I thought I would share a couple of really lovely quotes from a book I am reading, Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine
In ancient China, cosmologists sought a unified theory of the universe. They believed that, if their theoretical models were correct, they would be able to build pitch pipes that would resonate to the vibrational changes at each solstice and equinox, causing music to spontaneously emerge from them. They further reasoned that if the cosmological models were correct, they would be able to produce an accurate calendar. However, their calendar required continual readjustment, and the pitch pipes never sounded. Eventually, Europeans came to China bearing a telescope and an accurate calendar, demonstrating that a precise calendar could be formulated, but through measurement rather than cosmological and spiritual considerations. The impact on China of this quantitative and materialistic science was impressive. No longer were pitch pipes made and longer were cosmological maps drawn from inner knowing. Thus it has been winter in Chinese medicine since that time. As its practice has spread throughout the world to other cultures, however, a new diversity is emerging and it appears to be springtime once again for this ancient and precious art and science.
Perhaps it is not that the pitch pipes never sounded, but rather that the pitching of the pipes was not listened for with inner hearing. Perhaps the ancient calendar was never correct because the cosmologists were mapping a realm where no time exists. Perhaps it is time once again to build pitch pipes and to draw maps of life based on the heart's wisdom as well as the mind's capacity to analyze data. It is time once again to listen to life with our hearts rather than just to "objectively" dissect life with our minds.
-From the Introduction to Nourishing Destiny by Lonny S Jarret
For the sage, all stories are created equal inasmuch as they empower the creative flow of life.