinnings of this ancient way of thinking and being will definitely help usher you into the Intuition Age with its interconnected, holographic perception. This book is brimming over with gems and overall wisdom. It's a comprehensive weaving of many threads that makes for a fascinating--and useful--read." * Penney Peirce, author of Leap of Perception and Frequency *
"In the West, people say, `where there's a will there's a way,' by imposing your will over nature. More often than not this backfires. In ancient China, the wise ones discovered that the best way is wu-wei, `doing nothing,' and thereby getting everything done by letting nature take its course. In this book you'll learn how that's not-done." * Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity and The Tao of Detox *
"In Effortless Living, Jason Gregory explains in clear and simple terms the Taoist concept of wu-wei and reintroduces a model of contemplation much needed in the world today. He describes how wu-wei (literally `not forcing' or `allowing') can facilitate communion with the Tao-the timeless flow from which everything else we perceive is but a reflection. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I learned so much from it. My humble thanks to Jason Gregory for facilitating my own understanding of the Tao and, in doing so, allowing me to apprehend the inner silence and to listen to its wordless wisdom." * Anthony Peake, author of The Infinite Mindfield and Opening the Doors of Perception *
"Jason Gregory has tapped into a living stream of wisdom to bring us an antidote to our cultural numbness. By learning how to let things be, rather than interfere and intervene in an unnatural order of life, Gregory forces us to love the world again, by trusting it. This is essential and practical wisdom for a modern social world at its best." * Kingsley L. Dennis, author of The Phoenix Generation *
"Effortless Living is a timely book. In a time where absolutist and rigid views are proving to be outmoded if not dangerous, Jason Gregory uses his heart and critical thinking skills to lay bare the essential, irreducible teachings of Lao-tzu. He deconstructs the myths, formulaic thinking, and the business of ritual of Taoism as it is practiced today that obscure and often hinder our innate abilities to have a direct experience of that from which we are never separate." * Robert Sachs, author of The Passionate Buddha *
"In Effortless Living, Jason Gregory reminds us that a magic still dwells in our world despite the external forces, and psychological habits, that increasingly steer us toward cynicism. Gregory gives not only clear explanations of Taoism and reconciliations of it with Confucianism, but also guidelines for getting in touch with the Tao at the heart of all things. Furthermore, he makes clear why the root of world peace is the inner peace of the individual, which is why-socially and environmentally-this book is so deeply valuable. This is the best book on Taoism as a spiritual path since Alan Watts wrote Tao: The Watercourse Way nearly fifty years ago, and so I say, it's about time." * Dana Sawyer, professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art *
"In this work the Tao is alive, expressing through itself, as itself! The words propel us through the labyrinth of mind to point us directly at the profound truths of our being, that mysterious Way which transcends the intellect and filters of the human mind. The book reverberates with the perennial truth that the great saints and sages of antiquity have taught. With clarity and insight we come to see the place of techniques and practices as well as their limitations. The dismantling of mind is palpable as we are pointed over and over again to the limits of the words themselves and a possibility of an opening, a dawning of that which we always already are but have forgotten." Daniel * Daniel Schmidt, documentary filmmaker of Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds and Samadhi *
"In Effortless Living, Gregory portrays beautifully the ideas of hard-and-fast belief colliding with the natural harmony of true living with the flow of our natural state of being. This book also wonderfully explains how our need to control is more of an illusion that creates the very struggles that we see in our modern world; control interrupts the natural flow of life." * Steven L. Hairfield, PhD, author of A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible *
"Jason Gregory has produced a sustained meditation on the meaning of the Tao Te Ching based on his personal insights and life experiences, aimed at understanding the text as a guide for the modern world." * Philip J. Ivanhoe, PhD, Chair Professor at City University of Hong Kong *
"Wu-wei in the Tao Te Ching has always been a difficult concept to interpret. Jason Gregory has expressed his way of understanding in a clear and insightful manner to share with the world." * Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, PhD, author, scholar, and teacher of tai chi chuan *
"Effortless Living is a well-written and cogent exposition of the ancient Tao in modern terms." * Red Pine (Bill Porter), author and translator of Lao-tzu's Taoteching *

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