The Four Cardinal Virtues

In recent years I have found myself leaning more and more into the writings of the late Dr Wayne W Dyer. He evolved both personally and in his writing. He started as a solid and practical psychologist with his book “Your Erroneous Zones”, to become an inspiring spiritual leader. As you followed him from book to book, he softened in his attitude and manner which led him into leading and teaching about a more peaceful and meaningful life. Clearly reflected throughout his later books was a profound respect for and adoption of the writings of Lao-Tzu and especially the four cardinal virtues which he worked into his philosophy. 

The Four Cardinal Virtues

‘Lao-Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is known as the reputed
author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, and as a deity in
religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. He lived in the early 500’s BC.’ Wikipedia.

These are well worth our attention and adoption today. Lao-Tzu in his book Tao Te Ching, says there are four cardinal virtues:

The Four Cardinal Virtues:

  1. Reverence for all of life. Including animals, plants and people. Revere, don’t judge. Find the unfolding of God and spirit in all living things.    (My take on this is to live with a deep and unconditional love for all, including yourself). 
  2. Virtue of gentleness. Manifests as softness, kindness and love. Choose gentleness instead of the demands of your ego, which lead to dominating and manipulating others.
    (An extension to the second virtue is the maxim – ‘When you have the choice to be right or to be kind, always pick kind.’)
  3. Simplicity. Live in the moment. Find peace in every moment. Simplify.    (The easiest way to do this is to live simply, honestly and authentically; simply put – be true to yourself.)
  4. Service. Let your ego go, your false self. Let go of how much you accomplish and accumulate. See yourself as a divine being. The rest are all details.    (This is best achieved by expressing your life as a service to others with no expectation of reward. Also by asking ‘how may I serve’.)
Wayne added some further advice:

“Never think of yourself as ordinary. You are a piece of God. You are a one-of-a-kind being, who is here at this time, this moment, on Earth. In the ancient teachings of Lao-Tzu in his book Tao Te Ching, he says there are four cardinal virtues.

Live according to these principles and discover your original nature. Live these virtues, and that’s when the doors will open.”

Become aware of and practice the four cardinal virtues, living every day as if it were the only day you have. Aligned with the truth, you can use, and live the greatest gift you have been given. You can be all you were led here for and are meant to be!

The following crystals can help you energetically align with the four cardinal virtues:


Reverence for all of life

Lemurian Quartz contains the crystalline embodiment of Peace and Grace and Divine Harmony existing within the elements of creation. Lemurians also embrace and transmit messages of equality, unconditional love and spiritual teachings.

Clear Quartz holds ancient crystalline wisdom that venerates all life and is of immense importance in the vibrational framework of our world. Furthermore it illuminates and powers our crystalline structure; lifts our consciousness and balances and also supports our human experience.  It allows us to shine with our inner light and to accept the Unity of Spirit and Matter.



Virtue of gentleness

Jasper is metaphysically known as a protective stone, with the energies of gentleness, comfort, and relaxation, it is often called the “nurturing stone.” Jasper is primarily about peace and relaxation and is known for bringing beauty into life and specific circumstances.



Chrysocolla teaches that genuine power is best expressed with gentleness. It serenely discharges negative energies. Brings calm, as well as allowing you to hear the truth, and your inner wisdom to surface. Also helping us to recover our natural spontaneity. Its peaceful energy highlights the influence our words and actions can have on those around us; encouraging compassion and strengthening of character.




Aquamarine encourages you to speak and walk your inner and highest truth. It also helps you to live simply; in a tranquil state of awareness, connected to your inner wisdom and the realm of Spirit. Likewise, it provides a simple and highly ordered communication style backed by decisive clarity of action.



Bloodstone removes energy blockages, creating a smooth and constant energy flow throughout your body.  It promotes courage, strength and revitalizes your energies on all levels. It also helps you to live in the present moment. Bloodstone also enhances the functions of the mind and provides clarity and understanding, helping to bring love, honesty and validity into any situation.



Charoite is a powerful crystal that encourages you to be of service and to convey your gifts to the world for the benefit of all. Charoite has a protective energy and will also help you to adjust to higher frequency energies. If you so desire, its vibration encourages you to give of yourself to others.



Lepidolite empowers you to stop serving your ego and instead serve your higher self and be of service to others. It clears your systems, also bringing relief and balance; freeing you from stress, worry, anxiety, fear, grief and depression. It soothes frazzled nerves, further allowing you to relax and let go. Also encouraging you to slow down and live in the moment; to take notice of the beauty all around you, as well as to share and enjoy the gift of life.




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Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. We gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.

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