Lao Tzu (6th century BCE)
Ancient Religions and Natural Cycles
Examples of Natural Cycles
- Egyptian mystery cults equated cycles of life with the myth of Isis and Osiris and the annual fluctuations of the Nile.
- Druids celebrated the changing seasons, lighting bonfires in the darkness of winter, and affirming the return of spring with the fires of Beltane (May Day Celebration).
- Native Americans had ritual celebrations of the seasons and held hunting grounds sacred, offering prayers before taking any animal life.
Tao Te Ching and Nature
The Tao Te Ching (6th century BCE) teaches that all life is process. Like all living systems, we and our world are continuously evolving. Lao Tzu’s essential lesson is that we can gain greater power, peace, joy, and inspiration by following the principles of nature.