I have added the Tao Te Ching to the “recommended reading” section of this blog.
There is a particularly good translation by Stephen Mitchell currently on the market and available at major bookstores or on Amazon.
It is a book one can read over and over and get something new and useful from each time. It is a pleasant read. In a simple and poetic manner it captures the fundamental truths upon which Scientology is based. The Factors and Axioms and basic truths of Scientology stem from the Tao. LRH made that clear in the “Scientology, Its General Background” lectures – part of the Phoenix lectures series. He said there, “…who knows but what if we took the Tao just as written and knowing what we know already about Scientology, we simply set out to practice the Tao, I don’t know but what we wouldn’t get a Theta Clear.”
I believe that statement is true. That organizationally things did not go in that direction does not make the statement untrue. How Scientology diverted from the Tao is a major theme of a long-term investigation of mine; the results of which I’ll share when I’m there.
One thing I believe the Tao can do for you is to help distinguish the positive you may have gotten out of Scientology from the negative. It might help you to validate and reinforce the positive, while jettisoning the negative.