Reflections on Chapter 42 of the Tao Te Ching:
Tao produces the one,
One produces two,
Two produces three,
And three produces Ten Thousand Things.
All things suffer the negative and embrace the positive.
The union of these is to achieve harmony.
People detest being alone and unworthy,
yet kings and leaders will describe themselves as such.
Sometimes we win when it appears we’ve lost,
and sometimes we lose when it appears we’ve won.
What others learn, I also learn.
Violent people die violently.
By understanding this, I receive my greatest teaching.
This is about embracing who you are as a whole being.
Every being, every creature, everyone has positive and negative experiences. Everyone has ebbs and flows. Every person has been in your shoes at one point or another. It’s part of who we are as one humankind.
As one being.
If you took the entire collection of living beings on the planet – we all have crappy days. That is what he is talking about here. We are all together in this. Even though you might feel alone sometimes, you never are. Actually, you always are and you never are. It’s that dichotomy that lives between the words. You are always alone and you are never alone because you are part of this collection. You are a drop of water in an ocean so how could you ever be alone? You just aren’t.
Human struggles are universal.
You can go to any country on the planet and people will be struggling with similar issues. There are some situations that are unique to specific environments, but generally the human struggles are universal. Kings and leaders often feel alone and unworthy, even though they have similar struggles. When you are put up on a pedestal and people are looking at you and thinking that you are so great. People tend to push all of their own greatness off onto the leaders. That is human nature. It feels very lonely in that position. It’s like that poem by Marianne Williamson – we all need to remember our greatness.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson
We need to not put people up there alone and say that they are special in some way. That is what Jesus wanted. Jesus wanted people to be like him. He always said that he is a son of God like everyone. That was part of his thing. I think we are. We just need to recognize it and live it. We need to practice it and getting comfortable with it. That is really important.
Also, it is about not feeling that a loss is such a heavy thing. Everyone loses. If you are in a really deep loss, it will come around. Everybody loses and everybody wins. The same goes with winning. If you are in a really big win, that is a great thing but that may end. Not that you shouldn’t appreciate it, but respect that pattern. Don’t get so into it that you will get carried away and when it does shift, that you will not crumble. Having that constant awareness of the other potential that is going on.
There is so much in this chapter.
All of these chapters are important, but this one is really good. Another piece is about the violent people dying violently. What you put out in the world is what you put your energy into. Your energetic blueprint is how you are being in the world, who you hang out with, what you are absorbing through media like television or movies.
All of this plays a part in creating the energy in your space.
I think that we need to be conscious of this. I think that we need to recognize that those energetic patterns carry through and become who you are in every moment.
We are all practicing.
Even if we are not even aware of the Tao Te Ching and we have never even looked at it once in our lives, we are practicing. We all are practicing being in this world. It’s all good. Someone who practices really bad things, gets some really bad lessons that go along with that. These things carry forward from lifetime to lifetime.
Most of us can’t see what our spirit has gone through in lifetimes past.
There are so many things that can’t be explained because it is outside the scope of our current reality. Those things that are really awful, that we can’t bear to have in this world, we have somehow brought those forth – as humanity, we have brought them forth. If we want to get rid of them, we need to absorb them and to recognize that this is part of who we are as the bigger “we”, as humanity.
We need to step into a space of acceptance.
As you may have read in prior chapters – if you resist something, it sticks to you. The answer is not to resist against it or to make it something that we just “can’t have”. That is not the answer.
The answer is to just relax.
The answer is to recognize that it is part of our humanity and just choose in each moment not to be in that space. This can be very powerful. We do have choice. We always have choice. If we chose not to be there in this moment, we don’t chose to be involved with that kind of energy.
We shift things.
I think that we are shifting things all the time. When we accept that about ourselves, that this is all a part of us, it helps that energy to loosen it’s hold on our lives. It helps us to make the lives of future generations just a bit better.
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