One cannot stand firm on tiptoes.
One cannot walk far with long strides.
One who flaunts herself
cannot be enlightened.
The self-righteous cannot be distinguished.
The boaster gets no praise.
Self-praise cannot last long.
If one is with Tao, these actions
are excessive and burdensome.
All things detest them.
To have Tao, one does not dwell upon these things.
The Tao Te Ching consistently refers back to excess. I have practiced Tai Chi for years. In Tai Chi, if you are pushing someone, you never want to push them too hard. If you push too hard, you go beyond your reach and you can be easily pulled off your center. That’s a great principle. It is prevalent throughout the Tao Te Ching and in life. Essentially, that is what he is saying here.
The people that boast tremendously end up at the bottom.
You just know it’s going to happen. If you think in terms of political candidates and you have someone who is very boastful, people see through that. I think that people naturally see through fallacy. A lot of people who are not in their integrity think that people can’t see it, but they can. We are very intuitive beings and even if we don’t consider ourselves to be psychic or intuitive, we do have those abilities. We just have to be aware of them.
I was watching this show once and it was Pat Robertson. He was doing some healing on his show. I was really surprised because I did not realize that he did that sort of thing. I am not really into Pat Robertson. I had heard of faith healing, but had never really seen it. Really, it looks just like Reiki or something that would be considered “evil” by some certain parts of the Christian religion. So, I wondered, what is the difference between faith healing and Reiki? Aren’t they very similar things? They even had a commercial on where a guy was willing to teach others how to do this. Hmmm… so anyone can do it? I was excited. I believe in Reiki and other forms of hands on healing and it was kinda cool to be in agreement with Pat Robertson for once. He thinks that “if you believe it, you will be healed” just like I do.
I think that the traditional Christian way is that they say that it is God doing the healing and they don’t take ownership of it. They are just a vessel. I think that they are right, in a sense. A lot of this is just semantics. You don’t take it as your “self” as doing the healing. Some might call it your “small self”. We are all vessels for this energy when we do our work – whatever that work is. If you try and claim it as “you” in a boastful way, we know that it is wrong and we reject it. We may doubt you or we may not vote for you if you are a politician. These sorts of actions are burdensome on our hearts. If we are feeling compassionate, we may hope for you one day to figure out your mistakes because we also do not want you to be considered a fool. Ultimately, we really want the best for people. That is our highest good.
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