IN THE CREATOR CORE OF ALL
THERE ARE NO DIVISIONS
POLARIZATIONS ARE PART OF THE DANCE
EVENTUALLY RETURNING TO THE GREAT NOTHING/EVERYTHING
ALL IS HONOURED
but allow them their own journey of death and rebirth.
Seek refuge not in love’s forms,
but in the field of love itself, that which never comes and goes.
For this is what you are.
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When we forget our true nature,
we depend on the rules of others
and become their willing slaves.
From Tao Te Ching, Chapter 72
The leader who needs obedience
is a ruler, a monarch,
who imposes laws and regulations.
This regulation creates a sense of safety
in the minds of the ruled,
so they willingly abandon
their own wild and authentic nature.
A ruler’s motives might be good,
but the spirit of the ruled
can’t help but be diminished.
A leader kindles the people’s spirits
and helps them express and fulfill
their own destiny.
We have been taught for so many generations
to be afraid of our true nature,
that we can’t imagine ever trusting it.
This fear of self is what makes us so vulnerable
to the agendas of power-seeking people.
It is also what keeps us trapped in a paradigm of society that no longer works.
Lao-Tzu was essentially a “cooperative anarchist”
- one who believed that human beings were intrinsically capable of directing their own community life without the need for structured authority.
It seems utopian and fanciful to us today,
and it seemed so in Lao-Tzu’s day as well.
Yet his words still resonate more than two millennia later.
They vibrate a string deep within the human spirit
that sings to us and tells us that we have lost our way;
that we have surrendered something precious in the name of comfort and safety.
Can we find it and reclaim it?
I think we can,
because our current paradigm is collapsing and
our authentic nature is patiently waiting to assist us.
When they lose their sense of awe,
people turn to religion.
When they no longer trust themselves,
they begin to depend upon authority.
Therefore the Master steps back
so that people won't be confused.
He teaches without a teaching,
so that people will have nothing to learn.
Tao Te Ching
Stephen Mitchell Translation
for # 72 Tao Te Ching
Therefore the Master steps back:
He doesn't act as guru or messiah,
because he doesn't, want to keep people dependent on him,
and thus spiritually immature.
When people start to treat him like a holy man,
he nips their adoration in the bud
and points them to their inner messiag.
people will have nothing to learn:
They just need to unlearn.
TAO TE CHING by Stephen Mitchell
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