Reena’s Exploration Challenge #76 — The Mysterious Mother


image link that will take you to info on the history of daoism

Reena’s prompt for Exploration Challenge #76 was to choose between 3.  Reena says:

There are a range of words/phrases to choose from – this week.

  1. Disorientation

  2. Live forward, look backward

  3. You are made of stardust, and to stardust you will return

If you wish to write on one of these 3, please read below for rules:


There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I have chosen to write a haibun on this one:

You are made of stardust,

and to stardust you will return

This one strikes a chord with me, as I have been a philosophical daoist for almost 30 years now. One of the foundations of the philosophy talks about the “Mysterious Mother”, from which all things spring and to which all things return. The mysterious mother very well could be stardust.

Scientists can study the physical realms of Earth, Outer Space, far galaxies, and wherever else that can be measured with the laws of physics. One day, the spark of life as we know it could be physically measured with an instrument.

The mysterious mother is found in the empty spaces, but there is a use to those spaces. It is where she resides. Life as we know it is a constant recycling of birth and death, of people, places, things, thoughts, you name it.

Mysterious Mother

lives in the empty spaces

ten thousand things shine.

I have also included a link to a post where I talk about the 10,000 things.  Dao is the way of the 10,000 things, together and individually.  It is NOT a religion.  It IS a philosophy.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Well done 👍

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        Welcome Li!

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  2. Reena Saxena says:

    This is fascinating! I will take some time to explore the concepts. Thanks, MS!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      OK good, Reena, hoping that you do.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    The Myaterious Mother …. by msjadeli

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  4. -Eugenia says:

    Very nice and most interesting post.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Eugenia. Glad you found it interesting. It is interesting!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ennle Madresan says:

    Love the 3-line poem.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ennle.


      1. Ennle Madresan says:

        Most welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

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