Tao Te Ching 7th Verse Thoughts

Heaven is eternal – the earth endures.  Why do heaven and earth last

forever?  They do not live for themselves only.  This is the secret of

their durability

For this reason the sage puts himself last and so ends up ahead. He

stays a witness to life, so he endures.

Serve the needs of others, and all your own needs will be fulfilled.

Through selfless action, fulfillment is attained

7th Verse Tao

Wayne suggested that if we have the opportunity to offer up advice or our two cents on a subject, don’t.   Choose to be a silent witness and he adds, “note how uncomfortable your decision to remain quiet felt.”  In other words, just listen; something I have struggled with but have gotten better with over the years.   I do like to give my two cents, (hence this blog), but it isn’t always what someone needs. and I grudgingly admit that it can be uncomfortable to be quiet as Wayne stated.  Now this doesn’t mean I’m quiet the whole time but I have found that unless it is asked for, my opinion is usually not warranted.  I have found through my silence, I have done more good than with my words.

I took this a step further and not only observed and practiced how I can serve but I took notice of others serving as well.  When you do look for it, it’s amazing how much you see.  Could be as simple as someone letting a car merge in front of them or a special education teacher working with a child with autism.  Being a “witness to life” as l Lao Tzu wrote and observing others serving inspires me to do the same.   So not only should we serve but also be present enough to witness others serving as well.

Tao Te Ching: 6th Verse Thoughts

The spirit that never dies is called the mysterious feminine

Although she becomes the whole universe, her immaculate purity is

never lost.  Although she assumes countless forms, her true identity

remains intact.

The gateway to the mysterious female is called the root of creation.

Listen to her voice, hear it echo through creation.  Without fail, she

reveals her presence.  Without fail, she brings us to our own

perfection. Although it is invisible, it endures; it will never end.

Wayne’s advice for this verse was to watch small children or babies and how they are connected to their inner Tao.  They haven’t been programmed by the societal/cultural demands to be a certain way. Look for that “mysterious feminine” in them and see how they their “inherent nature is intact.”    He then says to recall when we were children and “unaware of the ego-self” and to reconnect to that feeling.

For the past couple of weeks, I have observed and looked for the “inherent nature” Wayne was talking about.  I expanded my search criteria to not only babies and small children but young adults as well and luckily, I have both living in my house.

What I saw…

I was amazed on how quickly kids bounce back from adversity and how much hope and optimism they have.  I witnessed this at a park where three kids around five or six years old were playing, they had a disagreement and then began to play again.  All of this happened in a span of about 5 or so minutes. No grudges or ill will toward each other, just play.  We as adults can learn from this example in family, the workplace and especially politics; let it go and move on.

What else I observed…

I attended my daughters graduation and witnessed the hope and enthusiasm for the future they have in front of them.  Sure, there will be heartaches and setbacks for them in the coming years but they don’t know that just yet and that’s good.  They can harness that enthusiasm and do many great things for themselves and for our world; greater things than if they never tried at all.  Not trying at all because of the fear of failure is  a cynical point of view that so many adults have now after years of societal and personal programming.

As I got older, fear, caution, taking the safe route became more and more my way of life.  Not until my divorce did I realize that the “safe route” was just a myth.  After contemplating this verse for over a month, I realize that I have slowing rekindled my connection with my inner Tao.  With help from Lao Tzu’ and Wayne Dyer, I’ll continue to strengthen my relationship with my “mysterious feminine.”

Tao Te Ching: Verse 5 Thoughts

Heaven and earth are impartial; they see the 10,000 things as straw

dogs.  The sage is not sentimental; he treats all his people as straw

dogs

The sage is like heaven and earth:  To him none are especially dear,

nor is there anyone he disfavors.  He gives and gives, without

condition, offering his treasures to everyone

Between heaven and earth is a space like a bellows; empty and

inexhaustible, the more it is used, the more it produces.

Hold on to the center.  Man was made to sit quietly and find the

truth within.

Love and compassionThe key word in this verse is impartial; all things are equal and nothing and no one is above anything else.  Including ourselves.  The Tao see us all equally and no one is favored by the Tao.  I love this because it means we are all on equal footing and gives hope to the one individual who might have the perception that they aren’t deserving because of their race, social standing, gender, etc..   But we are all worthy and the Tao will give and give to all; it doesn’t play favorites.

Wayne has suggested to approach people and/or situations that present themselves to you with a “..completely fair mind-set” and trust in the Tao to guide you in your responses. How I approach this in my life is two fold:

  1. No matter my position in life, whether it be personal or at work, I am no better than anyone else
  2. I don’t hate the person.  They might piss me off but I don’t hate.

This approach has empowered me with compassion and empathy for others where the urge to judgment softens and wanes.   There is where I hold onto my center and sit quietly and wait to find the truth within.

 

Tao Te Ching: 6th Verse Thoughts