Reflections on Chapter 62 of the Tao Te Ching:
Tao is the secret treasure of the Ten Thousand Things.
To those who are awake, it is a treasure. To those who are asleep, it is protection.
Beautiful words inspire honor, Beautiful deeds inspire respect.
Why abandon a woman for straying from her path?
When crowning a queen with her three advisors, rather than offer her priceless jade followed by a team of four horses, is it not better to calmly offer her the Tao?
The Tao has been honored by the ancients for centuries.
Has it not been said that those who have made mistakes shall be forgiven?
For this reason, the Tao is our greatest treasure.
Tao is a treasure. For those who don’t read Tao, it is protection. For those who understand it, it is a secret treasure. Even though people don’t always understand these words, they work.
In all of the great religious texts, there is truth inside it.
People have to really learn to discern what is true for them. Every person is different. Each life is different. I have had conversations with people who are very Christian. Everyone has their belief of what is right for them. You just can’t know what someone else’s path is. You just can’t know!
The words of Tao can be so helpful for people, but the beauty of the Tao is that it allows all pathways. Any person is allowed whatever pathway they need to be on and there’s no judgement. If you have a path and you feel that is what is needed for you, then it is the right path. If there is a path out there that doesn’t fit for you, but there is someone out there that is following that path, you have to just let them be.
There are things that have led up to their path which is
way outside the scope of your understanding.
There is a path for them that will continue on, which is also outside of your understanding. You are not meant to understand their path. Each of us has our own path that we are meant to walk.
The reason why I am choosing the study of Tao as my path and this work is because of this principle. Respecting that everyone has their own way has been a truth that has really stood out to me as a necessity – respecting that everyone has their own way of getting to the truth.
Their path may seem odd to me.
Their path may not fit for me. That is fine. The beautiful thing about being an American is that we are all about honoring that. We honor the right for people to choose what their path is. I stand for that.
I stand for people choosing that path, whatever it is.
As long as you are not infringing on someone else’s rights (that is where it gets a little sticky), as long as you are just claiming for yourself what you need to be doing, then I don’t see any problem with whatever path you are choosing.
I had a situation this week where I was talking with someone
who had a totally different belief system than my own.
I think it was interesting how my judgments immediately came up when I felt like I was being judged. I was surprised that I so automatically went to a place of judging others when I felt judged. It’s a loop! It’s a loop you can’t escape. You can. You can just stop giving it energy. Just stop.
Do something completely different.
It was funny because I was noticing this and feeling this judgement and seeing how I was caught in the loop. I love Byron Katie. She says, “Who would you be without that thought?” That is essentially what you need to do in a lot of cases. If you are feeling right about something and the world is wrong, you need to change tact. What happens is, as soon as you judge the world, they are judging you.
It’s the loop.
Don’t worry if you’ve done this because we all do it. We do it every day if we pay attention to it. The key is not so much to go into a criticism rant with ourselves as to just notice our tendencies and then laugh and move on. We’re human.
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