Reflections on Chapter 75 of the Tao Te Ching:
The people are starving
because the government swallows up the money for taxes.
The people are unruly
because the government interferes with their lives.
People take death too lightly
because they are too heavily burdened in life.
One who lives lightly in life
The Tao constantly comes back to simplicity.
If you think about someone who is living in the world right now who is afraid for her life, someone who is afraid they may not get enough water today or they don’t have enough food for their family tonight… all of the things that we worry about in many of our lives are so insignificant compared to that challenge.
People are heavily burdened with just stuff. We have complicated lives with hockey practice, choir recitals and all variety of things. My fridge has stuff in it that has been sitting there for a week and no one ate it. It’s crazy.
Why is it like this?
The more that I have success in my life, the more that I see other people that don’t have that. I want to share it in some way. I want to have the world be more equalized. I want people to appreciate their lives.
If you are complaining about your haircut, how important is that?
It seems like the more details we have, the more money we have, the less we look at the things that are important. What is really important are the basic elements in life – having a shelter over our heads, food in our bellies and having something to drink. Those are the important things in life. Many of us have all of those things.
We don’t need more than that.
We have stuff piled on top of stuff piled on top of stuff. The more we get into that stuff, those complicated lives, the less we see of the real value that life offers. We often live empty lives. There is an emptiness that comes from all that stuff.
You can feel that emptiness in your soul.
When my daughter was about three or four, she used to always say to me when she didn’t like what I was saying, “Mama, you hurt my heart.” It was so heartbreaking! Ouch! Painful. It cut me to the quick. It was usually about minor things, but to her the experience was that her heart was hurting and she had that direct expression of that. Hurtful events can be fuel for us to change things. It is those types of challenges that make us strong.
Our heart hurts when life disappoints us.
But life won’t always hurt us. Painful moments come, and then they go. Life is sweet. We have so much abundance in our lives. There is much to be grateful for. I am so grateful for the people who have come to this work and have allowed it to touch their lives and to deepen their lives. That is why I am doing this work. It has that extreme value.
I love hearing your stories. How has working with the Tao changed you?
since coming to this work, I see the Tao everywhere. I was listening to something the other day and someone quoted the Tao and I was like, “Yeah!!” If you put stuff out there, it comes back in waves. Like Michele Bergh, doing her Prosperity Blooms course. I am taking that Prosperity Blooms course with her. That is what this work is about! It is about making your life valuable in the sense that you want your life. If you have too much stuff, you forget to pay attention to the little details. That is not where it’s at!
I’ve been reading The Living I Ching lately and learning how the I Ching helps to explain the patterns of everyday life. It is really quite amazing how things ebb and flow.When you go up and down, it sometimes feels like the tide is going out and you don’t have anything. If you just relax and ride the wave, it will come back. That is good.
That is the flow of life and how it works.
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