An Eastern Mind: The Chinese Philosophy of Chuang-Tzu

An Eastern Mind: The Chinese Philosophy of Chuang-Tzu

I have written hundreds of fables, as I consider the deepest concepts can only be inherited through the simplest stories. That is why every little child in China still listens to my fables as bedtime stories. I plant seeds into their dreams so that those concepts grow up with them, so that this ancient wisdom follows them throughout their whole lives. In my fable XiaoYaoYou , I wrote that in the Northern world, there was a big fish named Kun. It can dive into the deepest ocean, turning into a huge bird called Peng. The back of this bird was enormous. People on the ground can’t see it, but the sky turns dark when Peng flies.

And, my friend, people of my time never believed in me. They felt those stories were nonsense. However, on my way here, I took this flying bird, maybe not as big as Peng, called Plane. It carried me across the oceans and mountains, just like I wrote -10,000 miles a day. Our imagination comes from the collective unconscious that goes beyond time and space. Just like the Chinese language has no time or gamma in it, once you learn the language, you will have a new mind to internalize the world which is just like what those fables guide you unconsciously to do. There is a reason that I have never been bothered by other’s misunderstanding. I have learned from Kun to dive into the ocean in adversity, remain in the seabed and accumulate energy, and when the time comes, fly like Peng in favorable circumstances.

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Xiaoyun (Sharon) Ma

Xiaoyun (Sharon) MaXiaoyun Ma is a national class counselor and author based in China. Her research focus on mental health developments of individuals and specific groups. Her interests cover cross-cultural studies, gender inequalities and humanistic psychology. She has been promoting the Reflection Group for Chinese educated women via both online and offline channels. She aims to support women to break through the traditional social norms and develop their own potentials. Xiaoyun Ma grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Northern China. Other than research and practice, she has a lot of other interests including Chinese ancient dance, poetry as well as photography. She started her first career as a journalist at the China Central Television (CCTV) after graduation. During her time of further studies at the University of Leicester, she began to develop special interests in clinical psychology and keen to become a psychotherapist. In 2019, she graduated from CAPA(China American Psychoanalysis Alliance) basic and advanced training program. Today, as a practitioner, she adopts the psychodynamic approach in her private practice facilitating clients to develop their self-awareness and examine the unresolved conflicts gradually.

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