"The art of war is like water which flows clear of heights and fills the hollows"! So what else Master Sun Tzu? How can one translate your metaphorical phrasing into practical fruitful advice for Westerners? Though it was written 25 centuries ago, your master-piece is currently the most read and used world-wide by strategists whatever fields they belong to.
Its main guidelines recommend molding with circumstances and identifying the potential in any situation, cultivating change, avoiding conflicts as far as possible, and transforming opponents into unwitting allies! Why have so many contemporaries chosen it as their bedside book? How does such a classic from ancient rural and feudal China provide a successful answer to our modern personal and professional preoccupations?
To take up such a challenge and make understandable and applicable the precepts of Sun Tzu, the author develops and adapts one by one the 36 traditional Chinese stratagems and enriches them by resorting to the major Asian and Western thinkers of strategy. By telling stories and assuming a deliberate purpose of popularization, he provides keys to conceive creative strategies based on three major principles: efficiency, harmony and paradox.
`Meditate on harmony, love it, long for it so as to introduce it into your every gesture, every look, every word. Let the word "harmony" impregnate you; keep it within you as a kind of pitch pipe, and when you are feeling worried or upset, take it out and listen to it and do nothing until your whole being is in tune with it once more. In the morning, when you wake, remember to begin your day by tuning yourself to the world of universal harmony... When you enter a house let your first thought be: "May peace and harmony reign in this house".´ Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
`How wrong we are to think that silence denotes emptiness, nothingness, the absence of all activity or creation. In reality, there is more than one kind of silence: the silence of death and the silence of a higher degree of life. It is this silence, that of the higher degree of life, that concerns us here and that we must try to understand. This is not the silence of inertia; on the contrary, it is the stillness that surrounds a work of great intensity taking place in a climate of perfect harmony. Nor is it emptiness or absence; on the contrary, it is fullness, a fullness comparable to that experienced by two human beings who love each other very deeply and share something that cannot be expressed in words or gestures. Silence is a quality of the inner life.´ Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov